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El Avion

Km. # 5, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
+506 2777 3378
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good37%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“burger” (99 reviews)
“fajitas” (51 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Km. # 5, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Wow!! I just had to marvel at the shear genius it took to get this plane to it's current home and turn it into such a cool place to hang out and have drinks with friends or dinner with family. Food is wonderful, and staff...More

Thank leftylife
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We had a great view which was breathtaking. Our waiter was fantastic! We were disappointed with the food though. The tuna was over cooked as was the snapper filet. The prices were quite high for the quality of food. You pretty much pay for the...More

Thank Barbara G
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I wasn't expecting much when we walked in. I thought it would be a tourist trap with bad expensive food. I was wrong. The place has a fantastic view with a great breeze. The food was actually pretty good for casual food. The service was...More

Thank atstpier
Reviewed 1 week ago

If a restaurant needs an attraction to get people in, well good luck on the food. It wasn't the worst but only good for tourists, not locals.

Thank DeegirlyCostaRica
Reviewed 1 week ago

The whole airplane makes it original and unusual! The hamburgers were OK and it took a while to eat and it was not even crowded.

Thank ilearnbytravel
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great place to enjoy dinner with a view of the ocean. I had the pesto pasta and it was delicious. The others with me had hamburgers and they said good things about them. We had dinner and dessert and it was under...More

Thank Lacy E
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was really excited to eat at El Avion, because of the ambiance and surroundings. I had done plenty of research on places to eat before arriving to Manuel Antonio. We were seated and the waiter we had was anything but courteous or warm. My...More

1  Thank Jaysd23
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very exceptional venue. And the history behind it is even more intriguing. Last two pages of the menu has The New York Times article from the late sixties about the capture of the plane. A must see and visit place in Manuel Antonio. The cockpit...More

Thank 4historyandculture
Reviewed 1 week ago

Eating out with two young children is always a challenge, but the staff at El Avion made it a pleasant experience. The food was above average. My wife had the tuna, which was cooked perfectly to a medium rare and was quite a generous portion....More

Thank Jonah97
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited this restaurant with my hubby, 2 kids (9 and 11yrs) and other family from the States in December 2016. It has fantastic view, great food (generous portions and delicious and good service, It also has the old airplane that you can go inside...More

Thank CoetzeeClan
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Ashley B
What is the best way to go about making a reservation? I have a group of 11 visiting from the US in February and we have attempted to contact the restaurant via email twice on their website and have not received a response. None of us have an international call plan so we are trying to avoid calling. Is there any other way?
18 January 2017|
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Response from Ken T | Property representative |
I will check my emails again, but I usually answer all emails four times a week. In the meantime, just send an email,to my personal email and we will go from there. Apparently email addresses are not allowed in this format... More
Helen B
Hi, we'd like to come for dinner. Our daughter (10) has Celiac Disease and may therefore not have gluten. Are you able to cater for her? Thanks, Helen
21 June 2016|
Response from Tina T | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely! And if anyone in your party speaks Spanish, you will be great. If not, just go prepared to have something written in Spanish. They will cater to whatever you need.
Do we need to make reservations?
3 March 2016|
Response from Serge M | Reviewed this property |
depends on the season, in other words by Peak Season You should make reservations or during weekends on High Season
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic, View
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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