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Lava Lounge Bar & Grill

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Bar, Costa Rican, Mexican, American, Latin, South American, Central American, Spanish
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
+506 2479 7365
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7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Went to Lava Lounge. Very good food and atmosphere. Very expensive and the service is not that great.

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Thank christelle D
Deer Harbor
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great tasting food served from a friendly staff. People watching from the street level seating is fun and entertaining. Well priced for the size of the meal! Enjoyed the local beers and dogs that hang around, but don't bother you while eating.

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Thank Michelle V
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You won't see any lava except the cheesy magma-chamber decor in the bar, but the craft beers are good and the place is friendly. Good food, and quite well priced for such an obviously tourist-oriented place. Their clientele could probably stand a few dollars more per main course.

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Thank Cajun2014
Toronto, Canada
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Really nice restaurant/bar. We stopped in for some beer and cocktails early in the evening and by the time we left the place was packed. Right on the main drag. Popular spot. Nice rustic reggae decor. Recommended.

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Andrews, North Carolina
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102 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I'm a dog lover and the fact they feed strays and help them really impressed me. They work with Costa Rica Dog Rescue. I ordered the Coconut Shrimp and it was phenomenal. Shrimp were huge and tasty. Sides were great. WE had Pena Coladas that were exceptional. We had a party of 15 and everyone was pleased with their meals.

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Thank yakermary
Almelo, The Netherlands
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We ate a good meal and a day later had a nice breakfeast. It was one of the places in town were they had guests were all other places were quite.

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Thank Onno d
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Lava Lounge is a amazing place to eat! I got the ceviche and my daughter got the California roll. Our food was delicious! We went on their live music (reggae) night, the music was amazing and our food came fairly quickly because they were busy. Lava Lounge is definitely a animal friendly place.

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Thank Sathya C
Canmore, Canada
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147 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Lava lounge is a semi open, raucous and eclectic eatery with a chill atmosphere, but a lounge its not! The servers are brisk and friendly and generally do a good job. The menus are presented in both Castellano and English, but the fact that they are priced in US$ speaks volumes to their target market. The fare offered is... More 

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Thank CanmoreFunkyDude
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
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82 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are coming here for the food, it was ok. Not terrible, just not great. They do have quite a few beers to choose from. There was a live singer there when we visited. Not a lot of parking in this area of town.

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Thank The4Monkeys
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First, owner is pro animal rescue and his business reflects it...big high five from me! Huge beer list (biggest around the area of microbrews). Very friendly staff. Large menu. Fair prices. Fun atmosphere. Appears clean. Shared Thai chicken pizza and was delicious as well as the salad accompanying it. Highly recommended. Neighbors ordered Hawaiian pizzas and raved about theirs. Great... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, Costa Rican, Mexican, American, Latin, South American, Central American, Spanish
Meals
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
Large groups, Bar scene, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
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?