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El Timon

avenida el albanil y la playa, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
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Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: This is the largest and one of the oldest restaurants on the beach. It is the most popular Nicaraguan seafood restaurant in San Juan del Sur. San
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San Francisco, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Lots of seafood to suit your taste. I had the camaron (shrimp) cocktail. It was different than what I am used to in Mexico but it was still excellent.

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UK
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Stopped here for mid morning snack and drink. Firstly, they don't serve coffee, then they didn't have one if the items we had ordered and finally when the bill if around $7 came we handed them a $20 bill and didn't bring change back. After 15 or so mins we had to ask!

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Randall G, Owner at El Timon, responded to this review

We are sorry you had this poor experience, but we'd like to explain. When you came for your mid-morning snack, the restaurant was actually closed. At that time, we didn't open until 11:30 for the lunch hour. But we accommodated you anyway because our clients are important to us. And we DO serve coffee. Our professional coffee machine makes great... More

Marlton, New Jersey
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

The restaurant is outstanding The quality of the ingredients and presentation is appealing The service is attentive

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Austin, Texas, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We randomly decided to stop here for a late lunch with a group of 8. The beer and wine list was good, and the staff were very attentive. We ordered several appetizers for the table and each had entrees. Everyone was very happy with their order; not always easy in a foreign country with a large group. The fried cheese... More

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Houston, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Food was good but expect to pay American prices! The Atmoshpere is great, you are litterally on the beach.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

stopped here for lunch. its literally right on the beach. right upfront what I didn't like was the people selling stuff, but they were respectful and went away/stayed away if you said NO. 2 of us had 2 beers an appetizer, and 2 entrees and the bill was $36 with tip included. we had the nachos, a ceviche and the... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The food was mediocre and overpriced compared the the other good dining options in town. A lot of the seafood was overcooked.

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Randall G, Owner at El Timon, responded to this review

Hello Laura We are very surprised to hear about your poor experience at El Timon. We always encourage our clients to notify their waiter or the general manager if something is unsatisfactory. Had you taken a bite and decided you didn't like the meal, we would have given you something else. We hope you will try us again in the... More

Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I went to this place thinking i would have the best conchas negra cocktail well the conch seemed just to be defrozen and although they gave it a little twist on the flavor it was not the tradional taste which i was hoping for. I also had the shrimp that turned out to be very good.

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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
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43 reviews 43 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I went to the El Timon restaurant with some friends on a trip to San Juan Del Sur. I have been to the town several times, but this was the first time I ate at this restaurant. It is a great location, right on the beach so you can eat, drink, and relax for as long as you want. The... More

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Houston, Texas
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I had the fried plantains with cheese and a piña colada one night. Then, my friend Dany suggested the carpaccio, which I tried with a michelada. It deserves a standing ovation! The waiters are all nice here too. I think I ate there four or five times on my trip.

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