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Don Rufino

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Latin, Spanish, Central American, Costa Rican, International, Contemporary, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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| Diagonal a la Gasolinera La Fortuna, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 21207, Costa Rica
+506 2479 9997
11:30 - 21:45
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 21:45
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United States
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went with a small tour for lunch at this restaurant, located in the heart of La Fortuna. It is reputed to be one of the best restaurants in all of Costa rica. We found it lived up to its reputation. The fodd -- we had a "comida tipical," a traditional combination plate with beans and rice, green salad, fried... More 

Thank Robert M
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5 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely more highly priced, but the food was awesome! We got the reuben sandwich and the typical with chicken and both were good. Large portions too. The empanadas were a very good appetizer

Thank Chris S
Cape Coral, Florida
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218 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited here with a small group tour. The ambiance had a nice vibe. The service was friendly and attentive. I had a short rib and my husband had the snapper. Both excellent dishes, with lovely presentation. We had appetizers that were very good. Everything about this restaurant was top notch - food, service, presentation, table spread, etc. Highly recommend!!

Thank Suzy_Florida08
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are in town you must stop by! Great place, service and food. Order all the entrance so you can try more things! Delicioso!

Thank Lissette B
Managua, Nicaragua
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103 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Many reason why this should be the number 1 restaurant in La Fortuna: food presentation is perfect; cutlery is modern; the stoneware is gorgeous; restaurant ambiance is very nice; the staff know what they are doing; the food is excellent. This restaurant could compete just about anywhere in the world, in NY, Washington, Rome, Panama, etc. and it would do... More 

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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Don Rufino was recommended to us by several locals and other tourists, with good reason. We started with the tomato and ginger gazpacho, which had great, varied flavors. My wife had the snapper and I had the chicken and squash risotto. Both were excellent. This is the priciest place where we dined in La Fortuna, but even at that it's... More 

Thank S C
Richmond, Virginia
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ate here based on the trip advisor recommendation. The menu didn't look too impressive, but my husband is a food snob and only wants to eat at recommended restaurants. We each chose something that we thought would be OK and were blown away when our food arrived. The presentation was beautiful and everything was delicious. Prices were high, but... More 

Thank Mirinium
Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pay for what you get, nice restaurant and nicely kitted out. It gets busy so if you don't want to eat at the bar you might want to consider a reservation. We had the risotto and vegetarian lasagne, both very tasty but also quite rich (I like it but consider you're personal taste).

Thank LiJam
Madrid, Spain
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was one of the best two restaurants in our 3 weeks trip to Costa Rica. Just delicious! the chocolate chicken is to dream of and the meat is of a very high quality. Recommended!!

Thank Jesús M
Sydney, Australia
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great food here - though the 'rare' is more 'Medium' for the steaks. Delicious flavours and would especially recommend the strawberry ice drink - amazing!! This place is so close to being really slick and fancy, though it's not quite there yet. Definitely a good option for dinner.

Thank Scarlett1700

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$65
Latin, Spanish, Central American, Costa Rican, International, Contemporary, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Bar Scene, Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:45
11:30 - 21:45
11:30 - 21:45
11:30 - 21:45
11:30 - 21:45
11:30 - 21:45
11:30 - 21:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: | Diagonal a la Gasolinera La Fortuna, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?