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Don Rufino

$$ - $$$Latin, ,
| Diagonal a la Gasolinera La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 21207, Costa Rica
+506 2479 9997
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good26%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
| Diagonal a la Gasolinera La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 21207, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Had a terrific family lunch here. Our best meal in town. Really good service, good wine list and excellent food of a higher quality than we found elsewhere. Possibly our best meal in Costa Rica.

Thank james p
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

You have to try the short rib! Amazing dish which would not be out of place in Michelin star restaurant. Try it. Visited on a Saturday night. We hadn't booked a table (suggest to book to avoid disappointment as its very popular). They were able...More

Thank Toniams2018
Reviewed 5 days ago

It is very good and the restaurant has an excellent location, the service is correct and the food was delicious, it has good options and for all tastes

Thank Gordon B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We have had great eating experiences here in Costa Rica but Don Rufino’s was a level above anything else. We were so surprised to find such high quality food in the town of La Fortuna. My husband had Grandma’s chicken and raved about the flavors....More

Thank Angela B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Although the Town of La Fortuna has many places to eat at, Don Rufino has to be one of the better restaurants in my opinion. It is located in the heart of La Fortuna near the central park. My wife, teenage son, and I headed...More

Thank Lazaro Q
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

By far the best dinner we had while in La Fortuna. Our family shared the family style traditional Costa Rican meal- Service was friendly and attentive I’d come back here every time!

Thank rachelandboanderson
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've been traveling around Costa Rica for 2 weeks so far, and this restaurant is by far the best one I've been to! We ordered 4 different dishes and 2 desserts, all of them were amazing, super tasty, lots of flavour! I highly recommend this...More

Thank Adriana R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant came highly recommended and the food was definitely excellent. The service was attentive but the decor did not suggest that prices would be so upscale. The restaurant was a bit noisy and the seats, not overly comfortable (almost like a family restaurant), but...More

Thank candaceb52
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had several people in Costa Rica recommend this restaurant. For the price we paid, I was expecting much better. I am from New Orleans so maybe my food standards are too high. The best thing about this restaurant were the cocktails.

Thank Jeffrey G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't go if you want local feel and real authentic CR food. It was fine, people were great, but a local soda was more our speed.

Thank Saara R
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Dom I
March 17, 2015|
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Response from Dom I | Reviewed this property |
There is no entrance fee, they are open till ten or eleven PM, depending upon the amount of business they have and the weather.
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
$6 - $65
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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
Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Bar scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: | Diagonal a la Gasolinera La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 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
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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.
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