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El Avion

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$$ - $$$
Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly
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Km. # 5, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
+506 2777 3378
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Poole, England, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We popped in for a drink, but ended up staying for dinner. We had a great view of the sunset. plus a sloth hanging out in a tree nearby. Service and food were good and reasonable value. It's a fun place, but the history of how this C123 cargo plane is there is also interesting.

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Thank Jane E
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

What a view! Food was amazing - fried shrimp, nachos, all the rice dishes - plus the drinks were all fresh and just right. But the what really sets El Avion apart is the service and the obviously the view. Go at sunset; take your pictures. The meal wasn't cheap, but it's totally worth it and besides you're on vacation.... More 

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Carshalton, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited the pub in the plane twice. Nice fun place to chill out and have a cocktail. You can climb up into the cockpit which was quite good. We ate in the restaurant out back once. The food was pretty good and reasonably priced. Huge portions! Just about finished mine. Our server was very good and attentive. Worth a... More 

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Fremont
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102 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Was fortunate enough to have a nice table with a view, a sunset and a 3 toed sloth....WOW! Food and drink were a bit on the pricey side but it it was good. The service and overall dining experience very good. Yes, we would go back again!

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St. Catharines, Canada
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped here for lunch and to enjoy the view. There was a pleasant breeze to go along with the good service. The portions were large and tasty. I especially enjoyed the popcorn shrimp. Price are in line with the quality and value received.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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114 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Food was good. Not outstanding, but very good. Staff provided good service. A little on the pricey side. It would be a great place to watch the sunset.

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Thank terishalo
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a good meal here last year but this year it was terrible. Waiter was too busy entertaining other staff to waste any time on us. The "seared tuna" appetizer they served was 3 pieces about 1/4" thick sautéed in butter sauce until rubberized. We did not finish it. Waiter actually turned his back and walked off while I was... More 

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Yatton, United Kingdom
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282 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My wife and I ate here recently, on our Intrepid Travel tour of Costa Rica. Once you're over the gimmick of the aircraft, you'll find the food and service is actually good. We had two beers, two cocktails, prawns and rice and seafood curry. Service was fast and friendly and the meal reasonable value at US$54. My 4* rating takes... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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320 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The service is slow, but they don't push you out of your chair. The food was oversized, But tasty. And the sunset was worth going to see beautiful scenery.

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Louisiana
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41 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Our family ate here to enjoy the sunset views. Our kids loved walking in the airplane. The view is lovely and the food was fantastic. We had the arroz con pollo & shrimp, popcorn shrimp and chicken nachos. The margaritas are perfection! It is very touristy, but we still enjoyed it. The staff was very attentive and even provided some... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Bar scene, Large groups, Romantic, Scenic view
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Km. # 5, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Manuel Antonio
  • Phone Number: +506 2777 3378

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?