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El Avion

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly
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Km. # 5, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
+506 2777 3378
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Surrey, Canada
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were very impressed by this restaurant. The food was very good and the view was incredible. The servers were friendly and knew English which was helpful. We also were able to get an English menu. Good experience!

Thank John L
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great food, great ambiance, great view if you eat during the day. Recommend the natural juices, as well as the tuna steak!

Thank Sargoneees
Victoria, Canada
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6 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had a very nice meal here last year and decided to return (my husband loves the old airplane) and we like to support locally owned properties. This year, we felt that it had a different vibe. More like a chain restaurant. The staff were rushed, didn't make eye contact and weren't overly helpful. My husband's chicken dish was good... More 

Thank canadiancouple444
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 4 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 

Thank DJGR
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 1 week ago 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 

Thank Nancy l
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 1 week ago 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 

Thank nbgoose
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank John R
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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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.

Thank chesapeaket
Fredericton, Canada
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28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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!

Thank Epveterinarian

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Restaurant Details

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