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“Excellent organic food and a beautiful view of Lake Arenal”
Review of Tinajas Arenal

Tinajas Arenal
Ranked #4 of 22 Restaurants in Nuevo Arenal
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $20
Cuisines: Costa Rican, International
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Restaurant details
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
Manta, Ecuador
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Excellent organic food and a beautiful view of Lake Arenal”
Reviewed July 3, 2014

One of our favorite places to dine! The food is wonderful, the staff are friendly, and the location on the Lake is stunning! We ate here on several occasions and the food was consistently good. Consistency is rare in many Latin countries, so being able to count on the quality and service is great.

Visited December 2013
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chicago, il
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“Can't wait to go back!”
Reviewed June 22, 2014

My husband and I were in Costa Rica for three weeks, and decided to try this restaurant for our 20th anniversary dinner. The setting is absolutely beautiful. We had the sea bass, and it was excellent. The service was good, and we had a wonderful evening. It is a little difficult to get to. Head out of Arenal on 142 toward La Fortuna. At the bottom of the hill, turn right and follow the signs. It is not far, but the road is a bit bumpy.

  • Visited June 2014
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Pennsylvania
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Not to be missed”
Reviewed June 21, 2014 via mobile

After a long day of traveling, we weren't sure we wanted to venture too far for dinner but Tinajas was highly recommended to us so off we went. Everything about the place was perfect-setting, 180 degree view of the lake, food quality, presentation, and very reasonable priced. We will be back!!

Visited June 2014
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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10 reviews
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“Best restaurant in Nuevo Arenal”
Reviewed June 18, 2014

We stayed in Nuevo Arenal for 5 days on our recent trip to Costa Rica, and dined at all the local restaurants (including Gingerbread on the main road that everyone raves about - Gingerbread had wonderful food, but the prices were twice those of Tenajas). The food at Tenajas was delicious. The 3 of us ate there twice and sampled each other's dishes, so in all we tried 6 different dinners on their menu, and each one absolutely wonderful. And the setting is so sweet. You can linger there and gaze at the open, beautiful views, and if you arrive in the evening in time for sunset you're in for a special treat. This listing says it's vegan, but most of the dishes on the menu are of meat or fish, so that can't be right.

  • Visited May 2014
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
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“Amazing restaurant, worth the drive”
Reviewed June 17, 2014

The road less traveled can sometimes deliver the best results. This place has it all. Food, views and a true Costa Rica experience.

My favorite place in Arenal is Gingerbread, but for lunch or sunset cocktails this place rocks.

My only retreat was not finding it sooner.

  • Visited June 2014
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