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Don Rufino

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Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, Seafood, International, Contemporary, South American
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| Diagonal a la Gasolinera La Fortuna, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 21207, Costa Rica
50624799997
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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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Palm City, Florida
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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

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Thank Ksrdoc
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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

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Thank Donfitzg
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

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

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Thank Rey D
Portland, Oregon
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66 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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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Thank David L
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Our food here was exceptionally good. The service was excellent, as well. We would definitely eat here again.

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Thank purplekarmanity
Pensacola, Florida, United States
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After taking a 15 minute cab ride from our hotel, we were immediately greeted, warmly, and seated. Our server, Tatiana, was prompt and knowledgeable about the menu. She made excellent suggestions to the questions we asked about the different dishes. We took her recommendation on the pork belly for an appetizer and were not disappointed. They are known for their... More 

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Grande Prairie, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great service and food quality. What you would expect in an upscale restaurant. If you want to be spoiled and feel important, this is the restaurant for you. We were all pleased with our meals and ate all of it.

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Rockville, Maryland
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The service was great. And the food was amazing. For appetizer we had the Tapacones. Was simply delicious. Then, we had the top sirloin for three and it was cooked in front of us, to three customized cooking temperatures. My daughter had their pasta. Both dishes were delicious. The side guacamole salad was delicious as well. In summary, highly recommended.

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Los Angeles, California
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51 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Opening hours listed from 11am to 11pm. We arrived at 9:55pm. It was a Saturday. Got turned away as the kitchen decided to close early. Really frustrating, careless.

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Thank Beenover60countries
Andrés Q, Owner at Don Rufino, responded to this review

Hello. We are very sorry this happened to you. We had previously changed our closing time on our web site and other information outlets, forgetting to do so in some, such as, notably, in this very web site. Our closing time is 9:30 pm indeed, and more often than not we accept guests beyond this time, although this did not... More 

Hove, England, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food and service were great, the kids had burgers which were high quality and a good price. The only down side is the TV that the kids couldn't keep their eyes off.

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

Thank for the review and the input. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$6 - $65
Cuisine
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, Seafood, International, Contemporary, South American
Meals
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
Bar scene, Business meetings, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
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: 50624799997
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?