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“Great Food, A Hidden Gem!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of El Novillo del Arenal

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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Cuisines: Costa Rican
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great Food, A Hidden Gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

We stopped here after our zip line adventure. We were starving and in need of a good meal. We came to the perfect place. This family owned and runned restaurant was amazing. We each ordered a different type of steak and they were all perfect. The portions were more than enough. The service and ambience was great. We recommend this restaurant to everyone that is in the area.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
San Diego, California
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“A local gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

Don't judge this place by the sign...you can hardly read it, but the food is SO good. I had the steak special and the meat quality was really good. It tasted more fresh than what we get in the states.
This is a small place off the main road- it has a statue of a cow out front!
A must go for a good value and tasty meal!

Visited September 2012
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
“Large Portions”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

We enjoyed our dinner here. Huge cuts of steak, and great service. Pretty resonably priced items on the menu for the amout of food they serve.

Visited August 2012
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Philadelphia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Great Stop”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

It does not look like much from the road, but you cannot beat the value. We had a nice quiet meal, quick service, and was pretty delicious. $2 Imperials and $12 steaks, we were extremely impressed and recommend it for anyone traveling through the area that wants a good, quick meal.

Visited February 2012
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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13 restaurant reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great stop on the way back from the Volcano”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

Stopped in on our way back from the Volcano Park and were pleasantly surprised. Huge portions of great beef and very reasonable prices, with a beautiful view and wonderful surrounding.

Visited May 2012
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