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“What a FANTASTIC place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of El Refugio Grill

El Refugio Grill
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $25
Cuisines: Barbecue, Wine Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Cash Only, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: International Cusine Restaurant. Jungle outside private tables for dinner or chill out. Romantic atmosphere, good music. Focus on the good quolity of the products and the service.
San Jose, Costa Rica
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“What a FANTASTIC place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2012

I can't even begin to describe how fantastic El Refugio Grill was for us! The owners are unbelievably kind, wonderful people. This Argentine couple is running a fabulous restaurant with phenomenal food and a beautiful jungle ambiance! The steak with chimichurri sauce was to-die-for, as was the home-made, local chocolate, brownie with vanilla ice cream. I wish I could have ordered everything on the menu! We will DEFINITELY be back! My wife and I had a wonderful time!

  • Visited September 2012
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1 Thank tommydphoto
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English first
Aspen, Colorado
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71 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Expensive, few choices, average food.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2012

I had a hard time finding anything interesting on the menu and what I ordered, spinach crepes, was average and expensive.

Visited August 2012
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1 Thank Peter_Plantec
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Los Angeles, California
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35 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“5-star food in paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2012

El Refugio offers 5-star food in an outdoor jungle setting. El Refugio is very intimate and the chef and his wife offer superb hospitality. Whether you are looking for a drink with homemade guacamole and chips or a meal of baby octopus El Refugio is the place to go. I highly recommend, especially for a romantic dinner for 2.

  • Visited July 2012
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1 Thank Jayson_Charles
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A perfect balance between the nature and the food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

The service was incredible, Soledad was very helpful. The food presentation was excellent and the taste delicious. I recommend to eat there

Visited August 2012
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1 Thank antonietakopper
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San Francisco, California, United States
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“this place was a treat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2012

This was the most amazing food, tucked away in the woods. Amazing, unforgetable experience. I deeply regret that we didn't make it back before we left. Highly, highly recommended.

  • Visited August 2012
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1 Thank Jessica L
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