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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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Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

I searched without success for a nice place to get a drink at night, with some atmosphere. There isn't any here. Lava Lounge, though, offers nearly that--open-air, subdued lighting, convivial atmosphere with creative drinks and good food, a live musician (sometimes) and reggae music other nights. Everywhere else is empty, dark, depressing in the off season. This place lifted my... More

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London, United Kingdom
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88 reviews 88 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

We had a great lunch here - our last meal at La Fortuna. The kitchen staff were very flexible with adapting a few dishes for our fussy kids. Portions were enormous. Toilets could be a bit cleaner. Just next to the restaurant there's a tiny shop that sells hand crafted jewellery which is absolutely amazing!

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Austin, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Lava Lounge Bar & Grill is a funky, reggae-infused culinary pit stop you don’t want to miss! Located in the heart of La Fortuna, next to the famous Volcano Arenal, its broad menu offers predominately gastro selections such as sandwiches, nachos, and delicious burgers served with yucca fries, crispy salads, pasta or pizza. Foodies don’t fret! House specials include Coconut... More

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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

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

Hi Happy010! Thanks so much for your feedback on your experience at Lava Lounge Bar & Grill. We do not accept credit cards, and we do have a sign posted right in front of our Cashier area where customers pay that states this. Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused your group, but rest assured this is... More

Atlantic City, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

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
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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