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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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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I ordered a burger well done. It came out completely red in the center. The waiter tried to tell me that Black Angus will never turn brown when cooked. Funny, I order black angus in the States and never have this problem so I asked for the Manager. The Manager explained to me that they can cook it all day... More 

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Richmond
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went there to have a drink and check out the view. Cool place. Def worth a visit. Only had appetizer and it was good. Service was fast and the view is really good. The story of the bar and the airplane make it really cool.

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Thank Tim C
Jacksonville, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The best part about El Avion is the view. The food is OK. The wait staff is flat. Overpriced for the quality. Great for tour groups but not for me

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was skeptical about going as there were some adverse reviews about service and the prices. We had a great seat, the service was excellent, as good as anywhere in Costa Rica and the food was very good. We all had the seafood special, which was a delight. Would definitely come back and dine here again.

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Thank CocoTampa123
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a fun place to eat dinner. The sunset is really nice here. The food and drinks were good. The plane is fun to see, you can even sit in the cockpit. You can make reservations. Ask for a table by the edge to see sunset. Across the street is a fun bar with a pool.

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Thank Cindy N
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stumbled upon this delightful restaurant as we drove to our hotel near the entrance to Parque Manuel Antonio. Our kids loved running around the airplane bar, and the view was breathtaking. Our lunch was delicious- salad with fresh tuna, rice with seafood, and chicken fingers for the kids. We had fresh smoothies, and attentive, quick service. Highly recommend!!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

First the good: The restaurant had a very nice view and the service was fine. Now the bad: This really was my worst tasting meal in costa rica. I don't know if it was an off day in the kitchen, or if I came in during swing shift but the food was very bad. To start, I had a pina... More 

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North Bay, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went one evening and had a lovely time. Nice atmosphere, sloth in the tree, and the scenery would be even nicer in the day when you can see the ocean. The food was decent. Water cups were filled regularly and service was quick. We went back a few nights later with the opposite experience. After 40 minutes after we... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We ate here twice during our 6 day stay in Manuel Antonio. It's such a cool setting that even though the food doesn't "stand out", I recommend you check it out. The bar is inside and airplane which we thought was super nifty. And the views of the valley all the way down to the beach are magnificent. Both times... More 

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Powder Springs, GA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was very near our hotel and a unique experience. The atmosphere was very relaxed. I ordered calamari as an appetizer and it was wonderful. I ordered steak for my dinner and it was cooked perfectly and everything I put into my mouth was spot on! I ate here more than once.

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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
Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Bar scene, Kids, 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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?