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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
C$8 - C$89
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 via mobile

Food was fantastic and service was amazing. Did the tasters menu with their wine pairings. Thoroughly enjoyed the meal and atmosphere.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Jean Jiménez, Agencia/Consultora at Don Rufino, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for the kind words. We’re very happy to hear that we share the same passion for food and that you had a great experience with us! Our kitchen staff will be especially happy to read this review. The beef is one...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

If I could rate this restaurant 10/10 I would. Wow! Best dining experience in La Fortuna for sure. This restaurant is exceptional. First - the food. The choices are so varied it accommodated even the pickiest eaters in our group. The quality and creativity is...some of the best we’ve experienced, and we’re very experienced diners. Creativity and flavors are incredible. Beautiful presentation. We actually ate here twice as it was so wonderful the first time, we went back to try more things on the menu the next night. The bar/cocktail/mixology is top notch, Modern and so tasty! Now, the staff. Oh my goodness, were they so personable and service was above excellent. You felt like you were in a fine dining establishment the whole time. Tattiana was amazing. Such a wonderful server, always had a smile and was so personable. Joseph who i believe was the manager was on top of everything. Service with a smile making sure every one of the patrons was happy and enjoying themselves. Big shout out also to Rauel who took care of us at the bar and to all the staff that was there that night - Daniella, Kevin, Alex, Pumba, Yoko, Rinir & Jose! Top to bottom, excellent operation. Hands down best restaurant in La Fortuna…More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Jean Jiménez, Agencia/Consultora at Don Rufino, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for the kind words. We’re very happy to hear that we share the same passion for food and that you had a great experience with us! Our kitchen staff will be especially happy to read this review. The beef is one...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Would definitely recommend if you’re in La Fortuna. The food was phenomenal. I ordered the dumplings as an appetizer, entree was the chicken and shrimp risotto, and I wish I remembered what I ordered for dessert. I would definitely order everything again.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Jean Jiménez, Agencia/Consultora at Don Rufino, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for the kind words. We’re very happy to hear that we share the same passion for food and that you had a great experience with us! Our kitchen staff will be especially happy to read this review. The beef is one...More

Reviewed March 3, 2024

This was a terrible dinner - food was poor, prices were too high. Really stunk. Don’t waste your money and calories. 1. Rubber meatball appetizer 2. Tough, thick ravioli (short rib filling was fine) - seemed like someone’s first time rolling pasta dough 3. Heavy,...unenjoyable peanut noodles 4. Dumpings tasted bad 5. Bland chunks of chicken added to risotto Service was good, room was nice. But food just wasn’t good.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Jean Jiménez, Agencia/Consultora at Don Rufino, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for the kind words. We’re very happy to hear that we share the same passion for food and that you had a great experience with us! Our kitchen staff will be especially happy to read this review. The beef is one...More

Reviewed February 28, 2024

Excellent food, ambiance, service ! Great pairing of food with wine and liquor. I haven’t had such good vegetarian food in a long long while!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Jean Jiménez, Agencia/Consultora at Don Rufino, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for the kind words. We’re very happy to hear that we share the same passion for food and that you had a great experience with us! Our kitchen staff will be especially happy to read this review. The beef is one...More

Reviewed February 28, 2024

This is one of the nicest restaurants in La Fortuna with great food. They even had a violinist. Get a seat near the back because they keep all of the doors and windows open so you can hear the traffic.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Jean Jiménez, Agencia/Consultora at Don Rufino, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for the kind words. We’re very happy to hear that we share the same passion for food and that you had a great experience with us! Our kitchen staff will be especially happy to read this review. The beef is one...More

Reviewed February 27, 2024 via mobile

A lively restaurant in the centre of La Fortuna. Warm wooden decor and a cosy feel. Was very busy. Was glad that we had booked. Food was mixed but think that was more about our choices rather than the food itself - Mum ordered a...mushroom lasagne with truffle when she doesn’t really like truffle!! Great pork empanadas and Mahi Mahi. Puddings also very good. On the pricey side compared to other places we ate in Costa Rica.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Jean Jiménez, Agencia/Consultora at Don Rufino, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for the kind words. We’re very happy to hear that we share the same passion for food and that you had a great experience with us! Our kitchen staff will be especially happy to read this review. The beef is one...More

Reviewed February 22, 2024

The best food we had while visiting this part of the island. The food at Don Ruffini was delicious. The restaurant was clean and attractive, feeling quite new. The staff was friendly and attentive. Our family enjoyed steak, ceviche, meatballs, marinated tuna, Grilled octopus, and...two different pastas. All were delicious. Our only disappointment was the chocolate “mousse”, definitely not a mousse but the other dessert we had was delicious.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Jean Jiménez, Agencia/Consultora at Don Rufino, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for the kind words. We’re very happy to hear that we share the same passion for food and that you had a great experience with us! Our kitchen staff will be especially happy to read this review. The beef is one...More

Reviewed February 15, 2024 via mobile

We had a delicious meal and dessert at Don Rufino with our friends. The raviolis were stuffed to the max and the mahi was cooked perfectly. We got the chocolate mousse for dessert and it was fantastic. Everyone should save room for this special treat!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Jean Jiménez, Agencia/Consultora at Don Rufino, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for the kind words. We’re very happy to hear that we share the same passion for food and that you had a great experience with us! Our kitchen staff will be especially happy to read this review. The beef is one...More

Reviewed February 13, 2024 via mobile

This was an extraordinary meal. The restaurant is busy and lively— a very pretty room opening on the Main Street. Service was attentive and timely. Started off with a refreshing “tequila fizz” cocktail perfectly presented. Grilled bone marrow entree was nicely savory. My wife’s entree...of “grandma chicken” marinated in coffee, chocolate, and spices and cooked in a banana leaf was entirely unique and unbelievably good. The short rib ravioli that I had was also amazing. Very happy with this meal.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Jean Jiménez, Agencia/Consultora at Don Rufino, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for the kind words. We’re very happy to hear that we share the same passion for food and that you had a great experience with us! Our kitchen staff will be especially happy to read this review. The beef is one...More

Reviewed February 2, 2024 via mobile

Overall outstanding quality with fresh, local ingredients showcased. Service is more efficient than warm - but it’s definitely prompt and correct. Seems a culinary cut above most of the others in townMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Jean Jiménez, Agencia/Consultora at Don Rufino, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for the kind words. We’re very happy to hear that we share the same passion for food and that you had a great experience with us! Our kitchen staff will be especially happy to read this review. The beef is one...More

Reviewed January 30, 2024

Hola! I was at Don Rufino to get lunch and it was a delicious fish with a delucious salad and coffee. Excele custmer service! Nice waiters and waitresses. I do recomend to visit Don Rufino.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Jean Jiménez, Agencia/Consultora at Don Rufino, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for the kind words. We’re very happy to hear that we share the same passion for food and that you had a great experience with us! Our kitchen staff will be especially happy to read this review. The beef is one...More

Reviewed January 29, 2024

This was a busy and popular restaurant and our meal was fine. The bone marrow predictably gelatinous and Grandma’s chicken rather too sweet and cloying for a whole serving. Pasta dish was expensive for what it was. Service efficient but on four separate occasions, the...(different) staff spoke directly to my two males companions and ignored me ( I am female). This is not typical of Costa Rica but clearly typical of the male staff here. It was so obvious that my companions noticed and I found this insulting and rather misogynistic and it was very disappointing.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Jean Jiménez, Agencia/Consultora at Don Rufino, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for the kind words. We’re very happy to hear that we share the same passion for food and that you had a great experience with us! Our kitchen staff will be especially happy to read this review. The beef is one...More

Reviewed January 18, 2024 via mobile

Great restaurant with friendly service. Had wonderful Sirloin steak shared between four. Good wine choice. Good value for our night out.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Jean Jiménez, Agencia/Consultora at Don Rufino, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for the kind words. We’re very happy to hear that we share the same passion for food and that you had a great experience with us! Our kitchen staff will be especially happy to read this review. The beef is one...More

Reviewed December 31, 2023

My husband and I enjoyed a fabulous lunch here. We sat at the bar facing out to the action on the street. I had a local beer, my husband had an espresso martini he deemed excellent. We shared the roasted carrot salad to start which...was very very tasty. I had the shrimp tagliatelle, and OMG, sooo delicious. My husband had the short rib ravioli, also excellent. We both had wine with our meals, good recommendations from the staff. Highly recommendMore

Date of visit: December 2023
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Jean Jiménez, Agencia/Consultora at Don Rufino, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for the kind words. We’re very happy to hear that we share the same passion for food and that you had a great experience with us! Our kitchen staff will be especially happy to read this review. The beef is one...More

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No. We were told dressy casual but it really was casual due to the heat and town vibe.
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