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“Nice place, good portions” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Novillito's Steak House

Novillito's Steak House
Highway 142 | 1 Mile West of the Downtown la Fortuna, Way to the Arenal Volcano, Wood Building Right Site, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 21007, Costa Rica
+506 2479 8606
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $6 - $22
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Costa Rican, Grill, Family Fare
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
The Hague, The Netherlands
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Nice place, good portions”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013 via mobile

Nice place outside of La Fortuna. The meat is very nice and the portions are just right, not too big.

Visited April 2013
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NY
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Local feel, open air steak house”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

Not cheap but delicious, lots of variety and very tasty, well cooked steaks. Recommend for fun feel and good food.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Sterling Heights, Michigan
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“Authentic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

We decided to try Novillito's based on other reviews and we weren't disappointed at all. When we walked in there was only 1 other couple there so we decided to take a seat at the bar, which happens to be the best seat in the house. You're so close to the cooking / kitchen and it's amazing to watch the cook do her work. This is most definitely a home-cooking type of atmosphere. The mother is the cook, dad portions the meats and makes the chicharrones and the daughter helps waitress while the son helps in the kitchen. We tried the ceviche and can honestly say it's the best we've ever had. Super fresh and extra tasty! We also tried the half order of the chifrijo based on the recommendation of the chef. We weren't disappointed and this is truly an authentic dish. It's a mixture of rice, beans, chicharrones, pico de gallo and other great tasting, fresh ingredients. For dinner, we enjoyed the Novillito specialty. It's a sirloin steak seasoned and seared to perfection. The sides were extraordinary as well. If you can find any room in your stomach afterwards, you must try their pineapple dessert! It's a flambe'd pineapple with rum, caramel, orange juice and triple sec. It's sweet, but so well prepared. Don't let the outside appearance fool you, this is a great little hidden gem!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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19 restaurant reviews
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“Fantastico”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013 via mobile

We just got a great novillito!
The steak was perfectly grilled.
All the side dishes were also amazing.
We really loved the atmosphere and kindness of the personnel. Tomorrow we're going back!!!
Thanks a lot!!!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Special”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

You would miss it if you weren't looking for it... Despite the fact it's located on the main stretch on the road from La Fortuna to all the spas and the Arenal volcano, you have to pay close attention to see this modest looking restaurant. Don't be fooled. Make a reservation and be prepared to be treated like a royalty and Benedict's best friend. Yes, it's the owner and one of the best and craziest cooks I've ever met. The menu is not big, but what's on offer makes your mouth water and the service you receive makes you feel spoilt and special. If in hurry or on the way from the spas or trips around Arenal, I would stop for one of best coffees made with so much attention and care... Benedict's son is a little artist with coffee. So enjoy and pura vida!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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