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El Novillo Restaurant

6830 Bird Rd, Miami, FL 33155-3708
+1 305-284-8417
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Ranked #485 of 3,621 restaurants in Miami
Price range: $21 - $35
Cuisines: Latin, Steakhouse, Central American, Grill
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: For the last 25 years, our latin American restaurant has specialized in serving authentic Nicaraguan and Central American style cuisine to the area. Our house special and most popular dish, the churrasco which is a tenderloin meat filet, is accompanied with our favorite chimichurri sauce, gallo pinto and sweet plantains. We don't stop there, we also have chicken and seafood available. If you're looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, our tres leches dessert is a crowd favorite. Soaked in three different kinds of milks and topped with marsh mellow like heavy cream, it is sure to put a nice cap to a wonderful meal. We've continued to be a great family place to dine with live music on weekend. If you're looking to host a special event with a small or large group we can accommodate you. We can easily hold 80+ people at our restaurant. Come see us today, we look forward to having you as our guest. Bienvenidos!
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51 reviews from our community

68% Recommend
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English first
New York City, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I came with a group of six and we all loved the food. It tasted like a real home cooked meal and we were all raving about it. We had assorted appetizers to get to taste as many as possible. It's my brother's favorite restaurant in Miami. He lives there and brought us all there. I loved the spices they... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

This was our third visit and we drove from Key West (4hrs) with this place in mind as we come up once a year. The service and food has gone down hill in the past year. Took 20 min to get our drinks, my "well done" steak was literally bleeding and the appetizer came at the same time as our... More

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Coral Gables, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The prices are very reasonable, but if the waiter trys to sell you on the days special, say no, stick to standard plates if you want a good deal.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Sizable portions, although the food was a bit lukewarm. Prehaps it was because the restaurant was like an icebox.

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Luis D, Owner at El Novillo Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate the feedback and hope that you stop back in when you are in the area. Our food is always freshly prepared so we would love to get a second chance! More

Miami, Florida
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

We know call this "Our special restaurant". We hadn't been here in a couple of years. Some friends invited to dinner for my Birthday. It was excellent. So much so that we went back to celebrate our anniversary, and just went back again last night to celebrate my sister in law birthday (they're from out of town). Again, So Happy!... More

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Luis D, Owner at El Novillo Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for the excellent review! We appreciate your continued support of El Novillo over the years. Next time you bring your friends or relatives for dinner, ask for Luis. I would love to meet you! More

Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The food was "just OK" and the service was slow. Very little attention to details, considering that you are paying premium price for food that you can get elsewhere better and for less.

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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135 reviews 135 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Went with friends because my husband wanted steak for dinner. We all had the "Baby" Churrasco steak dinner which is an 8oz steak (delish!) which comes with a salad, rice and red bean (delish!), plantain chips (which I love), tostones (meh for me), garlic bread and 3 types of sauces. Mind you, everything except the meat they keep coming around... More

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Top Contributor
103 reviews 103 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

I went to El Novillo after a long time. The food was good, one of the best pico de gallo (rice with beans), I've ever had: the rice nice and dry, beans moist and tender. The churrasco was good, tenderloin cut along the grain, still tender. The place was full yet the service was fast and friendly. I had had... More

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Gurley, Alabama
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53 reviews 53 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

My husband and I are staying in Miami Lakes for a business trip. My son goes to FIU. So we picked him up and choose EL Novillo to be our restaurant for dinner. The staff was very friendly. We were offered the specials but choose the Wl Novillo Churrasco 12oz Steak. First we had garlic toasted bread with different kinds... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

A huge group (60+) descended, with reservations of course, for a 98th birthday celebration. Smooth, smooth, smooth. The food was hot and tasty, the service appropriate (not too much hovering - none in fact). The Sangria delicious!

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