Fodor's Expert Review Don Rufino

$$$ Arenal and La Fortuna Eclectic
The L-shape bar fronting the main street is a popular expat and tourist hangout. The user-friendly menu is marked with symbols of chili peppers for spicy dishes, a tomato for vegetarian dishes, and a check mark for those that are highly recommended, like the chicken seasoned with chocolate, coffee, and tarragon or forest lasagna made with wild mushrooms, caramelized onions, and ricotta cheese. Their grilled meats are local, organic, and are served with a side of polenta, lentils, and caramelized apples in a balsamic dressing. The tilapia in bacon-and-tomato sauce is also very good. Although this is one of the more upscale restaurants in the area, there's no need to dress up here: this is still La Fortuna, after all.
Eclectic Lunch Dinner $$$

Quick Facts

Across from gas station
La Fortuna, Alajuela  21007, Costa Rica


Known For:
  • Organic, local meats
  • Friendly service and clientele
  • Occasional live music

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