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El Avion

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Costa Rican
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Km. # 5 | Manuel Antonio National Park, Quepos, Costa Rica
+506 2777 3378
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My new husband and I came for lunch and got a table right on the edge of the deck. The views are AMAZING, the food was delicious, the waitstaff were bilingual, and the plane the bar is built into is an authentic piece of regional history. Seriously, don't leave Quepos without going. Also, they have a number of vegetarian options.

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Thank Victoria I
Houston, Texas
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24 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The view is incredible! Monkeys ran along the rail next to our table. 2 sloths were viewable in the trees just a few yards away. Food was not too great.

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Thank Bob S
London, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We came here just for a drink and it was very nice. The staff was very friendly - everyone from the guy helping with the parking to the waiters. Drinks were nice and view is beautiful

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Thank Laura T
Navarre, Florida
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43 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What's cooler than having a few drinks in an old repurosed cargo plane? This a must see place, stop in and have a great meal from the menu or a drink just to see this one of a kind place!!!

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Thank southagaincharters
Prescott, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

best calimari ever, and did I mention the great margaritas. magnificent views of the ocean. and then there is the weird old airplane...

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Thank Kyleann56
Fort Worth, Texas
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6 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The food was terrible. We went at night so no view to speak of. The painkiller drink I ordered was good, but very weak in alcohol. The establishment looks cool, but don't waste your money.

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Thank Christina A
Newport News, Virginia, United States
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Had the special of the night... a yellowfin tuna cooked special with a perfect sunset view of the ocean. Great service , friendly atmosphere amazing food... so glad we chose to eat here!

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Thank Michelle M
San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

El Avión (The Airplane) is one of the more popular tourist "attractions" in Manuel Antonio... a theme (aviation) restaurant that contains a really cool small bar inside of a C-123 fuselage. The food is decent, but nothing special. There is not much here that is authentic Costa Rican, so don't expect that. The prices are high, but it's unfair to... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Food was okay but nothing special, atmosphere inside the plane looks great for a drink but the night we went for supper the main restaurant was very draughty because there was a storm outside.

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Thank Susieisat
Stratford, Connecticut
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I ate here thinking it would be a cool stop for dinner since the atmosphere was really awesome. We started with fried calamari, which was average, nothing to write home about. Then my boyfriend tried the seafood curry, as most people recommended here on TripAdvisor, it was not good at all. It was basically soup with tons... More 

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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, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, View
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Km. # 5 | Manuel Antonio National Park, Quepos, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Quepos
  • 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?