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“Amazing restaurant, worth the drive”

Restaurant by the Lake Tinajas Arenal
Ranked #4 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: After-hours, Breakfast, 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 17 June 2014

The road less traveled can sometimes deliver the best results. This place has it all. Food, views and a true Costa Rica experience.

My favorite place in Arenal is Gingerbread, but for lunch or sunset cocktails this place rocks.

My only retreat was not finding it sooner.

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Thank 978travler
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

We stopped by here for lunch on our drive from Arenal to Guanacaste. Yes it is located a little out of the way but it was definitely worthy of the 10 minute detour. In rainy weather, 4x4 would be highly recommended.

We came around 11am and they were just setting up for the day which was not an issue since we wanted to sit outside anyway. The view plus the breeze combo is quite breathtaking. We enjoyed walking around their little garden and watching the birds.

The food was the freshest we had in Arenal. True definition of farm to table. The lettuce was so fresh. We shared a chicken wrap, so simple yet so delicious and fresh. The dessert, which was quite rare to come by in Costa Rica, was spectacular. We asked for the pineapple and banana foster (they can combine it for you). Very delicious.

Service is a little on the slower part but this is the place where you just relax and enjoy the view. A group came just right when we were leaving so the secret is out. I'd recommend this place highly, with or without the sunset view.

Thank Agustinkwo
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Reviewed 15 May 2014

The food is good, the menu has a nice variety. But I especially like the setting with its inviting garden and toucan. It's a bumpy ride to get here, but worth the effort.

Thank Becky R
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

What a wonderful surprise this restaurant was. The food was delicious.....the service was good and the price was reasonable. The restarant had a great view of the sunset over lake arenal....delightful place

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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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