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Local cuisine, Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, International
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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.
PRICE RANGE
US$6 - US$65
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
CUISINES
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, International, Contemporary
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

If you're looking for finer dining in La Fortuna this was a good spot. The wine, drinks and service were excellent. I'd say menu and food was good, but not the best we ate during our stay. Good for a fancy night out if that's...what you're looking for!More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were staying at Tabacon and made reservations at Don Rufino -about 15 minutes away and right in the center of town. Once we tried it, we had to come back. The restaurant has a wonderful vibe. Beautifully polished wood throughout the restaurant and open...air access including bar stools on the outside sidewalk. The staff is so responsive. I hesitatingly asked if they knew how to make a Martini and they made one of the best I've ever had. The food though is the star of this show. We tried their Civiche and it was out of this world - made with strips of marlin. The grilled shrimp was lucious. Also highly recommend the grilled chicken wrapped in bacon as well as the seafood soup.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I came for dinner our last night in La Fortuna. It was definitely pricey as it was the most expensive meal we had while in Costa Rica but we personally felt that it was worth it. The ambiance, customer service, and food...was all wonderful. Each plate was prettier than the last and even the drinks were gorgeous. We started with the meatballs which were delicious and of course I got the filet wrapped in bacon which was delicious and very well cooked. We ended with the cheesecake with peanut praline and the lemon slice with sorbet and passion fruit jelly. They were both absolutely incredible and the perfect ending to the meal.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We where a group of 18 People and had an exellent dinner at this place. Thank you soo much for a wounderful evening at Don Rufino.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did a large party dinner with a fixed menu and everything was outstanding. They accommodated a special order with no issues. As it was in April of 21 tourism is not back up to normal standards and many, many other restaurants were EMPTY, but...not Don Rufino. I understand why after dining here! Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Super tasty food! Andre our server was excellent. Worth leaving your hotel/resort’s underwhelming food and driving into town for. A foody’s delight!!! We especially loved all of the pasta dishes. We’d return again and again. Thank you Andre for taking such great care of us!

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our Easter Sunday 2021 dinner at Don Rufino was one of the best meals we've had in several years. The appetizers were distinctive and good. My tuna entree was excellent. My wife's octopus entree was even better -- a perfect preparation. Our older daughter had...a pork chop, which was tender and tasty. Staff was attentive but not intrusive. Our daughters were amused by the servers shooing away a local dog that REALLY wanted some of the lamb chop that a nearby table ordered (which looked and smelled delicious). Constructive criticism: We saw on our way out there there were some kid-friendly options not listed on the menu, but we didn't know about them. Although fine dining restaurants don't really cater to kids, it would have been nice to know that for our younger daughter. Our bill was about half of what we would have expected for a meal of this quality back home in the midwestern U.S. If we're able to take another trip to Costa Rica, we will be sure to include a dinner here.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Came here for dinner. Open air feel, bar area is open to the sidewalk. Great service, food, location and vibe. Make sure to make a reservation.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic food in La Fortuna. My only complaint is that the entee quantity is a lot - we had no idea and ordered appetizers plus entree which was simply too much food. And of course, during covid times, the tables were set a little too...closely, in my opinion. This restaurant is clearly popular and was relatively full, with tables set less than 5 feet apart, it wasn't the most comfortable setting. Ignoring that, however, it is a nice setting and the ceviche, hummus, steak - everything was fresh and delicious.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 4 April 2021 via mobile

Would highly recommend! The food was amazing and so was the service! Definitely put it high in your list!

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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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  • Don Rufino is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4
    • Atmosphere: 4