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Rancho Perla

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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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Houston, Texas
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495 reviews
247 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2014

A very open air spot a bit off the main drag and a bit difficult to find. Great service and food. And very inexpensive. One of our better meals in Costa Rica.

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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2014

We went to this restaurant on the advice of several locals. The food was great, the service was great and the price was considerably less than eating at the hotel. I had a steak, my wife and daughter both had seafood and we all thought our meals were the best we had.

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Cincinnati
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177 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

My wife, son, and I ate here while staying in the Arenal/Fortuna area. It had been recommended by staff at the hotel as well as the driver who brought us from San Jose so we figured it was worth a try. It is located about a block off the street so you would not find it by accident. It like... More 

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Marquette, Michigan, United States
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2014

My husband and I ate here on our honeymoon and had the most amazing seafood dinner for only around $30 total!

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Auburn, Ca
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2014

On a hot day it's great to sit in the open-air breeze and down a few Imperials. I had the crab avocado and also the chicken and rice. My wife had the sea bass. It was a three-way tie for awesome!

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Scottsdale
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27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2014

Ask a local where it is. The sign on the outside doesn't actually say Rancho Perla. fantastic place!

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McLean, Virginia
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28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2014

This was an excellent lunch for $11. The restaurant is a popular tourist spot (handy souvenir shops on either side) and we were very pleased with the food. The restaurant is located on Calle 468 and Avenida 331. This is when we learned that Costa Ricans don't go by addresses but more by landmarks--Rancho Perla is one block from the... More 

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Asheville, NC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2014

We tried this restauran because they display the Tripadvisor logo and have an interesting menu. My choice of corvina (sea bass) was served with a mixed seafood sauce, boiled potato and vegetable variety. Everything was properly prepared and tasty. My wife's choice of chicken curry with rice was also tasty and well propared.

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Aberdeen, UK
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241 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2014

We ate here twice. First time the service was very good and food was amazing. So we decided to go again, 2nd time around wasnt quite as good as the 1st visit but still good. Popular with tour groups.

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Dublin, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2014

We were part of an OAT tour group and our tour leader had made advance 7pm reservations for our group of 16 for dinner. BAD CHOICE. There were already two other groups (14 and 18 people) who also had 7pm dinner reservations. The service was terrible! Only one waiter for our group. We never got refills on our water! We... More 

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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, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly
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?