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Rancho Perla

Certificate of Excellence
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Seafood, Contemporary, Central American, Costa Rican
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
+506 2479 1940
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River Ridge, Louisiana
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170 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

This is just down the street from Tabacon Resort so it is close to everything. Skip the overpriced mediocre resort food for this place. A Bar tender recommended this place so we figured we would try something different. The ceviche was spectacular to start with. We all were in the mood for steaks so I had the green peppercorn sauce... More 

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So. California
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

This was our most expensive meal in Costa and we were expecting to be blown away. We had steak with what was supposed to be gorgonzola, but I'm certain it was mushroom. It was ok. Just ok. We also ordered seared tuna and it was sub par. Chewy, overcooked and tasted processed or something. Our kid ordered hamburger and it... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

Only stopped in for lunch. Our guide warned us not to order appetiser & main, he was right! I had fresh tuna salad starter, delicious & easily enough for a main. My wife had the best seafood salad she said she ever tasted. Don't know what mains were like but highly recommended for a lunch. Staff friendly you can walk... More 

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Comox, Canada
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016 via mobile

We showed up hoping for an early supper and they were closed but instead of turning us away they welcomed us and and we had the whole place to ourselves. The food was awesome and the service was incredible! The owner even showed us a sloth and some frogs that we had not yet been fortunate to see.

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Lingfield, United Kingdom
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2016

Went to Rancho Perla with a party of 16. We waited over one and a half hours for our meals and when they finally arrived they were not properly cooked. Sent back one meal which was replaced by another still not cooked thoroughly. One of our large party ended up with food poisoning. Go there at your own risk.

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Toronto, Canada
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53 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2016

Recommended by our hotel desk, this meal wow'ed us! For $15/person, we had huge portions and great flavors. Loved it! Order before buses arrive!

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Colorado Springs
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359 reviews
250 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2016

While traveling on a Expeditions Tropicales Day tour to Arenal Volcano, we stopped at Rancho Perla. Our meal was very good and served promptly in an open air dining room.

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Portsmouth, England
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 215 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2015 via mobile

We came here as part of a tour group. The good was great and although fairly pricey was of very good quality. The absolute star was our waiter Marvin, who I think was in training, but he was so kind and attentive he really does deserve a special mention. My husband had the special which was yellow fin tuna which... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2015 via mobile

Amazing food and ambiance. A little hard to find as its off the main road and behind the Backpackers hotel. Service was excellent and food was reasonably priced for portion, quality and quantity. I had the mahi mahi and loved the wasabi sauce. I had a bite of the Argentinian steak and it melted in my mouth. The tuna looked... More 

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Laguna Niguel, California
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87 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2015

Wouldnt have known restaurant was there if it hadnt been for our driver. Food was great and service outstanding. Very pretty location.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Seafood, Contemporary, Central American, Costa Rican
Meals
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Business meetings
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 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 1940

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?