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Benedictu's Restaurant

South American, Costa Rican
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Camino hacienda Puentes Colgantes, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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Horst, The Netherlands
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 6 September 2016

For me and my partner this was the best restaurant in El Castillo. After a day of hiking we were very hungry and thirsty. We had the luck earlier that day that we met Chef Benedicht himself and he invited us to visit his little restaurant(but not in an annoying or pushy way). So we went there that evening and... More 

Thank Bart V
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2015

We stayed at the beautiful Parrot Hill Ranch, just up the road from Chef Benedicts, and decided to have dinner there one evening with our family of 10, including 4 grandchildren. Chef B blew us away with his colorful and fun personality, and his exquisite food! Never had a better chimichurri sauce, his ceviche was amazing, and the steak dinners... More 

Thank sharigroendyk
Boulder, Colorado, United States
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2015

4 of us had the pleasure of dining at Benedictu's for my husband's 50th birthday. The food was absolutely incredible as was the service and the view is absolutely out of this world! We each had something different - lamb, steak and pasta and each thought they had gotten the best thing on the menu! Truly a special experience that... More 

Thank Jalyn B
Berlin, Maryland
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2014

The food we had was flavorful and unique. The view was beautiful. However, be prepared to spend a lot of money and time here. We were hoping to stop here for lunch and then go hiking but the service was so slow we only had time to have lunch and then the park was closed. Also, much of the menu... More 

Thank Caro829
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2014

This restaurant had been personally recommended and had terrific reviews on Trip Advisor, so I went in with positive expectations. Well, the food was just awful. We started out with lamb that was so tough and had so much gristle I literally couldn't eat it. The rest of the meat was no better. My teenaged boys had pasta, and didn't... More 

Thank Stacey D
Falls Church, Virginia
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2014

Talk about an "out of the way" restaurant! You wouldn't just happen upon it. But we asked several locals to recommend a good restaurant and this was on everyone's list. Set a half mile or so from the main road, and way on top of a hill, I'm sure the views would have been awesome, but we were there at... More 

Thank MarianneEv
Atlanta, Georgia
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2014

Food not as great as the reviews, but good. Setting is amazing. Go before dark - sun sets at ~5:45. Really cool atmosphere you will talk about afterwards. If staying across the street, don't let the concierge tell you to walk. Its straight up and far as hell to walk from the road. We drove and felt sorry for the... More 

Thank Rich K
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2014

We ate out every night and overall had many mediocre meals. This was the best meal we had in CR to date. It's a little hard to get there at night given the winding road, but worth the drive as the food was great.

Thank shwang76
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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73 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2014

After reading some of the reviews for this restaurant, we were hesitant about the road. As residents of Costa Rica, once en route we laughed that people who live here would recognize the road as a Super Highway! The setting is beautiful! The view of the valley is AWESOME! Our waiter was attentive and our food arrived quickly. I had... More 

Thank ib2qtpie
Salt Lake City, Utah
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2014

Yes, most in our group said the food was good. Bread was good and my shrimp salad was fresh and tasty. Here's the problem though.... call me American and impatient but when you've been at the restaurant 2 hours and your main course is just arriving even fantastic food tends to not taste so good. I had the burger and... More 

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Restaurant Details

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South American, Costa Rican
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Camino hacienda Puentes Colgantes, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Arenal Volcano National Park
Located at a finca with spectacular views. The ambiance is elegant rustic -- similar to upscale restaurants in Napa Valley, CA. the food is excellent and quite reasonably priced. This eating experience is one of the highlights of my vacation and I will remember it for many years to come. The chef and staff are friendly and they greeted us with a warm welcome. Beauttful restaurant, phenomenal views, great food, and a kind staff--makes for an awesome experience!

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