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El Avion

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly
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Km. # 5, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
+506 2777 3378
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Many of our favorite stops in Costa Rica were little mom and pop places where I'd get casado and my husband would order ceviche. But this enormous, touristy place was worth switching it up. The restaurant itself is pretty, but then it has an excellent view out over the water, and we enjoyed drinks and snacks at sunset. We had... More 

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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Superb view of all Manuel Antonio mountains and beaches. One of the best restaurants out there with good customer service and quiet good food. If someone enjoy a good tiramisu, you Just have to taste it in here, there no words for it. 10/10 with out a doubt.

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Thank Oscar H
Haddonfield, New Jersey, United States
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We enjoyed this restaurant while staying at a nearby hotel. The food was delicious and offered some unique options. Everything was great and our service was excellent. We saw Toucans and Monkeys while dining here, which was fun and added to the experience. I highly recommend it.

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Thank jgrookett
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My family ate here. I had a seafood rice bowl. My kids had chicken rice bowls. We all liked our food. My side salad was great. The produce was amazing. We had a table without much of a view at first. The staff moved us to the best table before our food arrived. The waitstaff was very nice. The view... More 

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Thank Grant G
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45 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The El Wagon restaurant which is right next to it is way better and cheaper... We felt like it was supposed to be a fancy place but the food was mediocre. The old plane bar is cool tho :)

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Thank Inna R
Phoenix
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48 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The WWII airplane bar is certainly makes a striking first impression...of a tourist trap. BUT...we decided to go for it anyway. All three of us had the special...grilled snapper filet with passion fruit sauce. I had a tasty house salad on the side. The prices were reasonable, the selection and food quality were solid, the ambiance warm and unique. The... More 

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Thank OctoberMark
Old Bridge, New Jersey
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The plane is the central focus of the restaurant and is really cool to check out in itself. This was a great spot to watch the sunset! Our server was awesome, seriously. So much personality and made great recommendations. The food and drinks were good. I enjoyed the atmosphere and staff more than anything.

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Thank Kacey548
Carlsbad, California
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67 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This place is a blast for a fun, different dining experience. Really terrific wait staff, nice drinks and good food. I started with a salad, followed by a fish entree and dessert. There were nearly 30 people in our party and the staff was efficient and friendly. Check out the fuselage dumbwaiter that brings the food up from the prep... More 

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Thank Lori C
Hartford, Connecticut
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was ok not the best.. Only thing you're paying for is the view. We did see one howler monkey.

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Thank mayra1388
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited this restaurant with my girldfriend and parents and our expierence was great. The food was good and the attention of the waitress exceptional! Definitely this is a must visit restaurant when you go to Manuel Antonio.

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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
Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Romantic, Special occasions
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?