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El Avion

Km. # 5, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
+506 2777 3378
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good36%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“seafood curry” (40 reviews)
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Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Km. # 5, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
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Reviewed yesterday

Very cool restaurant with an interesting history and atmsophere because of the plane. The views looking out over the ocean and forest are spectacular. Often sighted monkeys and birds in the trees. Our food was pretty good. Ate here twice...once everyone loved it and the...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank prossmiller
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This restaurant is extremely unique. If you are a history buff...especially one that was into the Iran Contra deal during President Reagan's time period, this is the place to visit. The restaurant is literally built in, above, and around one of the original contra flying...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 698stewartf
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great sunset dinner after a day at Manuel Antonio. We had some great seafood dishes (Mahi Mahi, Tuna Steak, Seafood Curry), along with some great tropical drinks (Pura Vida and Painkiller). One of the most unique and stunning settings for a restaurant (underneath a C-123...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank FoxysBVI
Reviewed 2 days ago

This was such a fun place. We went at the end of November 2018 while staying at the Parador Resort in Manuel Antonio. We were expecting a fun restaurant/bar as it's inside an airplane but no idea how amazing the food would taste. It was...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Tour34419
Reviewed 2 days ago

After a tour of Manuel Antonio National Park, my wife and I could not resist stopping in to check out the Contra Bar in the C-123 airplane. We were rewarded not only with a very, very, cool prop (pardon the pun) and view, but the...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Jhaggard
Reviewed 4 days ago

We had a great meal here, some of the best Nachos! The plane is fascinating and I really enjoyed reading about it. The views over the jungle are terrific and we were lucky to see and hear some howler monkeys. The staff were efficient and...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Roz N
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Wow, great atmosphere and great dinner. Who could ask for more? See and eat at a CIA plane and have dinner. The food was excellent. Nice big piece of fish with really good sides. My new best restaurant in Manuel Antonio.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank hardshell
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stuck up waitress silently threw menu at me and left, and menu was upside down for that matter. She probably figured I couldn’t read English or Spanish. Second server savaged the evening a bit but not much, we didn’t get complimentary buns like other tables....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank AndreYVR
Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved the outside of the restaurant and menu. But sadly my meal was very disappointing. The waiter didn’t even come by to ask if everything was okay.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Shannon B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were expecting a good take off and smooth flight, we actually got severe turbulence and had an ok landing thanks to the barman at the end. The food is average at best! Service was poor, staff disinterested, mains delivered while still eating our starter....More

Date of visit: December 2018
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April 29, 2018|
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Response from cwhig1848 | Reviewed this property |
It's a longish walk, but it's all downhill.
February 28, 2018|
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Response from nofilter | Reviewed this property |
It’s walkable for sure but you just have to be careful of traffic as the roads are narrow and the vehicles do go pretty fast .
February 5, 2018|
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Response from cksm2018 | Reviewed this property |
I would suggest you to go there at around 5:00 for drinks at the bar. Sunset is about 5:45 so you can have a table for dinner and watch sunset there. Enjoy!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Scenic view, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Bar scene
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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