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Soda El Rio

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Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly
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200 meters south of the Catholic Church, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
+506 2479 9341
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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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42 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate at El Rio based on the referral of our friends at Anywhere Costa Rica (Hugo Zuniga). Absolutely NOTHING fancy, but all very good. Super food, great prices, and our hostess was very pleasant and charming. Even sitting at a corner table a few feet away from the street during "rush hour" (such as it is in sleepy Fortuna)... More 

Thank Tony B
Nottingham, England, Unrited Kingdom
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21 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Used this place a couple of times whilst in town , food was nice , staff were friendly and prices reasonable . Highlight was I tried a few of the great fruit juices on offer. Price example - 2800 crc for a good burger and fries.

Thank CasualWanderings
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed April 13, 2017 via mobile

Finished a tasty meal tonight that was very home-y. Arroz con pollo was so perfect. Also tried the burrito with chicken which was very tastes as well. Salad was pretty basic, and came with freezer French fries. A little pricier than other "soda" places, but all in all, still cheap for downtown fortuna. BYOB, liquor/booze store only on the opposite... More 

Thank Jen T
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed April 11, 2017

Have eaten here several times - great locally run spot, good selection. No liquor on the menu but they are happy to show you which way to dash down for a couple of cold beers to bring back and have with your meal..

Thank JnJmouse
Toronto, Canada
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed April 8, 2017 via mobile

Visited this restaurant for lunch after returning from Zip lining in Arenal. The reviews on TripAdvisor indicated that it's a cheap eats, so I thought why not. As I entered, someone welcomed me immediately and told me I could choose any seat of my liking. I sat right next to the small water fountain on the main road. After being... More 

Thank jaemar01
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
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33 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed March 30, 2017

My husband, two boys, and I ate here our first night in La Fortuna because someone recommended this place on another Trip Advisor posting. We ordered the nachos as an appetizer and four meals for $20 USD! We drank water so that was free. Everyone was very happy with their meal. I'd definitely go back again.

Thank Kpaul1205
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91 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed March 19, 2017 via mobile

Place dirty, food that maybe is ok but when you see the condition of how they wash ingredients and how people come to take the order become all disgusting, owner really not friendly and too greedy to the money instead than happiness of customer!

Thank ThemaGDV
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30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed March 7, 2017

Our hotel included a breakfast here, so we saw it a few times. We're both fussy eaters, but this place still gave us a few options to work with each morning. Got bored with the options one morning, actually looked at the kids menu. Coffee was included in all of the kids breakfasts. Scary. Kids already have too much energy!... More 

Thank Kevin R
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36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed March 6, 2017 via mobile

The food was pretty good, although my chicken was a little dry, my wife loved her fish. The location is right on a fairly quiet corner of town and the walls are open on both sides for good airflow and the feeling of patio seating.

Thank BetsyTroy
Lexington Park, Maryland
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed February 28, 2017 via mobile

Huge portions, fresh food and excellent options. We've been twice in two days and had the pollo con salsa, res con salsa, arroz con shrimp and chicken burrito. All delicious. We regretted not going back for dinner! Probably again tomorrow... In and out under $25 incl. tip for two and you can't beat that! We're finding the sodas have the... More 

Thank britterr

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Kids, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 200 meters south of the Catholic Church, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, 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?