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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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Southern California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The food was surprisingly good. Lunch service was slow -- not prompt in taking our order and a long wait before the food arrived -- but worth the wait.

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San Francisco, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Food was fantastic, there is a Chef who knows his stuff, gourmet quality. The location and Service is ok, but does not have the high standard of the Food. Can recommend, would go again.

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Dallas, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The food was good, but the service was lacking. My husband had the pork chop & really liked it. I had the Sauteed Grouper and thought it was just ok. The place wasn't busy when we were there so we were confused on why the waitress was slacking.

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Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We had a fantastic lunch at Don Rufinos when we were in La Fortuna in February. The place looks quite non descript as you arrive and get seated, you would never be able to guess the delicacies this restaurant will treat you to. The refrescos naturales (natural fruit shakes) are delicious and can be had with milk or water as... More

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Milford, Ohio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I had a lovely meal with excellent service at Don Rufino. The food was inspired by the local culture and was amazingly prepared to bring out those flavors.

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New York City, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Let me preface this by saying I live in NYC and am somewhat spoiled by the food offerings I can take advantage of. I wanted a nice meal to end my La Fortuna experience before heading back to the states. I picked Don Rufino because of its fairly high ranking on TA. Here is my take on it. Restaurant: It's... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We found the recommendation on TripAdvisor and it lived up to expectations. It is on a corner towards the lower end of the main La Fortuna strip. The food looked and tasted like it had been cooked by someone who knew what they were doing, and it was served promptly by helpful and attentive staff. We had two starters (Gazpacho... More

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Heemstede, The Netherlands
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Although the location of this restaurant might seem a bit outside of the centre, this is surely one of the best restaurants in town. Great service, great food and menu. Absolutely no complaints whatsoever. Definitely recommended.

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Montreal
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

A hidden gem in la fortuna, this restaurant has great food. We came here a second time during our stay! The coffee chicken was well cocked and juicy. The hamburger was excellent and the dessert of raspberries profiteroles (sp) was to die for.

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san jose
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The food was amazing! Service needs a little improvement but I guess it is a general problem in La Fortuna.

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