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El Novillo del Arenal

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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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Costa Rican
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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English first
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Had a great time. Got a very good wine recommended. And the steak was amazing. Very tender and well seasoned meat.

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San Francisco, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

Our family of 6 went for dinner after a full and active day. We were starving! We live in San Francisco and are blessed with great food. We have been underwhelmed with meals so far on this trip but tonight was fabulous! 2 people had the chicken with peanut sauce. Delicious! Very Thai inspired. 2 had the fajitas. I had... More

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Dallas, Texas
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55 reviews 55 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Stopped here for lunch, and the items were fantastic, local Costa Rica cuisine! The restaurant itself is beautifully maintained, with some great country views.

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USA
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52 reviews 52 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

we found this place on our way back to the Arenal lodge. Even though it says steak house there were many vegetarian dishes. Sitting ambiance is nice and if you go in day time you have volcano view, we went for dinner. The fruit drinks are great and so are appetizers. The main course of fajita's and fried rice was... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I ordered different steaks with different sauces but received the same vile, poorly cooked steak and sauce. The gray sauce reminded me of high school cafeteria sauce on "mystery meat". I am not a foodie and rarely push away food. Yet, this was the worst meal for the money I've ever tried to eat...seriously. I've worked many... More

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Charlotte, NC
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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I cannot testify to prices our value because we came here as part of a tour group. The tour company prepaid the meals. Having said that, we came as a group of around 40, which can be challenging to any staff, but they were very efficient considering. For starters, I had the salad, which was okay, while my girlfriend had... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

My fiance and I ate here twice because it is within walking distance of Tabacon. The restaurant has good service and an amazing view of the volcano. The fajitas, arroz con pollo, and pork chop with tequila/orange sauce were all very good. Portion sizes were large and a good value. Two entrees and a beer cost $22.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Good steak , excellent service and great price. Nice tour to the bird nests in the property by the waiter. This is a good choice

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

While the service and the atmosphere were top notch, the food was not as great as we would have liked. Steak was not impressive. Neither was fish. The sangria, however, was excellent.

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Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

I want so badly to give this place 4 or 5 stars, but I can't since they are a steak restaurant, we went there specifically for steak and the steak was just not good. Ordered the Chateaubriand for two which came with garlic bread, half a baked potato, mix of steamed vegetables, and a terrific tomato gratin. Portions were huge,... More

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