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Food and ambience

Local cuisine, Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, International
About
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.
PRICE RANGE
US$6 - US$65
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
CUISINES
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, International, Contemporary
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We were very impressed with the food and service. This is a restaurant that should be recommended. Our pasta dish was as good as any we have had any where, including Italy. Extensive menu. Staff friendly and attentive. Go you won’t be disappointed.

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family of 13 enjoyed a wonderful meal. With our large group, we enjoyed a variety of meals and appetizers and everyone loved their food. My sea bass was my favorite meal of my entire vacation. The staff were very attentive and informative. Nice wine...list, great service and atmosphere. Would definitely dine here again.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Quality food, great service, and pleasant ambiance. Grandma’s Roasted Chicken was the favorite and the fish was also great. One of the best dining experiences in Costa Rica. Give it a try!

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We heard such great things and were really disappointed at the food. Was mediocre at best. Nothing to write home about. You can get better food for a quarter of the price in la fortuna. Try travesia instead.

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fabulous place to eat in San Carlos de La Fortuna. First of all, lovely staff who were eager to share tips, jokes, and life stories with my wife and I. We were recommended to eat here by another couple we met at the airport who...were also heading to Arenal area and had read the tripadvisor reviews. Though my wife and I usually order separate dishes and share, we had it on good authority that the Grandma's Chicken was not to be missed and we both took the plunge. No regrets!More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food is great. Wines are good. A delightful surprise after a day ziplining hiking and enjoying the outdoors. Try the grandma's chicken, or the lasagne. Well done!

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came here to celebrate my fiancé’s birthday. It was packed and even the bar was full. I wish the bar was separate from the private dinning as they were getting a little over excited. I noticed some people wore very casual attire (i.e beach) while...others were more dressed up. The food was amazing: we both had the shrimp tagliatelle and it was delicious . We also had Dessert. They sang for my fiancé’s birthday which was nice. They sang 3 more times because other people’s birthdays. Apparently, It’s quite the birthday celebration place. Lol They are trying to be a little more high end and I think they can surely go for it. They just need to set some rules so everyone is on the same page.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a fabulous meal in this restaurant - great atmosphere - delightful staff - great surroundings! Make sure you visit this restaurant in La Fortuna!

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

agoNEW Highly recommend you dine here and have reservations!! Delicious food and friendly staff. Ordered the ceviche, tuna and octopus appetizers which were great. You must tryGrandama’s roasted chicken! Their Arroz con leche is a delicacy.

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed December 13, 2021

We had a lovely dinner here. The service was excellent, and the restaurant was very pretty. The food was so good, especially the octopus and the dessert. We were very impressed and would definitely return for another visit if we're in the area again! The...location was also very convenient, quick drive from the resort we were staying at.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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There is no entrance fee, they are open till ten or eleven PM, depending upon the amount of business they have and the weather.
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Don Rufino is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4