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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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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good36%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“arroz con pollo” (12 reviews)
“liver” (2 reviews)
“rice” (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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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had the rice with shrimp. Wasn’t too bad, kind of typical Asian fare that felt like American Asian dinner. Had more rice and less shrimp, served with fries. Husband had burger which was not good. Frozen pattie pretty basic. If you are in the mood...More

Thank Kris W
Reviewed 2 days ago

I do not like to comment negatively as I believe it is important to see the good things in life and criticizing is not my cup of tea, however today I must share my experience as it can save you some frustration. I have been...More

Thank Sammy G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

20 mins before they closed, I ordered Casada con Higado (liver combo, hint: not your average American food). Liver and caramelized onion are perfectly cooked. The $7 plate also comes with rice, beans, sautéed vegetables, freshly sliced salad and fried plantains. Too bad I found...More

Thank Ji W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Before I start - just remember that you’re in Central America. Things happen at a slower pace here. Just sayin’ because you can’t fault them for slow service. They’re a small family owned business with 1 chef (dad), 1 waitress / cashier (mum) and 1...More

Thank BusinessTravelDude
Reviewed 22 October 2017 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
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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
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
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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