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“Best Steaks in the Area”

El Novillo del Arenal
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Costa Rican
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed February 9, 2012

Have eaten here many times and we have never been disappointed

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Reviewed January 29, 2012

This is a super restaurant with very fair prices. Arenal is a very expensive destination, and this establishment was very fair with an unassuming exterior, but all open air and clean. A true Costa Rican experience in a very touristy area of Costa Rica.

We had a large group of 12 folks (Ticos and Gringos) who had a varied selection of fish, chicken, steaks and ceviche. All were fantastic, well presented and very fair priced. Some french tourists were milking the owners cows and they brought us fresh milk. It was a great experience and the menu had a great variety of food. The service was swift, friendly and professional. With beer and frescos, our costs were approximately $10 per person, and we ate our hearts out.

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Reviewed January 7, 2012

We found this restaurant through Trip Advisor when planning our trip. It was close to our hotel and, although the volcano was in clouds, and we did not get to see it, the trip would be worth it even just for the food in El Noivillo. Great tenderloins, friendly, informal atmosphere... we really enjoyed it. I'd recommend it to everyone!

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Reviewed January 5, 2012

We were referred to this restaurant by the owners of the hotel we were staying with and they were right it was fantastic!!! The food was so delicious and so fresh. We ordered steaks and mushroom chicken, both were great and the service was attentive and friendly. We were a party of eight and most ordered steaks which unanimously were the best steaks we have ever eaten. We would definitely recommend this wonderful restaurant and a steak we will never forget!!!

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Thank Sparetime
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Reviewed October 27, 2011

Friends in the vicinity recommended this restaurant, so I stopped there for a steak after spending an afternoon hiking the suspension bridges of Arenal Volcano. Look for the white bull statue out front. This restaurant is north of the main drag of La Fortuna, but still on the main road that leads to all the major hot springs resorts, etc. It's open air dining with just a roof. I had the garlic smothered steak, well done, and two orders of the garlic bread (I love garlic). The steak was huge, and still juicy, unlike many well-done steaks I've ordered which arrived over-cooked and dry. It was served with a small side salad and fried yucca. The view of the volcano is unobstructed and seems so close you may as well be dining at it's base. Prices are very reasonable.

Highly recommended!

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