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Rancho Perla

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$$ - $$$
Seafood, Contemporary, Central American, Costa Rican
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Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
+506 2479 1940
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2015

Had tenderloin steak here as well as shrimp cocktail starter. Service was very slow but this was mainly due to 2 other large tables prior to us arriving. Unfortunately people that were on our tour and on the same table as us were rather rude to the staff as they had to wait a long time for their food. It... More 

Thank Lisa S
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 November 2014 via mobile

Food was fabulous, service was great, really friendly staff. Our dishes came fast and the restaurant offers good prices. Best meal we had in CR. Definitely worth a visit!

Thank Bram-en-Denise
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44 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2014

we visited La-Fortuna for 3 days. We were looking for a nice but not too fancy restaurant to eat. At hotel reception recommended us on Rancho-Perla. We came with no expectation and we found amazing place to eat. Service was great, Menus in English, Wonderful food - and the price was Fair! We took two fish dishes, they were big... More 

1 Thank Amnon A
Houston, Texas
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547 reviews
265 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2014

A very open air spot a bit off the main drag and a bit difficult to find. Great service and food. And very inexpensive. One of our better meals in Costa Rica.

Thank JoeHouston52
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2014

We went to this restaurant on the advice of several locals. The food was great, the service was great and the price was considerably less than eating at the hotel. I had a steak, my wife and daughter both had seafood and we all thought our meals were the best we had.

1 Thank Seth K
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200 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2014

My wife, son, and I ate here while staying in the Arenal/Fortuna area. It had been recommended by staff at the hotel as well as the driver who brought us from San Jose so we figured it was worth a try. It is located about a block off the street so you would not find it by accident. It like... More 

2 Thank CincinnatiVictor
Marquette, Michigan, United States
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2014

My husband and I ate here on our honeymoon and had the most amazing seafood dinner for only around $30 total!

1 Thank Angela R
Auburn, Ca
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2014

On a hot day it's great to sit in the open-air breeze and down a few Imperials. I had the crab avocado and also the chicken and rice. My wife had the sea bass. It was a three-way tie for awesome!

1 Thank Jeff S
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27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2014

Ask a local where it is. The sign on the outside doesn't actually say Rancho Perla. fantastic place!

Thank wurldtraveler09
McLean, Virginia
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44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2014

This was an excellent lunch for $11. The restaurant is a popular tourist spot (handy souvenir shops on either side) and we were very pleased with the food. The restaurant is located on Calle 468 and Avenida 331. This is when we learned that Costa Ricans don't go by addresses but more by landmarks--Rancho Perla is one block from the... More 

Thank Carlita62

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Seafood, Contemporary, Central American, Costa Rican
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Arenal Volcano National Park  >  La Fortuna de San Carlos
  • Phone Number: +506 2479 1940

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?