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El Novillo del Arenal

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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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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Nice outdoor setting

This was a great low-key restaurant with pretty good food. The ambience and the extra large glass of wine were the best parts of the meal. We ordered a steak, veggie pasta and a hamburger and all tasted good. The burger had a slice of ham on it which we thought was hilarious.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
Mary Pat H
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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

This was a great low-key restaurant with pretty good food. The ambience and the extra large glass of wine were the best parts of the meal. We ordered a steak, veggie pasta and a hamburger and all tasted good. The burger had a slice of ham on it which we thought was hilarious.

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Heredia, Heredia, Costa Rica
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Do you love steaks? please visit and eat at this restaurant it is the best in town, besides having seafood and local food as well.

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London, UK
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49 reviews 49 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We ate here on a stormy night after we think it was recommended by a tour guide! It's on the roadside sone way out of la fortuna towards the arenal national park. It was quite quiet. It is wall-less and has vegetation in and around the restaurant. They happily suggested a large number of meals suitable for our 3yr old... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

The Tuna Carpaccio was very good. We had it two nights in a row. Portions were large and service was very good.

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Nicosia, Cyprus
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135 reviews 135 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Fantastic food, especially the sea food. Friendly, efficient service. Surrounded by mountains. Definitely the place to eat.

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Powell, Ohio
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

My husband and I both ordered steak at this little restaurant. The food was very good and the portions generous. My steak was a little too rare and they took it back to recook it with no problem. We went around 6:30pm so there weren't many people in the restaurant. The service was very good.

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Houston, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Best pineapple smoothie (and we had tried them at every place we visited in our one week stay). Best arroz con pollo (according to my husband, a native). Mediocre seafood curry, sea bass in garlic (way too much oil), bread, and pasta. Ambience is fair. Yes, open air and surrounded by plants, but lighting was harsh and tile floors made... More 

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Connecticut
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

SImple restaurant with nice ambiance and friendly service. Family friendly menu. My daughter got the octopus which was served whole and she liked it

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Baltimore, Maryland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Amazing meal and outdoor/garden atmosphere. Service was excellent and the chef is well known in the area for his talents

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Boston, Massachusetts
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

We were in the Arenal area for 3 nights and ended up eating here twice. We intended on going into town the first night, but due to fog we could barely see the road and decided we'd be better off eating closer to our hotel and fortunately this El Novillo was less than a quarter mile from Arenal Kioro. The... More 

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Additional Information about El Novillo del Arenal

Address: On the road to Tabacon, 10 KM outside of Fortuna, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +506 2479 1910
Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Arenal Volcano National Park  >  La Fortuna de San Carlos
Cuisine: Costa Rican

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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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Costa Rican

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