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“Unpretentious Delicious Steak House” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of El Novillo del Arenal

El Novillo del Arenal
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, Spanish, South American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Unpretentious Delicious Steak House”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013

This is simple tasty Costa Rican food in an open air sitting. The portions are ample and include potatoes, salad, and bread. My house special steak was cooked perfectly and was delicious. Wine beer and alcoholic drinks are available in a limited selection. Service was good but not overly attentive.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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English first
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great Food, A Hidden Gem!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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San Diego, California
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A local gem”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 reviews
“Large Portions”
5 of 5 bubbles 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
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great Stop”
4 of 5 bubbles 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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