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Don Rufino

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Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, Seafood, International, Contemporary, South American, Gluten Free Options
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| Diagonal a la Gasolinera La Fortuna, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 21207, Costa Rica
11:30 am - 9:45 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:45 pm
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Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

So, I think I expected a bit more from this restaurant being told that it was one of the more decent places to eat. Quite frankly, I think I enjoyed the"typical" food from other locations. It was a bit pricey considering that the quality of the food and service were not that great.

Thank traveler2132016
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recommended by locals as the best restaurant and we completely agree!! Great food and service. We will definetly come back.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed our meal there so much that we returned the following night for another excellent dining experience. The Wild mushroom and caramelized onion Lasagna, truffled ricotta and buffalo mozzarella dish is to die for. love when I out-order everyone at the table. The wine selection is divine, and the prices are incredibly reasonable. The wait-staff are friendly and the... More 

Thank Jennifer C
Pearland, Texas
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a wonderful lunch of "melt in your mouth" coffee crusted Prime Rib, accompanied by their local rice, beans, plantains, hand palmed corn tortillas..it was wonderful! And you must try their passion fruit drink!

Thank adrianastovall
Los Angeles
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited this restaurant on a day when I really just wanted a burger and fries and they did not disappoint! The burger was huge and delicious, the fries were just how I like them crispy and seasoned. But the killer was dessert. When I say I got so much more than I expected... I sat in that restaurant, sang... More 

Thank Itserica72
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6 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Several people recommended this restaurant. First course was a decently delicious empanadas but the second course was completely not what we ordered. We ordered filet mignon with chimichurri, we got a New York strip with olive oil and chili flake. I know, I know, nothing to complain about but we spent the money. We clearly asked again if this was... More 

Thank Brandon G
Palm City, Florida
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A cut above the restaurants in the area. For a nice romantic dinner, this is highly recommended. A little more expensive than most of the local fare but definitely worth extra Colones

Thank Ksrdoc
Andrés Q, Owner at Don Rufino, responded to this review

Thank you. We want to offer best food with the best local ingredients and sometimes it implies pay more for products to ensure quality but worth it for quality of our menu. More 

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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a beautiful restaurant, spotlessly clean, well managed and serves delicious food with great style and hospitality

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Andrés Q, Owner at Don Rufino, responded to this review

Thank you! More 

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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

Favorite part of my dining experience were the Patacones and the wine selection very friendly staff and quick service.

Thank Rey D
Andrés Q, Owner at Don Rufino, responded to this review

Hi Rey, The Patacones with smashed beans, sautéed pork, cheese and "pico de gallo" are one of the favorite "tapas" of our clients. Thank you for the review. More 

Portland, Oregon
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66 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016

Had dinner here recently. Wife had pork belly and I had burger. What burger lacked in juicy-ness it made up for in size. Quite gigantic, although a lot of it was bun. But the pork belly was top notch. My wife is from Hong Kong and I have lived there so we know good pork belly. This was good and... More 

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Andrés Q, Owner at Don Rufino, responded to this review

Hi David, we are glad that you and your wife had good experience in Don Rufino. Thank you for the review. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$6 - $65
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, Seafood, International, Contemporary, South American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:45 pm
11:30 am - 9:45 pm
11:30 am - 9:45 pm
11:30 am - 9:45 pm
11:30 am - 9:45 pm
11:30 am - 9:45 pm
11:30 am - 9:45 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: | Diagonal a la Gasolinera La Fortuna, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 21207, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Arenal Volcano National Park  >  La Fortuna de San Carlos
  • Phone Number: 50624799997
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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?