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Rancho Perla

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Latin, Seafood, Spanish, Contemporary, Central American, Costa Rican
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
+506 2479 1940
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have being at this restaurant dozens of times and every single time is the same or even better, from my point of view this restaurant is the best restaurant from many of it class and the most important thing is not over priced, Perla is the best Cheff from la Fortuna, I wish he was my personal Cheff .

Thank Andres L
Sherwood Park, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The server was knowledgable, professional, and kind. The food was to die for! I came from Alberta where beef is king and I've never had a tenderloin cooked like this before. My friend ordered the tuna and it was perfect. Best fajitas around. Prices were shocking - anything this good should be priced so much higher than it was. Highly... More 

Thank kimberlyarendt
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

Everytime we return to La Fortuna we definitely visit Restaurant Rancho Perla. This CostaRican owned restaurant is not your typical rice and beans restaurant. Their menu is extensive with something for everyone. (Vegetarian as well) and great Tenderloin, Tuna steak, shrimp, Seabass, Snook Filet Mignon . I have never had to send a plate back to the kitchen. Excellent and... More 

Thank Monica M
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19 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

We have been recommended this restaurant from our guid and hotel. Compare to a Costa Rican cousin this place was some what disappointing. The chicken casserole with the coconut milk had a bland taste, the tuna was very rubbery and only the rice and chicken tasted good . The service was good and the place was clean , I recommend... More 

Thank Boopie06
River Ridge, Louisiana
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169 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

This is just down the street from Tabacon Resort so it is close to everything. Skip the overpriced mediocre resort food for this place. A Bar tender recommended this place so we figured we would try something different. The ceviche was spectacular to start with. We all were in the mood for steaks so I had the green peppercorn sauce... More 

Thank cgamb1
So. California
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

This was our most expensive meal in Costa and we were expecting to be blown away. We had steak with what was supposed to be gorgonzola, but I'm certain it was mushroom. It was ok. Just ok. We also ordered seared tuna and it was sub par. Chewy, overcooked and tasted processed or something. Our kid ordered hamburger and it... More 

Thank whereintheworldis
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2016

Only stopped in for lunch. Our guide warned us not to order appetiser & main, he was right! I had fresh tuna salad starter, delicious & easily enough for a main. My wife had the best seafood salad she said she ever tasted. Don't know what mains were like but highly recommended for a lunch. Staff friendly you can walk... More 

Thank daffydoc2015
Comox, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2016 via mobile

We showed up hoping for an early supper and they were closed but instead of turning us away they welcomed us and and we had the whole place to ourselves. The food was awesome and the service was incredible! The owner even showed us a sloth and some frogs that we had not yet been fortunate to see.

Thank Allison D
Lingfield, United Kingdom
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2016

Went to Rancho Perla with a party of 16. We waited over one and a half hours for our meals and when they finally arrived they were not properly cooked. Sent back one meal which was replaced by another still not cooked thoroughly. One of our large party ended up with food poisoning. Go there at your own risk.

1 Thank David M
Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2016

Recommended by our hotel desk, this meal wow'ed us! For $15/person, we had huge portions and great flavors. Loved it! Order before buses arrive!

1 Thank torontogwenn

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Latin, Seafood, Spanish, Contemporary, Central American, Costa Rican
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Large groups
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 1940

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?