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El Timon

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
International, Latin, Seafood, Central American
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Avenue of the Kings | Central Zone, On the Beach Street, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
+505 2568 2243
23:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 23:30 - 22:00
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San Dimas, California
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180 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Stopped in for lunch and drinks. Came into the port while on a cruise and it was an easy walk from the dock. Great ocean front location. Prices are really not cheap, I would consider it more mid range, but we enjoyed our meal and the staff was attentive and polite.

Thank RxVacation
South Lake Tahoe, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

On the beach restaurant, good food and service. Had music playing the times I was there. There were tables on the beach also. It was a good place for a relaxing dinner

Thank yagi2travel
White Rock, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The food was amazing here!! We were starving and walking the beach when we remembered that someone at our hotel recommended this place. It didn't disappoint. With fried plantain chips as an appetizer on the house and lobster ravioli as my main dish, it was a little pricey but ridiculously delicious

Thank emilychristinaep
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best restaurant in town per our guide and hotel owner nice portions good food many choices. Known for seafood. On the ocean. Not expensive. Multilingual

Thank Larry B
York, pa
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very good seafood. Fresh fish and seafood. Great view of the bay and you can dine on the beach. Has gotten a little pricey over the years but you can't beat dining by the water and watching an amazing sunset

Thank sac909
Canmore, Canada
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161 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Dont let the klitzty sailor suits that they make the servers wear turn you off, they are actually very efficient, attentive, and display skills only brought about through good training. The thatched beach property is quite large, nicely appointed, and offers upper end seafood dining and entertainment. The menu is not too large, and offers a good selection of locally... More 

Thank CanmoreFunkyDude
Colorado Springs
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great! big portions and cooked perfectly. Great value for what you get. Highly recommend. Get the grilled lobster.

Thank fara_lynn
London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a great place. Situated on the beach it's the perfect place for a few sundowners and some appetisers. Possibly the best happy hour I have ever been to. It runs between 4-6pm Sunday-Thursday. $1 drinks and appetisers. That includes cocktails (rum and fresh passion fruit quite literally to die for) and a selection of appetisers including Ceviche of the... More 

Thank traveltipschris
Miami Beach, Florida
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55 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

El Timon is a very popular and highly rated restaurant right on the beach in SJDS. Our original plan was to have dinner here but we found that Restaurant Vivian had a very similar menu and better prices. We did have drinks and watched the Sunset. Very nice. They have tables right on the sand and you have an unobstructed... More 

Thank Steve E
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Between 4-6 is the best happy hour with food at a dollar. Great vibe great staff excellent. Went there every evening for 4 days it was that good and fun.

Thank James B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$18
International, Latin, Seafood, Central American
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
23:30 - 22:00
23:30 - 22:00
23:30 - 22:00
23:30 - 22:00
23:30 - 22:00
23:30 - 22:00
23:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Avenue of the Kings | Central Zone, On the Beach Street, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
  • Location: Central America  >  Nicaragua  >  Rivas Department  >  San Juan del Sur
  • Phone Number: +505 2568 2243
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!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?