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El Avion

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Costa Rican
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Km. # 5, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
+506 2777 3378
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Windsor, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Take away the plane and the terrace and you have a restaurant with good service but with quite a dull menu. We ate here due to its proximity to the bank as we had made the trip from the beach by bus. The portions were too large ( something we are coming to accept in C Rica) but the food... More 

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Playa Bejuco, Costa Rica
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Wonderful evening with a great meal. I had the beef tenderloin special with portobello mushroom and Gorgonzola sauce over a delightful bed of mixed vegetables. Started with the tuna salad-generous chunks of seared tuna over greens with a yummy sesame dressing. We had a quiet table in the corner with a sweet waitress. Overall we were pleasantly surprised at how... More 

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Saint John, Canada
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83 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The novelty of eating in a plane drew our interest but some of the comments/reviews about the food were a little concerning. We had a great meal - chicken nachos, fresh tuna steak (caught that same day) and mahi mahi. Food was good, although pricy like most restaurants in the area. At the end of the meal one of the... More 

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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Friends and I ate here. We all had seafood and loved our meals. The view is astounding and it's really worth a visit. Fun to go through the plane tool

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Mohave Valley, AZ
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you love spending crazy money for very poor quality food in small portions that is served by highly arrogant, rude, and angry Ticos, then look no further! This is the place! The old plane and the view are pretty awesome, so awesome in fact that the staff has absorbed the awesomeness themsleves and is far too awesome to be... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place near Manuel Antonio. Restaurant is built around a CIA spy plane from the Iran Contra Scandal. Very good food. Excellent drinks. Incredible views.

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Fredericton, Canada
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I always take friends and family here, plane is fun to explore and service is always fast and excellent, food is not gourmet but is always excellent with lots of options even for the fussiest of eaters! Don't miss it!

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Playa Matapalo, Costa Rica
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We had been with friends to El Avion. The view is stunning and the location just beautiful. We had Fajits de pollo - Hamburger and Fajita Tenderloin. It looked all great but the food was just not nice prepared. The meat was definately no tenderloin it was poorly spiced and super well done. Dishes are high priced and you expect... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This restaurant is IDEAL for watching the sunset! There are two floors with PLENTY of seating so don't worry about not being able to see or having to wait. They serve very good drinks, especially the Pura Vida. My boyfriend and I got the coconut shrimp appetizer which was very good, but my entree (fish of the day) was just... More 

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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It took 3 rounds of drinks whilst enjoying our views of a sloth and the ocean before we ordered some nachos... So we can't talk much of the food, but the service and atmosphere was 5*, authentic and relaxed.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Costa Rican
Meals
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
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
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?