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Cascajo's del Arenal

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South American, Costa Rican
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| 800 mts west del Hotel Tabacon, Arenal Volcano National Park 506, Costa Rica
24799674
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Takeout
Description: Very friendly people. Good choice of typical food- we had a nice...
Very friendly people. Good choice of typical food- we had a nice fish. Quite place. You sit outside under a wooden roof.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
So good we went back for more!

This was one of the best meals we had in Costa Rica! We had the arroz con pollo and the observatory rice - both so good. The garlic chicken is some of the best chicken I've ever had! Ask them for patacones con frijoles - a Costa Rican specialty! And there's a cute dog too! If you are in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Baltimore, Maryland
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Dining on a budget
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Miami, Florida
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4 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

I realize there are a lot of good reviews. Last night we ordered 4 orders to go. Everyone got sick! The rice was hard. The fish was smelly. This is NOT great food. It's only for Gringos that don't know any better. Normally we make our own food with kitchen supplies we bring from home. Burners, pots, plates etc. We... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

This was one of the best meals we had in Costa Rica! We had the arroz con pollo and the observatory rice - both so good. The garlic chicken is some of the best chicken I've ever had! Ask them for patacones con frijoles - a Costa Rican specialty! And there's a cute dog too! If you are in the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We went to Cascajo's on a whim while we were passing it on our way to/from our hotel and hiking in Arenal National Park. The food was great, and the service outstanding (though we were the only ones who stopped for lunch for quite some time). We got to see a coati up close, and the gardens in back were... More 

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Indianapolis IN
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61 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This was our first stop on a 10 day Costa Rica tour and we loved it! The portions were huge, the owner super friendly and the resident coati and bird were a nice highlight. My son loved the ceviche and the grilled plantains were incredible.

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Los Angeles, California
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

We are so glad we decided to stop at Cascajo's for lunch! Located between Arenal Observatory Lodge and Tabacón Lodge/Hot Springs. Cascajo's is the place for amazing food, friendly people and a great view of the volcano- if no clouds. Uriel was our waiter and he was great and such a joy to be around. He took time to explain... More 

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Fairfax, California
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Service was incredible, food was very very good, we loved the house special steak which had some weird sauce but was really tasty! They have a family of Coati in the jungle behind the restaurant which are super cute and friendly.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Who eats at the same restaurant two days in a row while on a vacation? Well, We did and this says a lot about it. It looks shack-like. The host/waiter was very cordial. The food was a big hit. Their seafood is worth a mention and so is their chicken in mushroom sauce. But the star of the meal was... More 

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Houston, Texas
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158 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

First time to visit this location. The owner was there and we had a very pleasant conversation. The group of us included five individuals. Overall we were very satisfied with the quality of the food and the service was very personal and attentive. They also shared that JZ and Beyoncé had been at their restaurant the week before. The prices... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

I've been here once before a few years back and remember this place as being very good so I came back recently with my two sisters on a family vacation and sought this place out and it didn't disappoint! This restaurant is outside of La Fortuna going out towards the Arenal National Park so it's out the way but worth... More 

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Toronto
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

It was raining cats and dogs and the taxi ride from Tabacon Resort was $5US one way. We were a bit shocked by the primitive open-air hut appearance, there was no décor, and no other eaters, perfect setting for a horror travel tale! But we were determined to try the local cuisine and gave it a chance anyway. We were... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: | 800 mts west del Hotel Tabacon, Arenal Volcano National Park 506, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Arenal Volcano National Park
  • Phone Number: 24799674

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: South American, Costa Rican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Dining on a budget

Description

Very friendly people. Good choice of typical food- we had a nice fish. Quite place. You sit outside under a wooden roof.

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