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El Refugio Grill

| 200 Mts sur del Hotel Suerre, Punta Uva, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
+506 2759 9007
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  • Excellent84%
  • Very good12%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“steak” (95 reviews)
“crepes” (43 reviews)
“tuna” (70 reviews)
All hours
Barbecue, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
| 200 Mts sur del Hotel Suerre, Punta Uva, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We went to El Refugio for lunch. It certainly has a unique feel - very small, only 6 or so tables, almost completely outdoor. Really good service, nice food (we had burgers - best we had so far in Costa Rica) and their caipirinhas are...More

Thank Andy Z
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great location, food, service. On the pricier side. Freshly sourced material. Great cocktails too...

Thank kolhapuri k
Reviewed 6 December 2017

They fitted in a group of 12 of us the night before a family wedding. Service and attention was wonderful. Food was delicious and all 12 main plates came out within just a couple of minutes of each other. Very impressive for such a small...More

Thank GennyHoward
Reviewed 4 December 2017

Right off the main road through Punta Uva, surrounded by the beautiful, flowering rainforest, with outdoor seating. The chef is friendly, you can talk to him through the kitchen "window" as he is making your food. He is from Argentina, but has been living in...More

Thank w0nderl0st
Argenticos, Owner at El Refugio Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2017

Thanks a lot...I am glad you enjoyed...see you next time

Reviewed 29 November 2017 via mobile

Lovely little restaurant. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Menu is simple which is nice. We had the guacamole to start and it was amazing. I had the steak which was a little tough but that's me just being picky as it was still good....More

Thank Shane L
Reviewed 19 November 2017 via mobile

My friend and I visited this gem of a restaurant. My friend is a vegetarian and had been struggling with food on the Caribbean coast. The menu is small and the setting is intimate, in fact we both felt it would be perfect for a...More

Thank andromedahb
Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

My wife and I decided to have dinner at this restaurant after one of our excursions. The host was a lovely lady that made us feel very welcome and offered some great suggestions for dinner. The chef is from Argentina and you can tell that...More

Thank Amilcar M
Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

The setting was ok and just the typical Costa Rican "look" you see everywhere. Even the menu looked normal and so so. But O.MY.GOODNESS!!!!! The food was incredible! First off the guacamole and chips were different. The chips were not the typical plantains, corn nor...More

Thank Maria K H
Argenticos, Owner at El Refugio Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2017

Thanks a lot .... Im glad you enjoyed

Reviewed 2 November 2017

A beautiful quiet tranquil setting . It feels like you are eating at an oasis in the middle of the jungle . The steak is the best in Puerto Viejo . Great service by friendly staff . certainly one of our favorites .

Thank 197,626
Reviewed 21 October 2017

Small and intimate, El Refugio offers an amazing dining experience. This is a MUST, if you're travelling in the area. The food was fantastic, and the atmosphere amazing!

Thank WSFergie
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Questions & Answers
Leona S
23 May 2017|
Response from Argenticos | Property representative |
No just cash....sorry
4 April 2017|
Response from Argenticos | Property representative |
Hi natalie...tonight we have..guac and chips...mussels as appetizer...mushrooms raviolis..octopus spanish style...shrimps curry...grilled blue fin tuna...skirt steak with chimichurry...if you want we can keep a table for... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$25
Dinner, Drinks
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, Highchairs Available, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: | 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
  • E-mail
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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