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Don Rufino
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $65
Cuisines: Costa Rican, Contemporary, International, Cafe
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Our cuisine features a contemporary concept, influenced by the classic European cuisine, Asia and Latin America, from an eloquent and modern perspective. Our steaks are locally produced, with very high farming standards; and our seafood and fish dishes are amongst the preferred by our guests, for whom our menu also offers many vegetarian options, made with ingredients which, in most cases, are harvested in our own farm, pesticide-free.
Reviewed December 28, 2012

I was amazed by how many different locals all told us that Don Rufino was the best restaurant in La Fortuna. This place lived up to all of the good reviews. It was more expensive than the usually really cheap options in the country, but at about $30 a person including drinks and desserts, it is well worth it.

Ceviche is very popular in this country, and we had a lot of it throughout the trip. The ceviche at Don Rufino may have been the best.

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Thank Ben D
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Reviewed December 27, 2012 via mobile

We had dinner here at Christmas eve. A fantastic experience. Super service, and delicious food. Highly recomended.

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Thank Gerok72
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

We had the surf and turf. The Chimichurri was great and the shrimp were huge! I really like the vegetables also. The Mojito was excellent too.

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Reviewed December 25, 2012

I felt that most of the restaurants in Arenal, while very good food, overcharged for what they offered. Don Rufino would be the exception, while probably one of the priciest restaurants in town they delivered on the dining experience. It is evident that they work to keep a good reputation and reinvest to keep delivering the best.

We tried the special Churrasco steak that was mentioned in many posts and that was my least favorite part of the meal. Being a steak lover from the US and having BBQ-ed my own steaks to perfection this one I would pass on. I don’t really fault Don Rufino, I should have known better as I’ve never had a great steak in Panama or CR. People talk about the good beef in these parts but I have not found it to be so.

The rest of the meal was excellent as was the service. We started with the tuna tartare which was presented in three cones, yum. We shared the steak along with chicken Szechwan. Loved the chicken dish, ordered medium spicy. Enough heat and tasty. We had reservations on Sat evening at 7:30 and the restaurant quickly filled up after we arrived. The staff was very efficient at moving fast and keeping “all the plates in the air” with a 100% full restaurant.

The vibe at DR was hip and fun, something we did not find elsewhere in Arenal.

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Thank Summit4321
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Reviewed December 24, 2012

Overall our experience was good.. The place was packed and we had to wait for about 45 mins..definitely make a reservation if possible... We ordered several appetizers ..chicken Kababs, chorizo and patata bravas..all good..the bar has a more extensive selection of appetizers vs. the tables..also cocktails were ok..not great! Free wifi- a good plus to check in and catch up with life

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Thank NishaGC
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