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“"As always: awesome"”
Review of El Novillo Alegre

El Novillo Alegre
Ranked #48 of 232 Restaurants in Alajuela
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Reviewed December 19, 2017

For those of us who like great meat this restaurant chain offers all we are looking for. As always they offer high quality and fresh cuts with magnificent side dishes.

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Reviewed October 27, 2017

A strip mall near the airport and next to a hotel by a Walmart - not the most promising of locations. But we didn't want to eat in the hotel (Courtyard by Marriott), so we came here. Wasn't just better than expected, it was just plain good. Lovely salad, excellent sangria, and perfectly delicious steaks. Very nice service, too.

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Reviewed September 22, 2017

Just across from The Courtyard Marriott you cannot go wrong. Great food the 350 Gram Sirloin/New York strip is amazing, we actually had chips (fries) but they had so many sides to choose from (something for anyone) you also have to try the mushroom sauce, the pepper is also good but the mushroom is outstanding. An extensive menu covering everything cooked extremely well, great service and an atmosphere, that is why we ate in here 3 times during our stay.

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Reviewed August 27, 2017

We visited Costa Rica from landlocked Colorado for a week, We seized every opportunity to eat fresh seafood while staying on the coast. It was glorious but eventually the red meat carnivore arose in us and the inevitable happened. We awoke craving beef, more precisely a thick cut of medium rare steak.

We drove from Dominical to our hotel in San Jose thinking about the beef that would be ours for dinner. We arrived at our hotel (Marriott Courtyard San Jose Airport Alajuela) and immediately asked where we could find a great steak. The front desk suggested El Novillo Alegre Alajuela which had just opened across the street in Mango Plaza. They had been getting nothing but rave reviews from their patrons returning from dinner. Perfect.

In Colorado we are lucky enough to have a close friend who raises grass fed beef and have come to think of it as the gold standard, healthy and delicious. El Novillo Alegre Alajuela is a steakhouse with its origins in Argentina famous for its grass fed beef. Clearly this was destiny.

The restaurant is designed for enjoying a long romantic dinner and sharing a great bottle of wine. We had a bottle of Carmenere, a wine unknown to us but, recommended by our server. This was a great wine pairing with the filet and strip steaks with a mushroom sauce we ordered for dinner. The steaks were prepared to perfection: moist, rich, medium rare and tender enough to cut with a fork. The mushroom sauce was dense, rich and buttery, a fantastic addition that enhanced the steak without overwhelming it.

I highly recommend this steakhouse. If you are staying at the Marriott this is not to be missed. It is so close and the dining experience is exceptional.

The restaurant configuration in different than any I have experienced. There are several dining establishments in the mall by each with its own entrance, kitchen, dining area, bar etc. These restaurants all share a common open area in the back of the mall separated from each other with various architectural features. You can however see and hear people in the adjacent establishments.

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Reviewed July 11, 2018 via mobile
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