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Don Rufino

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Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, Seafood, International, Contemporary, South American
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Main Avenue | Diagonal a la gasolinera del centro, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
50624799997
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11:30 am - 9:45 pm
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Pensacola, Florida, United States
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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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49 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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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Hove, England, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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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Andrés Q, Owner at Don Rufino, responded to this review

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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Definitely a nice place for a fine meal in La Fortuna. Friendly staff! Their food was DELICIOUS! Everything we tried was amazing: yuca, steaks, ceviche, patacones - you really can't go wrong. We recommend for a quality dinner!

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We ate here following a twilight cruise tour. Despite the restaurant being really busy we were welcomed and shown to a table quickly. We ordered drinks and they arrived almost immediately, always a good start! The steaks are delicious, seasoned to perfection and had a true melt in the mouth texture. The burger was also very good with toppings that... More 

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Miami, Florida
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here for a late lunch early dinner. The patacones with the guacamole were great, but the pasta I had was exceptional. I can't quite remember the name, but it was in a lemon sauce and had a bit of a chile to it. I ate the entire plate. Great restaurant overall if you're looking for a more American dish.

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Thank mtrig616
Andrés Q, Owner at Don Rufino, responded to this review

Thank you! Maybe the dish you ordered was the shrimp and scallion tagliatelle, lemon and cumin cream sauce, home-dried tomates and parmesan. More 

LaPlace, Louisiana
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent 9 days in the country eating at many different restaurants. The staff is exceptionally accommodating and atmosphere is charming. But the food steals the show. We spent two evenings eating delicious local food. The ceviche should not be missed. And the homemade desserts are phenomenal!!!

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

Thank you! We are glad that you enjoyed our food. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We lean vegetarian and were not disappointed in Don Rufino. Great setting, friendly service and beautiful, complexly seasoned food. We had the tamarind noodles without short rib, the cauliflower steak with pearled couscous, a salad with sweet potatoes, and the cheeseburger. Perhaps the best food we had in CR. Everybody in our party of 6 came away pleased. Not cheap,... More 

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

Thanks Brad! We are so glad that you and your friend have had a good time in Don Rufino. Our main goal is offer the best food with the best local ingredients and sometimes it implies pay more for products to ensure quality but worth it for our clients. 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
Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups
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: Main Avenue | Diagonal a la gasolinera del centro, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, 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?