El Novillo - Miami Lakes

4.7
146 Reviews
$30 and under
Steakhouse
El Novillo Restaurant is an family owned and operated Latin American Steakhouse, that has been operating its multiple locations in South Florida since the 1980's. We specialize in serving "Churrascos", cut from lean tenderloins that are grilled and marinated in our homemade fresh "Chimichurri" sauce.

We also serve 100% all-natural chicken breast, shrimp, fish, pork, and various other selections. Sensational appetizer options include fried cheese, refried beans, small meat tacos with sour cream, and more.

Finish your meal with our traditional "Tres Leches", "Carmel Flan", or "Pio-Quinto" Rum Sponge cake.
El Novillo keeps the Latin spirit going with its live music in the evening on the weekends, and special pricing for large group events, which include beverage, main course, and dessert, starting at and affordable $24.99 a per person. To inquire about additional details about hosting an event with us, please ask fo

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 146 people are saying
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vipJOC8
West Palm Beach
101 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

What a pleasant surprise. We had not been to El Novillo in a few years (we forgot about it). We expected a good meal and enjoyed a great meal! The Mojitios were tasty. The churrasco was flavorful, the platanos maduros and fritos and gallo pinto were all good.
We enjoyed the live music, but wish we had not sit so close to the entertainer because the loud music made it difficult to converse.
We will not wait so long to return.

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vipBeautyByMaggy
Miami
37 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven’t been here in a while but wanted to bring my boyfriend to a different place since he lives out of town and we like to try different places together! He loved it and said it was like eating mom’s homemade traditional cooking! We’ll be back!!

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WendyR
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service. We were a party of 8 celebrating my husband’s birthday. We will return.

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MariaM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience1

House salad served with no dressing, waitress said ran out, then asked buzz boy and he brought it.
Food on menu was not available
Food was rushed while we were having salad
Order was not brought as ordered
The staffed started arranging tables and chairs making loud noises, complained manager came he insisted the restaurant closed at 9:30 and it needed to get ready for the next day. We didn’t finish the meal request to go boxes and left
Very disappointing no customer service oriented.

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JoseS
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

New Years dinner

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peters
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

food and service were wonderful. love the family style sides

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Fair. Not so tasteful as it seems on pictures

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Chik
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Our server Lydia was great. The food was very good but the floors were not cleaned. There was a napkin in the middle of the floor that at least ten workers walked by and stepped over it, including a manager but no one picked it up until I mentioned it, then a bar girl kicked it over to where we couldnt see it anymore. There was a large table set up for new customers but had left over food under the chairs from earlier customers. Our table had not been swept from earlier customers either. I was very disappointed by the lack of cleanliness. This is a very nice restaurant with good ambience, good service and good food but seeing how the floors were in the main dining room leaves a lot to be desired of what’s going on in the kitchen. The music gets a little loud which means the customers have to talk above the music which makes it very loud in there. We will go back and hopefully things will have improved because I really like the place.

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Griselle
Fort Lauderdale
6 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

The server was very bad. You can hardly understand him through the mask. He was never around and was not being attentive to the needs of the table.

It was also my niece's birthday and I had called ahead and was told they offer a complementary dessert for the bday person. The server said that was not correct and charged me $7. It's not the money but the principle that they say one thing and do another. I think he is wrong.

I go there often and this was my first time with a bad experience. Been going for more than 30 years and the food never disappoints. The server did unfortunately.

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AngelF
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was superb. Plenty of employees working. Orders were taken promptly, Drinks and food were great. Clean restaurant. Professional service and excellent experience.

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QB70
Fort Lauderdale
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Used to visit often when I lived in the area, but was very pleased to see that after about 8 yrs of not visiting, everything is as wonderful and food quality & taste has not changed, me & my family were very pleased, will not wait that long to revisit. Great experience as always

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Griselle
Fort Lauderdale
6 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints. Always excellent!

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LilianL
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great ambiance. I would highly recommend

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ChezML
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When goi g to a restaurant, it’s important to eat what they specialize in. We had the appetizer of the sampler plates. Excellent choice. Everything was delicious. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone

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Griselle
Fort Lauderdale
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been going to El Novillo fir more than 30 years. I live it! They never disappoint. Wish they will bring back lomito asado and the sizzling steak - Vaquero.

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vipSoni
Fort Lauderdale
86 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Location great, service slow, food ok. Room for improvement

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Too crowded.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
23 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We went there for lunch with my parents. It was an ok experience that I don’t look forward to repeating…the place was nice but the food presentation was weak. Service was less than expected since they changed my waiter twice. Would not recommend for any special occasion!!! 👩‍🍳 Chef Papo…!

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vipTonyS
Richmond
97 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good mid-week dinner place. Menu had a nice variety of items to choose from including several versions of their signature churrasco steak. Lobster Thermidor was delicious, but not presented in-the-shell. Pricing for food and alcoholic beverages was quite reasonable. Very attentive service and laid back atmosphere. Easy to explain why this restaurant is a survivor (around 30 years same location)!

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CarlosV
Naples
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

It’s been a while since we went to El Novillo but it’s just as good as we remember it. Great food and presentation. The lower service rating is due to unhelpful front desk, they would not take our reservations for same day dining? Luckily I remembered to try opentable and like magic made reservations in minutes.

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DonH
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service was great!!! Waiter was extremely fast and knowledgeable about the food.

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LuzI
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group of 7 ladies go every year to celebrate our friendship at your restaurant.. Food, service, music & atmosphere are outstanding.. thank you ❤️

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vipnicolas
Miami
130 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, fantastic steak, I had the Novillo churrasco, was cooked to perfection, great side

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Sarah
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

The food was delicious but the service was very poor (despite them having lots of workers on the floor). I went one afternoon where it was not busy and it took 25 minutes just for a waiter to take our drinks. I eat out a lot and service is a huge thing for my family and I. There was also a representative who raised her voice at me in front of my family because she saw us being moved from one table to another by a waiter there. Apparently she had that table reserved (which is fine) I also had made reservations but tone is everything and she didn’t have to be yelling or anything especially in front of people. Despite that, we had a great time.

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JudithG
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carne asada is awesome, great service, affordable food. The restaurant looks super cute

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, just right environment to have a business conversation and wrap up the day.

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LizA
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Satisfied my craving for a good steak, sangria and gallo pinto. Had a disappointing a experience months ago but decided to try it again and was glad to see the food quality and service had improved.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great Birthday dinner. Food was amazing and service was awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and quick service highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a good meal and good atmosphere

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Monalmirall
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice place definitely we will come back soon. Very good food

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vipGilR
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service, good priced

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DamianC
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family celebration was wonderful. The food and service is always great.

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KatherineP
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very Good Service. The food was delicious. I will recommend,

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vipjorge
New York Area
108 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in all aspects. Great food and great service. Timely in sitting us and taking our orders.

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RobertoE
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fue una cena agradable, el lugar es acogedor, ambiente tranquilo y buen servicio

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vipFrankM
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and outstanding service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience1

Service was poor. It took the staff a long time to come around. The place was very noisy and the staff waited a long time to clear tables around us after diners were already long gone.
Having said that, the food was good and an excellent value.

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JessicaO
Fort Lauderdale
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love their service and food

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vipLDMC
Miami
36 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

The service lacked a little. It took a server about 10 mins to come to the table. The food was hot a delicious. The restaurant needs more staff. I know times are tough and people don’t want to work!

FAQs

El Novillo - Miami Lakes offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (305) 819-2755.

El Novillo - Miami Lakes is rated 4.7 stars by 146 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.