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El Refugio Grill

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Argentinean, International
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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: 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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Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 189
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  • 28
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
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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
Most recent review
It's a refuge as it's out there

This is a different review--we couldn't find our accommodations so we stopped at the hotel to use the phone. The owner(?) was so helpful esp since there is barely any cell service there. As with a lot of places in Puerto Viejo. We went back for a meal a few days later as a thank you for her help... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 17, 2015
KSL13
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USA
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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USA
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

This is a different review--we couldn't find our accommodations so we stopped at the hotel to use the phone. The owner(?) was so helpful esp since there is barely any cell service there. As with a lot of places in Puerto Viejo. We went back for a meal a few days later as a thank you for her help. Surprisingly... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We stopped for lunch one afternoon and ordered pork chops from the grill as well as fish. The food was excellent!

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Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

This was my favorite restaurant which I I visited during a 5-week trip from Panama to Guatemala. El Refugio is a small (6 table) restaurant staffed by the owner/chef, a single waitress, and an additional chef. The restaurant is in a beautiful spot within thick jungle, and the sounds of monkeys and birds provided a great atmosphere during the meal.... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Went to El Refugio last night for meal out whilst on Holiday in Puerto Viejo. Real highlight of our trip so far - incredible wine, great friendly service and delicious food. Could not recommend more highly. Romantic setting too. Thank you!! P.s if you're able to reply and tell us the name of the amazing soft bodied Malbec we had... More 

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Argenticos, Propietario at El Refugio Grill, responded to this review

Hi there, We are glad that you had a good time at El Refugio. The wine you had was TRIVENTO RESERVA - MALBEC. This wine is a reserve with 9 months on Oak´s barrel. Recommended for food cooked on the grill...or the way you like it! Thank you for your nice review, see you next trip! Have a great 2015!... More 

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

This place really is something special. The menu is relatively small (which I like) and although we only tried 2 of the 5 or 6 main dishes, they were both exquisite. I had the tuna which was quite possibly the best tuna I've ever had. It was cooked to perfection and the seasoning was simple yet delicious. My friends had... More 

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Argenticos, Propietario at El Refugio Grill, responded to this review

Pura Vida! Thanks for your review, and we are really glad that you had a good time in our restaurant. Have a Great 2015! See you next trip! More 

Manahawkin, New Jersey
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015 via mobile

Our third trip to this restaurant and never leave hungry or disappointed. Cant wait for my fourth visit hopefully in the near future.

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Argenticos, Propietario at El Refugio Grill, responded to this review

Thank you for your nice review / hope to see you again on your next trip to Costa Rica!! Pura Vida! More 

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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 via mobile

We made reservations for our last night in CR for a romantic ending to a wonderful week in Puerto Viejo. This was one of our best meals. The quaint romantic atmosphere only added to the experience. I had an Argentinian red wine, hubby had rum and coke. We started with mussels in white wine sauce, yummy, could have had another... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 via mobile

What a find this place is! We ate here twice, amazing steak (great meat) and perfectly cooked, fab chips and lovely guacamole dip. Highly recommended although pricey. Cost was similar to london but worth it!

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

My finance and I went to El Refugio twice in the last week and were not disappointed. The food is pricier but you get what you pay for. The steak is amazing. He has to import the meat and it is tender, flavorful just everything we hoped for. The place itself is a little out of the way but that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We were referred to El Refugio by the owners of Korrigan Lodge. It was definitely a great way to finish off an amazing trip! My girlfriend and I both went in with high expectations (based on what we'd read on TripAdvisor!) and we were not disappointed! I can honestly say that it was one of the best dining experiences I've... 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 0 - 20
  • Cuisine: Argentinean, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

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

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