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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
(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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    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 2
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  • 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
great dinner

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Boise, Idaho
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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Boise, Idaho
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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Summerside, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We had the steak and the flavour was out of this world. It can be hard to find a good tasting steak in the area that you are able to chew. The Chimichurri sauce and seasoning was perfect. We highly recommend this restaurant. It is a little ways down the road but well worth the drive.

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Albany, Oregon, USA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

My husband & I spent 2 weeks in Playa Chiquita, and ate at several good restaurants. In my opinion, El Refugio is the best. Lovely atmosphere in the middle of the jungle. Excellent wine. Loved the salad. The steak was perhaps the best I've had outside of Brazil. More expensive than average, and worth it. A romantic dinner.

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Gibsons, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Lovely food in a wonderful atmosphere…. they even set up a little table for us in the trees! Best tuna steak that I've had in a very long time.

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Gatineau
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36 reviews 36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The appetizers where delicious (huge, tasty mussels and guacamole), the tuna well prepared and the chimichurri steaks tasty and filling. The service is excellent as well. The best restaurant in the region in my opinion... although there are many still.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

The tuna was one of the best meals I have ever eaten. We went back a second time because the husband wanted to order the tuna. It's small and only takes cash. I felt the prices were reasonable for the quality.

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Traverse City, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

This was the only place we visited that when we pulled up, it looked like they may already be full. They found a spot for us and the meal was delicious! I had the bife w/chimichurri and my dining companions both had the tuna. Portions, quality and flavor were all top notch!

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Ontario
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

My husband and I ate here for dinner in mid February. It was our third time and certainly not the last! I honestly look forward to coming here every year while on vacation In Costa Rica. My husband had the tuna, and I had the steak (skirt steak I believe). We both loved our meals and I think the steak... More 

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83 reviews 83 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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 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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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: International, Argentinean

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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