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El Avion

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Km. # 5, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
+506 2777 3378
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Me and my husband went to Costa Rica to celebrate our anniversary and came to this restaurant. The restauran is around a real airplane. It is really nice... and the view was amazing. The servers were soooo nice! The food was good. We had an amazing experience. I would recommend a pitcher of sangria. It was really good.

Thank Marilyn D
Corpus Christi, Texas
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112 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We loved the atmosphere at this place. It was fun, beautiful, airy and great food. We had a birthday celebration here, and of course were a little loud, but it went well with the restaurant. The waiters had great service! Our son and son in law work with planes, so of course they loved this place! Super cool, one of... More 

Thank tandmgroup
Dallas, Texas
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68 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Really cool restaurant made from a airplane from the contras. Full size transport undercover in this bar/restaurant. On the backside a million dollar view of the valley and the ocean. Food was delicious. Well worth the view and to top it off a sloth was in the trees close by.

Thank Funyfyrman
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Definitely recommend the Seafood Curry. It was like a stew with rice. My wife had a fish sandwich and loved it. While the food was great, the view was magnificent! It was built around an old US cargo airplane used in the Contra-Sandinista affair. Very neat!

Thank Bruce T
2 reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our food was good, and we had a beautiful view of the ocean. This was the only place we went in the country where the server did not seem to appreciate our attempts to speak in Spanish. Granted, they were busy, and his English was perfect, so maybe he didn't appreciate it since it was unnecessary? My sons enjoyed seeing... More 

Thank Adrienne Z
Prospect, Kentucky
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23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Food was very, very good and the ocean view was amazing. Great place to go to for sunsets (although it was cloudy the day we were there). Good prices with delicious drinks!

Thank Sandi R
Leeds, United Kingdom
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350 reviews
218 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a great place to stop to get some quirky photos and has a great view. We had planned to come for dinner so started off with a cocktail whilst we looked at the menu. A few people in our hotel had said that this wasn't a good place to eat but having seen some TA reviews and seeing... More 

Thank Whitlam H
Brentwood, United Kingdom
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110 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had to visit, just to see the gimmicks close up, but the staff are very attentive and the food very tasty, plentiful and served on hot plates. Can't speak of the view as it was dark, but in daylight hours it is probably spectacular if you have a table at the balcony. I recommend at least one visit.

Thank ChrisBrown38
Melville, New York
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My kids had fun pretending to be pilots in the cockpit. The food was good, bid portions, staff was nice.

Thank i_chen1
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

After a long beach day I wanted a cocktail and some appetizers with a great view. I have been to Costa Rica before and always wanted to go to El Avion. I finally got there and ordered a FABULOUS Mai Tai and some great nachos. I sat at the edge of the restaurant with a great view of the beach.... More 

Thank jennn1999

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, View
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?