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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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Santa Ynez, California
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106 reviews 106 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

The place was quiet but the food and service were just great. Very friendly staff and delicious traditional Costa Rican food.

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Pine, Colorado
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

This became our "go to" place in La Fortuna for the best dining experience. The portions are large and the food is excellent. All out waiters seemed to be very professional. We didn't find anything wrong while dining.

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Tampa, Florida
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44 reviews 44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 via mobile

Every time we come to Arenal, we look forward to a meal at Don Rufino. The food and service are consistently excellent. We really enjoyed the Grandma's Chicken and the mushroom lasagna. Wasn't expecting to enjoy lasagna in Costa Rica, but this was an incredible dish. We went early and they had lots of room. The bar was already getting... More

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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This place is very nice and upscale. The food will run you about $50 a couple depending on what you get. We enjoyed every morsel and the presentation is great. This by far is the nicest and most upscale restaurant in La Fortuna.

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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50 reviews 50 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

My wife and I went to Don Rufino's for my birthday dinner in Costa Rica. Overall it was a memorable dining experience! The caprese salad was absolutely divine, and a very pleasant surprise. We also were gaga for the lemon tart! Scrumptious!!! The steaks we had were also very good, but because we have such good steaks in the states,... More

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West Melbourne, Florida
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35 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

My husband and I had dinner here our first night in Costa Rica. We had read about the restaurant both in our Fodor's tour guide and on Trip Advisor so we thought it was worth checking out. We were pretty tired and hungry by the time we got there, but the service was very friendly and prompt. There were only... More

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Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This was a recommendation from a local but the service was not great and the food was just ok.....very expensive for what you received.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Excellent food - especially the salads and meat - and good service but certainly expect to pay traveler's prices.

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Figuretes
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

During an extended stay in the La Fortuna area, I had the occasion to sample food at many eateries, but none quite matched the elegance and experience of this little gem of a bar/restaurant. The cuts of beef on offer were of prime quality, served with great sides and a wonderful level of service. I thoroughly recommend this restaurant to... More

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3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Portions were large, drinks were delicious and their local authentic dishes were amazing. Must try their grandma chicken (half chicken roasted in chocolate and coffee

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