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Don Rufino

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, International, Contemporary, 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
+506 2479 9997
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11:30 am - 9:45 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:45 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Had the short rib. It was so good. All 9 of us are mostly in silence as we were all really enjoying the food. Pricier than some other places but it's a different type of restaurant for the area. Drinks are good too.

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Thank Vickki M
London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Ate here with a group of friends. The food is mixed quality. My friends had an excellent risotto but my goats cheese salad was with feta (they did tell me) and completely drowned in dressing to the point it was almost inedible until you manually wiped it off. Excellent fruit juice and white wine.

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Ireland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We were recommended this place by the hotel as the best meat in town. It was average at best. The steak was not cooked the way I ordered it. I received a rare cooked steak when I ordered a well done steak (I prefer medium but some restaurants in Central America seem to air on the side of raw before... More 

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Stratford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My boyfriend and I visited this restaurant recommended by others at the hotel we were staying at. It's downtown la fortuna right on the main road. Definitely make a reservation because they are busy! It was a great atmosphere and excellent service. We started with the ceviche and BBQ pork empanada appetizers, which were excellent and full of flavor. My... More 

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Thank celizabeth567
Helsinki
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The steaks are incredibly delicious as well as the potatoes. The restaurant is in a great location with a lovely set up. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. Only sad thing was that it's very very expensive

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had seafood chowder and a tarragon and cumin tagliatelle dish - both delicious. Pina colada excellent too. Try for the bar stools outside if you want something more informal - overall lovely atmosphere and very attentive staff. Great!

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Thank A TripAdvisor Member
San Antonio, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My fiance ordered the prime rib and he said it was one of the best steaks he'd ever eaten. The prices here are reasonable for an upscale restaurant.

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Thank Kelli R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great dinner here. Lamb chop is amazing and this is an excellent choice if you're looking for something different to typical Central American food. Specialized in meat cuts. Jose provided great service.

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Thank Thorben S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in for dinner while in La Fortuna. Wine selection very good. Had the seafood soup. Very tasty. Friendly staff and nice atmosphere

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Thank Julie B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Found this place by accident. We liked the modern exterior and thought we'd give it a shot. We decided to make a meal out of appetizers and cocktails. Everything we had was excellent. Highlights were the paprika hummus, empanadas, a salad with fig dressing. Each of these was done in a unique way and with a flavor palette that was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$6 - $65
Cuisine
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, International, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:45 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:45 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:45 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:45 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:45 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:45 pm
Saturday
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
Description
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?