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Soda El Rio

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Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, Spanish
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200 meters south of the Catholic Church, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
+506 2479 9341
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Ischia
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92 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Place dirty, food that maybe is ok but when you see the condition of how they wash ingredients and how people come to take the order become all disgusting, owner really not friendly and too greedy to the money instead than happiness of customer!

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Thank ThemaGDV
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30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our hotel included a breakfast here, so we saw it a few times. We're both fussy eaters, but this place still gave us a few options to work with each morning. Got bored with the options one morning, actually looked at the kids menu. Coffee was included in all of the kids breakfasts. Scary. Kids already have too much energy!... More 

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Thank Kevin R
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36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food was pretty good, although my chicken was a little dry, my wife loved her fish. The location is right on a fairly quiet corner of town and the walls are open on both sides for good airflow and the feeling of patio seating.

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Thank BetsyTroy
Lexington Park, Maryland
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Huge portions, fresh food and excellent options. We've been twice in two days and had the pollo con salsa, res con salsa, arroz con shrimp and chicken burrito. All delicious. We regretted not going back for dinner! Probably again tomorrow... In and out under $25 incl. tip for two and you can't beat that! We're finding the sodas have the... More 

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Thank britterr
Atlanta, Georgia
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42 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good spot near our hotel - had a great lunch of local specialties. Quick, convenient and tasty! I had the arroz con pollo and my partner had the grilled chicken plate - both were great and reasonably priced.

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Thank Lawrence D
New York City, New York
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80 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

a good spot for lunch. first, it's a byob! accross the street is a liquor store. the dishes a large, well prepared and the service is with a genuine smile. saw a healthy mix of locals and tourists. no frills good lunch well worth the money.

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Thank lunahod
Denver, Colorado
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30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

We stopped here for a quick lunch. The food is decent and inexpensive. Mostly Typical CR food, meat/rice dishes are a good bet. Pura Vida!

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Thank Todd G
South Florida
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

Great local fresh food in casual open setting just out of the heavy tourist district. I had the house special at a bargain about 6us$. A comp bite size arroz con leche followed, yum.

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Thank Carlos P
Toronto, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

The Arroz con Pollo was the best we had in Costa Rica. We ate lunch there twice. Friendly staff, good value.

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Thank dainadunlop
Rowlands Castle, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Not a bad place to eat. Friendly staff with quick service. We has breakfast here every morning with a voucher from the hotel.

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Thank 136Juliette

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, Spanish
Meals
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 200 meters south of the Catholic Church, 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 9341

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