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Soda El Rio

Latin, ,
200 meters south of the Catholic Church, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
+506 2479 9341
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good37%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“arroz con pollo” (12 reviews)
“liver” (2 reviews)
“rice” (9 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly
200 meters south of the Catholic Church, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great little restaurant to stop into for some authentic Costa Rican food. Menu has options for everyone, service was good and cost was affordable.

Thank Christine M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went for breakfast. I really like whole black beans so often ask for a side at meals. These were the best. Well seasoned. Overall good breakfast.

Thank Mona R
Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

Had the rice with shrimp. Wasn’t too bad, kind of typical Asian fare that felt like American Asian dinner. Had more rice and less shrimp, served with fries. Husband had burger which was not good. Frozen pattie pretty basic. If you are in the mood...More

Thank Kris W
Reviewed 15 January 2018

I do not like to comment negatively as I believe it is important to see the good things in life and criticizing is not my cup of tea, however today I must share my experience as it can save you some frustration. I have been...More

Thank Sammy G
Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

20 mins before they closed, I ordered Casada con Higado (liver combo, hint: not your average American food). Liver and caramelized onion are perfectly cooked. The $7 plate also comes with rice, beans, sautéed vegetables, freshly sliced salad and fried plantains. Too bad I found...More

1  Thank Ji W
Reviewed 26 December 2017 via mobile

Before I start - just remember that you’re in Central America. Things happen at a slower pace here. Just sayin’ because you can’t fault them for slow service. They’re a small family owned business with 1 chef (dad), 1 waitress / cashier (mum) and 1...More

1  Thank BusinessTravelDude
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

Excellent experience, we really enjoy every single thing here, thank you Selina for this new adventure

Thank Daniel A
Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

We went to several places and this was one of our favorites. Inexpensive prices for good authentic Costa Rican food. Friendly staff. I had the tomato spaghetti with shrimp and the shrimp was so good!

Thank Noemi G
Reviewed 13 July 2017

Costa Rican Sodas are not fine dining but rather local fare for locals and this is one of the better ones. Great casados, lovely breakfast and great selection of fruit juices.

1  Thank Rob H
Reviewed 12 June 2017

We ate there whilst staying at the Hotel Monte Real down the road - they have a separate menu for hotel guests. A nice choice and large portions!

Thank Ann C
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 200 meters south of the Catholic Church, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Arenal Volcano National Park  >  La Fortuna de San Carlos
  • Phone Number: +506 2479 9341
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