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Local cuisine, Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, International
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About
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
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, International, Contemporary
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 4 days ago

This was the best meal we had in Costa Rica! We had the Pejibaye dumplings, Central Pacific chargrilled shrimp with garlic butter, and the New York Steak. The shrimp and beef was so fresh and flavorful, cooked perfectly, and seasoned very well. The portions were...perfect and the restaurant values its food very fairly. We would for sure go back and send all of our friends there. The ambiance was rustic and romantic and we had a great time.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don Rufino was great! The food was well-priced and delicious - better than the formal restaurant at the Tabacon Resort where we stayed, which was much more expensive. The ravioli, rib eye, and the grandma's chicken were standouts! The cuisine was very creative and beautifully...presented. The set up at the restaurant, with the open air bar was very nice.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Something for everyone on the menu, in this elegant, al fresco venue. A nice wine list, beautiful wooden decor, and friendly, well spoken staff.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 12, 2022

Absolutely delicious food and drinks. Best coffee we had in all of northern Costa Rica. Joseph made amazing drinks, the service from Alfredo was fantastic. Everyone was so welcoming and friendly. We got the catch of the day; sea bass, and it was excellent. We...got the octopus appetizer as well and it was cooked perfectly, with the most amazing sauce! Loved it!More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 2, 2022

I came across Don Rufino in my research for restaurants in LaFortuna and so glad I did. It was one of the best meals we had in our time in Costa Rica. A little more upscale than some of the other places in La Fortuna...(many of which, to be honest, I wasn't a fan of) and I appreciated being able to make an online reservation in advance. The food (and cocktails!!!) were amazing (the cauliflower "steak" was one of the best vegetarian meals I had) and the ambiance was lovely. We highly recommend it!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 23, 2022

Wonderful dinner while in La Fortuna. Made a reservation after reading how popular this restaurant was, but since our excursion was running behind I had to request to change the time. They were wonderful and changed my reservation without issue. Once there we all tried...delicious cocktails- we tried the “guaro and then some”, margarita don rufino, and a “run fashioned VS”. All were refreshing and delicious. We tried two apps - the ceviche and chips y tuberculos - both were plentiful and well prepared. For dinner we had to try the “pollo al horno” after reading all the reviews. It did not disappoint!!!! The chicken was tender and the coffee/chocolate sauce amazing. My daughters had the “tagliatelle con Camerone” they both cleaned their plates and described their meals as light and refreshing. One daughter requested pollo instead of the traditional shrimp and calamari, they were more than happy to make the substitution. My husband ordered the “Falda de Cerdo caramelize” - pork skirt with roasted sweet potatoes, spinach and fennel seed candy. When asked if he liked it, his reply - “It was amazing”! Unfortunately, no one had room for dessert. In conclusion, I highly recommend Don Rufino restaurant.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 18, 2022

We were lucky to be seated as we didn't have a reservation and ended up sitting at the bar facing the street. I had the risotto with chicken and shrimp and it was excellent, in the top three I've ever tasted. The service was good...also, timely and friendly. Prices are good as compared to the same meal and drinks at a similar restaurant in Canada or the US.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 10, 2022

This was our second trip to La Fortuna so of course we couldn’t miss coming to DR for a second time! The food and drinks are AMAZING, so flavorful/delicious and a steal price wise coming from the US! To drink we had the Monkey &...Pineapple and the Passiflora Citrus! For our appetizer we had the DR Ceviche! For our entrees we had Grilled Octopus and Grandmas Roasted Chicken (AMAZING!) And for dessert we enjoyed the World Heritage Sphere from Osa!More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed April 10, 2022

Make a reservation - this place was incredible. Thoroughly enjoyed our beet salad, risotto, espresso martini & dessert! Great service & just amazing food.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 27, 2022 via mobile

It was fantastic! The food was outstanding. The best i had in la fortuna. The service was great. Leaving with a full belly and a smile on the face :)

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 26, 2022 via mobile

This was by far the best meal we’ve had in Costa Rica over the last week. There’s something on the menu for everyone and great wine list. We had the empanadas, ceviche, rib ravioli, and penne pesto.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 25, 2022 via mobile

Holy crap it’s pricey for a holiday town - $40 for a steak is American city pricing … any way back to a review Tatiana our server was excellent - she took car to understand and offer ideas for our daughter who has coeliac and...was generally very attentive and helpful. Good - Ceviche was truly excellent as was seafood tagliatelle which was spicy and tasty and incredibly well seasoned. Garlic shrimp very very good but again a bit overpriced and my wife had the risotto which was also excellent. Lovely meal and great service but just a little too pricey for what and where I’d say RobMore

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 21, 2022

Lamb shoulder great as always. Way too bad on the browse menu section of Open Table the price is USD 51 and they ended up charging USD 71. I tried to ask for an explanation, but all I got is that I was wrong and...that's what I had to pay. is good? NEVER AGAIN THERE. Manager's incompetence and rudeness aren't worth a comeback.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 21, 2022 via mobile

We had to book for a table tonight but it was worth the wait. Best meal so far in Costa Rica. We had all 3 courses, starters octopus with yucca pineapple coriander and romesco sauce, - meatballs stuffed with dates, tomato salsa brava, then mains,...the caramelised pork skirt which my partner said was the best pork he’d ever had, I had the sea bass with prawns and mushrooms in oyster sauce, the food was so good we decided to have dessert -don rufinos naranja holandesa and almond financier with fig leaves cream, we accompanied it with Lapostolle Le rose wine, thoroughly enjoyed the evening, the staff were all friendly and very efficient. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 18, 2022

The team at Rufino's was very attentive and the food was absolutely excellent. We had a beet gorgonzola salad and a pork chop special. We also had a margarita which was the best ever. This was the best meal we had during our recent trip...to Costa Rica - keep up the good work. We look forward to dining and drinking with you again!More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Don Rufino is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4