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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
(506) 2479.7365
Website
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Families with children
Bar scene
Large groups
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Delivery
Late Night
Dessert

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Visitor rating
  • 260
    Excellent
  • 322
    Very good
  • 170
    Average
  • 65
    Poor
  • 26
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Food was very avarage, atmosphere was great

Food was average, compared to other hotels in Costa Rica. Also it was pricey. Only thing good was the ambiance

2 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
Girish A
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New York City, New York
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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New York City, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Food was average, compared to other hotels in Costa Rica. Also it was pricey. Only thing good was the ambiance

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

We stopped here for dinner because the atmosphere looked lively and they were playing good music. However we were underwhelmed with the food and the service was very slow. Can see that this would be a good place for drinks, but there are much better places for dinner in the area.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Had dinner there on a Sunday night, quite busy. Food and service were good. Called a cab for us when we left. A couple of stray dogs wandered in and presumably a stray cat. Fun atmosphere.

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Sea Cliff, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

We stopped by this funky joint on our way out of Arenal and thoroughly enjoyed our breakfast and coffee drinks. The owner was incredibly friendly and runs a rescue for street dogs! Sorry we didn't get to enjoy dinner here!

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Duluth
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

There's nothing like eating outdoors on the main street of a small Costa Rican town. The food here was just as good, perhaps even better than the fancy resort we ate at the night before. This place had reasonable prices and friendly waiters. Three of us ordered local fare and the chef made plain pasta noodles with butter for one... More 

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Houston, Texas
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10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We had lunch here our first day in the Arenal/La Fortuna area. The food was delicious, they have traditional local food as well as wraps, sandwiches and such. The price was roughly $20 for the two of us with a couple of beers each. If there wasn't so busy the second time we went to town we would have eaten... More 

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Lancashire England
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38 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We chose wraps from the menu. They came full of salad and vegetable ingredients. The fish portion was served separately. The helpings were generous and tasty. We also had cocktails which were very strong. Good atmosphere in the centre of La Fortuna. Good friendly service.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Lava Lounge is a popular spot in La Fortuna frequented by mostly tourists. They have a really laid back and casual vibe with live music (in English and Spanish), dogs (the bar houses some very friendly rescues who roam throughout the bar), and a range of excellent cocktails and bar food. We thoroughly enjoyed the strong drinks and chicken wings,... More 

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Denver, co
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Just stopped for a quick dinner my afternoon in La Fortuna. Was a nice place, good service, arroz con pollo was a nice little dish.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

On our first day near La Fortuna, my husband and I stopped here for a bite to each and some drinks. It was a Wednesday afternoon and not very busy. The ceviche was very good, and my husband's chicken sandwich was delicious too. Our waitress wasn't very nice, though. I don't think we even got a smile out of her.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 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: (506) 2479.7365

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?