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Restaurant by the Lake Tinajas Arenal

££ - £££Healthy, , Italian
Carretera 142 | Nuevo Arenal, Gas Station 1 km South, Nuevo Arenal 50807, Costa Rica
+506 2694 4667
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  • Excellent77%
  • Very good16%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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09:30 - 20:00 Hours
Healthy, Costa Rican, Italian, Brew Pub, International, Pub, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
££ - £££
Carretera 142 | Nuevo Arenal, Gas Station 1 km South, Nuevo Arenal 50807, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Beautifull view of the lake ,amazing sunset. Great hospitality. Fresh vegetable and sea food.Good sevice.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Suzanne A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant surprised us. Traveling through Arenal to Tinajas was adventurous. Upon arrival we were greeted with smiles and after ordering wonderful food. We will return.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank blairbanks
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I went to Tinajas Arenal for lunch. It was great to go during daylight hours as the views are amazing. The kids enjoyed walking right down to the lake shore. Service was good and there is a wide variety of food. Everyone...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Hung-Canadian
Reviewed 7 December 2018 via mobile

Breathtaking view and delicious lunch of fresh tilapia and salad, rice & beans - try the lemonade w/ small amount sugar- great service!!!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank E6853XCsuzannec
Reviewed 12 November 2018 via mobile

Pleasant staff.. Great food.. Great food. If you can you must go and enjoy a meal. We went at sunset.. Beautiful

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 428vickif
Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

Location Location Location. This is the place to enjoy some great drinks, fantastic food, and amazing sunsets. Nixon, the chef, is not a crook but a superb host who will prepare you typical Costa Rican dishes or a great Surf and Turf. Oh and there’s...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank PaulE2215
Reviewed 24 September 2018 via mobile

One of the best restaurants in Lake Arenal area! Beautiful view & perfect setting for a most enjoyable experience! The food is excellent and our server, Nixon, was so friendly and knowledgeable!! An overall GREAT experience!!

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Cheryl F
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

The view to the lake is so enjoyable while you relax at your table, sit in the swings, or walk around the gorgeous grounds. The food is excellent with true Costa Rican flavor. Great place for couples or families. Pleasant and attentive staff. You can't...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank puravidapropertymgmt
Cindy M, Gerente at Restaurant by the Lake Tinajas Arenal, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2018

Thanks very much for visit us...We are so happy when you are happy here in this family restaurant...We want you feel like home and We hope you will come back

Reviewed 6 August 2018

Food excellent, good wine, service slow. But the view of the lake at sunset will take your breath away.

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank sshawhomer
Cindy M, Gerente at Restaurant by the Lake Tinajas Arenal, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2018

Thanks so much for your visit We are so happy when the people feel happy in our small project family

Reviewed 31 July 2018 via mobile

We arrived at 5:45, just before the sunset over Arenal Lake, which was beautiful. The food was prompt and very tasty. My husband and son had burgers which they said were cooked perfectly, I had a chicken burrito and my daughter had seafood tagliatelle -...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank HShols
Cindy M, Gerente at Restaurant by the Lake Tinajas Arenal, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2018

We are so happy you like our place we wants you feel like home

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Response from Judith W | Reviewed this property |
If you haven't been to Costa Rica before, you need to know that the roads can be extremely bad. Compared to other areas in the Guanacoste this is good. The very short ride thru town (do not come in any other road) is... More
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Ten minutes from Nueva Arenal---4 wheel drive vehicle is recommended.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
09:30 - 21:00
09:30 - 20:00
09:30 - 20:00
09:30 - 20:00
09:30 - 20:00
09:30 - 20:00
09:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Carretera 142 | Nuevo Arenal, Gas Station 1 km South, Nuevo Arenal 50807, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Nuevo Arenal
  • Phone Number: +506 2694 4667
  • E-mail
Opened in 2013, Tinajas Arenal is a family project perfectly situated at the edge of the Arenal Lake. Our family settled in Arenal many years before Lake Arenal was created in 1974 and Nuevo Arenal was established. With a green organic garden. Tinajas is a wonderful place to eat while traveling this beautiful area, with glorious sunsets and a dock for boat access, this new lakeside retreat is a hidden gem. It is the perfect place to relax and take nice pictures of the lake and the sunset
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