Don Rufino

4.8
213 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 213 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.9
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4.8
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service was fantastic, I had a ribeye and it was cooked a perfect medium rare with phenomenal flavor. Has been the best dining experience of my trip this far (they are the only place with bourbon, which also helps the score).

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KathrynA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

One of the best meals we had in La Fortuna. Fantastic sea bass and beautiful desserts

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HollyC
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner! One of the best meals we had in Costa Rica!

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GeorgiaM
Costa Rica
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We love food, it was a little hot, but good. Maybe they must have a place where you could wash your ha es before sitting in the place

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vipSharonI
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious! Such a great place to dine in La Fortuna. Food and service is excellent!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food could have been better. Service was excellent.

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JordanA
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

With great food being available at a great price all over CR, the cost of Don Rufino unfortunately isn’t quite worth it.

I ordered an old fashioned (albeit off the menu, but I assumed a high end restaurant would be familiar) and received a glass of OJ and whiskey with half a crushed orange floating inside. As I mentioned it was off the menu so I can’t judge too harshly, but I sent it back after one sip and was still charged for it. (I think 10usd). On the topic of drinks we received the wrong bottle of wine, but it was another one from the same winemaker. Easy mistake and not at all a big deal.

The beef rib dumplings and roasted octopus for starters were good but had some overpowering red sauces that hid the natural great meat and other components flavors.

The ribeye steak was average, even for grass fed it was fairly bland and tough. The tomato paste they covered it in was an odd addition, not something I would try again.

The person at the table who ordered the pork chop said it was about average and slightly dry.

The people at the table who got risotto really enjoyed their dishes and said the guaro sours were a good cocktail.

Great ambiance, very nice wait staff, just unfortunately overpriced and underwhelming flavors compared to the other meals we had in CR. Maybe we just came on an off night.

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vipLuvgoodfood
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great restaurant and service was amazing!! Right in the center of La Fortunate so fun to people watch. Food was very good, kids enjoyed as well!

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JosephC
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. The Grandma’s Chicken is a must try here!

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BryanC
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and atmosphere. Wonderful food. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and excellent service! Came here while visiting La Fortuna for a few days and this was a meal to remember!

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Zackary
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are visiting La Fortuna for our friend’s 40th Birthday and dined at Don Rufino based on multiple recommendations. We absolutely loved the meal and experience. The food was perfect and the service was excellent. In fact we loved it so much, we cancelled our reservation at another restaurant tonight because we want to come back to Don Rufino!

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YoungH
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing meal, can't recommend this restaurant enough!! I had one of the best salads and pasta dishes that I've EVER had in my life (I live in the U.S.) at Don Rufino's--so impressed!!
Do yourself a favor!

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crystalc
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, the food, every detail was absolutely amazing

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food. Ceviche appetizer was fantastic. Shrimp and scallops pasta was one of the best seafood pasta dishes I’ve ever had. Would consider this the best restaurant in La Fortuna and one of the best in Costa Rica.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an incredible experience! Our food was outstanding—the flavors and textures were complex and yet comforting. Local, fresh foods were used. The presentation was beautiful. The atmosphere was lovely and inviting. The service was uniquely tailored to us. As soon as each course was ordered, unique flatware combinations were carefully set at each place. Dishes were laid and whisked away quickly, but without a rushed feeling. Our dinner was nearly two hours, and we loved every minute and every bite of it!

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Diddy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Definitely would recommend eating here if you are in La Fortuna.

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TijuanaG
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have gluten sensitivity. Our waiter gave me so many options. My husband and I loved the food and the ambiance!! Totally recommend!!

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zebra
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don Rufinos offers exceptional service. Every member of the waitstaff was superb. The food was some of the best I’ve had to the point where we went there twice over 3 days. Highly recommend the Ceviche, fish soup, chicken with bacon and the grilled shrimp. Excellent drinks as well.

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HollyS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was so pleasantly surprised by the food here. Was so flavorful, and the use of local ingredients was thoughtful and creative. I’m going back again tonight!

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vipAdam
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous - our best meal of our trip and fantastic service. All following covid protocols too. Would highly recommend for a nice dinner out

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Lamb shoulder was best we ever had

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DeborahK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! I liked the variety and it was authentic!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and loved it! Highly attentive staff and wonderful meals - filet mignon and grandmas chicken were perfectly done.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely food. Nice atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Costa Rica
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El mejor restaurante de concepto en La Fortuna

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Mauna28
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is simply the best restaurant in La Fortuna. I would recommend to go every time.

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TimT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and atmosphere were amazing - definitely recommend

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ShannanD
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food exceeded my expectations. Best meal we had in La Fortuna, hands down. Highly recommend the beef pastries

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DavidW
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive quick friendly service with excellent food. We had two vegetarian entrees: cauliflower steak and truffle lasagna. Both were excellent. I commented to my wife that we are eating better here than in our own city of Spokane, WA which has many good restaurants. This restaurant is exceptional and a treat. Thank you for a great meal experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in La Fortuna. They were amazing to work with when collaborating for my birthday celebration. My family called from the US ahead of time and were able to pick a wine and dessert. The service was truly amazing.

The food is better than most higher end restaurants in most major cities. It is on the expensive side, especially for La Fortuna, but worth it for a nice night out.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was amazing!

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GregV
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every thing was sooo delicious! Heavy but in the best way.

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BenO
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience.
Good food and great service.
Enjoy!

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OpenTable Diner
Costa Rica
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing. We ordered the chicken mignonett

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal!!

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erinb
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, staff was super professional and would recommend to anyone

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hamburg Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wine was ridiculously small. Food very good

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ceviche, grandma’s chicken, the tuna, & the cheesecake were all prepared to perfection. Each dish were very tasty. The service was awesome (quick and attentive). We had an amazing evening and would not hesitate recommending this restaurant to anyone visiting La Fortuna. The prices are aligned with the quality of this restaurant!

Regards,

JF

FAQs

Don Rufino is rated 4.8 stars by 213 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.