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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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Cambridge, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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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Fort Smith, Arkansas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Great atmosphere & very good food. I wasn't crazy about all of the stray dogs that hung around. But hey, it's not home and maybe they can't control it. But none the less, the food and drinks were great and we had a really good time here. I would highly recommend it to anyone traveling through La Fortuna.

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Dallas, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Love, love, love the atmosphere, but the $3.50 beer in Costa Rica? Really? Food was good too, but was suffering sticker shock on cocktail prices.

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Boulder, Colorado
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

They have a great steak fajitas, which is surprisingly rare in Costa Rica to find. Great ceviche, also. There is a great open air patio which seems to create a festive atmosphere. It is true that it is a very touristy place, but I am a picky eater and the local sodas are hit and miss. Prices are not too... More

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Dallas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Quesadillas, burgers and ceviche were excellent. The drinks were tasty and well priced, and the Cuban guy at the entrance will hand make silver jewelry for you while you eat your meal

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Los Angeles, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We came here to drink some beers and watch the CR worldcup game. Very friendly staff. Big TV for the game. Beers were great and we ordered some plantains with ice cream for our daughter.

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Boulder, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

menu with great variety and it was all good. the best Ceviche we had in Costa Rica. Fantastic mojitos too.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

My recommendation is to stick with Soda's. The food is better quality, less expensive, with friendlier service.

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