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El Refugio Grill

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International, Argentinean
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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, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night, 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
Very nice place, exceptional food and very friendly staff!

This very small restaurant (4 tables) is right beside the street in the middle of the forest. The ambience is breathtaking, as is the food! Since we visited El Refugio Grill in the off season, we were the only ones. I have to say, this is probably the nicest eating experience I've ever had in my... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
Michael Z
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Bern, Switzerland
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
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Bern, Switzerland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This very small restaurant (4 tables) is right beside the street in the middle of the forest. The ambience is breathtaking, as is the food! Since we visited El Refugio Grill in the off season, we were the only ones. I have to say, this is probably the nicest eating experience I've ever had in my live. As an appetiser... More 

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Dublin, Georgia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The atmosphere is perfect, the food is amazing, and the coffee is beyond perfect! Make sure to make a reservation because it's a small place but it is well worth it! I had the steak which was cooked to perfection and the brownie and ice cream with a coffee made my belly very happy!

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ALPHARETTA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Nice atmosphere & lovely service. Chips & guacamole fabulous. Salmon good but steak amazing. Potatoes cooked perfectly. Great bottle of wine. Only 2 bites left of our trip, seriously considering going again! It's that good!

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Had a great meal with friends, the steak is amazing, well cooked and juicy and even a simple dish like guacamole and tortillas was particularly tasty. The owners are lovely too, service attentive but not overbearing. Nice wine selection as well.

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Prior Lake, Minnesota
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We had two of the best meals of our lives here.....I'm pretty sure that you could close your eyes and say I'll have that, and whatever you picked would be amazing!!

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Edmonton
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

El Refugio was a bit of a drive from our hotel but well worth it. We started with muscles which were amazing. We had the steak and pasta with shrimp. Both were excellent. Service was attentive and the atmosphere made for a very enjoyable experience

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New Prague, Minnesota
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Amazing food, with great options no matter what your tastes are. Very quaint setting that is ideal for couples.

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Toronto, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I would go as for as to call my self a lover of proper steak. I'll say this, they serve proper steak at El Refugio, and they do it really really well. The Argentinian cook knows whats going on around the grill. This was the best steak I've had outside of maybe 3 or 4 steak places I've been to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Cant stress enough how much I enjoyed eating there. The food was superb, and the service just right. For food that good, at that price, you simply cant miss! Enjoyed a night with friends. Would definitely recommend.

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

food was well cooked by head chef. Outstanding steak. prices were higher than I expected but service was good

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

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

Description

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

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