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The Refuge - CLOSED

near Hotel Domilocos, Dominical, Costa Rica
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good24%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible9%
Dec 26, 2013
“Great place to grab a cold cocktail”
Dec 5, 2013
“So sad to see that it is closed!”
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American, South American, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
near Hotel Domilocos, Dominical, Costa Rica
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

Echoing many of the recent posts, The Refuge still has some hearty, delicious burgers. The burgers are large so you may want to split them with someone else. The smoothies/batidos are also very cold and refreshing (mango and tropical mix fruit are some of our...More

Thank JSuar
Reviewed July 9, 2012

This is the best burger I have ever had hands down! Even my favorite place in the States does not hold a candle to this! I had at least a bite of four kinds of burgers and they were all fantabulous!

Thank Rachel J
Reviewed May 16, 2012

My husband and I just visited the Refuge for the fouth time. We have been to Costa Rica 4 times. We found this jewel on our first trip and now it is a MUST every time we visit!! I cannot say enough about this place!...More

Thank mckillip09
Reviewed April 22, 2012

Our son spotted this place during one of our surfing lessons with Sunset Surf and it was reported to have the best burgers in Dominical. So of course we had to try it. We were not disappointed. Not only were they the best burgers in...More

1  Thank Tim T
Reviewed April 8, 2012

I have been to the Refuge many times and no matter what I have ordered it has always been Excellent! The ingredients are fresh, the fries are hand-cut and fried to order (and served with Heinz ketchup, which is a treat here in CR), and...More

Thank JungleLoveMama
Reviewed March 10, 2012

We went here for lunch one day. The burgers were huge! The fries were fresh! I think they must of been freshly pressed? The best burger and fries I've had! Great job! Looking forward to returning next year Nick & Jo

Thank NickPOttawa
Reviewed February 4, 2012

Seemed relaxed and dog-friendly at first. Staff appeared to be youths from hostel upstairs. We liked that at first, but the were rude, took an hour and a half to bring our hamburger, in an almost empty restaurant, and delivered it completely cold. We were...More

1  Thank Dawn L
Reviewed January 30, 2012

If you are tired from surfing, this is an excellent spot to refresh yourself and get energy from a good hamburger. The freshly grilled burgers are great and their smoothies are delicious as well.

Thank Anita D
Reviewed January 28, 2012

The Refuge is a small open air restaurant with beach views off the "main strip" in Dominical. We have traveled extensively in CR and were skeptical when we heard they had such great burgers. We had yet to have a really good burger in CR,...More

Thank MountaineerFaith
Reviewed January 27, 2012

Good hamburgers, but can't get a beer. With so many other places to eat at in Dominical I won't be going back anytime soon.

1  Thank Brian J
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Restaurant Details

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Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: near Hotel Domilocos, Dominical, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Dominical
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