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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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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good26%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“risotto” (75 reviews)
“grouper” (30 reviews)
“hummus” (21 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 4 days ago

We enjoyed our food, but for a lunch to cost $50 with no alcohol we think that is a bit high. Place was nice and service was good, but there are other places that are just as good. Location might have something to do with...More

Thank Eduardo C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I don’t know about getting out at $60 as someone claimed, but $70 for split excellent but very different gazpacho, mushroom lasagna (very rich) and superior risottos with two glasses wine makes for mighty good meal at a fine price. Don Rufino’s reputation is well...More

Thank WildBillSeattle
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were quite agreeably surprised with this restaurant. Service is courteous and friendly; prices are good and the food was DELICIOUS! I strongly recommend the mushroom lasagna and the rigatoni with prosciutto. Really did not expect such delicate flavors!! We will certainly return.

Thank MineBM
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was prepared and presented perfectly. just a heads up that it is definitely one of the pricier options in La Fortuna, but definitely worth it for a nice night out!

Thank Tyler S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Superb food using locally sourced food. Our waitress was lovely and knowledgeable. Very accommodating for our vegetarian needs. We absolutely loved this restaurant and highly recommend it!

Thank Levine-1234
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited for lunch as a group of 25 mostly "seniors" on a tour of Costa Rica. Our meals were excellent and everyone in the group seemed to enjoy them. The food was of a very high quality. I heard good reports for the hummus...More

Thank GregandDebbie R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Upscale dining with huge portions and some unique dishes. Everyone in our group like their meal. Especially memorable were the chicken in a bag and risotto. I had the ribs that were unlike any that I had as the loin was attached. I couldn't finish...More

Thank onegadfly101
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is the first restaurant I visited on my trip to La Fortuna and was disappointed. The restaurant was very nice, but the food was incredibly overpriced and subpar. The short rib was a large portion, but salty. While the grilled octopus was chewy. If...More

Thank alexgQ4396XU
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant was the highest quality food we ate during our trip to Costa Rica. It was not as typical to Costa Rica as many of the other restaurants we ate at, more like a modern restaurant with Costa Rican influences. Yes, it's going to...More

Thank Amanda L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were informed about this restaurant by our shuttle driver who drove us from San Jose to Arenal. She told my husband, if you want to impress your wife, take her to Don Rufino for dinner. She was right, it was the best meal we...More

Thank Nina C
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Dom I
17 March 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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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
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 9:45 PM
11:30 AM - 9:45 PM
11:30 AM - 9:45 PM
11:30 AM - 9:45 PM
11:30 AM - 9:45 PM
11:30 AM - 9:45 PM
11:30 AM - 9:45 PM
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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