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Soda El Rio

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Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, Spanish
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200 meters south of the Catholic Church, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
+506 2479 9341
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Atlanta, Georgia
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42 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Good spot near our hotel - had a great lunch of local specialties. Quick, convenient and tasty! I had the arroz con pollo and my partner had the grilled chicken plate - both were great and reasonably priced.

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Thank Lawrence D
New York City, New York
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80 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

a good spot for lunch. first, it's a byob! accross the street is a liquor store. the dishes a large, well prepared and the service is with a genuine smile. saw a healthy mix of locals and tourists. no frills good lunch well worth the money.

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Thank lunahod
Denver, Colorado
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30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here for a quick lunch. The food is decent and inexpensive. Mostly Typical CR food, meat/rice dishes are a good bet. Pura Vida!

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Thank Todd G
South Florida
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great local fresh food in casual open setting just out of the heavy tourist district. I had the house special at a bargain about 6us$. A comp bite size arroz con leche followed, yum.

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Thank Carlos P
Toronto, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017

The Arroz con Pollo was the best we had in Costa Rica. We ate lunch there twice. Friendly staff, good value.

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Thank dainadunlop
Rowlands Castle, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017

Not a bad place to eat. Friendly staff with quick service. We has breakfast here every morning with a voucher from the hotel.

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Thank 136Juliette
Leadville, Colorado
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42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2016

A great local "Soda" with good food and reasonable prices. "Typical" food at a great location with great service. Popular with the locals and lots of activity to watch while eating.

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Thank n0zeb
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016 via mobile

After a really bad experience at the number one restaurant on tripadvisor Soda viquez, we gave this restaurant a chance and were more than happy with our choice. Both of us ordered the special of the day, my husband ordered the beef and I ordered the chicken which includes a drink for 3000 cordoba each. The portion was great, the... More 

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cheshire
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016

Our hotel didn't have an eating place but we were given vouchers for breakfast at Soda El Rio. Great service, choice of 3 breakfast menus, we had the local typical, huge platter of fresh fruit, mains and toast with free fill ups of both fruit juice and coffee. Locals eating there which I always consider a good sign. Couldn't fault... More 

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Norway
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350 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016 via mobile

We had breakfast here twice (voucher from hotel monte real). The service was really quick and the food was really good

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, Spanish
Meals
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 200 meters south of the Catholic Church, 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 9341

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