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Lava Lounge Bar & Grill

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
(506) 2479.7365
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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Houston, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

food was just ok. Be sure to bring cash as we were shocked when we gave the server our Credit card and he stated "cash only" huh? where's the posted sign that states "cash only"..didn't see 1 so don't if it was just the our group they didn't want to accept Credit Card from or what. Thankfully we rummaged up... More

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Atlantic City, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

We ate here 8-6-14. We both had their steak special it was delicious. The drinks were very well made also. The live band played reggae rock. The atmosphere was great. The owner even came to see how we were liking everything. The bar also helped raise awareness dog fostering. I thought that was really nice of them.

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Dublin, Ireland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I don't know what they do to the beef, but dear god it was beautiful, I went back the next day for lunch because it tasted like a prime cut angus steak. Service was great and atmosphere was awesome too. For the price I would definitely say it is the best I have had, but don't expect Michelin stars, it's... More

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Dallas, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This place is cool and the "it" place to be if you want to leave your hotel, have some drinks & hear good music!! They have live music certain nights. We met the owner... very cool man!! He also owns/runs a dog rescue/well-being center too, which I loved hearing about.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

Healthy size portions and good service make up this lounge area on the way to Arenal. Fair value for money, and really tasty. I'd give it a second visit, as some of the other reviewers can attest.

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Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I started going to this restaurant years ago, and keep going back. I have had many things on the menu and have never been disappointed. The Margaritas are perfect. No mix...the real thing. The service is always fantastic and over the years I have gotten to know the waiter who we see most of the time, as well as the... More

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Irving, Texas, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We were lured in from the street by the reggae beats and cool vibe of the restaurant. The food is a little expensive but the drinks are decently priced. Fun place to go to! Highly recommend!

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Had a good but not amazing meal that came to $38 plus they'd added an optional 10% tip to the bill. Not being a big tipper, and as the meal was nothing special, left $40 and started walking home. Next thing we know a waiter (tall, gelled hair and eyebrow piercing if the management care) came sprinting round the corner... More

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LavaLounge, Guest Relations Manager at Lava Lounge Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Hi Rob, Thanks for your review and feedback. We're sorry to hear of your poor experience and we have reviewed this incident with our staff. A 10% tip + 13% sales tax is automatically included in the final bill per Costa Rican law, this is written clearly on all of our menu's and each bill, so the final amount shouldn't... More

Providence, Rhode Island
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

The Lava Lounge is a fun, trendy, bar/pub scene that has good food and a positive vibe. The hot wings were yummy and the drinks were made very well. It definitely caters to the 20 something crowd, but it is kid friendly and a good time for any age. It is also one of the more affordable restaurants in the... More

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Drove by here coming into town from San Jose and loved the lights and outdoor setting so had our first meal here and weren't disappointed. Staff was kind and fast service with fresh ingredients as you will find most places here. We had the pork dish and fajitas, both were great and with the pork came a cheese that we... More

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