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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
CUISINES
Costa Rican
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The food here was very good, but the view was exceptional. The old plane was fun to see and the staff was attentive.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I think this place is more of a novelty than anything and I fell for it too. Yes there's an airplane. The scenery is pretty. Squirrel monkeys were all over the restaurant when we were there (inside, on the balcony, climbing up a waiter until...he pooped on him). But the food is not so good. My teen loves tuna and couldn't eat hers. If you are remotely into "food", this isn't the stop to make. If you want to go for the plane and monkey and don't so much care about the food quality, then make it a stop. We were a large party for lunch. Service was decent.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant has a great view of the forest and beach. The monkeys visited when we were there and were playing on the roof. We also saw several toucans. The food is good, and environment is neat. It is a little pricey though.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Large venue with excellent sea views and an extensive menu. Very good service and a bar in the fuselage!

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really fun local restaurant with a large menu and lots of great options. Felt like the real version of Rain Forest Cafe except wiry a great ocean view! I loved my curry and rice. Happy we came!

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very cool place. Has a real huge airplane in it. And a bar in the plane. Over looks the ocean and jungle

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love coming here for the atmosphere, ambiance and excellent service. We are never bored here, as they changed the menu every so often. This time we had fish burgers and I had an Angus burger which was fabulous. Francisco was our food server again...and he's always spot on. He makes sure that we are in a cool area with good lighting. It's our go to spot when we bring people to visit Costa Rica for the first time. We highly recommend it. Don Juan del nocheMore

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We gave each of our kids a choice of where they'd like to go out to eat and my daughter picked El Avion because she wanted to sit inside the plane. When we arrived, the hostess, Jazmin, told me that the plane is actually a...bar, so we couldn't have dinner there and also that it was currently closed for maintenance and probably would not open until December. Oh well, we went inside to look around and then seated ourselves in the main restaurant. The view is certainly spectacular (we went at sunset and everyone had their cameras out) but the food was unremarkable, especially considering the price, which is much higher than many other places in the area. We had two salads, two kids meals and a couple of ice teas and spent about $60. As we were leaving, my kids wanted to look inside the airplane once more, and surprisingly, it was full of people eating dinner. I found the hostess again to try and clarify and she told me that because the back of the restaurant was booked for a large group, they had started seating people in the plane because there was nowhere else to put them. I was very confused, because we had specifically asked to sit inside and were told we could go in to look around but no more than that. If they knew they were going to begin seating people in the plane when the rest of the restaurant filled up, couldn't they have mentioned that to us? She seemed very annoyed that I was continuing to bother her about this issue. Did not smile at me at any point or offer an apology. I would not eat here again. TL;DR - Stupendous views, mediocre food, indifferent staff. Go for a drink to see the sunset and go somewhere else to eat.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Airplane disaster. We were looking forward to this meal in El Avion. As a party of 8 we arrived early to have a drink in the famous airplane bar. It was shut until December. Asked if we could have a drink at the bar as...we were an hour early. Were told our table was ready but we said we would like a drink first. The hostess shrugged her shoulders and walked off so we made our own way to the bar , had some drinks and sat in the bar. Eventually sat down at a great table at the front of the restaurant but then it got worse… Has to log in to apps and WiFi etc to see a menu. Starters came within minutes … nothing was freshly made. All calamari and battered seafood was soggy and limp and had obviously been lying around for ages. Plates were getting taken away as people were still eating. No water was offered to anyone. Whilst three were still eating their starters the main courses arrived. We said it was too soon as most restaurants in the world give you ten minutes or so between courses. Waiter said kitchen was running fast and just put food down while starters still had food on them. Some Fajitas were cold (had obviously been sitting in a warming area post cooking earlier); same for pasta as it was crusty on one side where it must have sat under a heater. If you like school dinners, warm and tasteless food, go here. Great location and theme but very much let down by the cuisine.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great food, great ambiance and a great waiter named Harley. I highly recommend it. The sunset is just awesome.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very few restaurants have a view that good. Combine that with good food and good sevice, this is the place you want to eat.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed October 30, 2022 via mobile

We had a wonderful time eating at El Avión on several occasions during our time in Manuel Antonio. Great food and great atmosphere.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 21, 2022 via mobile

Beautiful restaurant with awesome service! Harley made our experience perfect. Such a great time! Don’t miss out on delicious food and views.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 11, 2022

During our tour of Costa Rica and our stay in Quepos, we went to El Avion for lunch one day. Such a fun experience to explore the inside of the huge airplane. Also enjoyed watching the wood carver. The restaurant was not that busy during...our lunch and the service was very good. The views were even better. Our meals were all delicious. It was a fun and novel experience ... would highly recommend.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 9, 2022

What a delightful Dinner #curvybeaches had tonight! HARLEY IS YOUR MAN.. ! Seevice and food were EXCELLENT. VIEW IS FANTASTIC!

Date of visit: October 2022
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El Avion is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5