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El Timon

Avenue of the Kings | Central Zone, On the Beach Street, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
+505 2568 2243
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good36%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“seafood” (96 reviews)
“shrimp” (43 reviews)
“carpaccio” (18 reviews)
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International, Latin, Seafood, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Avenue of the Kings | Central Zone, On the Beach Street, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had an enjoyable meal at El Timon’s beachfront restaurant. This is a very well run operation, very clean with a polished, professional staff (though a little more warmth from the staff would earn them 5 stars). We had the shrimp cocktail app and the...More

Thank DouglasCN51
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

These guys have a great happy hour and lively entertainment at night. The staff are lovely . It’s right on the beach and they serve drinks on the beach

Thank Tobi W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food here was good but a little pricey. It had a variety of food including seafood(fresh). We ate here once but found we liked another restaurant a little farther down better. There was good entertainment(a young local male singer) the night we were there....More

Thank travelbit07les
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Another beachfront San Juan del Sur restaurant with a stunning view. The menu has a lot of seafood and the day we were there there was a ceviche 'bar' set up. Portion sizes were large (almost too big) and you could find some really great...More

Thank cdnburlesque
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The staff here are fantastic. Very friendly and attentive. The food is very heavily seafood based. Complimentary plantain chips and dip on arrival is a nice touch. Highly recommend.

Thank Stagmouth
Reviewed November 6, 2017 via mobile

El Timon has great food, service, and atmosphere/views. Very good place to go for lunch and dinner, or just cocktails! The Lobster Ceviche is delicious!

Thank Kevin R
Reviewed October 26, 2017

El Timon had a great Happy Hour with $1 drinks and tacos but it's hard to pass up the lobster at such a great price.

Thank GirlsTripsRule
Reviewed October 25, 2017 via mobile

Came here both for a drink during the day and for dinner one evening. The staff wear great uniforms and are very attentive, but their English is very limited. Beautiful views out to the beach and the sunset here was spectacular! The food is good...More

Thank Hanna B
Reviewed October 6, 2017

Nice seafood restaurant on the beach of San Juan del Sur. Great whole fish and salads. Lots of choices.

1  Thank Timothy N
Reviewed October 4, 2017 via mobile

Gorgeous view of the sunset and cultural night on Thursdays are the reason to come here. The food is mediocre and the service is typically slow like most places in a Nica and quite expensive comparatively. Worth going if you are paying for ambiance and...More

Thank Joy W
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$8 - $18
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Scenic view, Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Avenue of the Kings | Central Zone, On the Beach Street, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
  • Location: Central America  >  Nicaragua  >  Rivas Department  >  San Juan del Sur
  • Phone Number: +505 2568 2243
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This is the largest and one of the oldest restaurants in San Juan del Sur. It is the most popular restaurant serving traditional Nicaraguan beach fare. Located right on the beach! Full service, full bar. Fabulous sunsets!
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