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“Good food and nice location”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of El Timon

El Timon
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$8 - US$18
Cuisines: International, Latin, Seafood, Central American
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Good for: Romantic, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: 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!
Playa Avellanas, Costa Rica
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57 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Good food and nice location”
Reviewed 15 May 2014

El Timón was a really good choice, I had the garlic butter lobster ( it was four tails!) and it was good but a but raw. My husband ordered the octopus and it was really amazing!, they bring you some chips to start and the main courses comes with nice side dishes.
Our waiter was really nice but he would keep taking things from our table!! he took my husbands glass when he still had something on it, and he would take things that we hadn´t finished with!! I´m sure it was with good intentions but but was annoying.

  • Visited May 2014
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“Best sunset happy hour spot EVER!”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

El Timon is by FAR the best place to visit just before sunset to hang out, listen to live music, dine on delicious appetizers, enjoy tasty cocktails and watch the sunset from the best vantage point in San Juan. Their dinner menu is amazing as well. And their cultural nights are Thursdays are a "must see" attraction while in San Juan! The waitstaff at El Timon are among the best ever. We love this place!

Visited May 2014
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Thank CHICABRAVA
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Randall G, Owner at El Timon, responded to this review, 14 May 2014
Thank you very much Chica Brava! We are always happy to have you here here and hope you enjoy your visit each time you come. We know you like the live music here, so just FYI: We have started a live music night on Fridays as well, with soft Latin and English Rock, performed by Bryan and his group. See you again soon!
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Managua, Nicaragua
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great food”
Reviewed 11 May 2014

The service started off a little poor but the food made up for it! Every dish at our table looked amazing and everyone said it was great. The lobster was awesome and extremely tasty. The view is beautiful and the food was great! Definitely the best restaurant on the area.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Emily S
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great seafood and the best restaurant in town”
Reviewed 6 May 2014

Very clean restaurant with fast service and great seafood. Everything is quite fresh. The ceviche festival is soooo good.. you are sitting right by the beach.
Lobster is fresh and cheap. We had lunch here twice and really liked it.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank HCFS
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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“lobster!”
Reviewed 1 May 2014

Even with increased prices for Easter time, this place had seafood that was well worth the cost. Very busy - but nice view on the beach. The lobster was incredible.

Visited April 2014
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Thank Melarcy
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