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Lava Lounge Bar & Grill

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, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
(506) 2479.7365
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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: Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Drinks, Delivery, Reservations

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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 atmosphere and decent food

Came here for dinner on a Saturday night, it was very busy and there was a good atmosphere aided by a live band. The service was ok, not amazing but nothing to complain about. Food was good, lots of choice, large portions and typical Costa Rican cuisine. Would recommend, however consider prices are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
Eve W
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
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Howell, Michigan
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Absolutely love the outdoor dining in Costa Rica. Lava Lounge is yet another example of a fun Costa Rican establishment with great atmosphere, excellent staff and most important, excellent food.

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New York City, New York
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Lava lounge was great place to relax and have drinks after a long day of fun activities. The prices were very reasonable and Thrusdays live music show was awesome! The food was good but the menu had mostly American options. I had one of the salads and even though the portion was good it didn't blow me away. The guacamole... More 

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Spring, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

This is the second best place we ate at in La Fortuna. It was the best arroz con pollo I had in Costa Rica. It actually had a lot of flavor. We ate at many "sodas", which are local restaurants, but we found that their food lacked flavor. Lava lounge had very flavorful food and was a great atmosphere.

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Came here for dinner on a Saturday night, it was very busy and there was a good atmosphere aided by a live band. The service was ok, not amazing but nothing to complain about. Food was good, lots of choice, large portions and typical Costa Rican cuisine. Would recommend, however consider prices are in dollars and it can seem a... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The food here is really wonderful. It's a mix of Costa Rican dishes (like really yummy ceviche) and American fare. Great service and chill atmosphere.

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Had a delicious sangria here--my first (and second, and third, lol). The place can accommodate vegan diets, and their Tico wraps are good. Service the first visit was alright,service the second time was horrible. They were not busy during either visit--guys just busy socializing, waiting to make the next buck. The ONLY person I did not tip extra to on... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Don't let it's apparent popularity and imaginative decoration fool you - it's busy because it's wrongly recommended in the Lonely Planet and packed with American tour groups. It's telling that the prices on the menu are in USD only. Food was tasteless, portions were tiny and the service terrible. Walk a little further into town.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

My wife and I popped in for lunch one day in town and settled on here since it was one of many places which were recommended to us. It's very laid back and big enough that you won't run the risk of overcrowding. We both really enjoyed our meals and even had a guest as a happy go lucky stray... More 

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Abu Dhabi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Seems to be the busiest bar on the strip in la Fortuna. Fine for a beer and a burger but not posh dining by any stretch. Good atmosphere (as it was busy), and a band which is a mixture of jazz and reggae.....

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The food is good and reasonably priced. It's quiet enough for a nice lunch - at least for a dog to take a nap under a table by the wall. They have a great program where they will donate the proceeds to an organization that helps stray dogs if you order three specific items off the menu. This place is... 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: Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?