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“Pricey but worth it” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Don Rufino

Don Rufino
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $65
Cuisines: Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, Seafood, International, Contemporary, South American, Gluten Free
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Brunch, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Brooklyn, New York
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4 reviews
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“Pricey but worth it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

definitely ny prices in la fortuna but then again if you are on vacation why not come here for at least one nite... actually we visited this place twice and both times the food was really good... definitely worth one trip here...

Visited September 2013
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English first
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53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Yum but not fantastic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013 via mobile

We dined at Don Rufino on 8/18/13. We had the ceviche appetizer (very yummy, I asked for sliced fresh jalepenos, they added extra crunch and spice), grandma's chicken (yummy idea and good glaze but a little dry) and the filet wrapped in bacon (yum, ordered med rare and delivered about med rare). The prices were on par with our hotel restaurant as was the quality. I would say not fantastic but ok. If we came back to Costa Rica we'd try Benedictus first if they were open, if not then maybe we'd come back here. A solid 3.5

  • Visited September 2013
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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72 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great restraunt!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Came here to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday and I was impressed overall by their food and staff. My boyfriend ordered a churrasco (didn't have much condiment, making the taste a bit bland,) but the risotto I ordered was incredible!!. We then ordered postres which were excellent and the staff was so kind enough to bring a birthday postre and sing Feliz Cumpleanos to my bf! We will definitely come back to this restaurant again when vacationing in Arenal and look forward to try the rest of their dishes.

I HIGHLY recommend this restaurant in Arenal.

Visited June 2013
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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6 reviews
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“Expensive but Exc!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Is very expensive but the meals served there are top deal. Very good service and food, if you want to spend some bucks in good food must go there.

Visited August 2013
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98 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great service and good food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013 via mobile

Service was fabulous linen table cloths and food was great. It is pricey but affordable and was the best meal we had in la fortuna.
I would return to eat there

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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