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Don Rufino

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South American, Central American, Italian, Cafe, 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: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine
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
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not your grandmothers chicken - my husbands highlight.. fresh food and tastey and something different than hotel food! go visit!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
MegJessica
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Holbrook, New York
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Holbrook, New York
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

not your grandmothers chicken - my husbands highlight.. fresh food and tastey and something different than hotel food! go visit!

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Bowmanville, Canada
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited the restaurant for a late lunch and weren't disappointed. Food was excellent, I tried the risotto and my husband had Grandmas Chicken. Staff were friendly and the portions were plentiful!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Don Rufino serves unusual Costa Rican themed food and drink. Portions are very large and filling. Best features: gazpacho appetizer and humous plate. Cosy atmosphere even though they moved a lot of people through during our time there.

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Toronto
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The steak in the pasta where glorious . Nice environment . His soul our waiter was fantastic with his recommendations and attentive.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Good selection of food. I had a casada with fish which was very good. My husband had the thickest pork chop I have ever seen and he loved it. Very tender. Elegant table setting.

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Tomahawk, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Menu had steaks, pasta, burger, sandwiches salad etc. Great drinks. I had the tilapia with risotto and my friend had the vegetarian lasagna. Both delicious, would recommend to anyone.

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Binghamton, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Lovely atmosphere. The staff here are wonderful, and the food is even better. A large wine list, and delicious cocktails. For dinner, we started with a delicious salad with arugula, cured ham, a creamy savory cheese and roasted pear. My girlfriend got the forest lasagna with mushrooms and caramelized onions, it was wonderful. I ordered the grandma's chicken, which was... More 

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North Bay, Canada
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My husband and I were in La Fortuna and wanted a bite to eat. We were lucky to have someone point out a good place to eat. We had a wonderful lunch at Don Rufino. Although a bit on the expensive side, it IS a higher end restaurant and our plates were full!! We skipped the appetizers, luckily, as it... More 

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Plantation
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Food was very good, but on the expensive side. However, presentation was lovely and they have a lot of variety in options.

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My now husband and I went there on our first date. It was the perfect place to have a romantic dinner. The food was great. We really enjoyed ourselves.

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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: South American, Central American, Italian, Cafe, International, Contemporary, Costa Rican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?