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Rino Ristorante: Upscale Italian

Rino Ristorante is an up-scale part of the Tamburelli chain. The menu is similar to the pizzaria Tamburelli, but they have a more sophisticated setting, no pizza, and a more eclectic menu. And yes, it is more expensive than the neighborhood Tamburellis, but not outrageous. It is near the Bank district, and several hotels, so many foreign business people go there.

Favorite Dish: Like the other Tamburelli´s, this location serves clams with garlic sauce. They also have many pasta and seafood dishes. They have full bar service and valet parking.
If you like to play bridge, the ex-pats club meets there every Tuesday at 6 or so to play a few rubbers, they will let you play, you don´t need to join the club, but to join you just need to give your name and a phone number or e-mail address. That is quick, simple and free!

Address: Calle 49 and Via Fredrico Boyd

Comparison: more expensive than average

Directions: One block south of Calle 50, (toward the Gulf). On the corner of Calle 49 at Fredrico Boyd. It is close to Hotel El Panama and the Bancaria. (Across Calle 50). The Iglesia del Carmen is close by, too.

Phone: +(507) 223-1085

Price: US$11-20

Rating: 5

Theme: Italian

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 12, 2010
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Tamburelli´s: Pizza and more!

Tamburelli´s is a chain of 11 Italian restaurants in Panama City and one in David owned by Rino Tamburelli.
Most are in neighborhoods throughout the city. There are also locations at Albrook Mall food court and Multiplaza Pacific and the main bus terminal at Albrook. The neighborhood places have pizza and other Italian fare and the location on Belasario Porras has a bakery, too.
Most Tamburelli´s outside the Malls have full-service bars.
They are mostly known for their pizzas, but they also have pasta, lasagna and seafood dishes.

Favorite Dish: I love their steamed clams, on the shell, with garlic sauce. It is very good and a good bargain at $4.50 for the mountain of clams they give you!
Their pizzas are very good, thin crust, NY-style. They have three sizes, we get a small, they are plenty for two people! After getting Tamburelli pizza, I won´t even consider Domino´s or Pizza Hut here, Tamburelli is much cheaper and they deliver, too! So you don´t have to go out to get it!
Nothing on the menu is super-expensive. Most of the pizzas and entrés are in the $5-10 range and some are less. It´s a good deal for a semi-fancy place to bring your family to and not have to break out the Amex card! They are all very clean and nicely decorated, they are sportsbarish, as Rino is a big boxing fan, there is almost always sports playing on the TVs in the restaurants.

Address: 11 locations see website for specifics

Comparison: about average

Directions: All over Panama. At Albrook and Multiplaza malls and the National Bus Terminal at Albrook Mall.

Other Contact: +(507) 303-6026 (Albrook)

Phone: +(507) 263-6287 (Porras)

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 5

Theme: Italian

Website: http://www.tamburelli.com

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 12, 2010
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Golden Unicorn: Better Dim Sum

Golden Unicorn is a much better choice for Dim Sum than Palacio Lung Fung. It is in a better location, I feel, it is easier to find parking there, and you have a view of the gulf from the dining rooms, and the food is much better quality, and they have a slightly larger variety of dishes. I've had a very filling dim sum brunch and our tab was under $15 for two, including one of their over-priced coffees, too. I would go down to the corner behind the Evergreen Building to get a coffee at Mr. Pan. and get dessert there, too, it´s cheaper than Golden Unicorn!

Favorite Dish: All their dim sum dishes are very tasty and better quality than Lung Fung. They have some other dishes that they offer besides regular dim sum fare in the dim sum dining room. They offer garlic-crusted fried shrimp that is to die for, for only $8 a serving. It is definitely worth it!

Address: Evergreen Building

Comparison: more expensive than average

Directions: In the Evergreen Building next to ATLAPA in San Francisco. Just off Cinquentinario. Just a short walk from the Sheraton Hotel across from ATLAPA.

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 5

Theme: Chinese/Dim Sum

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  • Updated Jul 12, 2010
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Dessert Table - Panamá City

Dessert Table

Flamingo's: Buffet Grande!

Flamingo's is located in Hotel El Panama in the Cangrejo district of Panama City. The restraurant is open 24/7, but has a serious lunch buffet, every day for $22 per person. You can eat all you want and it includes one soft drink, coctail or beer, and all the coffee, tea or water you want.
The buffet is available from noon to three, at other times the restaurant offers pretty much the same as the buffet on the menu at ala carte or three- or four-course meal prices.
The bargain is to get the lunch buffet, you can easily spend the buffet price, per person, on the regular menu.
The room itself is very pleasant with food along one wall and windows open to the outside on the other. It is a very bright and airy environment, and with the hotel facing south, the restaurant is in shade at lunch time. So one will not have sun in their face in the dining room. The restraurant is also open to the pool for even more visual stimulation.

Favorite Dish: The Buffet is the reason to come here. If you want to pig, pig, pig out, on a wide variety of food and try some things you may not have had before, this is the place to do it!
The quality is superb, the variety is overwhelming. There are at least six choices of all courses of a meal from appetizers through dessert. There is at least one Panamanian dish in each course selection, so you can try on Panamanian food without fear and if you don't like it, you won't be out anything, just go choose something more to your liking. Their buffet includes a taco stand and carved-to-order meat and a sandwich board. Nothing is overlooked.
The service is fine, of course, it is self-serve at the buffet, but as soon as your plate is empty, it is whisked away, so no clutter on the table. Waitstaff is always roving to refill water or coffee.
I love to come here to celebrate special occasions, after you try it, you will, too!

Address: Via Espana y Via Venetto

Comparison: most expensive

Directions: North of Via Espana in El Cangrejo. Just west of Via Venetto. Around the corner from Plaza Concordia.

Other Contact: +(507) 215-9440

Phone: +(507) 215-9000

Price: US$21-30

Rating: 5

Theme: Buffet

Website: http://www.elpanama.com

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 12, 2010
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Restaurante Pizzaria Romanaccio: Italian, Panamanian and Seafood

Restaurante Pizzaria Romanaccio is attached to the Hotel Biendorm. They heavily promote each other.
The room is bright with white tiles and green tables. Looks like an Italian bistro inside. They have a four-stool bar that serves the local beers, plus MGD, Heinneken and a couple of others. They also serve Seco Herrerano, Ron Abuelo, Old Parr Scotch and Johnny Walker Red and Black lables. I didnt see a blender, so doubt they could do frou-frou drinks.

Favorite Dish: Only meal I ate here was breakfast, they have typical Panamanian breakfasts. I had the higado (liver) which is a very typical Panamanian breakfast. The liver tasted fine but was a little overcooked, it was a golden color, not grey as I am used to. It was only served with sauted onion, no bell peppers and came with toasted michas, which are like hot dog rolls, that were cut in quarters and buttered and grilled. It was a satisfying breakfast, but at $3, about double what I am used to paying and getting more for my money. In Chitre, Meson Rex serves the same type meal for the same price, but one gets the meat cooked in a salsa and sauted peppers and hojaldres (fry bread) with the meal. I felt kinda short-changed with this meal.
The Restaurant serves pizza for $4-16 depending on size and toppings. They looked OK when I sat at the bar and had a few beers and observed the few other patrons in the restaurant who ordered pizza.
They have some seafood cocktails and ceviche, that were about double the price I've seen on the Azuero.
The also serve burgers, club sandwiches and pasta dishes.
I don't know that I'd eat there again, the food was OK but not great, the portions seemed a bit stingy and judging from the lack of clientelle, they probably are over-price for the area.
There is another Restaurante Pizzaria Romanaccio on Via Brasil near Via Espana, that seemed to be cheaper than this place.
The service was fine, but then it should have been, as I was only bar patron and customer in the place a breakfast.

Address: Calle 29 and Ave. Peru btw Aves. Peru and Cuba.

Comparison: more expensive than average

Directions: Attached to Hotel Biendorm and across from Fiesta Casino and Hotel Covandonga.
Down the block from Immigration Office.

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 2

Theme: Italian

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  • Updated Apr 10, 2010
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Former El Pavo Real - Panamá City

Former El Pavo Real

El Pavo Real: Landmark Moved!

Pavo Real was supposedly the only English Pub in Panama, before I could try it, it had been closed and demolished. A few restaurants in the Bancaria area of Panama City have met this fate, among them, Siciliano´s, which was on the next corner over from Pavo Real, has met the same fate and was demolished as well. They have been sacrificed for progress. Siciliano's is still not resurfaced, but El Pavo Real moved to Via Argentina in El Cangrejo on "Restaurant Row" as I like to call it, as there are many Restaurants on that street in that area. It is an upper-class area, many apartments in that part of town rent for over $1K a month. There is plenty of competition for the Peacock, even moreso than in Bancaria where there is no dearth of restaurants.
The building they moved into is white, with wooded highlights. Very appropriate for this type of restaurant. Inside they tried to make it as pubby as possible. Big bar with many pull handles, but no draft beers...hmmm. Dart boards and pool tables, TVs and local music, unfortunately, kind of detracts from the idea of this being an English Pub when one listens to salsa or camposino music.
But it is a nice atmosphere nonetheless.
They didn't have much in the way of English beer, just Guiness which is brewed in Panama, anyway. They also offered Heinekken, which is brewed in Costa Rica, so none of their so-called "imported" beers come from outside the Americas, even!
This may have changed, to be fair, since they had just reopened. I would like to return and find if things have changed since I went there in August of 2008.

Favorite Dish: I decided to try good ol' Fish n' Chips, which was not a bad choice, the batter was very dark and crunchy, not like traditional Fish n' chips batter, but it was good. Kind of pricey at $8 for the portions but it was good.
I would like to go back and sample something else. If you want to have a sort-of English Pub experience in Panama City, then I would recommend El Pavo Real. It is better than Bennigan's, anyway, and not as big or crowded.

Address: Via Argentina.

Comparison: more expensive than average

Directions: On Via Argentina north of Via España, across from Angel Restaurante, and around the corner from the Einstein bust and the Canadian International School.

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 3

Theme: Pub/Brewery

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 27, 2009
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Havana Corner - Panamá City

Havana Corner

Rincon Habanero: Another Cuban Restaurant in Panama City

Comparison: less expensive than average

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 3

Theme: Other

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  • Written Mar 24, 2009
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Sign from East on Via España - Panamá City

Sign from East on Via España

Pollo Pelau: Chicken and Beeeeeef!

Pollo Pelau serves as it indicates in its´ name, chicken, but they don´t stop there, they are an excellent parilladera (barbeque to you gringos!) as well! And it is very inexpensive. They are not quite as good as Leños y Carbón, but they are a close second as far as I am concernced.
If you want to sample what the house has to offer, they have a parillada plate with grilled chicken, beef and pork, as well as chorizo and grilled vegtables. It is very tasty. At $9 it is a good bargain for two. We had flan and coffee and iced tea and the bill was $16 for two. Not too shabby for a mid-town Panama City restaurant. The place is very clean and well-kept. The staff is generally friendlier and more attentive than in most restaurants that I have been in Panama City, which is a big plus, as one usually rarely sees their server and usually has to call them out; ¨joven!´ to get any thing.

Favorite Dish: During the week they offer business lunches for $4.95. Such a deal! I had their smothered steak, it was sirloin covered in grilled onions and came with fries and a soda! You can´t beat it anywhere in Panama City! They also have chicken and fish specials at the same price, but I have not tried them as of this writing, if I get back there, soon, I will try them, I promise! They offer a whole range of grilled chicken, other cuts of beef and pork and seafood dishes.
They also offer deserts and beer. They only serve Atlas and Balboa and Cusqueña beer from Perú. I generally only drink Cerveza Panamá, so I won´t drink beer there.

Address: Via España near Via Argentina

Comparison: least expensive

Directions: It is on Via España just before Plaza Concordia. Via España is only one-way there and one will go past it on the way toward the bank district, and Hotel Panamá.

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 5

Theme: Local

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 10, 2008
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Cuban Restaurant in Panama City - Panamá City
Habanas: Cuban Restaurant in Panama City

Habanas is a restaurant, cigar shop, across from the Marriott Bancaria in Panama City. It has several Cuban dishes and offers a nice selection of Cuban cigars at reasonable prices.

Favorite Dish: I haven´t tried this place yet, but I will report as soon as I do!

Directions: In the Bancaria Section, across from the Marriott Bancaria about half-way between Via Espana and Calle 50.

Rating: 0

Theme: Other

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 25, 2008
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Siciliano's: Mediterranian/Italian Cuisine

Siciliano’s Restaurant is now demolished for a new building going up, will advise if and when it reopens.

Address: Bank District

Comparison: more expensive than average

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 3

Theme: Middle Eastern

Review Helpfulness: 3 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 25, 2008
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