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Nene's Restaurant

Calle 5, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
2479-9192
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Cuisines: Steakhouse, Costa Rican, International
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Philadelphia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

It's a fun place kind of tucked into an alley. My meal ( the talpia on fire) was really good.. I am not sure the shrimp would have been worth the extra cost. Great staff, and everyone I ate with was very pleased with the evening. Probably medium priced, and a lovely choice.

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Heemstede, The Netherlands
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Although the ambiance looks great and the menu looks cheap, don't get fooled by entering this restaurant. Anytime they get the chance they'll try to offer you off-menu items, like special appetizers or main courses. And although these meals look surprisingly good, the real surprise is when you receive the check. The off-menu items will have prices up to 5... More

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Amsterdam
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

We ate here with a group of 7 at recommendation of fellow traveller. The atmosphere was great. 5 of us ordered a chef special which was not on the menu and was recommended by the waiter. Everything was great until we got the bill. While all the dishes on the menu including all kinds of steaks were about 10-15 dollars,... More

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La Canada Flintridge, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The alley type street and the ugly sign would have prevented me from walking in but 2 different drivers on 2 different days swayed us to give it a try. It was wonderful! My husband had the tilapia special ($44) with 6 shrimp, arriving to the table on fire. I had the shrimp special, also flaming, ($17)' wonderful. My son... More

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

I loved this restaurant! The food, service, and atmosphere was wonderful! It serves authentic Costa Rican food and the ambiance is very local. The portion sizes are big and can easily be shared. Their ceviche was one of the best I have ever had. Definitely make a point to stop there for lunch or dinner.

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Surely located off of the beaten path, but was so worth it. Walked into here at dark one night and although we make amazing ceviche of our own at home we had to give it a try and the freshness of the ingredients alone made it worth it. Server was bi-lingual and kind/helpful. Great authentic Costa Rican dining experience.

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Woodbury, Minnesota, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

By boyfriend and I recently purchased a property near town. As a celebration we went to Nene's to have the best ceviche in the world. The portion size is great and your receive plenty of tortilla chips to dip into the wonderful dish. The flavors are excellent. Iff you sit on the patio you have a clear shot of Arenal... More

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Somerville, Massachusetts
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15 reviews 15 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

If you want some local flavor while you’re in La Fortuna, look no further than Nene’s. Tucked into an alley, Nene’s is famous for their ceviche (a hefty portion and one of the best ceviche’s that we had in the country). When we ate there, we’d just missed the lunch rush, and so had a chance to get to know... More

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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 17, 2014

Off the beaten path and nice. Wait staff super friendly and food was good, but chef's special was $44 per person. Waiter did not bother to tell us that. And frankly, I would not have ever thought there would be such an expensive meal in La Fortuna. Will not repeat.

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Really great atmosphere in this place, friendly service but swift without feeling hurried. My ceviche and shrimp (if you're British be prepared. ..this is not actually shrimp sized!) were fantastic. Tasty and beautifully presented. However, and I really think Nene's need to think about this. ..my husband's vegetarian choice was limited. His 4 cheese pasta looked bland and colourless. He... More

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