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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was so spectacular, we ate there twice in the 3 days we were in town. I had the Atun Rojo Al Ajillo (Tuna) both times. I'm not a seafood lover so this was an experiment. I LOVED IT! My 3 friends really enjoyed...their meals as well. Really great staff, nice atmosphere and unbelievably delicious food. Top on my list**More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

Thanks a lot we are glad you enjoyed!! See you next time

Reviewed 8 March 2024 via mobile

This place is amazing. We went there last night for my birthday and the food and service were impeccable. We started by sharing the mushroom ravioli which came with a velvety cream sauce - delicious. We shared all dishes so that we could try as...much as possible. Next was the grilled octopus which was so tender it hardly required a chew. After that came the tuna, perfectly seared rare and silky. Then the steak, so flavourful. All dished came with fried potatoes or plantain. I’m not a potato person but I gobbled them up. Golden crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. For dessert was the chocolate brownie with ice cream since it was my birthday. They used locally made chocolate. Wine was a lovely bottle of Chardonnay, not oaky. A perfect evening. Thank you to the talented staff.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Management response:Responded 9 March 2024

Thank you so much We are glad you enjoyed your birthday with us Thanks again see you next time

Reviewed 15 January 2024

Beautiful smaller restaurant. Daily menu is presented by the server. Our server was lovely and attentive and we were able to communicate in English easily. Good was great, options for veg/meat-eaters. We had skirt steak, mushroom ravioli in cream sauce, best hummus and chips we’ve...had yet, and brownie with carmelized pineapple and ice cream for dessert. Great atmosphere. The quintessential Costa Rican restaurant dogs added to the experience. Prices were good. Some parking spots available and on the main road. Pretty dark at night so the restaurant pops up quickly on you as you’re driving. Recommend for sure.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 10 January 2024 via mobile

Another really good restaurant in the Puerto Viejo, Cocles area. Our server was a young lady, very friendly and did a fantastic job of explaining each entree to us. Although we only ordered light smaller items everything came out quickly with a good presentation. We...also ordered drinks and the server made sure we were all happy with our drink selections. She offered small samples of the wine to make sure we were happy with the selection. She then continued to check on us to make sure everything was to our liking. Definitely worth stopping in and grabbing your meal here.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 8 January 2024

What a fabulous restaurant! Although it is close to the main road, you really feel as though you are immersed in the jungle. The atmosphere is wonderful, and the food is just amazing. We had dinner here twice whilst staying in the area. On our...first night we had Octopus which was just so tasty. Then on our second night we had Steak, which was superb. The place is run by a lovely Argentine family, who are really lovely, and an absolute joy to meet. A wonderful experience and highly recommended.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 10 September 2023 via mobile

It was not our first time at El Refugio. Once again the food Wes really good, plus the ambience is great for a relaxing dinner. My milabessa al caballo was great, my girlfriend's curry shrimp really nice. The bread basket, top notch.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 11 April 2023 via mobile

The quality of the food was not too bad. However the quantities were clearly too little for the very high price. And in the shrimp curry I found mainly potatoes but no fish. Definitely no recommendation!

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 19 March 2023

Our favorite restaurant in this area. We have been going here at least once for the past eight years and always love our meal. The atmosphere is wonderful, the staff is very helpful and friendly. Of course most importantly our meals have been super.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 11 March 2023

Our party of six had a variety of menu items, all were said to be very good. My steak had a little too much sauce but perhaps that is the Argentinian style. Our server was very friendly and engaging and the setting was beautiful. If...you have a car this location is easy, if using cab or tuk tuk it can be a challenge for dinner. The staff jumped in to help us with this.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 11 February 2023

We ordered carefully as this restaurant is quite expensive. We enjoyed the food. Wait staff were adequate, friendly but rather unprofessional on a number of occasions, including forgetting our reservation made very recently. All in all, a good experience, but not a smash hit.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 2 February 2023 via mobile

Amazing food! Beautiful scenery and landscape. The staff were so friendly and helpful. The mussels, steak, and octopus were delicious.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 13 January 2023 via mobile

Non pretentious, beautiful environment, very friendly owner and staff, excellent food! We had the beef chimichurri and the shrimp with yellow curry and it was absolutely delicious!

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 12 January 2023

You will never get tired of the same menu, since each item is always delicious made with good quality food and excellent service!

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 6 January 2023 via mobile

Attentive amazing staff. Have the homemade hummus and chips it is to die for!! I had the steak and the seasoning was spot on!! One of the best meals we had during our 2 week adventure

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 12 December 2022

Decided to avoid hotel meal service again and drove here. There were a few other guests, but overall a great experience. The owner chatted to us about his life, but service was excellent. We had mussels in white wine to share then tuna steaks for...both of us, all very tasty and freshly cooked. It wasn't cheap but was worth it. Definitely recommend a visit for dinner - there's not much else around so check they're open before going - I noticed they close on a Wednesday for example. .More

Date of visit: November 2022
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El Refugio Grill is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 5