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Center of la Fortuna, First Floor of Arenal Jireh Hotel | 300m before La Fortuna Waterfall, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
+506 2479 8905
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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3 reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a must do while in La Fortuna. Scott and his team will great you with mojitos and that is when the fun begins. You will prepare several dishes and learn how to share a taste of Costa Rica with your friends and family when you get home.

Thank briana138
Edmonton, Canada
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45 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017

Stop by Gecko's (on the road to La Fortuna Waterfall), grab a bite to eat and a cold beer. I highly recommend trying the nachos, it's a huge serving with so much great stuff on them! The burrito is also killer. Also, ask to see the dogs!! This restaurant doubles as a dog rescue, housing numerous dogs in need, and... More 

Thank GibbonTravel
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150 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Our family stopped on the way to the waterfall on our approx 3km walk to get a drink before making the 500 steps down to the waterfall. I got an iced coffee. My husband got the guabanana smoothie, sister in law got the pineapple papaya smoothie, mother in law got papaya smoothie and father in law got mango smoothie. All... More 

Thank JusSilvag
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

When plan after plan got cancelled due to a hurricane, we decided to stop by the Gecko cafe. Our kids were delighted to find out it was also a dog rescue center. We were able to volunteer to walk 8 of the rescued street dogs, and had a great time doing it. It turned our disappointing day around quickly, and... More 

Thank Brenda R
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016

Avocado. Avocado. Avocado. This owner knows what makes a great sandwich shop. Period. Also, absolutely amazing blended coffee drinks. Wonderful, relaxing and refreshing stop along the way back from the waterfall. 

Thank Hayley S
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437 reviews
209 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2016

The food was decent, the portions were a good size, convenient location on the way back from the waterfall. Prices were a bit high but then everything in Costa Rica is. Smoothies were good. Not bad for a quick stop.

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43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

Ate here today with my husband as we were volunteering at the dog rescue centre. The place is lovely, food delicious and fresh. We watched the chef prepare my husbands delicious chicken salad and my fresh banana smoothie and we loved it all. Ran by the same owner who runs the lava lounge and the Costa Rica dog rescue centre-... More 

Thank Ems1998
new orleans
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2016

Right down the hill from our hotel! Loved the smoothies. Huge, delicious wraps! Recommend for lunch!

Thank NOLAChauvinK
1 review
Reviewed 6 June 2016

Atmosphere is for pet lovers. Dogs were all over the place including the kitchen. I have nothing against animal lovers or animals, but an animal rescue shelter should not take place in a cafe. The nachos were average.

Thank Edith M
London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 11 May 2016

Avoiding the busy restaurant at the waterfall we went here instead and so glad we did. I had the most amazing Nachos with everything I could want on the plate. It set me up for the 7k walk back to Fortuna. Food highlight of CR for me!

Thank 1234al1234

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Cafe, Delicatessen, South American, Central American, Costa Rican
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for
Open Hours
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Center of la Fortuna, First Floor of Arenal Jireh Hotel | 300m before La Fortuna Waterfall, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Arenal Volcano National Park  >  La Fortuna de San Carlos
  • Phone Number: +506 2479 8905

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