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Don Rufino

| Diagonal a la Gasolinera La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 21207, Costa Rica
+506 2479 9997
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good27%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“hummus” (22 reviews)
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Latin, Spanish, Central American, Costa Rican, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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| Diagonal a la Gasolinera La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 21207, Costa Rica
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Reviewed yesterday

San Carlos is absolutely magnificent with the Arenal Volcano overlooking it. And dining at Don Rufino is a must. Its trendy but not overpowering and I loved the contrast of its trendiness versus the location in the middle of town. Its has a super cool...More

Thank gbarrantes72
Reviewed 3 days ago

I cannot say enough good things about this place! I'm staying at a resort that has unappealing food, so I went to Don Rufinos on my cabbie's recommendation. This place saved me life! :) OMG, I ordered the mushroom lasagna and the chicken/dumpling soup, and...More

1  Thank Cali_Doll
Reviewed 6 days ago

Probably THE BEST food we ate in Costa Rica - certainly worth a visit - about £30per head for 3 courses. Great Staff. Located on a busy Corner in La Fortuna Centre 5*

Thank BusybeeSussex
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I really enjoyed dining @ Don Rufino last week. I had the Grand ma's Chicken which was the best chic I've ever eaten. The wait staff tells me it's been on the menu for over 10 years. Special BBQ sauce made with...More

Thank BagbyHotspringsTrail
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited this restaurant for dinner on my birthday. It was a quite night but we loved it. The customer service was superb, the food was amazing. We all enjoyed our dinner very much. It was certainly worth it!

Thank Nancy A
Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant is so incredible. Their food is fresh and tasty. I highly recommend the squash risotto with grill chicken and shrimp and also the grill red snapper with purple polenta - fabulous!!!

Thank Leslie K
Reviewed 1 week ago

I love Costa Rica and I love the culture. While in CR my bf suggested this place, I declined twice. It seemed too main stream. Finally in a fit of hunger after hiking all day, we came here and OMG I wish I had found...More

1  Thank jdcampusano
Reviewed 1 week ago

Don Rufino has a great reputation but didn't hit the mark the night we were there. It was busy, so maybe we should have passed but they gladly seated us. Service was so-so with okay food but not worth the price. My friend has grilled...More

1  Thank Michael M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

More or less the epicentre of la fortuna which isn't difficult. Concise menu but excellent food. Sat on a seat that was privy to glance into the kitchen and it looked immaculately clean! Very tasty food and you can tell that it's a very well...More

Thank Mike R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In La Fortuna I recently found the best restaurant that I have tasted in Costa Rica. Don Rufino restaurant mix local products with international cuisine to produce an unique culinary experience. The quality of the food, the rationale prices and the social and environment responsibility...More

Thank Juluma
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Regina F
Hello, please let me know if you are having anything special going on for New Years 2017 celebration, for 6 people. Will there be live music?
17 October 2016|
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Dom I
How much is the entrance fee and how late are you open to every day?
17 March 2015|
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Response from Dom I | Reviewed this property |
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$65
Latin, Spanish, Central American, Costa Rican, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:45
11:30 - 21:45
11:30 - 21:45
11:30 - 21:45
11:30 - 21:45
11:30 - 21:45
11:30 - 21:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: | Diagonal a la Gasolinera La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 21207, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Arenal Volcano National Park  >  La Fortuna de San Carlos
  • Phone Number: +506 2479 9997
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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.