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El Refugio Grill

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$$ - $$$
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200mts Sur Hotel Suerre Caribe - Frente entrada Playa Grande | 200 Mts sur del Hotel Suerre, Punta Uva, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
+506 2759 9007
12:00 - 21:00
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Thu - Tue 12:00 - 21:00
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Saint James Parish, Barbados
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is the best restaurant in the area. It is quiet, romantic and very good food. Small place with low lighting.

Thank oldwanderer2017
Park City, Utah
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Delicious food in an intimate setting. There are only 6 tables, so you might want to make a reservation. The food is as good here as you can get anywhere, and I am from a resort town known for excellent restaurants. I have an onion allergy and they went out of their way to make thing fresh for me without... More 

Thank Shels_M_2673
Pinole, California
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped our first night in town. They told us we have to wait as they had several parties in front of us. We decided, instead, to make a reservation for the following night. Good move by us. We arrived the next evening. Our table was waiting. The chef/owner and waitress/wife/co-owner greeted us, explained that nights menu. We had great... More 

Thank vbcoachlou
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want a secluded place for a romantic, delicious dinner, this is your place. Great owner, superb food and a location where you feel like you are in the middle of the jungle. We really enjoyed our dinner there and the chef came out to inquire on how everything was. Great service from staff also.

Thank Tony S
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

El Refugio is indeed a refuge. With it's small kitchen it's located on road to Manzanillo in a semi open cabin in the woods. The atmosphere is very relaxing and quiet. The food was very good, specifically the Tuna steak which was done to perfection and came with a delicious sauce. However, the menu is quite limited.

Thank Raz M
London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very pleasant service and atmosphere, great food and wine. We needed to be finished by a certain time and they were very accommodating. Recommend the crepes.

Thank SamBoaden
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed in Punta Uva for 1 week and we dined at El Refugio on 4 separate occasions. It is just THAT good. The tuna steaks with the garlic chimichurri is to die for, hands down best fish I've ever had. The chef here is a one-man show, with his kitchen helper and the nice lady taking orders. That's it.... More 

Thank Chris A
Antigonish, Canada
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58 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful candlelit setting, amazing steak and lightly curried shrimp. Only problem was the canned music that was too loud and went from rock to rap to disco.

Thank momg557
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ok....we've had some great food on caribe side of cr. But this place .... holy smokes. Argentinian simple but off the hook good. Great wines. Get the tuna. It will knock your socks off!!! Simple. Elegant. Awesome. Great service and host.

Thank Ryan B
Montague, Michigan
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77 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Love this little place with only six tables in a beautiful outdoor setting. The service was excellent from beginning to end which is saying something in Costa Rica where the service usually ends after the food is served. Tummy homemade chips with guacamole to start followed by delicious grilled octopus with a salad and French bread for dipping in the... More 

Thank nancy t

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$25
Barbecue, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly
Drinks, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Cash Only, Highchairs Available, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 200mts Sur Hotel Suerre Caribe - Frente entrada Playa Grande | 200 Mts sur del Hotel Suerre, Punta Uva, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Limon  >  Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
  • Phone Number: +506 2759 9007
International Cusine Restaurant. Jungle outside private tables for dinner or chill out. Romantic atmosphere, good music. Focus on the good quolity of the products and the service.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?