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Pinguino Cafe
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On the Beach, Santa Catalina, Panama
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  • 7
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Seafood, Italian touch, great view

We enjoyed the place twice. Good pasta with clams, the fish was also very nice. Chilled wine and friendly service

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 2, 2014
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La Londe Les Maures, France
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36 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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La Londe Les Maures, France
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed the place twice. Good pasta with clams, the fish was also very nice. Chilled wine and friendly service

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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

Good seafood while enjoying the view. Service is one but not the best ever. The prawns where the best and quit big!

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Tavistock, Ontario, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

I am totally addicted to the fried fish and papas fritas! Add a cold Panama and we were in heaven--2nd time back to Santa Catalina and ALWAYS come here for at least 1 or 2 meals.

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Orosei, Italy
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

Beach front Restaurant in Santa Catalina, THE place for a sundowner and afterwards a delicious dinner on this beach-front bar and restaurant. Sardinian hospitality and italian-latin cuisine on a spectacular place. Don't miss that! p.s. 6ft+ tall people: WATCH YOUR HEAD!!!

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Santa Catalina, Panama
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Pinguino has mainly Italian foods but also some local favorites (patacones) This is a great place to sit and have a drink as its the only place out on the town beach. It sits up high so you can watch the town kids surf. A lot of the local folks hang our here. If you are lucky, you can catch... More 

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Pinguinos definitely has the best view in Santa Catalina. Service can be a bit slow but the drinks are great and since I can't eat fish or shellfish it offered a really nice change of pace with the pastas.

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Provence
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44 reviews 44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

We ate here for lunch and dinner everyday - the fish, prawns and lobster are fresh every day and the Sardinian owner's wife cooks great pasta too.

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

They owner was in such a bad mood it almost ruined the amazing sunset view. The fish was frozen and way overcooked and the chicken breast was tasteless.

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Amsterdam
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

We were surprised that this lovely place did not have a review on Tripadvisor yet. It is the only restaurant on the beach. Nice for sunset! This place is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We go to Italy a lot. But to be hounest, we ate the best pasta at this place! Ok, the owner is an Italian, so... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: On the Beach, Santa Catalina, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Veraguas Province  >  Santa Catalina

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

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