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Nene's Restaurant

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Calle 5, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 21007, Costa Rica
+506 2479 9192
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Chicago, Illinois
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I'm so glad our hotel suggested this restaurant, it was amazing!!! My husband and I each got the ribeye served on a plate on fire and it was the best steak and flavor we have ever had. Portions are massive so I'd suggest sharing different things. We are telling all our friends visiting this area that Nene's is not to... More 

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Thank Luv2travelNamaste
Eden, New York, United States
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our friend was told by many locals and cab drivers that this was the restaurant to go to. One cab driver said that the reason Nene's is so highly recommended by locals is because they are good people that give back to the community in LaFortunaso we decided we had to go there. We had steak, chicken fingers, and shrimp.... More 

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Southgate, Michigan
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40 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Good food and attentive staff until the end. Asked for check and it was brought over. Handed over credit card and the woman took it up to the counter for processing like usual. However she never brought it back. Left it up on the counter. Maybe I was supposed to know that's how things are done, but I didn't. Luckily... More 

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Thank CallMrPlow
wuando, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Nene's Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments. We work hard to offer good food and friendly service, and we really sorry for not return your credit card immediately. And we want to let you know something about the payments, if you pay in dollars and you live in united states your bank go to reduce the equal amount in dollars that you paid... More 

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7 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved the ceviche! Great food for great price! Easy to find. Excellent service. Good for families too.

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Thank AndreafromGrandin
wuando, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Nene's Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for the positive comments. It’s always encouraging when customers acknowledge the good work of our team. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Best regards. More 

Warwick, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We booked a table for Saturday night, which I would recommend; from when we arrived we were made to feel like special guests. We shared a ceviche to start (the best ceviche I have had in CR) and then had the specials recommended to us of tilapia and steak. Such a lovely evening - we drank beer but they do... More 

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Thank BambooClare
wuando, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Nene's Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for the positive comments. We work hard to offer good food and friendly, efficient service, and We are so glad your visit was enjoyable. We hope that you will visit us again in the future. Best regards More 

Playa Ocotal, Costa Rica
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I visited Nene's a few days ago. What I love about this place is that the offer International food but with the costarican flavor. My daughters also love it! Specially the flan! You should try that one! is the best! The service is also great, special thanks to Ana and Lucía.

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Thank 941aba
wuando, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Nene's Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for such great review! We work really hard to offer the best food in the best possible environment, so we are happy to see that reflected on your last visit. We made sure that our staff got the recognition they deserved. Hope to see you again soon! More 

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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Great place and the owner is a wonderful guy. Happened to be there on my bday and as soon as they heard they came out with cake candles and singing :). Great service and wonderful food.

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Thank Michael L
wuando, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Nene's Restaurant, responded to this review

We are so delighted that our restaurant, food and staff were instrumental to make your celebration memorable. We hope to have you back in the near future and take part in more of your life´s celebrations. Warmest regards. More 

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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Great local food. Was recommended to us by our guide for lunch. We liked it so much we went back for dinner. The food is simple local dishes. Go for the ceviche and the juicy steaks.

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Thank Agnes K
wuando, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Nene's Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for recognising that our Ceviche is and steaks with good, we like to let you know those are original recipes and have been very well accepted for our clients. Thank you again for sharing your experience with us. We look forward to serve in our restaurant in a near future. Best regards. More 

New York City, New York
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80 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

not now a days... when we ate there 12 yrs ago it was the spot. now the food is meh, the service is meh, the ambience is meh and the price for the meh-meh-meh is too much.

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Thank lunahod
wuando, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Nene's Restaurant, responded to this review

We work hard to offer good food and friendly service, and we really sorry that we didn’t meet your expectations. Our atmosphere and our dishes are highly recommended that's reflected in the reviews. And our menu has variety to choose from and for different budget I hope you will give us another chance in the future. Best regards. More 

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30 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

we had 2 nice meals here. good food and good service. many plates were way too large for our taste but all looked well prepared. palmitos salad was excellent.

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Thank Martha K
wuando, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Nene's Restaurant, responded to this review

We really appreciate your comments regarding our customer service, food and drinks. Our staff members take their roles in our industry very seriously and try everyday, to provide that quality customer service that our guests expect. We hope to have you back in the near future. Best regards. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Latin, Seafood, South American, Central American, Costa Rican, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle 5, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 21007, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Arenal Volcano National Park  >  La Fortuna de San Carlos
  • Phone Number: +506 2479 9192

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