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Restaurant by the Lake Tinajas Arenal

££ - £££Healthy, ,
Carretera 142 | Nuevo Arenal, Gas Station 1 km South, Nuevo Arenal 50807, Costa Rica
+506 2694 4667
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  • Excellent75%
  • Very good18%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Open Now
09:30 - 20:00 Hours
Healthy, Central American, Costa Rican, Italian, Brew Pub, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
Carretera 142 | Nuevo Arenal, Gas Station 1 km South, Nuevo Arenal 50807, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Went with a group of 26! Had the place mostly to ourselves, we were sure to get there by 5:15 for the lovely sunset on Lake Arenal. They have a small but decent selection of liquor and some nice wines. We ordered a day ahead...More

1  Thank Annie M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came in just for a cup of coffee and were welcomed warmly. As the coffee came in a carafe we got more than just one cup, we had several cups. Sometimes I find coffee bitter, but here I didn't have to add sugar. It was...More

Thank Arednalie
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is the kind of out-of-the-way “gem” and “find” that every traveler searches for and dreams about discovering!! The view when you arrive will take your breath away! Panoramic views of Lake Arenal from on high in Nuevo Arenal. Service is excellent and the food...More

Thank Edwardwilson21037
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The journey is certainly worth the trip! Beyond the cursing about the potholes on the unpaved bumpy road, this is a true case of all good things come to those who wait. Rancho Tinajas is a wonderfully unassuming restaurant on the shores of Lago Arenal...More

Thank hurlp
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We arrived just before sunset over the lake. The setting is breath taking. Had local tilapia that was beautifully cooked. A wonderful evening.

Thank islanddancer2016
Reviewed 28 November 2017 via mobile

The food was excellent, the view breathtaking, and the service decent. Highly recommended, as the ingredients come directly from the garden on-site.

Thank Simon Otis R
Reviewed 21 November 2017 via mobile

The road was rough and we were worried that we were not going to arrive at an actual restaurant but found it easily following the posted signs. It was worth the wear and tear on the rental car. The setting was fantastic, the service was...More

Thank bmcallister
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Locally owned. Go there near sundown and watch the sun set on the lake while enjoying great food, good service, reasonable prices. A favorite with local gringo's!!

Thank sandsspencer
Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

This place is tucked away...such a pleasant surprise when we stumbled upon it. Great view of the lake. The food and drinks were amazing. The staff was incredibly friendly, and we enjoyed speaking to them. Would definitely come back to this place again.

Thank Jaya M
Reviewed 25 October 2017

Food xlnt, service wonderful. And the surroundings are pleasant with the organic garden. Strongly recommend.

Thank katherine2932
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26 January 2016|
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Response from dharmaj | Reviewed this property |
The road is unpaved with some pot holes. We arrived at the restaurant in a boat. The restaurant staff made arrangements for us to drop us off at a local place near Gingerbread, It is only a short drive to paved road so if... More
4 January 2015|
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Response from Thaddeus P | Reviewed this property |
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
Healthy, Central American, Costa Rican, Italian, Brew Pub, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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, Delivery, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, View, Kids
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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