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On the road to Tabacon, 10 KM outside of Fortuna, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
+506 2479 1910
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Costa Rican
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

A wonderful lunch of local ceviche topped off with lots of birds, iguanas, a croc on the river, and just as we were leaving, three white-faced monkeys flew out of a tree and scampered across the grass in front of us! What a treat!

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Reno, Nevada
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117 reviews 117 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We didn't make a reservation and decided to drop in. There was about 3 large groups that were seated before us, so we hung out at the bar for about 30 min before getting seated, then it was quite a bit of a wait to get our appetizer and meals and check, etc. The food was really great, we had... More 

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Kungsbacka, Sweden
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

After walking in Vulcano Arenal national park we stopped at at seefood and steakhouse that someone recommended. Two buses had stopped and our expections were normal. But... Fantastisk good. Great presentation. Good prices. A place to revisit. We have had great food i costa rica and this was the best. Do not miss this pearl of restaurangs.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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185 restaurant reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Delicious dinner was enjoyed by my wife and I. Convenient located between La Fortuna and Tabacon. Menu had a lot of good choices and prices were very reasonable. I found the steak very good and everything else was great too.

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Valders, Wisconsin
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

good food, reasonable prices, great service, our hotel recommended it and we were glad they did. Nice atmosphere.

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Los Angeles
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

We had dinner here two nights. The food is very good. You must try the mixed ceviche- this was delicious and the best thing I ate in Costa Rica. The next night I tried the Tilapia ceviche that was also good but not AS amazing at the mixed one. The steaks and the pork dish we tried were very good.... More 

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Syracuse, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

wizzing down the winding roads from the volcano, spotted this place unexpectedly and it was probably one of the best decisions we made on the trip. three of us walked in for lunch, sat in the back which is surrounded by the local plant life. the recommendation of the curry calamari was insanely good. seasoned perfectly. I went on to... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 via mobile

Excellent meat and fish, very well served. The waiters were very helpful. Not too far from the Tabacon resort (I would not walk though), and reasonably priced. The place to go in the evening if you have a car and staying at the Tabacon. Not a ***** restaurant, but a place with good sincere food that will not disappoint you... More 

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Hamilton, Canada
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8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Well outside of La Fortuna, this restaurant is worth the trip! We visited for dinner and had the place almost to ourselves. It is an open air restaurant and the evening was perfect for a nice, leisurely meal. All our meals were enjoyed, but particularly the steaks. Cooked perfectly and a generous cut made this perhaps the best meal I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Had a great time. Got a very good wine recommended. And the steak was amazing. Very tender and well seasoned meat.

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Address: On the road to Tabacon, 10 KM outside of Fortuna, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +506 2479 1910
Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Arenal Volcano National Park  >  La Fortuna de San Carlos
Cuisine: Costa Rican

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