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Restaurant by the Lake Tinajas Arenal


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Tinajas Arenal is a family project situated at the edge of the Arenal Lake JUST BY THE LAKE. Our family settled in Arenal many years before Lake Arenal was created in 1974 and Nuevo Arenal was established. With a Green Garden unique by the Lake, Tinajas is a wonderful place to eat while traveling this beautiful area, with glorious sunsets, boat Access,retreat is a hidden gem. It is the perfect place to relax and take nice pictures of the lake and the sunset.
$7 - $40
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Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Brunch, Breakfast
Healthy, Costa Rican, Italian, Brew Pub, International, Pub
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed May 30, 2019

The view is fabulous - the restaurant is well located on a knoll overlooking the lake with sweeping views...and benefiting from a cooling breeze. The service personnel are attentive and provide good suggestion as to what meals to try. Our family ate here several times...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank SailorSuzan
Reviewed April 30, 2019 via mobile

This place is a hidden gem for great food and breathtaking views- especially for sunsets over the lake. We were in Costa Rica for a week and ate dinner here twice. The food selection is great- they have super thin pizza that's cooked on a...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Marsha G
Reviewed April 30, 2019

Watched the sunset, eating the most amazing meal! With such a small town we thought the selection was going to be the restaurants along the main street. We were pleasantly surprised to find this location overlooking the lake just a few minutes away.

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Dyana G
Reviewed April 27, 2019 via mobile

Family evening celebrating two boys graduation. Such delicious food with a beautiful spot to watch the sunset over Lake Arenal.

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank P9137GWjohng
Reviewed April 26, 2019

A group of eight of us went here for Friday night dinner after hearing how great our friends experience was just days before. The food was excellent. Everything was very fresh and tasty. A good selection of beers. Also gluten free options for food and...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank jmacdona26
Reviewed April 25, 2019

My husband wanted to eat in a lovely setting and I wanted to eat great food. We found both at Tinajes Arenal. I was drawn in by the advertisements along the route around the lake mentioning fresh vegetables. It's a little off the beaten path...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Dianne E
Reviewed April 22, 2019

We arrived at the restaurant after the sun set, so we did not really get to enjoy the view. Our dinner was decent, but the ribs were pretty tough and chewy. I had higher expectations based on what I heard about this place. The service...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Michael H
Reviewed March 17, 2019 via mobile

This is a great place to watch the sunset and have a wonderful dinner. Kitchen is clean and food is amazing. We had the coconut shrimp and it was way above average. Stop in. Excellent waitstaff and the view will be embedded with you forever...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank rdjsa123
Reviewed March 10, 2019 via mobile

This place had one of the best views in Arenal and had excellent food and service! A must to visit if going to Lake Arenal!

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Soma B. M
Reviewed February 28, 2019

We did see all of the advertisement road signs, so decided to visit for a drink before we made reservations for dinner. We each had a Margarita and it was $24.00. The view is great, but we had our own view at home where we...More

Date of visit: February 2019
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If you haven't been to Costa Rica before, you need to know that the roads can be extremely bad. Compared to other areas in the Guanacoste this is good. The very short ride thru town (do not come in any other road) is... More
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Response from Thaddeus P | Reviewed this property |
Ten minutes from Nueva Arenal---4 wheel drive vehicle is recommended.
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