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El Refugio Grill

| 200 Mts sur del Hotel Suerre, Punta Uva, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
+506 2759 9007
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  • Excellent83%
  • Very good12%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“crepes” (62 reviews)
“steak” (100 reviews)
“tuna” (82 reviews)
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Barbecue, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
| 200 Mts sur del Hotel Suerre, Punta Uva, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Fantastic food, personal service great atmosphere! What more could you want. We have been here for almost 3 weeks and we have made this our tie for the best place we have eaten at in Costa Rica! The owner and server made us feel as...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 248kent
Argenticos, Owner at El Refugio Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks a lot...I am glad you enjoyed...see you soon... Fernando

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fernando is a chef warlock whose charms are seductive. The tropical salad -- starring mango, hearts of palm and avocado - was a fresh delight. The chicken salad was amazing and the grilled tuna was cooked to perfection. And of course we had to have...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Kathy P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Average at best with premium prices. Don't take credit cards. Nice service. Bad parking. Small restaurant. Dinner was average, if it was half the price, I would feel less taken advantage of. First dinner here, if this is the highest rated place, its going to...More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 November 2018

This tiny restaurant has only 6 tables and with a well-deserved reputation for both good food and excellent service it fills up quickly. We arrived just before 6:30 pm yesterday evening and 2 tables were already occupied; the others were quickly taken and we then...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank SurreyUmbrella
Reviewed 28 October 2018

We went to El Refugio Grill for my birthday and I was very happy we did! The setting was gorgeous and the food local and fresh! I definitely recommend visiting this restaurant, it’s a must while visiting Caribbean Costa Rica. Ps. Cash only at this...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank MonkeyGirl1234
Reviewed 22 October 2018

We are so glad we trusted the reviews as by day the place is quite unassuming, come the evening it is transformed into a beautifully lit set of tables in little cabins nestled in amongst the rain forest. We had tuna cooked to perfection, (I...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Ali G
Reviewed 19 October 2018 via mobile

Fernando the server was perfect ! Fernando the chef was perfect! Wow!!! Don’t change a thing. All 7 of us were happy . My 5 year old loved the octopus. I had the rare tuna. Absolutely mouth watering. A must go to while visiting this...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Lindsay M
Argenticos, Owner at El Refugio Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2018

Thanks a lot...I m glad you enjoyed....see you next one Regards Fernando

Reviewed 15 October 2018

The service is very good and the food is tasteful and of the highest quality. A nice small restaurant in which to enjoy the silence and the charming of Mother Nature.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank SBE73
Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

Every country, every vacation, if I order tuna, I get a thin dark piece of fish. The tuna at El Refugio is, as pictured, seared perfectly on the outside and pink/red like sushi/sashimi on the inside. The garlic on top was yummy. I agree with...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank DavidF890
Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

We were regulars during our week long stay in the area. The restaurant itself is so beautiful! It's an open air restaurant in the rain forest which plays perfect music. The waiter is so much fun and the chef is clearly having a great time...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Meredith36
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Questions & Answers
17 December 2018|
Response from Argenticos | Property representative |
The average is 35/40 dls per person...we dont take ceedits cards...dollars are accepted
23 May 2017|
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Response from Argenticos | Property representative |
No just cash....sorry
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 25
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: | 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
  • E-mail
International Cusine Restaurant. Jungle outside private tables for dinner or chill out. Romantic atmosphere, good music. Focus on the good quolity of the products and the service.
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