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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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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good26%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Open Now
11:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Hours
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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11 - 20 of 1,743 reviews

Reviewed April 12, 2018 via mobile

We stopped here on way to Arenal. Nice spot for lunch in La Fortuna. I ordered the ceviche ... awesome mix with avocados. Kids loved their food too.

Thank Moz H
Reviewed April 12, 2018 via mobile

Decent steaks and great service. Everyone was super helpful and nice. Would definitely go back. Sit at the outside bar.

Thank brett l
Reviewed April 11, 2018 via mobile

We went there with no expectations and it ended up being the best meal we’ve had in the last years. The food was amazing (especially the veggie dish)!! The service was excellent too. I strongly recommend it!

Thank 29carol
Reviewed April 8, 2018

We were passing through La Fortuna on our way to Neuvo Arenal, stopped for lunch and luckily the first place we went had the music so loud we couldn't hear ourselves think. They would not turn it down, so we walked across the street. AMAZING....More

Thank Looking4Food
Reviewed April 8, 2018

A contemporary menu, with efficient service and a buzzy atmosphere was a refreshing change to the usual fare.

Thank Sharon S
Reviewed April 5, 2018

Don Rufino was a great find! The setting is beautiful and the food and drink menu outstanding! We ate here 2x in the span of 3 days. The wait staff was wonderful and I recommend the empanadas. We had multiple orders!

Thank Robin B
Reviewed April 5, 2018

We stopped in without a reservation and they were very accommodating. The food was good but expensive. Service was excellent. Wouldn't be my first choice in the future.

Thank mrlember
Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

Food is very good and staff is friendly. Large selection of wine. We arrived for an early dinner so there were few other diners. Walked by a couple of hours later and the place was full. Depending on when you are dining, a reservation may...More

Thank Frank G
Reviewed April 3, 2018 via mobile

The food at DR was very good. Atmosphere was casual. Very impressed with the professional presentation. Every appetizer at the table was incredible. Service was impeccable. Waitstaff was extremely attentive. Food arrived timely and the portions were large. Meal was on the expensive side. I...More

1  Thank Yaccova
Reviewed April 3, 2018 via mobile

We ate here on one of our last nights in town and it was delicious!! We tried the “classic Costa Rican cassada” with beef (one of the items on their “to share” menu). So good!!! Everything was flavorful and prepared beautifully. It was a ton...More

Thank Melissa W
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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
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  • 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
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Romantic, 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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