Arenal, Monteverde, and the Northern Lowlands Travel Guide

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El Gran Abuelo

  • Costa Rican

Published 06/18/2015

Fodor's Review

There’s no shortage of steak houses near Arenal, but El Gran Abuelo pushes to the front of the pack with perfectly grilled steak. Tender and flavorful tri-tip and steak platters can easily feed a small family and are served on huge griddles with sides like garlic-lemon yuca, salad, tortillas, and veggies. Straight from the grill to your table, sizzling entrées are delivered in cast iron skillets with a serious knife to cut into your carne. Specials include wine or smoothies, and for non-beef eaters, the ceviche is outstanding. Vegetarians can chose from wood-fired pizzas, pasta dishes, or fresh salads. Hardly anyone leaves without trying the house dessert, a spin on traditional cheesecake made with condensed milk, lime, and cookies. This roadside restaurant is worth the 10-minute drive from La Fortuna.

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8km from La Fortuna, on road to San Ramon, La Fortuna, Alajuela, Costa Rica



Published 06/18/2015


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