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El Avion

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Km. # 5, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
+506 2777 3378
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Austin, Texas
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3 reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW

My friend and I had drinks with a lovely view. Didn't try the food though! :) the airplane was cool !!

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Yorktown Heights, New York
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62 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We ate here two times while we were in this area. Friendly wait staff. Tables near the windows look out on the ocean and jungle. Portions were generous. The huge airplane is easy to spot as you go by and has a storied history. Worth a visit. Best time to dine is near sunset.

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Chicago, Illinois
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We loved the food and view here and ate several times during our stay. It has the best view over the water and jungle in Manuel Antonio. You can see the ocean and monkeys playing in the trees at the same time. Would recommend the pasta with vodka sauce

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Thank Katherine337
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

An excellent and different option for a drink. Prices are not so expensive. If you want, you can drink something here and then cross the road and visit Selina's bar, which is nice and full of people, too. Very cool bar!

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East Aurora, New York
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Good restaurant, good standard fare, a bit more Americanized than most in the area. Good daily specials for dinner

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Me and my husband went to Costa Rica to celebrate our anniversary and came to this restaurant. The restauran is around a real airplane. It is really nice... and the view was amazing. The servers were soooo nice! The food was good. We had an amazing experience. I would recommend a pitcher of sangria. It was really good.

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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112 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We loved the atmosphere at this place. It was fun, beautiful, airy and great food. We had a birthday celebration here, and of course were a little loud, but it went well with the restaurant. The waiters had great service! Our son and son in law work with planes, so of course they loved this place! Super cool, one of... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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68 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Really cool restaurant made from a airplane from the contras. Full size transport undercover in this bar/restaurant. On the backside a million dollar view of the valley and the ocean. Food was delicious. Well worth the view and to top it off a sloth was in the trees close by.

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Thank Funyfyrman
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Definitely recommend the Seafood Curry. It was like a stew with rice. My wife had a fish sandwich and loved it. While the food was great, the view was magnificent! It was built around an old US cargo airplane used in the Contra-Sandinista affair. Very neat!

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Thank Bruce T
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Our food was good, and we had a beautiful view of the ocean. This was the only place we went in the country where the server did not seem to appreciate our attempts to speak in Spanish. Granted, they were busy, and his English was perfect, so maybe he didn't appreciate it since it was unnecessary? My sons enjoyed seeing... More 

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Restaurant Details

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Cuisine
Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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, Kids, Local cuisine, Large groups, Romantic, Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?