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Don Rufino

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$$ - $$$
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
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11:30 - 21:45
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 21:45
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2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

TripAdvisor restaurant reviews are tough to go by. Everyone is so happy when traveling, the food seems to taste better. However, This place is definitely a foodies choice. Dishes are infusion and creative. Reminisce of restaurants I tried in Barcelona for some reason. I had the waiter send my compliments to the chef and he personally came out to greet... More 

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Thank Jonathan S
Melville, New York
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Was nice to see town of La Fortuna. Very nice restaurant, nice open setting, good food, very good service. Good drinks and wine list.

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1 Thank Joel S
Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Everyone enjoyed their meals. One of the best dinners of our trip. Highly recommend it. Make reservations just in case - busy place.

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1 Thank Lisa M
Leonard, Oklahoma
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My wife and I had a wonderful dining experience yesterday at Don Rufino's. We both had seafood--she had the snapper and I had the grilled octopus. Both dishes were extremely good. The wait staff were attentive, competent and able to easily describe in English the contents of custom sauces that are available to accompany the meat. Wine selection is pretty... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It was a nice dinner. You have to go in without huge expectations. You are having dinner in La Fortunate. There is just not a lot of dining options. I would rate this like a decent option in suburban America. Because it's in la Fortuna it gets a higher rating. It's also the most expensive restaurant in town.

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Thank Spartakus999
San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The best restaurant experience in restaurants for a long time, I went with a group of 9 people, the food was amazing, the service was impeccable. And the place is beautiful. Definitely is a must when you are in town.

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Thank Alberto C
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I wanted to love this place, but didn't. They specialize in meat but failed on the cook. And when we brought it to our waiter's attention it was acknowledged but not resolved. In other words a service fail. My kids both ordered burgers and they rightly asked how they prefer it cooked, to which they both responded medium. Both arrived... More 

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Thank rwr_3
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Highly recommend going to this restaurant! Delicious appetizers (we had a plantain, avo, pork deliciousness!) drinks & mains (rib & lasagna were amazing & plentiful portions!!) Don't miss this on your trip! Great for families & couples!

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Thank Sarah G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We went here for dinner while staying in Fortuna. It was a great dining experience. Everything we had was truly amazing. The Lasagna is to die for. The plantain appetizer was a big hit for all four of us. Dine here without hesitation. It doesn't disappoint. Food is reasonably priced. The service is excellent as well. We will return on... More 

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Thank Tony P
São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went there with my wife and we had an amazing dinner. Ask for the pantacones, the best I had. My wife got in love with the sweet potato salad, a must ask as well. Amazing service, a little bit expensive, but totally worth it!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$65
Cuisine
Latin, Spanish, Central American, Costa Rican, International, Contemporary, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 21:45
Monday
11:30 - 21:45
Tuesday
11:30 - 21:45
Wednesday
11:30 - 21:45
Thursday
11:30 - 21:45
Friday
11:30 - 21:45
Saturday
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
Description
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?