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El Timon

avenida el albanil y la playa, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Oakville, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Great food and even better prices. Right on the beach, with views of the setting sun. Food in Nicaragua is simple for the most part but fresh and very tasty. Our group had seafood and steak and no one was disappointed. A word of warning, servings were very generous in most of the restaurants we ate in while on our... More

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South Georgia
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87 reviews 87 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

We had heard so much about this restaurant we wanted to check it out. We loved the view but just found the meal average and expensive for Nica standards. We should have checked the Trip Advisor review on this one or we would have already known not to go. There are too many other places in SJDS to eat that... More

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Sarnia, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Ate here twice - lunch while we were waiting to get into our VRBO and supper on Monday. Monday doesn't have happy hour but the do have $2 appetizers and drink specials. The fish both times was fantastic but I don't think the camarones were among the better ones I have had. The live band at night was great. The... More

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Tallinn
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

Perfect location to follow sunset by the Pacific beach. Good offering of seafood and fish. Very good and big lobster dish. Pina Colada from fresh pineapple is recommendable. A bit touristic place and sometimes they have live performance with American songs which is on the downside, would prefer local music.

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Payson, Arizona
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114 reviews 114 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Nice find. Usually you get one or the other - good views or good food. This had both. Beachfront place specializing in seafood but also had great chicken dishes. Mine tasted like chicken noodle soup, but was chicken and vegetables with rice on the side. Yum! Would definitely go back.

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Spotsylvania, Virginia
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111 reviews 111 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014 via mobile

Lots of folks here both locals and tourists alike. Had the lobster with garlic, friends had seafood pasta, grilled fish and a local Nicaraguan specialty seafood dish. All tasted fresh, large portions, good service, clean bathrooms. Casual dining, but that is what you want at the beach. Prices fair

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Columbia, South Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

try to squid carpaccio and the fried Criollo fish, they will not disappoint. Great service and the owner/manager is very attentive...great place to watch the sunset in SJS

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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62 reviews 62 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

This is a beautiful spot to catch sunset during happy hour, and you cannot beat the $1.00 beers or delicious appetizers. But the real deal is the free Nicaraguan cultural dance performance that happens every Thursday at 7:00 PM. A troupe of young dancers in beautiful costumes perform different styles of Nicaraguan folk dances. It’s worthwhile making reservations for dinner... More

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Canmore, Canada
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5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

We enjoyed listening to live music and eating the massive seafood platter...it was more than enough for the 5 of us! Our server Francisco was amazing!

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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Great atmosphere, wonderful view of the ocean, friendly staff, and caring owners. Oh, and the food was great, too. They were very attentive to the needs of me and my family. We felt like part of their family.

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