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Don Rufino

Main Avenue, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
2479-9997
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $7 - $65
Cuisines: Costa Rican, Contemporary, International, Café
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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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London, United Kingdom
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81 reviews 81 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Didnt blow me away but I was a bit "steaked out" after a few days there! I ate the Grandma's Chicken which was great - my friend's pork ribs were ok but not fantastic Resto was a little warm but the fans were fine - definitely pre-book when in Arenal. I didnt see anywhere else worth eating at

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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

One of our more $ meals but well worth it! Attentive staff and amazing food! I got the filet mignon wrapped in bacon. Do not order it more than medium. Great steak with lots of flavor, mashed potatoes and salad. Beautiful presentation! Very clean!

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Binghamton, New York
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62 reviews 62 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

We liked this place a lot and several locals told us this was their favorite place in La Fortuna. The food was really delicious!

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Bedford, New York
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

My daughter really wanted to go here based on reviews... I had the Son Rufino cocktail and I did not taste any alcohol in it and had no buzz at all- I am a cheap date with very low alcohol tolerance. My daughter had a glass of wine and the amount poured was not Mich at all... Stingey of the... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

The food was excellent. I am a vegetarian so I was very glad to see they had vegetarian options. The place is a bit expensive but then quality of food makes up for that. If you going there do try their cold soups.. simply yumm.... From the restaurant you can see the arenal volcano mountain top which is breath taking.... More

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Glasgow
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102 reviews 102 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Tasty food and nice atmosphere but I wouldn't recommend this place. I'd rather tell people about soda viquez - a local place just round the corner where you don't have to wait too long for you food and it's awesome. Anyway, back to Rufino. We were told to book a table but this was not necessary as it wasn't too... More

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Ramsey, New Jersey
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32 reviews 32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Although the location of this restaurant, on a busy corner, leaves much to be desired, this place is a winner! The ceviche could not have been fresher and was excellent. The risotto Kabacha was amazing; lots of flavor without being greasy. the The Casado was delicious. The dessert was less so. Do yourself a favor and make reservations, this place... More

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Hinsdale, Illinois
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128 reviews 128 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Upon a recommendation from our hotel, The Lost Iguana, we had lunch here. My gluten free options were limited, however, I did enjoy a delicious salad and my family was very happy with there selections.

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Tigard, Or
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We starte our dinner by sharing the ensalada de la mason and it was wonderful--it was a big salad. My husband had Grandma's style chicken and still talking about how flavorful it was.

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Flemington, New Jersey
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Great service and wonderful menu. Perfect for tourists - more of a high-end restaurant. Prices are reasonable; menu unique. Everything prepared beautifully, even a simple sandwich for lunch.

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