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Main Avenue, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
2479-9997
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Washington, Virginia
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58 reviews 58 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

Very interesting menu, unusual mix of dishes. A bit pricey, good service. We had two appetizers and two entries, the lasagna was the best and humus dish was good but could have used more garlic.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

As a budget traveler, I chose Don Rufino's as my one fine dining experience in Arenal. While there was nothing at all wrong with the meal or service itself, there was a definite, palpable sense that the meals were not so much freshly prepared as uniquely inventive. My traveling partner had the pistachio chicken, and while it tasted pretty interesting... More

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London
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

The food was delicious - the service was excellent - the atmosphere was great. Only downside is that it was a little pricey - especially the wine. Some of the best food of our trip though

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Whistler, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Not what I was expecting based on some local reviews. Had the Ceviche, it had flavour but nothing to write home about. It's a very nice with a bar you can sit on that is on the outside of the restaurant seating area along the sidewalk, which is a plus. Not much else to say other than the staff were... More

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bermuda
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014 via mobile

Our hotel driver, Alberto recommended this place to us. OMG, best food I've had on this holiday. The Grouper fish dish was out of this world. So many shrimp in the dish to count too. Presentation was excellent and the staff were so nice. Seriously this place rocks.

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Colorado
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84 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Out of our group of six, everyone was very satisfied with their food! I had a seafood soup that was served in a coconut and it was very, very good. Cocktails were also fantastic. The restaurant has a very nice ambiance and decor. This place is a little pricier, but definitely worth it!

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Portland, Maine
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4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Highly recommended. I had the chicken soup and it was excellent. Then I had a brined pork chop. It was very dry and overcooked. It do not tast good and I did not eat it. When the waitress asked how our food was, I told her, and she said that I had to understand that in CR they have to... More

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

The steak had char marks on it but was steamed. Everything seemed fresh and of good quality but the preparation was lacking.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

This place is in La Fortuna and when I arrived I notice that all the tourist were there. The food was really good, especially the ceviche appetizer. Good cocktails and such a great vibe. The food was a bit pricey but good.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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7 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

really beautiful steaks, great service, great atmosphere All beautifully presented A really good find

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Additional Information about Don Rufino

Address: Main Avenue, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 2479-9997
Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Arenal Volcano National Park  >  La Fortuna de San Carlos
Average Prices: USD 7 - 65
Cuisine: Costa Rican, Contemporary, International, Café

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