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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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Denver, Colorado
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30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 8 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
Leadville, Colorado
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42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

A great local "Soda" with good food and reasonable prices. "Typical" food at a great location with great service. Popular with the locals and lots of activity to watch while eating.

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Thank n0zeb
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

After a really bad experience at the number one restaurant on tripadvisor Soda viquez, we gave this restaurant a chance and were more than happy with our choice. Both of us ordered the special of the day, my husband ordered the beef and I ordered the chicken which includes a drink for 3000 cordoba each. The portion was great, the... More 

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cheshire
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Our hotel didn't have an eating place but we were given vouchers for breakfast at Soda El Rio. Great service, choice of 3 breakfast menus, we had the local typical, huge platter of fresh fruit, mains and toast with free fill ups of both fruit juice and coffee. Locals eating there which I always consider a good sign. Couldn't fault... More 

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Norway
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343 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

We had breakfast here twice (voucher from hotel monte real). The service was really quick and the food was really good

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Thank lindri
Dalarna
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58 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

This is where you get breakrast if you are booked in at Hotel Monte Real. It is a family owned restaurant with very good, personal service and real nice, fresh and tasting breakfast. There are three meals to choose from, I first toojk the one with fresh fruits, toast, coffee and juice. Very very good. Next morning I chose the... More 

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Basel, Switzerland
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Went there on the recommondation of our local hosts: nice little soda, friendly stuff. Took the daily dish (only 3000c incl. Lemonade) which was a very good choice! Big servings!

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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
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, 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?