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“A Real Gem in Arenal”

Restaurant by the Lake Tinajas Arenal
Ranked #6 of 22 Restaurants in Nuevo Arenal
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$7 - US$40
Cuisines: Costa Rican, International
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Private Dining, Reservations
Description: 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
Reviewed 6 May 2014

Since our return to Arenal in March 2014, we have eaten here at least once a week for either lunch or dinner and have had wonderful meals. They have increased the seating and the views remain the best in the area for watching the sun set over Lago Arenal. The daily specials are always a great choice. The sauces are a perfect compliment to the food and everything is perfectly cooked. While some of the road is a bit rough, it is more than worth it for the experience of having a great meal with a great view. ¡Buen provecho!

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Reviewed 22 April 2014

Not only is the view of the sunset second to none, the tuna was perfectly cooked along with the rest of the meal. Couldn't ask for a better meal. Worth the drive home in the dark anytime.

Doug C Florida

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Reviewed 4 April 2014 via mobile

They have great colorful signs to show you the way to this restaurant and truly have one of the best views let alone an amazing natural atmosphere. Birds, cows, lake view. Amazing. My husband and I went here for a late afternoon tapas and bebidas. The owners are obviously perfectionists as the grounds and restaurant are in immaculate condition with natural building materials. My one and only gripe I would have is that the guacamole was too salty but that is personal preference. Do go enjoy yourselves!

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Reviewed 29 March 2014

The view of the lake is spectacular. The food was very tasty. My husband had the Mahi Mahi and was very happy with his choice. I had garlic shrimp which was the special of the day and VERY good. Desert was fried pineapple & ice cream. Drool worthy!

Getting to this resuaurant is an adventure in itself. Our GPS did not guide us right to it and had to stop for directions in the little town. Our waitress did not speak English but the fun is part of the fun of going to a foreign country.

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Reviewed 27 March 2014

Ate there twice during our four nights in Nuevo Arenal, Went early once to catch the sunset and the second time after the sun went down. While signage to the place is good, it's best to go the first time in the light so you can find and place and also feel confident you are going to reach it. Often when you get a place with a good. IRS, the food falls short, not so here. Over the two nights we tried the tuna (perfectly done, large portion, tasty topping), shrimp, quesadillas and numerous other local dishes. All were excellent. Follow the signs, you won't be disappointed

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