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Lava Lounge Bar & Grill

Bar, Costa Rican, American, Latin
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
(506) 2479.7365
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7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food, huge portions

This restaurant seemed very 'touristy' - all in english, seemed to draw tour bus crowds (which was fine with us). The menu is fairly extensive - we ordered burritos and they were huge. While we waited we watched the looping video of the Arenal volcano explosions - quite fascinating. The decor is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Jaime R
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Plantation
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place was pretty cool. Loved the Reggae music they play, and the atmosphere is awesome for the little town of La Fortuna. The food was great, i had a vegetarian Casado and my husband had the Arroz Con Pollo. It was all amazing, drinks were great too. Loved every bit of it!

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Baltimore, Maryland
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This restaurant seemed very 'touristy' - all in english, seemed to draw tour bus crowds (which was fine with us). The menu is fairly extensive - we ordered burritos and they were huge. While we waited we watched the looping video of the Arenal volcano explosions - quite fascinating. The decor is nice, though most of the tables are picnic... More 

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Thank Jaime R
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I actually met my husband at lava lounge 2 years ago. It was an amazing vibe and the best nachos I have ever eaten. We had our wedding rehearsal dinner there and my family and friends loved the food and atmosphere. They even have live music on Wednesday and Saturday. This is the local hot spot.

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Thank Eryn C
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place on the main road. Cocktails are good. Good piñacolda and the monkey cocktail with coffee liquor. Yummy. The food was good too. Good nachos, pizza and arroz con pollo. On Wednesday night there is a live band so it's rally chilled and fun. Good place to start with dinner and or drinks before moving to another place at... More 

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Thank Marjo G
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went here at the start of the night and had a couple of cheap Imperial! Lots of tourists hung out here, and then the bar closed at 10 pm.

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Thank Chelsea H
Camden, Delaware
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We enjoyed the menu and the good food. A good selection of drinks and the décor was enjoyable. The service was very good. We had lunch here after a very good tour at the Cocao plantation.

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Thank HappyBillmore
State College, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Drinks were okay. Staff was friendly. Chairs were extremely uncomfortable. Food was average and a little over priced for the place.

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Thank EW1979
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3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Start your night here and then go to the reggae bar. Good place to meet the locals. Food is OK but the vibe makes it better. Say hi to the local dogs when you are there.

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Thank Tyler P
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our G adventure tour guide took us here for a first night dinner at La Fortuna, the most expensive town we've been to in Costa Rica. The vibe at the restaurant was good, and the cocktail list was pretty nice - I ended up ordering a soursop smoothie because I love the fruit. I ordered the vegetarian wrap (la fungla)... More 

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Kyrenia N.Cyprus
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Having met the owner Chef Scott Alan at his Dog Rescue centre chose the Lava Lounge for dinner to celebrate my 70th birthday. After a day of waterfall rappelling and a twilight river float the Lounge was the perfect place to be. Great food especially my mango cheesecake complete with candle served up by Scott and some of the waiters... 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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Bar, Costa Rican, American, Latin

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm

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