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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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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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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
Reviewed 7 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
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
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55 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2016

We stopped at El Novillo for a quick lunch enroute to our resort in Arenal during May this year. We enjoyed the freshly cooked food and the simple ambience. Steak is their speciality but everything else is also well prepared and served. They have a bar attached and do serve as requested. Net-net, a fantastic stop over to remember and... More 

Thank RahulPratti
Ubud, Indonesia
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61 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

This was recommended by two locals as the best steakhouse in La Fortuna and we all got the special but the steak was tough and we don't think it was the cut they said it was. I found it to be rather tasteless and Bland but the other two thought it had good flavor and the service was slow even... More 

Thank commcomm2
Buckingham, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016

The staff are friendly and welcoming. Good, wholesome, freshly cooked food. We really enjoyed the beef tenderloin casado.

Thank Rad88M
Stratford, Connecticut
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Delicious ceviche for appetizer. Also had their Costa Rican juice, which had great flavor. The steak was flavorful, but I recommend checking the way it's cooked before eating. I asked for medium well and it was rare. They took it back no problem and cooked it a few more minutes which made it great. Nice atmosphere, a little costly.

Thank celizabeth567
London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2016

We were staying at the Tabacon resort and had a wonderful lunch here as part of a cycling excursion. The food and service were very good-we and a costa Rican grilled chicken dish. We sat at a table which afforded fantastic views of the Arenal volcano. So on the last night of our stay we decided to come back here... More 

Thank jpat724
Leawood, Kansas, USA
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2016

We ate at El Novillo 10 years ago and it was much simpler and less expensive then. It is still a great value considering we had 2 steak entrees a piece of salmon with jumbo shrimp, drinks and dessert for $80. The food was great and the view was really nice. We missed seeing the lava coming down Arenal like... More 

Thank Joshua S
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2016 via mobile

It was good food. I ordered a soy ginger tuna steak, my husband ordered a Gorgonzola/white wine sauce tenderloin dish. I felt that the sauce on my tuna steak was ok, nothing amazing. My husband ordered his steak medium because he usually likes more in the rare side and we saw they run more rare. The steak was extremely good,... More 

Thank Chloe D
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 May 2016 via mobile

My father and I were looking for a place outside from our resort to eat and try typical Costa Rican cuisine. One of the maids recommended this place to us. It was not far from our resort so we decided to try it out. Upon arrival the staff was very attentive. The waiter sold us on the specials they had... More 

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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
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
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?