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El Novillo del Arenal

$$ - $$$Steakhouse, ,
On the road to Tabacon, 10 KM outside of Fortuna, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 21007, Costa Rica
+506 2479 1910
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good24%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“tenderloin” (13 reviews)
“chicken” (16 reviews)
“pineapple” (5 reviews)
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Steakhouse, Central American, Costa Rican, Latin, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
On the road to Tabacon, 10 KM outside of Fortuna, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 21007, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I can't believe I didn't review this restaurant when we got back from our wonderful Costa Rican adventure in May! El Novillo was a saving grace for my stomach and wallet during our stay at the Arenal Kioro Resort. The restaurant is practically across the...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank MandyHG1028
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This restaurant doesn't look like much from the road, but at dusk, when the little lights and candles are lit, the ambiance is very romantic. It's open-air, so you feel like you're outside. The service was very attentive. The food was quite good, we for...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank petitecritique
Reviewed 28 October 2018 via mobile

Found this place back in October 2013. When planning to return to Costa Rica and Arenal we planned to go back and have some great steaks again. The Steaks were so good we ate there 2 nights in a row!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Matt O
Reviewed 5 October 2018 via mobile

We went there because my mom has celiacs desease, the personnel was really nice and responsible enough to tell us that they do not have a proper protocol and probably have cross contamination. We did not eat there, for obvious reasons, but I really congratulate...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Caroes1986
Reviewed 10 August 2018 via mobile

Stopped for late lunch/early dinner after a full day. The food was excellent. Had local Costa Rican dishes and cold beer. Kids had plenty of choices for food. Attentive staff and super friendly. Kids finished plates of food.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank VA_WorldTraveler
Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

Loved the food, service, and ambiance. This was our second dinner in Costa Rica and we are so glad we picked here. Came with wife and kids and they are all picky eaters and all found something to enjoy. They give a lot of food...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank chrisdN1719IX
Reviewed 20 July 2018 via mobile

Seafood soup appetizer and jalapeño steak was the bomb. Best meal I’ve had in CR. Great beer selection as well.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank chrisboydsphone
Reviewed 18 July 2018

This is a great place to eat, We ordered meat, and it was amazing. Cooked perfectly and with great taste. We ordered beef tenderloin and as I said, it was amazing.... Recommended

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank ra_lg62
Reviewed 11 June 2018

My 5 year old son absolutely loves this restaurant. The cow and the small playset keep him busy. We had the casado con chuleta (pork) and casado con pollo (chicken); both very delicious. My son gets the chicken fingers with french fries, but he also...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Thuy R
Reviewed 6 June 2018 via mobile

We had a very nice evening in this restaurant. The service was very good and the steaks were delicious.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Carolina H
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29 August 2018|
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Response from Sherman P | Property representative |
Es un poco oscuro es cerca pero tiene un espacio oscuro el cual afecta la visibilidad en poco tiempo ajustaremos nuevas Luces para cambiarlo
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18 February 2018|
Response from Matt O |
Yes. Visa, Mastercard, and American Express.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Steakhouse, Central American, Costa Rican, Latin, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, View, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: On the road to Tabacon, 10 KM outside of Fortuna, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 21007, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Arenal Volcano National Park  >  La Fortuna de San Carlos
  • Phone Number: +506 2479 1910
  • E-mail
Restaurante familiar donde se puede disfrutar y pasar bien con los nuestros esperemos disfruten siempre será un gusto servirle.LOS ESPERAMOS!!1
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