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Nene's Restaurant

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Latin, Seafood, South American, Central American, Costa Rican, International
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Calle 5, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
2479-9192
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Boca Raton FL
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114 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

For my birthday, I wanted to stray from the comida tipica-casados...and get a nice steak dinner. The top TA RATED steakhouses were all closed-end apparently Wednesdays are a regular closure day...every local we asked for a 'special occasion' meal...ALL kept saying Nene's. So we went. Absolutely wonderful from the host greeting and personalized service, to the bartender surprising me with... More 

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Phila. area PA
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44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our hotel staff recommended this restaurant on our first night and it was by far the best meal of our 8 day stay in Costa Rica. We started with fresh cheviche with tortilla chips so delicious I could have made an entire meal of it. The fish texture was perfect and the spices were excellent, not the least bit over... More 

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Thank marleePhila.areaPA
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have eaten the garlic fish and my girlfriend cevivhe, I was deliciuos and meal plates cost it is just nice. Good service and quiet place, good for drinks and lunch.

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Thank Carlos R
Tysons Corner, Virginia
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A nice restaurant in La Fortuna. Good food, reasonable prices, and a lot of good drinks. The wait staff was very friendly and the location was open and inviting.

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Thank kfmarshall
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

From the outside Nene's may look like your typical hole-in-the-wall, but if you're looking for an insane steak, check this place out. Their jalapeño steak is unreal. We tried steaks in various cities around the country and this was by far the best. Highly recommended. Very sweet staff too.

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Thank Marissa M
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Conveniently located near downtown. Not crowded. A little bit too loud.

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Thank WilliamLine
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is another place that was highly recommended by the locals during our trip to La Fortuna de San Carlos. The food was amazing, delicious, plentiful and reasonably priced.

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Thank Miguel G
sherman oaks,calif
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60 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ended up at Nene's because the restaurant that was recommended from the hotel was closed. and what a nice surprise. We had to wait 30mins because they were no tables available. The steaks are very good and the prices not bad. Great service!

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Thank califSilvita
New York
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84 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came highly recommended, popular place for tourists, had a couple of vegetarian options. Smoothie s were good. Sea food is popular and was good. Chicken in Costa Rica is salty

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Thank nara_NY
San Diego, California
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

Excellent food and excellent service. Very good wines at a very reasonable price. The Churasco Steak with jumbo shrimp skewers for two was outstanding. Check out picture.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Latin, Seafood, South American, Central American, Costa Rican, International
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout
Good for
Large groups, Dining on a budget, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle 5, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Arenal Volcano National Park  >  La Fortuna de San Carlos
  • Phone Number: 2479-9192

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