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El Novillo del Arenal

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Steakhouse, Central American, Costa Rican, Latin, South American
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On the road to Tabacon, 10 KM outside of Fortuna, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
+506 2479 1910
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Easton, Maryland
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I ate here twice during our stay in La Fortuna. Everything we ate was very good from the garlic bread served before the meal to the rum raisin ice cream we had for dessert and everything we ate in between.

Thank Tina E
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My sister and husband my husband and myself started our day doing a Rain Forest walk and then a Zip line experience. We were driving by this restaurant and decided to stop and check it out. It was a beautiful day, we were hungry after an all day day excursion and decided to take a chance in this restaurant. We... More 

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Orland Park, Illinois
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A group of friends and I stopped here after we visited the Mistico Hanging Bridges. We were so hungry and the food was well worth the wait. The steak was so juicy and tender. This is definitely great place to stop for lunch or dinner.

Thank DesertDogs7
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55 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

We really enjoyed our dinner there. We were staying at Lost Iguana and was very nice not having to go all the way into town.

Thank tomgar3
Duxbury, Massachusetts
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41 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

I had the chicken, egg, vegetables, rice and beans typical CR dinner. My husband had a steak that was recommended by waiter. My dinner was good and very affordable. . My husband's wasn't great and not worth the price. Staff was friendly atmosphere was good. Not very busy

Thank Barbara K
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105 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

We came with our friends for a late lunch, good quality of meats, not very good fish- not properly cooked, good athmosfere nice view .

Thank Spiderbar
Mokena, Illinois
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

My family of four had a great dinner at El Novillo. It's an open air restaurant with one section a nicer, quieter area and another section of tables near the kitchen that was more active and had a TV playing music videos. We were given a choice and chose the more active section but if we had to do it... More 

Thank MLS08
Ithaca, New York
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123 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

El Novillo del Arenal offers good food and service for those in hotels west of La Fortuna. They have later hours than most places. It advertises itself as a steak place, but the steaks are very expensive so I ordered a pork chop which was one of the best I've ever had not only in Costa Rica, but in all... More 

Thank TMWildMed
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

We visited this restaurant on Dec 9. This is the first time I have ever been invited into the kitchen to see my meal being prepared and been given samples. Living in Alberta, my steak standard is fairly high and this was a good steak. It was served with a blackberry sauce which I found a little sweet, but since... More 

Thank felinefunk
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

After spending hours at the hot springs you will have an appetite of a lion!!! well go to this restaurant right on the main way of everything in Tabacon and order a rib eye, it wont disappoint.

Thank Barra183

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Steakhouse, Central American, Costa Rican, Latin, South American
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: On the road to Tabacon, 10 KM outside of Fortuna, 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 1910

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?