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El Timon

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Avenue of the Kings | Central Zone, On the Beach Street, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
+505 2568 2243
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: This is the largest and one of the oldest restaurants in San Juan del Sur...
This is the largest and one of the oldest restaurants in San Juan del Sur. It is the most popular restaurant serving traditional Nicaraguan beach fare. Located right on the beach! Full service, full bar. Fabulous sunsets!
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  • 59
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  • 26
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great fish, right on the ocean

We grabbed some fish and chips here for lunch immediately upon getting into San Juan del Sur from the Nicabus from Costa Rica. Fish was good, portions were good, and the ocean was great. Some persistent vendors did walk by trying to sell us sunglasses, but other than that the restaurant was exactly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
jordeck
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Brooklyn, New York
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We grabbed some fish and chips here for lunch immediately upon getting into San Juan del Sur from the Nicabus from Costa Rica. Fish was good, portions were good, and the ocean was great. Some persistent vendors did walk by trying to sell us sunglasses, but other than that the restaurant was exactly what we were looking for, for a... More 

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Playa Carrillo, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

4 of us went to El Timon for a couple of cocktails and a snack at Sunset on a Friday evening and stayed until almost 10 pm! The staff were a lot of fun and the prices are really good (drink and boca specials for $1!) The band was impressive, best I have seen in a while in Central America... More 

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

Five of us ate,drank,danced and thoroughly enjoyed a great evening out. 5 star food,excellent service and less than 100$in total.!!! I highly recommend the Pork Ribs and the Margaritas. The live band were astonishingly good.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is in a perfect location to people watch and admire the amazing beach and mountain views. Great place to watch the sports enthusiasts during the day and the sunset in the evening. The food and the prices are very good. They have a nice happy hour with live entertainment and a good selection of items. As other reviewers... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

If you are visiting San Juan Del Sur you must stop here to enjoy the food and atmosphere. Location is right on the beach. Wait staff was great and the food was affordable. The wait time for food is a little lengthly but worth the wait if visiting during sunset or sunny day.

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Cutler Bay, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

we were 8 adults and 2 kids and we wanted to be able to see the water and the kids playing on the sand, we just want to be close to the beach, and they refuse to put to tables together, and they told us you can sit and two different tables but you aren't allowed to put two tables... More 

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Edwards, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We had a great experience fat El Timon. Great location. The service is attentive and very professional. The portions are HUGE. I felt bad that I couldnt finish my plate. Recommend!

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Managua, Nicaragua
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Visiting this popular restaurant on a weekend is suppose to be a real hassle, however when we arrived everything ran smooth as possible and even though the place was somewhat crowded; one of the major attractions is the view of the beach, because the restaurant is beachfront you can´t go wrong with the view, and if you feel adventurous you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

This was our first meal in SJDS and we picked it because it was easy. My mango margarita was big and strong. My steak was okay. My husband and daughter loved the cerviche. My husband also had the octopus, the portion was so large he didn't finish it, though it was excellent. My other daughter had the seafood pasta and... More 

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

I was there in April. I sat down with my group and then I smelled the odor of bleach. I saw that the bathrooms were being clean so I asked to be moved. The waiters told me no. I found an unoccupied table and asked to move there and again I was told no. I asked for the manager and... More 

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Address: Avenue of the Kings | Central Zone, On the Beach Street, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Phone Number: +505 2568 2243
Location: Central America  >  Nicaragua  >  Rivas Department  >  San Juan del Sur
Average Prices: USD 8 - 18
Cuisine: International, Seafood

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Avenue of the Kings | Central Zone, On the Beach Street, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
  • Location: Central America  >  Nicaragua  >  Rivas Department  >  San Juan del Sur
  • Phone Number: +505 2568 2243

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 18
  • Cuisine: International, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Doing business, Families with children

Description

This is the largest and one of the oldest restaurants in San Juan del Sur. It is the most popular restaurant serving traditional Nicaraguan beach fare. Located right on the beach! Full service, full bar. Fabulous sunsets!

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