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“Best in Costa Rica” 5 of 5 stars
Review of El Refugio Grill

El Refugio Grill
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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Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Argentinean, International
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: International Cusine Restaurant. Jungle outside tables for dinner or chill out.Romantic atmosphere, good music.
Sao Paulo, SP
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Best in Costa Rica”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

You wouldn't think the best restaurant in Costa Rica would be in the middle of the forest on the Caribbean side, but that's what El Refugio is. I've lived in San Jose for over 2 years now and eaten at a lot of restaurants all across this tiny country and at El Refugio about 4 times now, and it just doesn't get any better. The food, service, ambiance - all top notch. They only have 4 tables, so make a reservation. Take their advice for the best dish of the day, you won't be disappointed. We had the octupus and tuna this last visit, and both were awesome. Even the guacamole and homemade chips are unique and special.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“honeymoon trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

excellent, excellent, excellent food, great atmosphere, see the giant tree in the back...we loved this place

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Lincoln, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Wow, what a great little restaurant!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

We wanted a special surprise and we found it at El Refugio. Everyone in town told us to eat here and now we know why. The hosts were so friendly, great service and the best steak and ahi tuna we have had in Costa Rica. Everything we had starting from the guacamole appetizer all the way to the caramel dessert crepes was so mouth watering good!
We arrived early and had the best time visiting with the owners. They are very interesting people as well as a great chef and bartender. We will continue to recommend this jewel of a restaurant to everyone in the area. Thank you for an unforgettable evening and meal!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Prague, Oklahoma
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Is there a rating better than excellent?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

Don't miss it,, small beautiful setting. The food is to die for my best meal ever.
The guacamole is unlike any I have ever had so much better.
Just cannot say enough good things about it.

a must do.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Dining in the Jungle”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

I have been to this spot at least four times and decided that it was time to give them the praise they deserve. I love the ambiance of this restaurant along with the friendly service that you receive each time you visit. The menu is very small and I do not believe that it changes often, but it makes for great special occasions and date nights. The couple who run this restaurant are very nice and they have some of the best wine selections in town. You cannot go wrong with the fresh guacamole and chips for an appetizer and the baby octopus for your main course. Enjoy the experience!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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