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El Avion

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Costa Rican
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Km. # 5, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
+506 2777 3378
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Wayne, New Jersey
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This restaurant has unbelievable views best time to go is during sunset and park there. Lots of vegetarian options available. Good service..reservation recommended.

Thank JRR2013
Guelph, Canada
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68 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

After spending a half day visiting Manuel Antonio Park, we stopped by here for a lunch recalling a tip from our host in Quepos. The view was magnificent with a nice cooling sea breeze which was much appreciated on a hot, steamy day. We both had calamari, one a salad and the other fried. Both were very good. The don't... More 

Thank ptesche
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200 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Can't rate it a 5 as we didn't eat there. But the drinks were great made by a very fun bartender. The bar/restaurant is built around a 1954 Fairfied jet, who's sister ship has a great story. They have killer views of the ocean, and I assume, would be a great place for sunset. We felt good being in there.

Thank Bill G
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We arrived at 11.50 to be very rudely accosted by a waitress saying they were closed till 12.00 ( no sign outside with this information). We asked if we could sit and wait but were bundled out. A party of 6 - 8 followed us in and were given the same treatment. They obviously don't need your money so don't... More 

Thank Chatterbox500
Kentor47, Manager at El Avion, responded to this review

Our restaurant is open from noon to 10PM and the Pub stays open well past midnight. I apologize if you felt mistreated, but we have wonderful and comfortable waiting areas where folks can wait until set up is done and we are ready to open. I can assure you that your business is important to us, but we can only... More 

Phoenix, Arizona
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272 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

the story behind this place is awesome and makes it a must stop at for a trip. We had dinner here new years eve, the food was very good, seating was quick and the atmosphere was great. After dinner we went down to the airplane bar and drank for hours. It was a fun and really cool place. A must... More 

Thank Clyde_Betts
Toronto, Canada
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43 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Was highly recommended to see. Definitely not cheap but worth seeing. Such an amazing view especially at sunset. Ordered the seafood alfredo and and chicken fajitas. TBH though I would've stuck with any of the pasta dishes and would've loved to try the coconut shrimp. Also would've loved having a drink in the bar/plane. Oh well, next time!

Thank Sarah K
Sao Paulo, SP
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a place made for tourists, so it is not cheap, but the food is very good. The view of the ocean is the best part of being here.

Thank Rafael C
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17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Having this plane as the focal point of the restaurant is a fun gimick. The history of the plane is very interesting. We went for cocktails, which were very good on the hot day. The view is amazing.

Thank Marjorie G
Quispamsis, Canada
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71 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Came for early supper late lunch on Christmas Eve. The service was excellent, very hospitable and prompt. Food was excellent ... The giant shrimp yum! We were a family of seven adults ... Everyone enjoyed their meals which were primarily seafood, except for the delicious hamburgers! The coffee and espresso was very very good The view spectacular and the story... More 

Thank 23Rick
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Had the popcorn shrimp entrees were good Had vodka pasta : great Had seared tuna salad dressing was great fish was OK Kids had burgers: good Hot dogs : did not get eaten Overall was expensive but not worth the price.... Sorry but El wagon next door was better....

Thank MelissaTsokas

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Costa Rican
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Km. # 5, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Manuel Antonio
  • Phone Number: +506 2777 3378

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