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El Novillo del Arenal

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Steakhouse, Central American, Costa Rican, Latin, South American
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On the road to Tabacon, 10 KM outside of Fortuna, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
+506 2479 1910
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Devon, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Really nice location and view of Arenal Volcano, meals superb taste, but meals came to the table at different times so what it was going to be a meal of a family had to be a first serve first eating due to meals going cold if waiting for all to arrive.

Thank Juan A
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Place doesn't look like much from the side of the road, but we decided to stop by anyway. This place was more than we expected! The food was exquisite and flavorful. Fresh ingredients, good size portions, and very inexpensive. Definitely recommend this place! Think about coming here before spending $$$ for dinner at a resort.

Thank Cruzfamily2017
Easton, Maryland
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

My husband and I ate here twice during our stay in La Fortuna. Everything we ate was very good from the garlic bread served before the meal to the rum raisin ice cream we had for dessert and everything we ate in between.

Thank Tina E
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

My sister and husband my husband and myself started our day doing a Rain Forest walk and then a Zip line experience. We were driving by this restaurant and decided to stop and check it out. It was a beautiful day, we were hungry after an all day day excursion and decided to take a chance in this restaurant. We... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Orland Park, Illinois
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

A group of friends and I stopped here after we visited the Mistico Hanging Bridges. We were so hungry and the food was well worth the wait. The steak was so juicy and tender. This is definitely great place to stop for lunch or dinner.

Thank DesertDogs7
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55 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

We really enjoyed our dinner there. We were staying at Lost Iguana and was very nice not having to go all the way into town.

Thank tomgar3
Duxbury, Massachusetts
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41 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

I had the chicken, egg, vegetables, rice and beans typical CR dinner. My husband had a steak that was recommended by waiter. My dinner was good and very affordable. . My husband's wasn't great and not worth the price. Staff was friendly atmosphere was good. Not very busy

Thank Barbara K
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105 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

We came with our friends for a late lunch, good quality of meats, not very good fish- not properly cooked, good athmosfere nice view .

Thank Spiderbar
Mokena, Illinois
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

My family of four had a great dinner at El Novillo. It's an open air restaurant with one section a nicer, quieter area and another section of tables near the kitchen that was more active and had a TV playing music videos. We were given a choice and chose the more active section but if we had to do it... More 

Thank MLS08
Ithaca, New York
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126 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2016

El Novillo del Arenal offers good food and service for those in hotels west of La Fortuna. They have later hours than most places. It advertises itself as a steak place, but the steaks are very expensive so I ordered a pork chop which was one of the best I've ever had not only in Costa Rica, but in all... More 

Thank TMWildMed

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Steakhouse, Central American, Costa Rican, Latin, South American
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: On the road to Tabacon, 10 KM outside of Fortuna, 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: +506 2479 1910

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?