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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 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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English first
Dallas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

I first tried this restaurant when it opened 8 years ago, since then the quality has only gone up, the dishes are simply outstanding. The 3lb stake (1200g) is cooked to perfection, cut and seared table side. $40 and easily feeds 4 people a total bargain for fine dining.

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Havertown, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

We went to this restaurant to celebrate our son's 16th birthday. The food was excellent, the setting is very comfortable and the service was first rate. We also very much appreciated the wait staff bringing dessert over to our son with a candle and the entire restaurant singing Happy Birthday in English/Spanish!!

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Recommended by our hotel, it's not much to look at on a side street, but the bar was lively (World Cup), and the food was tipico, decent, and pleasant enough.

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We came here and tried five cold entrees. The gaspacho, tuna tartar, salad, seafood cocktail and caesar salad. They were all great except the caesar. We also tried a hot soup which was good. Presentations were gorgeous.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The service was okay. At the time we went, evidently the staff was short-handed because we had to wait a long time for our steaks which were over cooked.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The food here was good, and we had a great bottle of wine. All in all everything I would have expected from an upscale steak house with upscale prices to match. I got the strip steal that was on par with other Restaurants of this caliber. The desserts were particularly good. Do yourself a favor while in town though, and... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I went to Don Rufino my last night in La Fortuna, and it was delish! I got the fillet mignon wrapped in bacon and I regretted nothing about my choice! I felt the meal was reasonably prices in comparison to American food. My bill was about $36... and that included the meal, a Coke, and a bottle of Imperial beer...... More

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Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We arranged to celebrate my mother's 90th birthday while in La Fortuna. We asked at the hotel for the best restaurant in town and they suggested Don Rufino's. It is a great mixture of traditional Costa Rican charm with an oustanding international menu. Everything was superb. I had a fantastic lamb dish in a French sauce that was "to die... More

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Monrovia, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Everyone said you have to go here. We did and it was nothing expected. It's Their attempt at cuisine you would find in California at a place 12 years ago. Nothing special.

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New York City, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We had a great dinner here one night and kept trying to come back, alas we didn't make it. Between us we had the tortilla soup, grandmas chicken cooked in banana leaf, shrimp pasta. Everything had so much flavor! I would highly recommend stopping in for lunch or dinner.

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