El Timón: Watch Live Performances & Sample Nicaraguan Cuisine


Photo Credit: Justin Courter

Located in a prime beachfront position, shaded by a tall, multi-level thatch roof, El Timón has been serving up typical Nicaraguan food since 1979. It’s easily one of the most established restaurants in town.

Practically every visitor comes at least once during their stay to watch live performances while sampling delicious local specialties. It’s hard to miss: El Timon is located right where the main entrance road meets the beach.

But the secret to El Timón’s long lived popularity is not just the prime location. The food and drink stand up well and the owners keep adding new events, introducing new dishes and inviting skillful performers.

When it comes to the menu here’s my advice: Start with the seafood ceviche to give your taste-buds an explosion of flavor, squeeze in a couple of fish carpacios and then try anything cooked “a la plancha“- on the flat grill that Nicaraguans put to such good use. And if your dinning partner orders the seafood platter, there will be enough for you to pick at too.

On Take It Easy Mondays you can enjoy live music sung from a boat moored in the sand (yes you read that right), on Thursday guests tap their feet along to the folkloric dances that take place on a specially erected stage and feast on a special Nicaraguan plate (It’s a good idea to reserve a table with a good view of the performance).

Happy Hour (with $1 appetizers) runs from 4-6 from Mondays to Fridays perfectly timed to catch the sunset and you can book a “romantic dinner” any night of the week for a table right on the beach.

While El Timón may not the cheapest spot on the beachfront, there are lots of good reasons to have a meal at this long-time mainstay on San Juan del Sur’s restaurant scene.

El Timón
On the beachfront road
Where the main entrance road reaches the beach front
San Juan del Sur