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La Gaviotaa

Bar, Seafood, Pub, Healthy, South American, Central American
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en la playa, Playa Gigante, Nicaragua
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

Would give it zero stars if it were possible. The only place in Nicaragua I've ever felt unwelcomed was here. The owners are fundamentalist Christians and apparently they sized us up as "sinners" and basically refused to serve us. Or rather, we eventually came to that conclusion when, after an hour's wait, our drinks hadn't arrived. And, by the way,... More 

Thank Frank F
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

yet another place in gigante that looks to be half decent priced but will sting you a gringo tax. also the service leaves alot to be desired

Thank David W
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016

We booked a boat tour for the sunset, for my whole family and it turned out to be one of the most beautiful vacation in Nicaragua.

Thank Betty A
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2016

We got into Playa Gigante late and went here for a late night dinner - best fish tacos! Quick service was friendly enough. I'd go back for sure.

Thank nyteter
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2015 via mobile

I was highly disappointed with this place. Some of the ladies from my Spanish class and I went for lunch. We were the only people there and it took almost 45 minutes for someone to come and take our order. Then we waited another 30 to 35 minutes for our food and it was not what the menu said. After... More 

Thank Beth C
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2013

Food at La Gaviotta was great. Service was very Nicaraguan, indeed: friendly but not no sense of urgency. We rented surf boards from them twice and they were super helpful and friendly. No need for deposit or pre-payment. I had whole grilled fish and it was great.

Thank irina_nyc
Hoboken, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2012

Go here if you want amazing fish tacos. The restaurant sits on the beach and is owned by a large family. Generally, the service is very "Nicaraguan" with very slow response. Don't go if you want to get in and out quickly. But to experience a true local experience, its a good one. Also extremely cheap!

Thank katiemo99
Saugus, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2012

We sat at sunset for chowder. 5:56, its now 7:04 and we are still the only people in this place! 4 of us! Still no food!!!! Ready to walk off the deck n down the beach before i fall asleep at the table!!!!!!

Thank sunrise010
Bangkok, Thailand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2012

This place is very nicaraguan. Run by locals, service takes a long time and people aren't very friendly to foreigners!!! But this might be their mentality!! I had some good evenings in here even though you might be the only gringo!!

Thank Sebastian C
San Francisco, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2012

Our first day on the beach, just bumming around we ended up at La Gaviota. We ordered beers. They came. We waited about 30 mins and no one said anything more to us. Asked for the specials or a menu, and we were told that the waiter would be right back, he never came. I speak native Spanish so it... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Seafood, Pub, Healthy, South American, Central American
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: en la playa, Playa Gigante, Nicaragua
  • Location: Central America  >  Nicaragua  >  Rivas Department  >  Playa Gigante
La Gaviota is a little place directly on the beach in Playa Gigante, a fishing village north of San Juan del Sur,

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?