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“Disappointing but understandable”

Loma Linda Restaurant
Ranked #7 of 13 Restaurants in El Castillo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$6 - US$32
Cuisines: Costa Rican, International
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Good for: View
Description: We are located in a unique area in El Castillo just outside of La Fortuna. Owned by a local family this restaurant offers great 360-degrees views (lake,volcano and mountains). Our cuisine is a combination of Costa Rican and international food.
Tallahassee, Florida
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5 reviews
“Disappointing but understandable”
Reviewed 28 December 2012

We stayed two nights at LInda Vista with another couple who had the honeymoon cottage. The view here is undeniably stunning. Our balcony view was filled with the volcano and the lake beyond. The staff were accomodating and helpful. HOWEVER, when our friends complained about the construction noise and the loud tv audio coming from the restaurant, the manager explained that the earthquake had heavily damaged the restaurant and the hotel. This was confirmed by the owner of a La Fortuna restaurant we visited. Hence, the early morning construction noise and the very limited menu. We are vegetarians who eat fish. They were out of tilapia so our only option was a disappointing spaghetti and we made do with a ham and cheese sandwich without the ham. Not good at all. The volcano is no longer emitting lava. Still the view was arresting. We all felt very bad for this family whose restaurant, we confirmed elsewhere, is known for it's views and good food but is compromised at the moment. Important to say that the management happily gave our friends their room for free the second night and provided them with free drinks. I would love to stay here when the damage is repaired and the restaurant restored as other reviews on this site give them good ratings and, again, the view is wonderful. But, given the prices they are charging, it is not a good value. Sorry.

  • Visited December 2012
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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123 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Great views - good food”
Reviewed 5 August 2012

My wife and I stayed at Arenal Observatory Lodge, but found the dinners and lunches to be not very good and overpriced. We had a 4WD vehicle, and drove over the very bumpy roads to El Castillo to try this restaurant. The drive up from the gravel road is on a narrow, steep, paved road which is covered by trees much of the way and surrounded by flowers.
Our meals were tasty and filling, and priced better than those at our lodge. The view was spectacular, with a wide sweeping view of Lake Arenal and the volcano. We went out onto the patio and took some beautiful pictures and movies.
Great if you have a vehicle.

  • Visited July 2012
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Carrollton, Texas
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116 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Really good food and ever-changing menu”
Reviewed 21 July 2012

Awesome views of Arenal Volcano with huge surrounding terrace. The menu had a nice variety and seemed to change daily during our stay. Everything we tried was quite good and I especially enjoyed the local "typical" cuisine. The staff is wonderful. It's a bit hard to get to unless you are staying at the hotel but it'w worth the 15minute bumpy ride up the hill.

Visited August 2011
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Northampton, Massachusetts
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“great restaurant with a great view”
Reviewed 22 May 2012

Really liked their breakfast; fresh fruit and coffee

Visited May 2012
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great spot for drinks”
Reviewed 18 April 2012

We can here for drinks after hiking and had some fantastic drinks that were prepared with fresh ingredients. (watched our bartender picking the limes from the trees.) I wish I could remember his name because he was great. We came back a few days later and he remembered us and asked if we wanted the same drinks - of course! We decdied to stay here one night and in comparison to some of the places we stayed this one needed work. The rooms smelled a little moldy, I didn't want to use the shower and everything was very outdated. If you want a basoc breakdown here we go:

Service - Great
Views - Great
Drinks and Food - Great
Rooms - Disappointing especially considering the price

Would go back for the view, service and drinks but would not stay there again.

Visited October 2011
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