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Lava Lounge Bar & Grill

$$ - $$$
Bar, Costa Rican, Mexican, American, Latin, South American, Central American
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
+506 2479 7365
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07:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 22:00
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Seattle,
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42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

How do you not love an open-air restaurant/bar with a sleeping dog and a watchful, hopeful cat. Beer and wine are cheap. Lots of food available, including a long list of appetizers. Don't miss this spot if you like a little funk on your vacation

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Thank cakworth
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The food is good, for breakfast and dinner. Good smoothies. It's not expensive. Good ambiance. Cute place

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Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very average, we had the fajitas and it was not great. The fruit drinks (lemonade and mango) were good. The place had a nice vibe with many guests (mostly employees from around the town).

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New York City, New York
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32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

An American type restaurant/ bar in the heart of La Fortuna. Loud ambiance. Casual and reasonable food with quick service and attentive waitstaff made the evening fun

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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Liveliest bar in town. Live music and buzzing crowd. Drinks are expensive. We only had 1 starter to nibble on (cassava chips/Yuka) but it wasn't really flavoured. Not sure about the food, but nice bar to have a few drinks.

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Thank yatters
Wales
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30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Bang centre of fortuna, this place is a a great place to grab lunch or drinks in the evening. They donate a % of their profits to the local dog charity and was extremely busy at all times. We are there for lunch and recommend the mixed tacos. Service was slow when we were in a rush between tours but... More 

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Thank Kate2000
San Diego
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My friend and I came in here because we were looking for local craft beer. They don't have any on tap, but the bottles of IPA we tried were delicious. Maybe I'll return for the nachos!

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Thank IHeartSD
Southern California
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73 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We took a cab into to town for some local food. Found the Lava Lounge, place was busy. A good thing. Food and beers were great. Not really a place for young childern, but have picnic benches in the dining area. Little loud, but nice vide. Mostly tourist were here. Worth a visit if you want local cuisine

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Thank Ron K
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This place is to drink not to eat. The food wasn't very good and it took a long time to get our food. Most people around us were drinking.

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Thank Guillermo G
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28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While visiting Arenal Volcano, I stopped at Lava Lounge with my wife and friends for dinner. I chose to eat here because they advertised that they served local craft beer. Craft beer is still a small and growing niche in Costa Rica, and I wanted to try as much as possible while visiting the country. They did have a very... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, Costa Rican, Mexican, American, Latin, South American, Central American
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 22:00
Monday
07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 22:00
Thursday
07:00 - 22:00
Friday
07:00 - 22:00
Saturday
07:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Arenal Volcano National Park  >  La Fortuna de San Carlos
  • Phone Number: +506 2479 7365

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?