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Don Rufino, La Fortuna, L Fortuna

Don Rufino

4.6
4.6
555 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

9:00 PM


Booked 32 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 555 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
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Costa Rica

    Best Food

  • Costa Rica

    Hot spot

  • Costa Rica

    Great for fine wines

  • Costa Rica

    Most Booked

555 Reviews
  1. DAVIDH

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    While staying near La Fortuna we went to the restaurant twice. First time we discovered the steamed dumplings and the spicy noodles with pork. Both are spicy and delicious ,so we went back a 2nd night and ordered the dishes again. They also do a very tasty IPA craft beer...the perfect accompaniment.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The restaurant is located in the hustle and bustle of town on the corner of a busy road. The food is good, but not great and very over priced! Prices were outrageous for the dining experience. I would stay out of the downtown area for dinner. Lunch in town is fine, but go to quieter areas for dinner- try Jalapos.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Muy linda experiencia muchas gracias ( un toque de frío en la noche por los dos aires acondicionado tan grande en un lugar pequeño . La mesa que esta cerca de la cocina la quitaría .. cero acogedora. Me hubiera gustado mas otra mesa .

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  4. KassieM

    Tulsa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and great service! We would go back.

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  5. Jessica

    Montreal

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Awful experience. Our waiter rushed us to order food. Didn’t bother to ask for cocktails first or if we had any questions for the menu. Only : so what is gonna be? So rude. We had our appetizers and our drinks way after. We are not used to that. Ask for pepper for the main meal and never saw our waiter after that. At least the last waiter was way more friendly. Food was good but not phenomenal. We will never come back, overpriced and bad service.

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  6. Moonee13

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Don Rufino is definitely worth a visit if you are looking for a great meal and good drinks. Reasonably priced for what you get. Big portions. Very nice atmosphere, excellent service.

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  7. AmyB

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Really good unique food. Kids loved their food too. Good mix of different people. Couples and families.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely restaurant with great enthusiastic kind staff. Excellent food - highly recommend

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good food and service, cost on the higher end.

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  10. SuzanneS

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Don Rufino is great! Highly recommend! Great food selection and quality. Great staff and ambience as well.

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  11. MMCB

    Houston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hadn’t eaten in here in a few years, & soooo glad we came for Valentine’s Day. Might’ve been our best Valentine’s Day meal ever!! Service was so friendly,fun & helpful. Food was absolutely amazing. Not usually a fan of pasta dishes, but the shredded beef ravioli was so wonderful that I’m ordering that again next time!!

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  12. KristeyB

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely worth every penny! Great fusion of flavors, food and cocktails! Wonderful and attentive staff

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience. The food was fantastic and very tasty! Absolutely loved the mamas chicken and apparently it has been on the menu for over 18 years. The staff were also amazing and very friendly and helpful with food and wine choices. Would recommend you go and give it try!

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  14. CaroNick

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant was recommended by a friend who had visited Costa Rica a few months earlier and it did not disappoint! The flavor combinations strike me as odd when you read them on the menu, but they work! The ceviche was amazing! My favorite was the vegetable lasagna. Good wine list. Will definitely return if we are ever back in La Fortuna.

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  15. BobH

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our expectations were higher than the realisation. The crazy high (!) prices at Don Rufino comparded to the average price level and standard in Costa Rica made it disappointing. A simple dinner for two was more expensive then in The Netherlands ($185,-)! The food was okay, well prepared but nothing outstanding, so the value for money was simply not okay. Great they created a hipe, but there are better places to spend your money. The crew was amazing friendly and accurate. Enjoy their service!

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  16. JordanW

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The resturant was very nice, little weird checking in for our reservation, but after we were seated it was very enjoyable. We went for my wifes 30th birthday and the appetizer, food, dessert, and drinks were VERY good!

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  17. MarkE

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and atmosphere. Loved the mushroom lasagna and lamb shoulder - the lamb will feed 3 people easily! Price point higher than most other restaurants in La Fortuna.

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  18. GregD

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server recommended the Beef Ravioli which was fantastic. We also had the carrot salad and eggplant onion dip as starters which were both excellent!!

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  19. Margaret

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, we had the ceviche and braised rib appetizer and it was awesome. For main dishes we had the ribeye and grilled shrimp with garlic butter. For dessert we had the black sesame ice cream and I can't remember the rest of what was in it but it was delicious, interesting flavors and not too sweet. Would definitely dine here again.

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  20. kshin13

    Aberdeen

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious meal, great cocktails, special moments. We went all out and had the octopus croquettes (cooked perfectly), rib eye (delicious , good portions and balanced sides), and my husband had the creme brulee and I had the de leches (small but hit the spot with flavors and presentation). Friendly service that checked up on us for drinks/water/etc. Would definitely recommend for special occasion and hope to be back

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Experiencia excepcional en Don Rufino, Alajuela. Desde la cálida bienvenida hasta el último bocado, la calidad de la comida y el servicio fue sobresaliente. Los platillos reflejan una fusión creativa de sabores locales e internacionales. Destaco especialmente la atención del personal, siempre atento y amable. El ambiente es acogedor, perfecto para una velada especial. Sin duda, Don Rufino es una joya gastronómica en Alajuela que recomendaré a todos.

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  22. CalR

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible service, very friendly staff. Food was very good, highly recommend the risotto, beef ravioli, and the burrata appetizer.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food and excellent services. Just be aware it is pricey but the food quality is incredible.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great vibe. The waitress was very attentive. The ny strip was so soft and tender. The ceviche was really good

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  25. AS2381

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall, we had a great dinner here. Service is top notch with multiple servers looking after you. Food and cocktails were very tasty. The restaurant itself is well designed. The cost is a bit higher than it likely should be.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing service and phenomenal food! The risotto and burrata salad were especially delicious

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  27. KarenW

    Exclusive

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good meal & service. The food presentation is excellent.

    1 person found this helpful

  28. JayM

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was excellent from the appetizers to the main course. The wait staff was professional, friendly, and added personal recommendations when we asked questions about menu options. Finally the prices were inline with many higher-end US restaurants of similar quality. A definite recommendation for a special night out if you’re in La Fortuna.

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  29. JeanH

    Kansas City

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    It has been so highly rated...but husband said steak was tough...my dinner was meatballs filled with dates..3 little ones...and 3 skimpy dumplings. Disappointed.

    1 person found this helpful

  30. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great space, service was great. Food should have been better for the price.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was absolutely delicious and the staff was wonderful! We had the thrice braise short ribs, the risotto, ribeye, chocolate mousse, and creme brulee. We would recommend all the above!

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  32. SusieG

    Atlanta Metro

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible! Such a wonderful surprise. Highly recommend!!

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  33. LisaS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was great. Food was delicious. Waitress wasn't the friendliest but she was nice. We were there for an anniversary dinner so I had hoped it would have felt a little more special than just a night out. But overall great experience in town. Prices are way better in town that at the resort. Lol

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  34. DeborahL

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal!! Great service, pretty restaurant

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  35. GregL

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was very good. Service was a bit rushed and not particularly friendly. There is no air conditioning in the restaurant, which is not unusual for Costa Rica. However it was quite hot because it has only open doors for ventilation. For a nicer restaurant where we dressed up for dinner the heat did decrease our enjoyment of the meal. Overall it was a good meal but there wasn't alot of value for the cost.

    1 person found this helpful

  36. AlyA

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service! Loved the ambiance as well.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    The meatballs and thrice cooked ribs came out about 2 minutes after we ordered which shows me the food is not prepared fresh. The meatballs were so tough and dry and did not taste great. The short rib tasted like corned beef. We canceled our entrees and the service we received in return after politely declining was not appreciated.

    1 person found this helpful

  38. DavidK

    New York City

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a wonderful meal! Ceviche might have been the best I've ever had. Everything was delicious, with creative surprises in every dish. Desserts -- even traditional ones -- were presented and executed in creative ways.

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  39. MarcS

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere, perfect for special occasion, welcoming staff, the food presentation was phenomenal and the food tasted delicious!

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  40. JasSB

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good restaurant and fantastic service from Tatiana & Andrey

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

Don Rufino is rated 4.6 stars by 555 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 32 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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