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El Refugio Grill

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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200mts Sur Hotel Suerre Caribe - Frente entrada Playa Grande | 200 Mts sur del Hotel Suerre, Punta Uva, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
+506 2759 9007
12:00 - 21:00
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Thu - Tue 12:00 - 21:00
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Fallston, Maryland
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53 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Don't walk, run. Get a table here and enjoy the awesome ambience and spectacular food. Steak and crepe were highlights. Very reasonable for the amount and quality of food.

1 Thank MDChief
San Francisco, Alajuela, Costa Rica
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56 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We ate in this restaurant about two years ago and was thrilled to see it still open with the same chef and the same very high quality food.

Thank Ken M
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is fantastic. Our family stopped by in the afternoon on Dec 31st, thinking we would definitely be too late to reserve a dinner for New Years. They made accomodations by serving us dinner a bit earlier than the crowd (starting at 6pm). There were 8 of us and we each had a lovely meal - it was delicious... More 

Thank Matthew M
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely delicious! My husband had the beef and I had the tuna. My husband keeps saying it was the best beef that he has had in his whole life! The meals were very flavorful and the place had a great feel and ambience. The palm heart salad was awesome too!

Thank Danielle F
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The steaks here are among the best we have eaten anywhere (including Argentina!). And to find such a place in the jungle near Puerto Viejo is simply remarkable. We had a lovely Christmas dinner here and will not forget the wonderful food, wine and hospitality.

Thank Kirsten M
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really a nice cozy restaurant wirh great and very tasty food from the Grill We had an amazing grilled Tuna as well as argentinian meat -perfect

Thank Okavangopierre
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

my third or fourth time here now. i make sure to eat here one night every time in staying in Cocles. great people, very relaxed vibe. best chips and guac ever. the chips melt in your mouth. and after all, it is an Argentinian grill, and my God, can the chef cook a piece of meat. if you like steak... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

This is the best food that we have had in Costa Rica so far. The skirt steak was excellent and the crepe to die for! Well worth saving some space for. The only point to note is that credit cards are not accepted and you can only pay in cash (dollars or colones).

Thank jbarnfield21
Talkeetna, Alaska
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

I was really excited to try this place. They had a cool looking sign and the place looked nice from the road. We were told we didn't need reservations because they didn't plan on being too busy tonight. But they would save us a table if for some reason it got busy. The place is beautiful. The ambience is fantastic.... More 

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Skirt steak with chimchirri sauce. Beautifully prepared. Steak house style potatoes and a salad. One of the best steaks I've ever had the pleasure of eating.

Thank Anne L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$25
Barbecue, Argentinian
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Cash Only, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 200mts Sur Hotel Suerre Caribe - Frente entrada Playa Grande | 200 Mts sur del Hotel Suerre, Punta Uva, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Limon  >  Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
  • Phone Number: +506 2759 9007
International Cusine Restaurant. Jungle outside tables for dinner or chill out.Romantic atmosphere, good music.

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