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Rancho Perla

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$$ - $$$
Seafood, Contemporary, Central American, Costa Rican
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
+506 2479 1940
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Hamburg, New Jersey
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2014

We were a party of twelve celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary. Every member of our party enjoyed their selection. I had the mahi mahi which was delicious. The service was exceptional. I would highly recommend this place to anyone.

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Thank Renee B
Buffalo, New York
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2013

My partner had the seafood which she said was amazing. There had to be over a pound of fresh, mixed variety of seafood including shrimp, octopus, mussels, fish and scallops. I had the Arroz con Pollo which was wonderful with fresh vegetables. The black bean dip with homemade chips was the best I had ever had. We were the only... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2013

This place was right on the town square and had a very unique design with a vaulted ceiling and open atmosphere. The food was absolutely delicious (my boyfriend had an avocado chicken cheese dish that he still raves about) and the drinks were reasonably priced. Our waiter was attentive and the food was prepared in a timely manner. Would definitely... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2013

This is really a shame.... This restaurant probably had the best food in the La Fortuna area. I had the tomato soup and it was delicious. Someone else had the garlic sea bass and it too was delicious. Also excellent was the garlic mushrooms, cream of asparagus soup, and the veggie casada. It took over an hour and 20 minutes... More 

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1 Thank Adriajax
Alajuela, Costa Rica
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2013

Tonight (December 17, 2013), I went to La Perla to celebrate by birthday with a friend. I'm Costa Rican and my friend is from the USA. We enjoyed the food, but we were extremely disappointed when we received the check and the waiter immediately try to trick us with the tip. He handed the bill to my friend and told... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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159 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2013

Friendly service and very good tuna ceviche. I should have made a meal out of that alone. I also ordered chicken faijitas. It was a huge portion and was okay, not great. If I lived here I would go back for an easy and quick meal. Lots to choose from on the menu.

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Malibu, CA
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2013

We went to Rancho Perla since a local recommended it to us. He said it was his favorite restaurant in the country. We ordered a pitcher of sangria, tuna ceviche (very fresh), crab stuffed avocado, and shared the shrimp stuffed snook. The stuffing on the Snook was a bit salty for my taste (I think the fish would have been... More 

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Quepos, Costa Rica
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102 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2013

I visit this restaurant on the regular basis and is the tipical place to stop and have a quick lunch, service is ok, food its good. good location also. Can't go wrong stoping here...

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2013

We had heard good things about the restaurant and decided to have dinner...it was very underwhelming. The service was fine but the food was a disappointment. My girlfriend ordered a medium-cooked steak and it came to her very rare. She sent it back and it was even more unappealing the second time. I had the halibut, which was very overcooked... More 

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6 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2013

This place was alright. The fish I ordered was like a little crab cake wrapped in fresh white fish, piping hot and excellent. My wife's tenderloin however was not good, did not appear to be tenderloin, was just barely cooked(not med-rare that she ordered, more like almost raw).

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Seafood, Contemporary, Central American, Costa Rican
Meals
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Romantic, Business meetings
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 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 1940

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?