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Don Rufino, La Fortuna, L Fortuna

Don Rufino

4.6
4.6
590 Reviews
$50 and over
International
Don Rufino is about contemporary food, with a local touch. Fine, local, fresh ingredients, the use of novel cooking techniques and great passion, are the main components found in our kitchen and in each dish served.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    International, Fusion / Eclectic, Meat
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    2479 9997
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Santiago Fernández Benedeto

What 590 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Costa Rica

    Best Food

  • Costa Rica

    Best Service

  • Costa Rica

    Innovative

  • Costa Rica

    Hot spot

  • Costa Rica

    Neighborhood gem

  • Costa Rica

    Great for fine wines

  • Costa Rica

    Most Booked

590 Reviews
  1. Kevin

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I proposed to the woman of my dreams here. The staff knew and they brought out champagne right before I popped the question. The entire staff cheered and were extremely excited, and the other customers in the restaurant watched on and erupted in cheers as well. It was a wonderful experience, and did I mention the food was really good?!? Highly recommend!

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    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant with a very hard to find in Costa Rica, excellent steak.

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  3. LauraP

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant in town. Grandma’s chicken was insanely delicious. It is hard to describe but I think the sauce is made with coffee and maybe chocolate. I usually never order chicken at restaurants but was so glad I did.

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  4. FoodieFan3

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and service!! Great restaurant in town

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Boise

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Just ok. From reviews and recommendations, I expected the food to be much better.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The finest dining experience in La Fortuna. We went during low-season, but still recommend booking immediately advance as it’s so popular. Go easy on the appetisers as the main dishes are as hearty as they say. Staff were great and really friendly. Wine menu also a big plus.

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  7. CarlosV

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great staff. Very welcoming and knowledgeable on all levels in regards to food, history and environment. Make you feel welcomed right from that start

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best meals we have ever had in many years of traveling. Would highly recommend for anyone in La Fortuna and looking for an elevated and refined experience.

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  9. ChristopherK

    New Jersey

    80 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were a party of 6, we thought the food was very good, and the service outstanding. 4 of us had steak, all cooked to proper temperature, appetizers were very good too

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff was very polite and attentive. We did the 5 course tasting menu, which included an extra little starter and an amuse bouche. We especially liked the seafood cracker with seared fish, shrimp, octopus. The main dish, which was Don Rufino beef, was just 3 strips of beef. I asked for medium rare, but got medium well. I probably should have asked for them to take it back and cook it the way I requested, but I didn’t. Beef was kind of tough, perhaps due to cook, perhaps just the characteristic of the local beef. Dessert was kind of overly sweet in some ways and the churro was dense and hard, not the lighter, fluffier type I’m used to. Maybe just the local style? Anyway, it was fine, but not really worth the price. If the beef dish were 50% or more in portion and cooked as requested, it would have made a big difference.

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FAQs

Don Rufino is rated 4.6 stars by 590 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
Google Map for Don Rufino

Calle 466 Ave 142, Downtown, La Fortuna, L Fortuna 1417

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Alajuela
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    International, Fusion / Eclectic, Meat
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Santiago Fernández Benedeto
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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