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Lava Lounge Bar & Grill

$$ - $$$
Bar, Costa Rican, Mexican, American, Latin, South American, Central American
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
(506) 2479.7365
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Zanesville, Ohio
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37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My husband and I only stopped here for dessert one night but are glad we did. You will find many places that serve brownies with ice cream throughout the country but the Lava Lounge is by far one of the best you will find! Don't miss it if you are in the mood for something sweet....and don't share it because... More 

Thank weeone03
Piscataway, New Jersey
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90 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Definitely a great place to grab drinks after a long day of hiking and sightseeing. We were there during a live one-man band, who was really good too! The drinks were delicious, but it was definitely not where the locals hang out, which is fine if that's what you prefer.

Thank BeansTravler
Madison, Wisconsin
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We found ourselves here one night in La Fortuna. The food was fine, but nothing special. I had the arroz con pollo - good but not great. However, I also a cocktail with guaro, citrus, and cane sugar. Um, basically, the best guaro drink ever. I would go back just for that. Also, this place is one of only ones... More 

Thank Erin B
Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I don't have an actual 'we ate there' review because we went in and left nearly immediately. If you're looking for a very American meal/experience, this is likely a good place. We simply wanted something a little more authentic to the location. Menus all in English...prices all in US dollars, etc. Also what turned us off was there was a... More 

Thank ivculbert
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19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited Lava Lounge with a group if 8 for drinks. It was great!! As soon as we arrived they pushed two tables together to accomadate us and they spoke great english which made things easy with ordering. Service was quick and the locals there werr friendly. The music was chill and the lights were dim in the outside setting.... More 

Thank Kendra P
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Definitely recommend this place to go for dinner. The gentleman who took my order very helpful when aust questions about the food menu. great place for couples singles not to sure about families where kids.Did not try the cocktails thought I was told there was amazing.

Thank Michael V
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was dubious about frequenting this place having read the many berating reviews about the service provided here. However, I was pleasantly surprised. Not only was the service excellent, our wait was very short and the food tasted great (I had the pasta and sausage dish). Perhaps a weekend visit would mean a busier time and thus weaker service??? but... More 

Thank mahbube
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is definitely the best place to eat and drink in La Fortuna. If I'm not too hungry, I get the ceviche, if I am pretty hungry, I get fajitas or the nachos, which is a lot of food. Good margs, great open air atmosphere, walking distance to everything. Dog friendly, which I think is awesome. The owners run a... More 

Thank Josha71
Saratoga, California
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great casual meal at Lava Lounge with great service and good prices in an open air patio setting. Lots of tourists come here. The best part of this restaurant is the owner has started a dog rescue and contributes part or all of the meals back to supporting the rescue center. I like supporting business owners who... More 

Thank travelhound355
London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food here was really good with a lot of choices. Cocktails were also excellent. The restaurant decoration is nice and appealing !

Thank voyageuse3175

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Costa Rican, Mexican, American, Latin, South American, Central American
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special occasions, Kids, Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups
Open Hours
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 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: (506) 2479.7365

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?