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Don Rufino

$$ - $$$Latin, ,
| Diagonal a la Gasolinera La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 21207, Costa Rica
+506 2479 9997
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good26%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“risotto” (88 reviews)
“steak” (204 reviews)
“chicken” (144 reviews)
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Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
| Diagonal a la Gasolinera La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 21207, Costa Rica
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We celebrated our last night in the area with a dinner here. We were a bit underdressed, but early, and the staff were more than gracious. My chicken and shrimp risotto was fantastic, and priced reasonably. Vegetarian options were way above average in scope and...More

Thank Kathryn N
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Best meal in all of Costa Rica. Super clean, great service and that lasagna with the caramelized onions and white sauce was terrific.

Thank madicake
Reviewed 3 days ago

We had researched restaurants in La Fortuna and consistently found Don Rufino as a recommendation. The food, service and ambience were all great. Ricardo recommended the octopus as an appetizer. It was AMAZING! Maria was great too. She was really attentive and had a big...More

1  Thank OSUBuckeyesNJ
Reviewed 6 days ago

Our waitress Tatiana was extremely helpful in offering gluten free options or having modification made to items on the menu. Everything we ordered was delicious including the multiple gluten free desserts.

Thank Lissette I
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband took me here for my birthday on our honeymoon. It was such a wonderful experience, they even worked with my husband and made me a birthday cake to surprise me with at the end of our dinner. The service was absolutely excellent! Probably...More

1  Thank Rosalia H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our hotel recommended this restaurant for a nice birthday dinner. We arrived at Don Rufino on a Saturday night without reservations and were seated...this only happened because we arrived earlier evening. The restaurant filled up as we were eating our dinner. This restaurant serves quality...More

Thank ACAW7
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

While on an anniversary trip, my husband and I wanted to get out of our resort and have dinner in town. Although I sort of wanted more "hole in the wall" dining, our concierge recommended this and I'm so glad we trusted him! All of...More

Thank jannamsanders
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We left our resort and came to Rufino’s at the recommendation of one of the employees. So glad we did! What a great menu selection and food was the best we had all week, good work!

1  Thank Joshua C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don Rufino is more of an upscale (in terms of price and ambience) option in downtown La Fortuna. We went for one of our nights without a reservation and were accommodated. Service in general was lacking, nobody was overly friendly or memorable. One gentleman in...More

Thank TamBTravels
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My boyfriend and I saw an Ad for Don Rufino, and were drawn in based on the picture displaying grilled Octopus (our favorite in the States). Don Rufino is perfect for a romantic date night out. We both had the lamb belly and octopus to...More

Thank Carly B
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Dom I
March 17, 2015|
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Response from Dom I | Reviewed this property |
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$65
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: | Diagonal a la Gasolinera La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 21207, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Arenal Volcano National Park  >  La Fortuna de San Carlos
  • Phone Number: +506 2479 9997
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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.
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