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“Worth the Short Drive from Town”

Restaurant by the Lake Tinajas Arenal
Ranked #6 of 22 Restaurants in Nuevo Arenal
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $40
Cuisines: Costa Rican, International
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Private Dining, Reservations
Description: Opened in 2013, Tinajas Arenal is a family project perfectly situated at the edge of the Arenal Lake. Our family settled in Arenal many years before Lake Arenal was created in 1974 and Nuevo Arenal was established. With a green organic garden. Tinajas is a wonderful place to eat while traveling this beautiful area, with glorious sunsets and a dock for boat access, this new lakeside retreat is a hidden gem. It is the perfect place to relax and take nice pictures of the lake and the sunset
Reviewed July 10, 2013

This restaurant is a great addition to Nuevo Arenal! Yes, it is a little ways out of town (maybe 2k), but the well placed black signs lead the way without issue. It is a little rough in places, but nothing a standard rental car could not navigate.

The menu is extensive. Typical food, pastas, seafood, salads, vegetarian, sandwiches, etc... AND the prices are very reasonable.

The food is excellent. Always fresh. They have an organic garden onsite. If you order plantains, they cut them down in front of you!

The staff is wonderful as well. Always accommodating and making you feel welcome no matter what time you arrive.

The bonus though is the view. It is located on a hill overlooking the lake and the island. If you can do it, time it to arrive right before sunset. Sitting in one of their hanging chairs watching the day end makes you truly appreciate the beauty of the area!

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Thank dkey
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

We were driving around the lake and saw the signs for this place. I was curious because I'm a vegetarian and was having a hard time find good food in La Fortuna. After a kind of crazy drive over rough roads, we came on this amazing place. The view is spectacular, the food was delicious and tasted really fresh. The only complaint I have is minor; I wish there were more options for local or authentic cuisine on the menu. The things we had were great but seeing chicken fingers and pasta on a menu in Central America was sad. I know it's because that's what most tourists want and they are trying to keep a business running, but I think the people adventurous enough to find this place would be into something different. But go, the great food and the amazing view are worth it.

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Reviewed July 2, 2013

The food was excellent. I think the restaurant is now called Rancho Tinajas Arenal. They have a Parrot and a Parakeet that are residents of the restaurant. The service was great, the prices were very reasonable and this is a place I would highly recommend if you go to the lake. You can call for reservations or just go there. Their phone number is: 506-8926-3365, and the address is 1km Peninsula, Nuevo Arenal. It's open from 9:30am to 9:30pm.

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Thank Judy B
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

Take the time to find this restaurant! The directions on the business card are:"1km Peninsula, Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica" The town, itself, is not that big, so don't hesitate to ask directions! It is worth it! The menu has organic, healthy choices, including the beverages. I look forward to returning.

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Reviewed June 2, 2013

The manager of our rental villa recommended Tinajas and we have eaten there twice in the past week, plan to go again before our vacation ends. It is by far the best restaurant we've been to in all of Arenal! Food is wonderful, as well as the view and the service. This family run restaurant provides extra special service and Cindy, our server, was full of useful information about the Arenal area. This family grows their own organic fruits and veggies right on the property. It's the only restaurant that's right on the lake and has gorgeous sunsets! Put this one at the top of your list, we'd give it 6 stars if we could!

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1  Thank Sherry O
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