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El Balcon

$$ - $$$
Latin, Central American, Spanish, South American
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Calle Central | Main avenue, Matagalpa, Nicaragua
+505 2772 3601
07:30 - 22:30
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Sun - Sat 07:30 - 22:30
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Milton, Wisconsin
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52 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This place was easy to find but up a fairly steep flight of stairs. We arrived at about 11:30 to a mostly empty restaurant and were told to choose anywhere to sit. We selected two stools overlooking the street below which proved to be the absolute highlight of our day! Our server was prompt and friendly and immediately took our... More 

Thank David10_1960
Ontario's Highlands, Canada
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129 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The service was good, the food was good, the ambience was good....but nothing beyond that. Whilst there was nothing to complain about, there was just nothing to set it above any other. The only reason we'd return would be to have a cocktail on the balcony to people watch.

Thank 2RoamingGnomies
Great Falls, Montana
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113 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

Mojito was excellent, although pricey. Guess we pay for the view which is fun to overlook the busy street. Carne asada was thin, over-cooked (ordered medium rare) and flavorless except for abundance of salt. Street meat is far superior!

Thank ColleenSM
Novo Mesto, Slovenia
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Food is amazing. Service very attentive and fast. If you sit on a balcony there is a great view of the street so you can people watch.

Thank snegi2014
Norfolk, Virginia, United States
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

Ate here with family 2 nights ago. Been here before and the food is always good, a selection of higher end entres found in many upscale Nicaraguan restaurants. The biggest draw is really their front balcony which overlooks the Calle central. The rest of the restaurant looks typical Nicaraguan which is not bad but nothing special. Evening lighting is on... More 

Thank Matt K
Petaluma, California, United States
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

We ate here twice during our visit to Matagalpa. Lovely establishment in the heart of the city center. The staff was warm and friendly, and were able to accommodate my wife's dietary restrictions (gluten and dairy free). Delicious churrasco and other grilled meats on the menu. The balcony seating gives a nice birds eye view of the bustling Matagalpa streets.... More 

Thank JaimeyWB
New Haven, Connecticut
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121 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

I would recommend the tasty hamburger. The carbonara was made with egg, plenty of cheese, and white sauce. It was decent. I would probably stick to the meat dishes next time. The staff are excellent -- they gave my friend's dog a bucket of water while we waited for a take out order. At another visit when we dined in,... More 

Thank MZaidi227
Chiayintsun, Taiwan, Taiwan
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36 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

A good place to eat and enjoy the city life. It is located in the middle of town, on the main street of Matagalpa. It offers a great view of the pedestrian, the street life and the mountains. They offer all kind of Nicaraguan and international dishes for a good price.

Thank Lester R
Jinotega, Nicaragua
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

My wife had come here almost a year ago with a friend and said it was "just ok". We were tired of our regular places and thought we'd give it another shot. I had bbq ribs and my wife had the churrasco. My ribs were surprisingly good. They were out of tostones so we had to get fries which were... More 

Thank Aaron M
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

El Balcon has some great local fare and the view from the "balcon" makes a dinner here worth it. The food is good, though if you're looking for super fresh, it may not be for you.

Thank Away2Be

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$3 - US$13
Latin, Central American, Spanish, South American
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Television, Highchairs Available
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
07:30 - 22:30
07:30 - 22:30
07:30 - 22:30
07:30 - 22:30
07:30 - 22:30
07:30 - 22:30
07:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Central | Main avenue, Matagalpa, Nicaragua
  • Location: Central America  >  Nicaragua  >  Matagalpa Department  >  Matagalpa
  • Phone Number: +505 2772 3601
Restaurante El Balcón is a local business, and it's born from the dreams of sharing with Matagalpans and visitors the great food from our mom's cuisine and to be a space of job opportunities for locals. Our menu is designed to satisfy all different tastes, always with a homemade touch.

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