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Restaurante Caballo Negro

2 km W of Rio dos Bocas, Nuevo Arenal 5717, Costa Rica
+506 2694 4515
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Overview
  • Excellent85%
  • Very good14%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“corned beef” (6 reviews)
“french toast” (7 reviews)
“hash” (3 reviews)
Open Now
07:00 - 17:00All hours
CUISINES
American, German, South American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
€€ - €€€
RATINGS
Service
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Value
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LOCATION
2 km W of Rio dos Bocas, Nuevo Arenal 5717, Costa Rica
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1 - 10 of 79 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

Clean, comfortable, located in a gorgeous setting, Monika makes incredibly delicious food (my favourite: Corned Beef Hash for breakfast) and Rob serves it in a very gracious, laid back style. While living in and around Nuevo Arenal I would frequent Caballo Negro because I always...More

Thank Sean S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a delightful place in every way. The food is fresh, delicious, plentiful and beautiful, the setting so peaceful (loved the hummingbirds humming around) and the service is personal and inviting. The BEST homemade corned beef I’ve ever eaten.....a true gem of a place. You...More

Thank Beth L
LuckyBugCostaRica, Owner at Restaurante Caballo Negro, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hola, Thanks so much for the nice review. We get a lot of compliments on all our specialties when people leave, but not many take the time to comment like you did. We do have not only the best, but the only Corned Beef in...More

Reviewed 20 May 2017

Mothers Day last Sunday,was amazing!The best breakfast ;s yes plural, The food was served beautifully, I had the spinach omalate, natural juices, some ladies had french toast, and the ladies that had the corned beef hash said it to be the best they every had....the...More

Thank luine123
LuckyBugCostaRica, Owner at Restaurante Caballo Negro, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2017

You guys were having so much fun on Mother's Day. So glad you picked our restaurant for your brunch. We saw the pictures you posted on Facebook and they looked pretty good. Yes, people actually come from the beach to get our corned beef, either...More

Reviewed 17 May 2017

We did not stay at the B&B but loved the food and hosts and hummingbird throng. The lakeside drive surely merits your time, but needs this delicious rest to top it off and Nuevo Arenal offers nothing comparable.

Thank masuke
LuckyBugCostaRica, Owner at Restaurante Caballo Negro, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2017

Thanks for the nice review. We also enjoy our hummingbirds. We are glad you chose us to stop on your way around the lake. Please come and stay at the B&B the next time you come to Costa Rica, Pura Vida,

Reviewed 12 April 2017

Lunch at Caballo Negro/Lucky Bug. My partner had the Reuben Sandwich and declared it the best he had ever had. That is saying a lot as it is his favorite sandwich. All of her food is delicious.

Thank elaefcie
LuckyBugCostaRica, Owner at Restaurante Caballo Negro, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2017

Thanks so much for your nice review. Yes, we get a lot of positive feedback on our Reuben sandwich. The corned beef is made from scratch, as is the sauerkraut. Our Schnitzels are very popular as well. Hope you come again to eat. Pura Vida

Reviewed 2 April 2017

The owner has lived here for about 20 years, and makes the best schnitzel I've had in years! She's sweet. It's located right on the main road around Nuevo Arenal, and has an incredible view behind it. She also has a very nice ceramics store...More

Thank maxc665
LuckyBugCostaRica, Owner at Restaurante Caballo Negro, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2017

Thanks for the nice review. We are glad you enjoyed our schnitzel, and we also have the only Reuben sandwich around, so next time you can try that. Please come again when you are in the Nuevo Arenal area. Pura Vida

Reviewed 25 March 2017

I come from a land that is well known for waiting in 2+ hr lines for amazing breakfasts - Portland, OR USA. If Monika opened a breakfast joint in Portland, her place would be the best in town! Not only that, but the views and...More

Thank Amy V
LuckyBugCostaRica, Owner at Restaurante Caballo Negro, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2017

Thanks for the nice review. We have been told many times we have the best breakfast and lunch in the lake area, but few go on Tripadvisor to say that. We appreciate it, and were it not for the cold weather in Portland, we might...More

Reviewed 6 March 2017

We went for lunch with our 88 year old parents and were glad we did so. It was very easy for our parents to access. The German dishes and the pasta had us asking for the recipe. The staff is the owners and they are...More

Thank Vivian M
LuckyBugCostaRica, Owner at Restaurante Caballo Negro, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2017

Thanks so much for the nice review. We loved talking with you and even got on some politics, which we usually try to stay away from with guests. But it was very enjoyable for us also. We hope you come back soon and see us....More

Reviewed 25 February 2017

My family came here twice on our trip to enjoy Monica's wonderful breakfasts. The best part was being able to bird watch while we waited for our yummy food. It's a BEAUTIFUL property and the staff is lovely. Overall a very pleasant place and I...More

Thank Kateclysm
Reviewed 25 February 2017

Don't miss this restaurant if you are in the Lake Arenal area. The food is the best around. Absolutely 5 star. The setting couldn't be better. Patio seating on a small lake is especially nice to view the wildlife while dining. Family run so the...More

Thank barbaraforsey
LuckyBugCostaRica, Owner at Restaurante Caballo Negro, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2017

Hola, Thanks for your nice review and we are glad you enjoyed your meal, and for saying the food is the best around. That makes us feel like we are doing things right. Besides the food, the other draw is the setting. We have our...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$7 - US$14
Meals
Lunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 17:00
Monday
07:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 17:00
Thursday
07:00 - 17:00
Friday
07:00 - 17:00
Saturday
07:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 km W of Rio dos Bocas, Nuevo Arenal 5717, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Nuevo Arenal
  • Phone Number: +506 2694 4515
  • E-mail
Description
Our restaurant is a favorite for locals and travelers alike. We have great breakfasts, which include Huevos Rancheros, and homemade Corned Beef Hash with corned beef made from scratch by the owner and chef, Monika. Because of Monika's German heritage, she also makes delicious schintzels also, from a family recipe. And if you save room for dessert, Apple Strudel is usually always available. There is inside seating and also patio seating overlooking the rest of the property, with views of Monika's private lake, her residence, and the Lucky Bug Bed and Breakfast. Plenty of birds to see, and has been called a birder's paradise.
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