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“Best meal in the Arenal area” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Soda Garrapata

Soda Garrapata
Contiguo a Casa 20A Barrio Dora | Contiguo a Casa 20A Barrio Dora, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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Price range: $5 - $20
Cuisines: Costa Rican
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Washington, DC
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Best meal in the Arenal area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

If you like eating like a local, definitely take a ride about 5-7 minutes outside of town for some really delicious food. We took the owner's recommendation for the tenderloin with shrimp and it was probably the best steak I've ever had. The portions were plentiful. The restaurant (and bathroom) were clean. We actually went out of our way to go back to Garrapata the next day, we enjoyed our meals so much. We also asked a few of our tour guides were they liked to eat and all of them recommended Garrapata which we took as a good sign as we try to avoid the touristy locations.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Heredia, Costa Rica
2 reviews
“excelent food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

In my opinion the best place near the Fortuna to eat
while its not a luxe place its cheap and the quality of the food is simply awesome
people there are very friendly and locals of the area

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cincinnati, Ohio
Senior Reviewer
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
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 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
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
44 helpful votes 44 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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