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Restaurante Caballo Negro

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2 km W of Rio dos Bocas, Nuevo Arenal 5717, Costa Rica
+506 2694 4515
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7:00 am - 5:00 pm
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went for breakfast and will definitely be back! We ate on their back patio overlooking a great view of a small lake and the Lucky Bug Bed and Breakfast and enjoyed the birds and wildlife. The owner chatted with my husband while I shopped in the the Lucky Bug Gallery while our breakfast was prepared. Our meal was delicious!!!

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Thank Ann M
LuckyBugCostaRica, Owner at Restaurante Caballo Negro, responded to this review

Hola, Thanks for the nice review. We pride ourselves on the quality and quantity of our meals. Nobody leaves hungry from here. We also serve various tropical juices and coffee or tea with all of our breakfasts. Our lunches are also popular. We serve vegetarian options, schnitzels, and our famous Reuben sandwich. Glad you enjoyed yourselves here. Pura Vida, More 

Bakersfield, California
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77 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in for a wonderful and surprising lunch. The B&B has a restaurant that sits on a private little lake with gorgeous views. I ordered the French toast for lunch and it was incredible. My friend ordered the corned beef hash, and the hash is honemade! Such a great and unexpected stop on the way to see Volcan Arenal!

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Thank ColleenQD
LuckyBugCostaRica, Owner at Restaurante Caballo Negro, responded to this review

We are glad you stopped to visit us and sample a couple of the items on the menu. Once a woman said that she would never be able to eat French Toast again because ours was so good. And, yes, the corned beef hash is homemade. You can't get good corned beef here in Costa Rica, so we make our... More 

Miami, Florida
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222 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We travel to Costa Rica twice every year and one of the activities high on our to do list each time is to stop by Caballo Negro for a Reuben sandwich. Their Reuben features delicious corned beef topped with sour kraut and cheese on a dark bread roll. It comes with a side of fried potatoes and whatever kind of... More 

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Thank William G
LuckyBugCostaRica, Owner at Restaurante Caballo Negro, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the nice review. Our Reuben and the associated Corned Beef Hash and Eggs are two of the favorites on our menu. Glad you enjoyed it, and we are glad you choose us each time you are here in the area. Pura Vida More 

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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I think this restaurant is better known as the Lucky Bug. Monika, the owner and chef, was super nice. I had the Curry chicken salad and it was very good. Everyone in my party got a different dish and everyone said theirs was very good. The prices were reasonable. There was a boutique for shopping while we waited for our... More 

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Thank Tiffanie G
LuckyBugCostaRica, Owner at Restaurante Caballo Negro, responded to this review

Thanks for your nice review. Yes, everyone just refers to us as the Lucky Bug, but the restaurant is Caballo Negro. Glad you posted in the correct place. We are known by tourists and locals alike for schnitzels, corned beef, and our vegetarian options. Please come back and see us the next time you come through Nuevo Arenal. Pura Vida More 

Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

Today we took advantage of the Reuben special and it was fantastic. Have really missed having a good Reuben but Monica puts out a fantastic one. Looking forward to more in the future. And we have always loved their specials..

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Thank Rfm117
LuckyBugCostaRica, Owner at Restaurante Caballo Negro, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your nice review. Yes, we ran a special to remind locals about the items on the menu that are unique to our restaurant. The Reuben is one of them. We just got a new shipment of beef and it is now brining for the next batch of Reubens and Corned Beef Hash. And yes, we are... More 

Fort Collins, Colorado
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

Caballo Negro should be in the top 10 restaurants in Costa Rica. I have been there several times and have never been disappointed. The Corn Beef is my personal favorite. They also have a wonderful shop featuring local artists... Take time to visit and enjoy.

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Thank DianneFager
LuckyBugCostaRica, Owner at Restaurante Caballo Negro, responded to this review

Wow...top ten would put us in some really good company. Thanks for the compliment. The corned beef is made from scratch and brined, cooked, etc. to make both the Corned Beef Hash (which is a favorite). and the Reuben with potatoes (another favorite) Please come back and see us again. Pura Vida More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

We had visited the connected gift shop, The Lady Bug, the day before and were impressed with the beautiful artistry and amazing location overlooking a small pond with beautiful gardens. When we heard that German food was on the menu we decided to return to the restaurant the next day(we had just eaten and were souvenir shopping). My husband and... More 

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Thank anitaw37
LuckyBugCostaRica, Owner at Restaurante Caballo Negro, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your nice review. Yes, we are known for our breakfasts, the Schnitzels, and the Reubens. We are glad you enjoyed your schnitzels We enjoyed talking with your also and hope you come back to visit us soon. Pura Vida, More 

San Luis, Costa Rica
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

Wonderful German cuisine served here. The Rueben of course my favorite but then Corned beef hash is a close second! The potatoes are delicious and the salads are fresh!

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Thank Rene B
LuckyBugCostaRica, Owner at Restaurante Caballo Negro, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the nice review. We make our corned beef from scratch, so you know it has been made locally, and not purchased already brined. The Corned Beef Hash AND the Reuben sandwich with potatoes are two of our most popular offerings. We hope to see you again. Pura Vida More 

London, England
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78 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016

While we drove from Arenal to Monteverde we stumbled into the Lucky Bug. It has a fabulous setting, a great souvenir shop and excellent food. The owners are extremely friendly. This is great place to have a meal and do some shopping (though I am sure the B&B is great as well).

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Thank avLondon
LuckyBugCostaRica, Owner at Restaurante Caballo Negro, responded to this review

Hola, Thanks for your nice review. We had this moved to our restaurant site, instead of the B&B because you were actually reviewing the restaurant and not staying with us. Yes, we are known for our food, and some people are disappointed that we are no longer open for dinner. We do make some of the best breakfasts and lunches... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016 via mobile

Very good food with german style! Nice service. Awesome landscape all over the place. Some nice lotus growing on the entrance.

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Thank Juan Manuel L
LuckyBugCostaRica, Owner at Restaurante Caballo Negro, responded to this review

Thanks for your nice review. You have such a nice family, and glad the Chicken Tropicale was not too spicy. Hope you come back to see us again in the future. Pura Vida, More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $14
Cuisine
German, Vegetarian Friendly, American, South American, Costa Rican
Meals
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 km W of Rio dos Bocas, Nuevo Arenal 5717, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Nuevo Arenal
  • Phone Number: +506 2694 4515
Description
Our restaurant is a favorite for locals and travelers alike. We have great breakfasts, which include Huevos Rancheros, and homemade Corned Beef Hash with corned beef made from scratch by the owner and chef, Monika.
Because of Monika's German heritage, she also makes delicious schintzels also, from a family recipe.
And if you save room for dessert, Apple Strudel is usually always available.
There is inside seating and also patio seating overlooking the rest of the property, with views of Monika's private lake, her residence, and the Lucky Bug Bed and Breakfast. Plenty of birds to see, and has been called a birder's paradise.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?