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Don Rufino

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Costa Rican, Contemporary, International, Café
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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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  • 619
    Excellent
  • 304
    Very good
  • 122
    Average
  • 24
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Second time here...fabulous again

I came here on my first trip to LaFortuna 2 years ago because it was recommended to us by many people. I never wrote a review but we loved it! When I came back this time with my boyfriend I told him we had to go back. It did not disappoint! We started with the hummus and both loved it.... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
usrerd
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Madison, WI
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Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Madison, WI
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW via mobile

I came here on my first trip to LaFortuna 2 years ago because it was recommended to us by many people. I never wrote a review but we loved it! When I came back this time with my boyfriend I told him we had to go back. It did not disappoint! We started with the hummus and both loved it.... More 

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Costa Rica
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

I had the coconut seafood soup. They packed a mixed of delicious seafood in a coconut & the presentation was wonderful. They brought bread with special butters to start. The service was good.

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Miami, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We had a wonderful meal.. the service was very good.. roasted vegetable salad as an appetizer superb shrimp entree!!

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Richmond, VA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

We found the food in Costa Rica to be very expensive so we were happy to spend a few more dollars for a gourmet meal. The atmosphere was nice and the food was delicious. Staff was professional and friendly. You won't be disappointed.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Can't say enough about this place. Friendly staff provided great service and the food was very good. So good, we went two days in a row. Our favorite was a humas salad. It had such a combination of flavors; sun dried tomatoes, tomatoes, roasted garbanzo beans, feta cheese.

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London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Delicious food, nice ambience and great service. The chef's recommendations are worth taking. It fills up by 7pm so book a table or get there early.

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Riverside, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

This place wS crowded when we went but thankfully the bar was available. Reservations are encouraged. The food is highly priced but good. Drinks are good too.

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Cantley, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We were looking for a great steak/sea food restaurant for Valentine's day and the taxi guy recommended Don Rufino. We got there at 6:00pm so fairly early. At first there was only a few tables to serve so I really don't know why the service was that slow. The waiter/waitress, since we had 2 of them, didn't seem much happy... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Modern, clean, bright restaurant with cocktail bar serving delicious food. Lots of choice. Friendly service. Deservedly popular so need to book.

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Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This restaurant is so highly rated for a reason. The food was delicious! Need to make a reservation and if possible come before 7. The large tour groups start arriving between 7-7:30 and the service gets really slow after that point. But overall a great experience!

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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: Costa Rican, Contemporary, International, Café

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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