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“Terrible cold food” 1 of 5 stars
Review of El Balcon

El Balcon
De la Alcadia municpal, 25 meters al sur | Avenida Central, Matagalpa, Nicaragua
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Ranked #7 of 37 Restaurants in Matagalpa
Cuisines: Central American
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Terrible cold food”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

The food was completely cold when served. My glass of red wine was undrinkable. A piña colada consisted of frozen ice with red syrup, no taste of alcohol, pineapple or coconut. The beer was tepid and there was a cockroach on the table. The staff were surly. This isn't a good place to eat. It was relatively expensive - and obviously poor value. Not the nice evening out that we'd planned.

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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Granada, Nicaragua
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Great Steak”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

We stopped in here yesterday afternoon after reading about it on TripAdvisor and I must say that the good reviews are spot on. I got the filet minon and it was delicious. The rich gravy/sauce covering it sent my tastebuds plunging into a galactic wormhole of savory awesomeness.

The price for the quality cannot be beat.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Las Penitas, Nicaragua
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Quite Good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

Probably the best food I had during the month I stayed in Nicaragua. Matagalpa has better food in general, because the surrounding area grows a lot of produce. El Balcon was maybe the only place in Nicaragua with fresh, creative, quality dishes at reasonable prices ( at any price, really ). Ask for the lunch special. It's a local secret for only 70 cordobas!!

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Matagalpa, Nicaragua
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
“A very good option in Matagalpa”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

Located in the main street, this is one of the best options in Matagalpa, is not a fancy restuarant, but it is a nice and clean place. They offer a wide menu and the food is very good.

Despite the good quality of food, have very low prices, the service is very good and the food comes fast. If you decide to come to El Balcon, is absolutely a good choice.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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central america
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Revisited and excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

I have returned to El Balcon several times and the food has always been excellent. Also one can choose either a romantic garden setting, a family dining area, or a second floor balcony view overlooking the city center and the beautiful mountains in the background,

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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