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El Refugio Grill

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Argentinean, International
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El Refugio Grill
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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
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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
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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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Overpriced and nothing more than nice.
3 of 5 starsReviewed November 10, 2014
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HadasAndItay Y
via mobile

First, the waiter and the chef were very nice. The overall atmosphere is good and the place is beautiful. We had: Spinach crepes (7500 cr) - it was nice. Little under seasoned and... read more

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Visitor rating
  • 172
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014 via mobile

First, the waiter and the chef were very nice. The overall atmosphere is good and the place is beautiful. We had: Spinach crepes (7500 cr) - it was nice. Little under seasoned and the size was disappointing. Milanesa napolitana (7900 cr) - was cheawy and the melted cheese on top made it lose all its crispness. also, the size was... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This lovely restaurant has amazing food and a wonderful atmosphere. It was my last night in Costa Rica and I wanted to have a memorable meal. I came to the right place. The chef has a wonderful selection of exquisite meals. The food is fresh and prepared with quality ingredients. Fantastic food, excellent service, perfect setting.

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Pensacola, Florida
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77 reviews 77 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Very nice, very small restaurant and reservations required. We were a party of four and between us we had tuna steak, a baby octopus dish, and I had the spinach crepes. Everything was very good and well seasoned. The chef is also the owner. We had two desserts; one sweet crepes with ice cream and chocolate and one grilled pineapple... More

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Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Great place that was recommended to us by a local. The restaurant itself is simple with no real 'bells and whistles'. These days this can be interpreted as a negative but it's not at all. The restaurant is clean, comfortable and in a typical Costa Rican jungle setting. It only has a handful of tables and one smiling waitress but... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

My boyfriend ordered the tuna steak and he doesn't normally like tuna, but he said he absolutely loved this particular tuna. Well seasoned and tasted very fresh. I ordered the skirt steak and I don't normally enjoy steak but it was very tasty - a little tough, but that is the nature of this particular cut of meat. We ordered... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Nice place to eat. Just a few tables which makes it quiet. Great for dinner. The tuna steak is one of the best options in the area. This place is actually at punta uva, about 10km from puerto viejo, so you would need to go by car or bike.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Let's face it: more often than not, people will qualify a place based on its infrastructure, how big, bright or opulent it seems. Food takes a distant second place and it is usually qualified in function of the restaurant. We are doing it wrong! El Refugio is a none of the above: no huge infrastructure, no luxury, no waste. The... More

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Clovis, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

The tuna was to die for and the crepes were superb. No wonder this place gets great reviews. From the cocktail to the entre to the dessert. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. A definite GO BACK.....

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Sarasota, Florida
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Saw it driving by and had to stop. Cool little place with great food. A little expensive for what most are used to on a trip to puerto viejo but delicious. Feels like your in the middle of nowhere but just 100 feet from the road. Friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere. We had the steak which was great but got... More

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Paris, France
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We drove a bit to get here, it was not in the town center so I had higher expectations, if we had to go out of our way to get there... It HAS TO BE good, right?! Please note that this restaurant is by RESERVATION ONLY, so please call in advance to insure you have a table. My stepmom picked... More

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Additional Information about El Refugio Grill

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
Phone Number: (506) 2759-9007
Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Limon  >  Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
Cuisine: Argentinean, International

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