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“Fun place with good food”
Review of El Avion

El Avion
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed January 21, 2013

Fun setting (see the airplane in the middle!) overlooking the ocean. Very good food. Service was great until they got busy. Then, it was awful. We waited and waited after dinner hoping to get some dessert - finally 3 of our 4 party members left trying to signal a waiter to come bring us a check! We gave up on thinking about dessert.

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Reviewed January 21, 2013

I would agree with other reviewers that the food here was good, but not terribly creative nor unusually tasty - but good food nonetheless. The staff was attentive and polite though, and the views from the restaurant are wonderful. The design though is worth stopping by for a drink or meal - its is mainly made up of an old airplane. Pretty cool.

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Reviewed January 20, 2013

El Avion is one of those places where a lot of tourists go because the restaurant is built around a plane, which lets face it, is super cool. We decided to go here knowing that the food would probably be sub-par, but the ambiance would be fantastic and worth some pictures. As we thought, the food and drinks were a bit pricey, but definitely not too bad. They have an abundant list of cocktails that are delicious and taste of high quality. We all got seafood and were very pleased with our entrees. It was interesting that the staff was so fast and on point because the rest of our dining experiences had been pretty slow. I think that is pretty typical in costa rica. No one is ever in a hurry, which is good. After dinner we walked around the restaurant and then took turns taking pictures of each other in the cockpit of the plane (which was in the bar). Overall it was visually a neat place and the food was tasty, but if you are on a budget consider going there just for a drink so you can still experience the ambiance without putting a dent in your wallet.

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Reviewed January 19, 2013

Definitely more time was spent on the atmoshere here. Pretty place with fabulous view. Food was sub-par and service was slow. My Monkey Business cocktail was obviously lacking in business. If coming here, eat apps and stay for one drink while watching the sun set, then head down the road for a much better dinner experience at any of the other many restaurants.

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Thank KimKaye
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

My husband and I stopped in here for lunch for obvious reasons... We wanted to say we ate in a Hercules airplane. Very good marketing I may add. We were directed to the second floor which has amazing views. We watched the sunset while sipping Passion fruit margaritas and dinning on their Surf and turf. We felt for $40 it was a great value. The steak was cooked to perfection and the pepper mushroom sauce was delicious along with jumbo shrimp, grilled veggies and wedge potatoes. We experienced some of the fasted most friendliest service in our 19 days in Costa Rica.!

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Thank Caarly
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