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Our cuisine features a contemporary concept, influenced by the classic European cuisine, Asia and Latin America, from an eloquent and modern perspective. Our steaks are locally produced, with very high farming standards; and our seafood and fish dishes are amongst the preferred by our guests, for whom our menu also offers many vegetarian options, made with ingredients which, in most cases, are harvested in our own farm, pesticide-free.
PRICE RANGE
$6 - $65
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
CUISINES
International, Fusion
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

As good as it gets. This restaurant brings the best of local and international cuisine together. An excellent staff,well knowledgeable in all details of the food and drinks they serve, work seamlessly together. The food presentation is perfect, and portions are just the right size...to leave you choosing the yummiest of desserts they have available. It may be slightly above budget, but it is so worth it. Great wine choices and food pairings make it one of the best restaurants Costa Rica has to offer.More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This spot is AMAZING in all aspects. The food, the service, the wine, the atmosphere, everything. From the moment we walked through the door until the moment we left everyone was so kind. The experience was a 10/10 and would definitely recommend to anyone celebrating...a special occasion or just celebrating life and wanting a special place to visit for dinner.More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing Dining Experience! Amazing Food! Highly Recommended! Menu had great options as well as Gluten free options. Would definitely be back!

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Everything the waitress recommended we ordered and it was phenomenal: Rigatoni, Ravioli, Bone marrow (to die for), and Grandmas Chicken (a must). The drinks were tasty and it was just a really great dining experience. Kudos to all.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Jean Jiménez, Agencia/Consultora at Don Rufino, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for the kind words. We’re very happy to hear that we share the same passion for food and that you had a great experience with us! Our kitchen staff will be especially happy to read this review. The beef is one...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I went here for dinner on the last night of our honeymoon. All I can say is I wish we went there sooner! The atmosphere was elegant and perfect for a more fancy night out in La Fortuna, but what really made...our night special was the food and the service! The servers were so polite and helpful when we had questions about offerings, as well as recommendations. We ordered the Burrata for an appetizer and it was phenomenal. It was the perfect amount to split, and light enough so we weren’t full when our main course arrived. For our entrees, my wife ordered the spicy pork with noodles and I ordered the risotto with shrimp and chicken. Both were amazing, but my wife and I agreed that the risotto was possibly the best thing that we had ever tasted. It was the perfect balance of so many amazing flavors. My mouth is watering now just thinking about it. We were torn between two dessert options and the server recommended the Almond Financier. We are so happy she did. It was our favorite dessert of our entire two-week honeymoon, and you better believe we had a lot of desserts! We told her how amazing every part of our meal was, and she was so delighted to hear it. She may have actually been the owner, but we weren’t sure. She was so nice and we were so happy to have met her. We had an amazing night out with multiple courses and dessert, and the bill only came to $100. All I have to say is if you are looking for a more upscale restaurant in La Fortuna for a nice night out, look no further and head to Don Rufino!More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Jean Jiménez, Agencia/Consultora at Don Rufino, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for the kind words. We’re very happy to hear that we share the same passion for food and that you had a great experience with us! Our kitchen staff will be especially happy to read this review. The beef is one...More

Reviewed May 13, 2024

I read many articles about this place, how great the food is etc.. so my daughter and I decided to try it on our vacation in Costa Rica. It did not disappoint! So good! Yoko our waiter was so attentive and friendly! Ask for him...when you visit! I recommend the spicy noodles with pork!!More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Jean Jiménez, Agencia/Consultora at Don Rufino, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for the kind words. We’re very happy to hear that we share the same passion for food and that you had a great experience with us! Our kitchen staff will be especially happy to read this review. The beef is one...More

Reviewed April 11, 2024 via mobile

Food was fantastic and service was amazing. Did the tasters menu with their wine pairings. Thoroughly enjoyed the meal and atmosphere.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Jean Jiménez, Agencia/Consultora at Don Rufino, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2024

Thank you so much for the kind words. We’re very happy to hear that we share the same passion for food and that you had a great experience with us! Our kitchen staff will be especially happy to read this review. The beef is one...More

Reviewed April 10, 2024 via mobile

If I could rate this restaurant 10/10 I would. Wow! Best dining experience in La Fortuna for sure. This restaurant is exceptional. First - the food. The choices are so varied it accommodated even the pickiest eaters in our group. The quality and creativity is...some of the best we’ve experienced, and we’re very experienced diners. Creativity and flavors are incredible. Beautiful presentation. We actually ate here twice as it was so wonderful the first time, we went back to try more things on the menu the next night. The bar/cocktail/mixology is top notch, Modern and so tasty! Now, the staff. Oh my goodness, were they so personable and service was above excellent. You felt like you were in a fine dining establishment the whole time. Tattiana was amazing. Such a wonderful server, always had a smile and was so personable. Joseph who i believe was the manager was on top of everything. Service with a smile making sure every one of the patrons was happy and enjoying themselves. Big shout out also to Rauel who took care of us at the bar and to all the staff that was there that night - Daniella, Kevin, Alex, Pumba, Yoko, Rinir & Jose! Top to bottom, excellent operation. Hands down best restaurant in La Fortuna…More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Jean Jiménez, Agencia/Consultora at Don Rufino, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2024

Thank you so much for the kind words. We’re very happy to hear that we share the same passion for food and that you had a great experience with us! Our kitchen staff will be especially happy to read this review. The beef is one...More

Reviewed March 24, 2024

Would definitely recommend if you’re in La Fortuna. The food was phenomenal. I ordered the dumplings as an appetizer, entree was the chicken and shrimp risotto, and I wish I remembered what I ordered for dessert. I would definitely order everything again.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Jean Jiménez, Agencia/Consultora at Don Rufino, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2024

Thank you so much for the kind words. We’re very happy to hear that we share the same passion for food and that you had a great experience with us! Our kitchen staff will be especially happy to read this review. The beef is one...More

Reviewed March 3, 2024

This was a terrible dinner - food was poor, prices were too high. Really stunk. Don’t waste your money and calories. 1. Rubber meatball appetizer 2. Tough, thick ravioli (short rib filling was fine) - seemed like someone’s first time rolling pasta dough 3. Heavy,...unenjoyable peanut noodles 4. Dumpings tasted bad 5. Bland chunks of chicken added to risotto Service was good, room was nice. But food just wasn’t good.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Jean Jiménez, Agencia/Consultora at Don Rufino, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2024

Thank you so much for the kind words. We’re very happy to hear that we share the same passion for food and that you had a great experience with us! Our kitchen staff will be especially happy to read this review. The beef is one...More

Reviewed February 28, 2024

Excellent food, ambiance, service ! Great pairing of food with wine and liquor. I haven’t had such good vegetarian food in a long long while!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Jean Jiménez, Agencia/Consultora at Don Rufino, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2024

Thank you so much for the kind words. We’re very happy to hear that we share the same passion for food and that you had a great experience with us! Our kitchen staff will be especially happy to read this review. The beef is one...More

Reviewed February 28, 2024

This is one of the nicest restaurants in La Fortuna with great food. They even had a violinist. Get a seat near the back because they keep all of the doors and windows open so you can hear the traffic.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Jean Jiménez, Agencia/Consultora at Don Rufino, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2024

Thank you so much for the kind words. We’re very happy to hear that we share the same passion for food and that you had a great experience with us! Our kitchen staff will be especially happy to read this review. The beef is one...More

Reviewed February 27, 2024 via mobile

A lively restaurant in the centre of La Fortuna. Warm wooden decor and a cosy feel. Was very busy. Was glad that we had booked. Food was mixed but think that was more about our choices rather than the food itself - Mum ordered a...mushroom lasagne with truffle when she doesn’t really like truffle!! Great pork empanadas and Mahi Mahi. Puddings also very good. On the pricey side compared to other places we ate in Costa Rica.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Jean Jiménez, Agencia/Consultora at Don Rufino, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2024

Thank you so much for the kind words. We’re very happy to hear that we share the same passion for food and that you had a great experience with us! Our kitchen staff will be especially happy to read this review. The beef is one...More

Reviewed February 22, 2024

The best food we had while visiting this part of the island. The food at Don Ruffini was delicious. The restaurant was clean and attractive, feeling quite new. The staff was friendly and attentive. Our family enjoyed steak, ceviche, meatballs, marinated tuna, Grilled octopus, and...two different pastas. All were delicious. Our only disappointment was the chocolate “mousse”, definitely not a mousse but the other dessert we had was delicious.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Jean Jiménez, Agencia/Consultora at Don Rufino, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2024

Thank you so much for the kind words. We’re very happy to hear that we share the same passion for food and that you had a great experience with us! Our kitchen staff will be especially happy to read this review. The beef is one...More

Reviewed February 15, 2024 via mobile

We had a delicious meal and dessert at Don Rufino with our friends. The raviolis were stuffed to the max and the mahi was cooked perfectly. We got the chocolate mousse for dessert and it was fantastic. Everyone should save room for this special treat!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Jean Jiménez, Agencia/Consultora at Don Rufino, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2024

Thank you so much for the kind words. We’re very happy to hear that we share the same passion for food and that you had a great experience with us! Our kitchen staff will be especially happy to read this review. The beef is one...More

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No. We were told dressy casual but it really was casual due to the heat and town vibe.
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