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Don Rufino

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Latin, Spanish, Central American, Costa Rican, International, Contemporary
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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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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Been the Chef in the Occident, and the Orient the food is hard to describe due to how he fusion different cultures in his food I have been here twice and both time they got me amazed. Great place to visit!!!

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Thank Gustavo O
Folsom, California
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There are literally no bad words I can say about this place. To start Jose was very attentive and friendly as were all of the staff. Multiple staff members checked on us whether we were their table or not (and the whole restaurant was packed). Now onto the food... We couldn't decide between a few items so naturally we got... More 

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Mandeville, Louisiana
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

great local food and well worth the wait.. very popular in this area and always good.. Great place to eat

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Dublin, Ireland
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited this place for drinks while exploring La Fortuna. The bar area is on the street but is well covered if it rains. They have a good drinks menu, a bit pricier than other places but worth it

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This restaurant is very nice and the food is very good. The personnel is very kind but it is very busy so you will probably have to wait.Expensive.

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Toledo, Ohio
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24 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Ate here Christmas Eve. The restaurant sits on a corner in La Fortuna and is open on the sides with the bar along one of these. It's very hip and American looking restaurant, open air kind of concept. We enjoyed drinks at the bar while waiting for our table to be ready. We had a reservation for 8:30 and unfortunately... More 

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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My girlfriend and I went here for dinner. The place was pretty full and we didn't have a reservation, but we were able to sit up at the bar immediately. A reservation might be the way to go here, if you can, then have your hotel front desk make one for you! I got a crab soup which had a... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Delicious food served in a very tastefully designed restaurant. Service was attentive and menu had plenty of options for all the family. Highly recommended

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here for dinner on our last night in La Fortuna and it was our favourite meal of our visit! It was one of the best meals I've ever had in my life! My fiancé and I both had the filet mignon and it was perfect. It was a bit expensive but we wanted a really nice dinner for... More 

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Warwick RI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We recently spent a couple of days in La Fortuna and were looking for someplace other than our resort to eat. We decided on Don Rufino's and are so happy we did. The food is incredible and the service was great as well , we met a wonderful woman named Maria who absolutely made the whole dining experience even better,... 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, Spanish, Central American, Costa Rican, International, Contemporary
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
Kids, Business meetings, Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic, 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: | 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?