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Don Rufino

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Latin, Spanish, Central American, Costa Rican, International, Contemporary, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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| Diagonal a la Gasolinera La Fortuna, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 21207, Costa Rica
+506 2479 9997
11:30 am - 9:45 pm
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very good Food, try the korean lamb. Good service. Price of special was higher than the waiter told us.

Thank mastermicky212
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This place has the best ambiance in la fortuna. The food is so delicious! And Ricardo our waiter was so amazing and helpful! We loved it so much we are here three nights in a row

Thank Esra E
Philadelphia, PA
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89 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Every dish we ordered here was excellent: The plantain appetizer, the octopus, the seabass, even the burger. You can make a reservation on OpenTable and the restaurant accepts credit cards. Note that the prices match the quality -- it is not cheap. The restaurant also feels like an upscale restaurant in any major city. If you are looking for an... More 

Thank joni960
Bristol, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Lovely atmosphere. Friendly staff. Wasn't biggest fan of my ribs but wife had the chicken wrapped in banana leaf which was brilliant.

Thank Kushala A
Boston, Massachusetts
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The food is delicious. The drinks are creative. The waitstaff was friendly and attentive. You must visit Don Rufino when you're in La Fortuna.

Thank DTrz
San Jose, Costa Rica
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The best restaurant in town. The menu is a delicious combination of international recipes with local taste and ingredients. We have visited don Rufino several times and they always have new surprises to explore in the menu, always consistently great!

Thank Daniel Q
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49 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Food we ordered, which was the skirt steak and the rib eye was ok, not spectacular. Skirt steak was a bit chewy, rib eye was good but had to be sent back twice in order to get to the right temp (we ordered medium, it came black and blue). What made the dinner really unpleasant was the heat and smell.... More 

Thank NYCtravel
Reading, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Mistakenly though CR might be like other central American countries, but probably near on comparison with U.K. Prices

Thank Travelnow0907
Austin, Texas
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7 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The menu was awesome. I can't say a single bad thing about this place. The food was great. Service was amazing. Very clean. Would highly recommend.

Thank Denise B
Charlotte, NC
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We came across this restaurant on a rainy day in La Fortuna. They have a great little semi-outdoor bar right on the corner. The food and drinks were great. Service was awesome. People were friendly. Would definitely recommend!

Thank amanda214

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$6 - $65
Latin, Spanish, Central American, Costa Rican, International, Contemporary, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, 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
Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, 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: +506 2479 9997
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?