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Panama Dining Room

3/231 Smith Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria 3065, Australia
+61394177663
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Ranked #218 of 3,976 restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $9 - $14
Cuisines: European, French, Bar
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Guelph, Canada
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 via mobile

Family friends took my wife and I out to the Panama Dining Room upon our arrival to Melbourne (it was also their first visit to the restaurant). We had reservations for 8pm on Saturday night. Unfortunately, the combination of the loud music in the bar and a lack of separation between the lounge area and dining area made it almost... More

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Melbourne, Australia
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

I have not been back to Panama Dining Room for over 5 years and what a surprise when I did last week for a reunion dinner with two of my closest friends. We got there on a Thursday night about 530pm for a couple of cocktails first - an extensive cocktail list which I am sure you will find a... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Great food although it tends to be a bit noisy later. The venue caters diners, quick drinks or socialising. The music tends to be a bit too loud competing with the crowd.

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Greensborough, Victoria, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Attended a lunch with a group of workmates. The space was fabulous as we could spread out and the food and service was great. A great atmosphere!

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Adelaide, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

A memorable dining experience from the moment we climbed the three sets of stairs. An old pool hall no longer, now all glammed up and welcoming you with open arms. The atmosphere is what first takes hold of you and keeps you - I ended up taking photos of the decor I was feeling so relaxed. There were six of... More

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Doha
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20 reviews 20 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

What do you call a place that sits somewhere between bohemian and elegant, oozes both fun and romance, and is fine to bring either your parents, your mates or a date? That's exactly how I felt here on an early Friday night. We came for hors d'oeuvres and sundowners, caught the dollar oyster deal and soaked in lots of atmosphere... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

My son and his wife invited me for my birthday dinner. Excellent food. Excellent service. It was very special!

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Fitzroy
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65 reviews 65 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

It can be a bit tricky to find as it is on the 3rd floor behind a fairly anonymous door. Nice room with the bar up one end and the dining area down the other. There are lovely big windows that give you some city views. The menu offers starters like olives, oysters, salmon rilletes which can be good with... More

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Norfolk
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57 reviews 57 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Going upstairs from the single entrance door, I wondered where I was going as it certainly didn't give very good first impressions. However once we opened the door we were amazed to find one very large room with bar and dining areas. We visited on a Saturday evening and it was certainly the place to be as it was heaving... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

The food is beautifully cooked here and the service is exemplary. The acoustics do lend to being a bit noisy but if you get a table away from the bar you should be okay.

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