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“Alberto was not wrong. Hi Israel” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Soda Garrapata

Soda Garrapata
Contiguo a casa 20A Barrio Dora, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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Cuisines: Costa Rican
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Alberto was not wrong. Hi Israel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

We went here after Alberto of the Alberto Horse Riding tour said to go there. He was not wrong. I had shrimp/tenderloin with plaintains. My wife had a mango tilapia and my kids had arroz con pollo. The smoothies were great, beer cold and Israel took care of us and joked with the kids. He also gave my youngest son a horseshoe as a souvenir. Go here....its ride outside down behind the Pali grocery store on the east side of La Fortuna.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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53 reviews 53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“not the best chifrijo”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

I went to this place only because someone told me the chifrijo was amazing. The chifrijo wasnt amazing, it was just okay. Service was okay and location its not the best. i dont know if ill come back to this place

  • Visited January 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Spain
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50 reviews 50 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Decnt Tico food in La Fortuna”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2011

La Garrapata - don't be put off by the name! We were recommended the place by a local and although not plush, it is genuine and most importantly the food is good, well priced like the beer and the people friendly. What more can you ask?

  • Visited August 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Our best meal of the entire trip, hands down!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2010

After a hike at the volcano, we asked our local guide for a restaurant recommendation. Something off the beaten path, something authentic, something well priced, something local. He steered us to Soda Garrapata, and MAN this was exactly what we were looking for!
On the outskirts of La Fortuna, down a side road, a room fenced in with chain link attached to a house - this 10 tables and a bar was as authentic as it gets. Garrapata (the guy who runs the place) was extremely hospitable, extremely friendly and accommodating and the food was seriously the best of our trip!
I know that a lot of travelers look for restaurants that feel a little familiar and a lot of restaurants cater to tourist taste. If you're willing to step out a bit, THIS place is the real deal and the food was awesome!

The $11 per person (that doesn't include tax, drinks or tip) does include the price of an appetizer.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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