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Road to Manuel Antonio Park, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
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Cuisines: Continental
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert

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Orlando, Florida
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38 reviews 38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

We had an appetizer and drinks here once and the view was so breathtaking that we came back for lunch. We had calamari the first time which was fine. Not super flavorful, but it was not rubbery. The coconut shrimp was really greasy and the fish sandwich was also fine. Saw monkeys the second time which is always entertaining.

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Calgary, Canada
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

We found this place on Trip Advisor and of course we HAD to stop and see the plane! We spent the morning at Playa Espadilla and the kids were craving hot dogs afterwards, so this place turned out to be perfect! We were a week into our trip and the North American-style food was just what they needed to get... More

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Very wide range of options. Moderate prices. The plane in the restaurant was a nice touch. Also panoramic ocean views.

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Haltom City, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Wouldn't recommend it if you are on a budget. It is designed for the American visitors...hamburgers, pizza, French fries...etc. amazing location but highly overpriced.

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Kentor47, Manager at El Avion, responded to this review

We thank you for your business and for the time taken to write review. We feel it is better to be specific than to use subjective adjectives like expensive. Our 100% imported beef hamburger is 8 ounces and costs $10 with tax and service included. The most expensive item on our menu is the whole fish prepared as you like... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

First it should be noted that we created an account just to write this review. We were recommended this restaurant by friends for the view. They were right, it was beautiful, however not rare in Manuel Antonio! This was the worst restaurant we went to on our 2 week trip of Central America. There was a hatching spiders nest in... More

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Kentor47, Manager at El Avion, responded to this review

Ouch. We can certainly see why you were driven to create a Trip Advisor account! Ironically, the reason our restaurant was recommended to you played a small part in your experience. We are in the midst of an experiment which allows us to open our upstairs area at a time when it is normally closed for low season. We are... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

The older 50's seaplane used in the 70's Contra affair is now a lively bar inside this restaurant/sunset bar. It is high up on the side of a mountain overlooking Espadilla playa offering great sights, particularly at sunset. The drinks are inventive and fun. The food is Costa Rican/Tourist fare. My garlic shrimp was well prepared but uninspired. The children... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

The restaurant has a wonderful view on the balcony .. Perfect for a romantic candle lit dinner. Thee are wonderful seating areas inside real plane body! Very cool..good food, service and ambience..highly recommended!

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

the margaritas by bartender Katherine was a go had to have two of them she is great and very nice to the customers

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Fall River, Massachusetts
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99 reviews 99 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

I had the pleasure of dining here in Manuel Antonio several times in 2007 and again this week in 2014. The service, food, and view is consistently superb. The history of the Iran Contra plane that you can have a drink in, is great. My husband and I were having a difficult time getting in touch with our accommodations and... More

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6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

The old plane is fun. They have a great space to watch the sunset from, and the drinks are good. We thought the food was just ok. We had the whole fish and the veggie sandwich.

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Address: Road to Manuel Antonio Park, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Manuel Antonio National Park
Cuisine: Continental

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