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“GREAT STEAK” 5 of 5 stars
Review of El Novillo Alegre Parrilla Argentina

El Novillo Alegre Parrilla Argentina
Santa Ana, Costa Rica
(506)22-034753
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Ranked #8 of 53 Restaurants in Santa Ana
Price range: $30 - $45
Cuisines: Argentinean
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
San Jose, Costa Rica
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“GREAT STEAK”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

Yes, great! This place gets more popular each day, now there is several locations. Great steak with great wine. You should try it if you're not looking strictly for Costa Rican food

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Heredia, Costa Rica
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Average cooking for a premium prize”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012 via mobile

A steakhouse is expected to be a place where all steak is good, or better than something you'd cook by yourself. I joined a group of folks for a team's celebration activity and got there with high expectations. I was going to try the steak, but decided instead for pork ribs, which were priced above the price they have at Tony Roma's, so I expected great ribs. What I got instead were rough pieces of pork ribs drowned in a sauce that was intended to remove any other taste from the dish. I can get the same ribs at La Casa del Cerdo for 25% the cost. My coworkers were ok with their dishes so ribs might be one thing they don't know how to cook. In that case, they should remove it from the menu and stop annoying people with it.

The place is nice, and service is good, but when you charge $30 for ribs, they better be good!

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Argentinean taste MEAT!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Real argentinean cuts, good meat, and great service.

Amazing place to remember Argentina's food and service.

Visited October 2012
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Ciudad de Heredia, Heredia, Costa Rica
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“Not what I spected”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

I visited this place, on Mother's Day last year and half of the menu is not available, really disappointing

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San José, San Jose, Costa Rica
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Good Asados, but is it worth it?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

El Novillo started small, and built up based on a solid base of argentinian steak house asados. However as it moved towards the trendier Lindora, it has become just more and more expensive. Meat is still good, but you have to wonder if it is worth the price you pay

Visited September 2012
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