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Panama Dining Room

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3/231 Smith Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria 3065, Australia
+61394177663
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Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Just Casual

Casual after work drinks and some hearty burgers to match! This place is great for a casual drink and eat. Cant go wrong.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
TravisSurch
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Gold Coast
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Wellington, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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 

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 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 

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Melbourne, Australia
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 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 

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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

The food was delicious, fresh and innovative. Service was friendly and attentive. We went in at around 06.30 pm during oyster hour $1 a piece, oysters were fresh and sweet; we wasn't expecting that for $1 oyster, very happy!. We also ordered duck as our other entrée, which is also tasty (we just wish we have a bit more of... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I had read the reviews prior to going to Panama Dining Room and Bar so was not sure what to expect!! Met at the desk by a smiling gentleman who looked so happy to see us (rare in this day and age). We had a wonderful waitress lovely American girl if memory serves me correctly her name was Amanda -... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Small, overpriced and not very nice meals , unfriendly staff..(the female at least) Two large flights of stairs to climb to get there .... There is a lift, so we found out later after discussing and asking about no disability access .... but you have to book access to it before you arrive because there iare no signs to say... More 

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Melbourne Australia
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200 reviews 200 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Been to the Panama several times over the years but on this return visit after 3 years I have to say I was disappointed. Perhaps as a Bar it scores points but not as a restaurant. Sad as my memories of better times lingers. The over-cooking of the Red Snapper was a serious culinary offence. The prices indicated superior dishes.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

If you are after the great service that many amazing bars have to offer here in this great city DO NOT expect it from this one. We decided to go for a cocktail before heading out for dinner. We stood at the bar for 15 minutes before one of these two bar people even acknowledged us and then without a... More 

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Gold Coast
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 via mobile

Casual after work drinks and some hearty burgers to match! This place is great for a casual drink and eat. Cant go wrong.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

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

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