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Don Rufino

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Café, 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/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Families with children
Bar scene
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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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
good place to eat

exotic presentation in the plates, very good food, the plates offer a great porcion, the ceviche was spectacular,

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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41 reviews 41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

exotic presentation in the plates, very good food, the plates offer a great porcion, the ceviche was spectacular,

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Burlington, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

In town about 5 miles from the Hotel, we took a cab into town and went to Don Rufinos which was recommended by everybody at the Hotel! Man what a Steak, Bramah Cattle, grass fed, free range, no chemicals the best steak I have had in a very long time, service was awesome, food awesome, location in the middle of... More 

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Weeki Wachee, Florida
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8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Everything was excellent from the ceviche, lemon grass shrimp soup, roasted chicken and extra fresh salads! We loved it all and add to that excellent service to make it a great dining experience.

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Chicago, Illinois
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30 reviews 30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Don Ruffino is right in the heart of La Fortuna so you can watch the day go by from almost any table in the place...or sit at the bar and get a close up look. The service was quite good. The menu is varied - when my husband asked about a favorite Costa Rican dish, our server said she didn't... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I did a tour of 5 resteraunts in La Fortuna and tried ceviche at all of them and this place had the best. They also make a fantastic mojito. I'd definitely go back

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Maryville, Tennessee
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

This restaurant was a little more on the expensive side but a very very good treat while in La Fortuna. Like most restaurants it was also open aired. The food was fabulous and prepared to perfection. They spoke English very well and we did not have any troubles ordering what we wanted.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Both my husband and I ate the Casado (fish and chicken) and after two weeks of traveling in Costa Rica we decided that it was the best Casado we ate. If you haven't eaten Casado yet, I would definitely recommend to start here!

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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

This was one of the best meals we had while on our trip to Costa Rica. The menu had a good variety of dishes with unique twists and interesting flavor combinations. The menu included everything from chicken and pork to hummus and tuna tartare. My husband had a delicious chicken dish served in a pineapple, which was beautiful to look... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Costa Rican beef rules! No bi-product, hormone, or fillers. Beef was tasty, clean, and easy to digest. I ate the filet mignon and it was delicious.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We enjoyed our meal here in La Fortuna. The food was good - typical Costa Rican cuisine. Would highly recommend it.

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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: Café, International, Contemporary, Costa Rican

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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