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.
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