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Novillito's Steak House

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Steakhouse, Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, Spanish, Grill
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Highway 142 | 1 Mile West of the Downtown la Fortuna, Way to the Arenal Volcano, Wood Building Right Site, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 21007, Costa Rica
+506 2479 8606
11:30 - 23:00
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Toronto, Canada
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Restaurant is closed!! Drove by, restaurant is out of business!! We saw it on trio advisor and there were such great reviews. Wish I could show it closed officially but don't see that option

Thank brianm1968ca
Burlington, Canada
Level Contributor
34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Note this restaurant seems to have at least two names Novillito & Tobogan. South side of 142, on the bend into La Fortuna from the west. A platter of steaks was presented to show the size and to identify the cuts. Our waitress was very friendly. Steak I received was perfectly prepared and larger than the one displayed. It was... More 

1 Thank 360barry
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016

Some of the best meat we have ever had. Super fun experience, awesome service, and delicious food! The bread at the beginning was scrumptious as well.

1 Thank Ruby G
Portland, Oregon
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 October 2016

The steak melted in my mouth! Definitely steakhouse quality! The vegetables were cooked perfectly and the mashed potatoes were creamy and delicious. The meals were good sized portions and nothing on my plan was disappointing. To top it off, the service was fast and very friendly. I wouldn't change a thing. The restaurant has large windows that open up to... More 

Thank Ashley B
1 review
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Simply amazing steakhouse! Big portions and delicious juicy steak (cowboy and Ribeye) Chicharronera was also very good. Service was very accommodating, beautiful ambiance. Definitely one of the highlights of my costa rica trip!

Thank Arthur L
Level Contributor
17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

This is the second time here , and the food is awesome , you can see with all the passion the chef cook,,,

Thank Raúl G
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

Thank you to all the reviewers who recommended this wonderful place! We were so pleased with the personalized service- which began with the waiter coming to our taxi with an umbrella to protect us from the evening's storm! We consider ourselves experienced diners- but never have I been asked if I prefer cream or broth based soup- which was made... More 

Thank lizcar15
2 reviews
Reviewed 15 September 2016

The was very attentive and nice to have him visit our table. Food was good and creative, even shape like the volcano we were visiting in the area.

Thank mrangitsch
Huntington, New York
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434 reviews
241 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2016

We traveled more than 30 minutes to get to Novillito's and it was well worth the effort. We almost missed the place as it looked more like an open air BBQ place. The service was great, the prices reasonable, and the steaks were delicious!! You could tell that all the food was fresh.

Thank Nez D
London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2016

Seriously delicious melt in your mouth steaks, with staff who know how to impress! Sirloin steaks cooked to perfection, fresh salad and fries, accompanied by an ice cold beer, it doesn't get much better than this!

Thank Simon K

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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
Average prices
US$6 - US$22
Steakhouse, Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, Spanish, Grill
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Highway 142 | 1 Mile West of the Downtown la Fortuna, Way to the Arenal Volcano, Wood Building Right Site, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 21007, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Arenal Volcano National Park  >  La Fortuna de San Carlos
  • Phone Number: +506 2479 8606

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