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El Refugio Grill

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International, Argentinean, South American
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200mts Sur Hotel Suerre Caribe - Frente entrada Playa Grande | A little further from Punta Uva beach towards Manzanillo, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
(506) 2759-9007
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Description: International Cusine Restaurant. Jungle outside tables for dinner or chill...
International Cusine Restaurant. Jungle outside tables for dinner or chill out.Romantic atmosphere, good music.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
unpretentious gem

situated at Punta Uva - my favorite beach area near Puerto Viejo, this restaurant shares the same characteristic as Punta Uva - it offers intimate experience in an unpretentious setting - delicacy at its best. You know you are at the right place, when a dish as simple as plain pasta tastes... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
siyul
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New York City, New York
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

situated at Punta Uva - my favorite beach area near Puerto Viejo, this restaurant shares the same characteristic as Punta Uva - it offers intimate experience in an unpretentious setting - delicacy at its best. You know you are at the right place, when a dish as simple as plain pasta tastes super delicious - that's what this place is... More 

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McLean, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Everything you could ask for in an intimate but unpretentious setting. Started with the home made chips and guacamole - each of which was the best I've ever had. No tuna that night, but the salmon was a worthy substitute. Service was excellent but without feeling like they were hovering. Highly recommended!

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West Jordan, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We saved this place for our last meal in country. Absolutely the best we've had. The tuna steak was insanely delicious. The spinach crepes were so fluffy and creamy. We tried all the deserts, all of them were fantastic. We were able to watch the chef/owner cook all our meals from our table. You could see how much dedication he... More 

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San Francisco, Alajuela, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

After three years of living and traveling in Costa Rica I can honestly say that this was the best meal I have eaten in country.

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Berkley, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

It's all about atmosphere here. Each table is secluded, so you feel like you're dining all alone. The table we sat at was surrounded by lovely tropical plants. The drinks were well made with a decent amount of liquor. We both ordered flank steak, which was quite frankly the best I've had.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Really good food and nice service. Prices reasonable. It is fun to wach the owner working in the kitchen. Try the tuna steaks. We would go there again next time...

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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We heard about this place by our bed and breakfast host- down the street from this place. When we went, we were the only ones there. But it was the perfect romantic setting. Candlelit tables small intimate setting outside underneath a rotunda. It was dark so we couldn't see much else besides what was underneath the rotunda. Our food was... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

I can't believe a place this good exists off the beaten path in Costa Rica. I will never forget the food there and wish I was in Costa Rica a little longer to have had a couple more dinners there. TOP NOTCH!!

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Punta Uva
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

My wife and I own a second home in the area, and we always look forward to returning to El Refugio. "They say to eat red meat in moderation, so we save our cravings for Fernando's lucious steak with his fantastic chimichurri sauce that can not be duplicated. When not eating the steak...I always enjoy the Ahi Tuna medallions. Oh... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Wow! If you want to propose to the one you love, do it there! It's a very romantic place, only 4 tables and the friendliest restaurant staff we have seen in Costa Rica. Everything was perfectly fresh! Even the nachos were freshly made (must try). The dishes are simple but delicious. The salmon and the beef were grilled to perfection.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 200mts Sur Hotel Suerre Caribe - Frente entrada Playa Grande | A little further from Punta Uva beach towards Manzanillo, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Limon  >  Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
  • Phone Number: (506) 2759-9007

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: International, Argentinean, South American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions, Doing business

Description

International Cusine Restaurant. Jungle outside tables for dinner or chill out.Romantic atmosphere, good music.

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