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Don Rufino

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Coffee Shop, Seafood, International, Contemporary, Costa Rican
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Main Avenue, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
2479-9997
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Dining options: Dessert, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Our cuisine features a contemporary concept, influenced by the classic...
Our cuisine features a contemporary concept, influenced by the classic European cuisine, Asia and Latin America, from an eloquent and modern perspective. Our steaks are locally produced, with very high farming standards; and our seafood and fish dishes are amongst the preferred by our guests, for whom our menu also offers many vegetarian options, made with ingredients which, in most cases, are harvested in our own farm, pesticide-free.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Unusual, gourmet, seasoned perfect

Great unusual combinations well seasoned from the soups, salads to entrees. Nice intimate atmosphere.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Kansas City, Missouri
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Entertaining clients
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
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Kansas City, Missouri
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Great unusual combinations well seasoned from the soups, salads to entrees. Nice intimate atmosphere.

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Columbus, Ohio
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

My husband and I had a good meal at this establishment. However, compared to many other restaurants, I felt like it was lacking flavor. I had the forest lasagna, but found it bland. The staff was kind and attentive.

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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

My husband and I are currently staying in the Arenal area and found this pale via trip advisor. It is amazing. The drinks were perfect and the hummus appetizer was full of flavor. We had the rissoto kombucha and the Bengali chicken. The chicken dish was served in a half of grilled pineapple. For dessert we had the chocolate and... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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34 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This was probably our best meal in costa rica. I ate the Pulled pork sandwich and it was amazing. Others had hamburgers or Risotto. Everything we ate tasted yummy. If you go you have to try dessert. The Cinnamon sugar dessert (I can't remember the name) was delicious and good size to share. Great dinner.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Easily the favourite restaurant of our trip. Best ceviché in Costa Rica and desserts to die for. Slightly pricey but worth every penny. Do not miss this

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Delicious food! We had the Casado (this is your topical Colombian plate) and Abuelitas pollo (this dish was so tasty. It was by far my fav.) Service was a great! Super clean. We enjoyed Don Rufino.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We went to Don Rufino's on the suggestion of one of the hotel staff. We had a very good meal that was equivalent to most U.S. restaurants at this price point ($20-25 per meal). Drink prices were a little higher than what we had been paying throughout our CR vacation.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

This place has amazing food. Their soup and vegetarian options were great. I love their ambiance and the place was very relaxing. The staff were very friendly. the only down side is that the food is quite expensive. But if you are visiting La Fortuna, give this place a try just for a night.

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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Several people recommended this restaurant so we went. The food is excellent. Also there were only a few couples dining so the service was wonderful. They also called a taxi for us. Great restaurant.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Coming back from Arenal we decided to stop here for lunch. Standard North American style food and Costa Rican. For the price charged compared to the food, service and ambiance we know we weren't coming back. Perhaps better in the evening but not wanting to drive in the dark back to Aguas Zarcas area we didn't try it. We were... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Main Avenue, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Arenal Volcano National Park  >  La Fortuna de San Carlos
  • Phone Number: 2479-9997

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 65
  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop, Seafood, International, Contemporary, Costa Rican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Entertaining clients, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Doing business

Description

Our cuisine features a contemporary concept, influenced by the classic European cuisine, Asia and Latin America, from an eloquent and modern perspective. Our steaks are locally produced, with very high farming standards; and our seafood and fish dishes are amongst the preferred by our guests, for whom our menu also offers many vegetarian options, made with ingredients which, in most cases, are harvested in our own farm, pesticide-free.

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