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Panama Dining Room

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3/231 Smith Street, Fitzroy, Yarra, Victoria 3065, Australia
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Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
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We dined here with friends for a birthday celebration. They are quite familiar with the eateries along Smith St, we are not, so a great introduction. After climbing a big staircase, you suddenly are greeted with a quirky open space filled with eclectic decorator pieces. A drink before dinner and a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 4, 2015
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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English first
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

Celebrating a birthday and having an interstate guest we had requested well in advance a table by the window and a GF cake for desert. Both we were told were achievable. On the night we were in the middle of the restaurant where the staff kept bumping into the back of our chairs! The GF cake to celebrate the birthday... More 

Thank David S
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Absolutely amazing food. Didn't know what to expect when we walked in but the place was ALIVE, what an atmospheric vibe. Staff were friendly and the views were amazing! We fell in love with the arched windows. It might have been hidden away up what felt like thousands of stairs, but I will be telling everyone about Panama. Part restaurant,... More 

1 Thank lukes777
Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

We took advantage of the fresh oysters at such a price, really delicious. The Duck entrée, was mouth watering as was the Lamb and Pork dishes for main. We finished with the Whipped Cheesecake, so light and moreish. That was two weeks ago, I am returning tonight, so looking forward to another delicious meal.

1 Thank Beverley42015
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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162 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

We dined here with friends for a birthday celebration. They are quite familiar with the eateries along Smith St, we are not, so a great introduction. After climbing a big staircase, you suddenly are greeted with a quirky open space filled with eclectic decorator pieces. A drink before dinner and a game of pool started off the evening. We took... More 

2 Thank MissAnnie1955
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Eat 20 $1 fresh oysters week nights!!!!! Take your work mates over and enjoy....! Great on the pocket if you're looking to save.

Thank Sophie L
Narrawong, Australia
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Spacious dining room but with good ambience. Busy and with a good vibe. Tasty food, good choices. Not cheap but enjoyable.

1 Thank Deborah J
Wellington, New Zealand
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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Visited Panama dinning room, with some friends on a trip to Melbourne . The meal here was single handedly the worst service I've had from a wait staff team. After being seated we waited 25mins before we had to call a waitress over. The meals took a further hour to come . Wait staff didn't bring more water when asked... More 

Thank Oliver H
London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

14 of us visited for the set menu, service was slow and unfriendly. Even ordering drinks took forever. Food was ok, although most of us had beef for our main and it was burnt on the outside. One person found a piece of paper in their meal, when we told the waitress she responded with "surprise!". No apology or concern... More 

Thank Suzanne S
Melbourne, Australia
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103 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

The Panama is very trendy and the food really is quite nice BUT I think it's very overpriced. It cost well over $300 for 4 of us and we didn't order very much ! It also got very noisy making it difficult to have a conversation . I'd rate it as a fun place for groups but not for an... More 

Thank gamma_C_69
Auckland, New Zealand
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

The staff were trying to be helpful, but the noise levels were ear-bleeding-loud and the dump is not really appropriate for a food place. We waited for our table for 30 minutes after booking for 8.45pm and the another 40minutes for a bottle of wine which we ordered straight away. Clearly the proprietor is screwing the joint for all it... More 

Thank PeterRoband

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3/231 Smith Street, Fitzroy, Yarra, Victoria 3065, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Greater Melbourne  >  Yarra  >  Fitzroy
  • Phone Number: +61394177663

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 14
  • Cuisine: French, Bar, European, Pub


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