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Soda El Rio

$Latin, ,
200 meters south of the Catholic Church, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
+506 2479 9341
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good37%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“arroz con pollo” (12 reviews)
“bistec” (2 reviews)
“chicken” (8 reviews)
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Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly
200 meters south of the Catholic Church, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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1 - 10 of 107 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent experience, we really enjoy every single thing here, thank you Selina for this new adventure

Thank Daniel A
Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

We went to several places and this was one of our favorites. Inexpensive prices for good authentic Costa Rican food. Friendly staff. I had the tomato spaghetti with shrimp and the shrimp was so good!

Thank Noemi G
Reviewed 14 July 2017

Costa Rican Sodas are not fine dining but rather local fare for locals and this is one of the better ones. Great casados, lovely breakfast and great selection of fruit juices.

Thank Rob H
Reviewed 12 June 2017

We ate there whilst staying at the Hotel Monte Real down the road - they have a separate menu for hotel guests. A nice choice and large portions!

Thank Ann C
Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

Go to Soda El Rio if you want a good and solid Costa Rican meal at a cheap price - it is definitely worth a visit.

Thank SaraKBH
Reviewed 2 May 2017

We ate at El Rio based on the referral of our friends at Anywhere Costa Rica (Hugo Zuniga). Absolutely NOTHING fancy, but all very good. Super food, great prices, and our hostess was very pleasant and charming. Even sitting at a corner table a few...More

Thank Tony B
Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

Used this place a couple of times whilst in town , food was nice , staff were friendly and prices reasonable . Highlight was I tried a few of the great fruit juices on offer. Price example - 2800 crc for a good burger and...More

Thank CasualWanderings
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Finished a tasty meal tonight that was very home-y. Arroz con pollo was so perfect. Also tried the burrito with chicken which was very tastes as well. Salad was pretty basic, and came with freezer French fries. A little pricier than other "soda" places, but...More

Thank Jen T
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Have eaten here several times - great locally run spot, good selection. No liquor on the menu but they are happy to show you which way to dash down for a couple of cold beers to bring back and have with your meal..

Thank JnJmouse
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

Visited this restaurant for lunch after returning from Zip lining in Arenal. The reviews on TripAdvisor indicated that it's a cheap eats, so I thought why not. As I entered, someone welcomed me immediately and told me I could choose any seat of my liking....More

Thank jaemar01
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 200 meters south of the Catholic Church, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Arenal Volcano National Park  >  La Fortuna de San Carlos
  • Phone Number: +506 2479 9341
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