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“Fantastic food, value and a view that cannot be beat”

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: Breakfast, Late Night, 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 November 8, 2013

This has been a great addition to our adopted hometown of Nuevo Arenal. The food is fantastic and a tremendous value as well. Much of their produce is also grown on site and the view is absolutely amazing, especially at sunset. This restaurant falls into the category of one that the locals love and the tourists would love to know about. It is locally owned and should not be missed by anyone looking for a really great meal at a very fair price. Don't be scared by the road--it is only 5-10 minutes from the main highway on a good dirt road and is very well signed.

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Thank Nik J
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Reviewed November 8, 2013

Perfect lunch, my brother had an appetizer and I had a chicken sandwich on excellent bread with avocado and cheese. The accompanying salad was full of fresh crisp veggies and they looked like art on the plate. Both our meals were exceptional, flavorful and perfect presentation. The staff were friendly and the grounds are beautiful as well. It is clearly apparent that the family are all vested in making a success of this restaurant. The view of the lake is lovely and the talking birds bring another aspect to the dining experience. We both were stuffed as there was plenty of food to even take home. I highly recommend this to all and if you are an "organic lover" it also adds that feature to the food served.

Thank Buckeyealum_71
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Reviewed November 3, 2013

It is rare to find a restaurant with food of this quality along with presentation to match North American and European standards - The fact that is is also locally owned, makes it that much more wonderful. The food here has been perfectly prepared on several occasions - Including a high quality pasta dish served al dente. If you live in the area around Lake Arenal, you understand how incredible this is to find. The chicken casada is just beautiful, as were all of the apitizers. Our server was also involved with preparation and oversight in the kitchen - everything came at once, quickly, and was just the right temperature. I brought a party of nine people recently and everyone was just blown away. For the price, this place is simply unbeatable in the area. The views are pure magic, the staff - pleasant, intelligent, (multi-lingual) and funny, the food marvelous, and the whole place was spotlessly clean, including the kitchen - which is visible from the small bar area. Take the few extra minutes it takes to find this off the beaten path diamond in the rough and enjoy every second of it. Great for couples, family and friends.

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Thank Oskie3
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

This is the only restaurant we ate at more than once during our 12 day stay. It was so good we had to keep going back! The first time there I had the the best chicken sandwich I have ever eaten. Served with a salad prepared with greens and veggies from their own organic garden it was extremely good, the portions were very generous and prices very reasonable. We ended up having lunch or dinner there 4 times and went back a 5th time just for coffee and dessert. The bananas foster was delicious. The views of the lake are incredible and Cindy, whose family owns the place was a delight, answering all of our questions about the area.

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Thank JustVisitingCR
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

My third experience at this delightful restaurant in Arenal and by far, the best. Went with 2 friends and we all ordered the daily specials: sea bass, 2 shrimp dishes - all were delicious. Well worth the visit and we will continue to go here when we are in Arenal. The views of the lake are wonderful. The staff are attentive and speak English (much better than our limited Spanish). Everyone can find something great to order on their diverse menu.

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Thank elaefcie
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