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Chinitas

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Calle Santander, Panajachel, Guatemala
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Nice hippie vibe

Cosy lounge area with wifi (we're actually here now:)) and varied menu. Good and fresh food, decent prices and big portions. Cool map in the bathroom - a def mind blow! Go here for lunch or breakfast, think it's closed for dinner..

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 15, 2015
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2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Cosy lounge area with wifi (we're actually here now:)) and varied menu. Good and fresh food, decent prices and big portions. Cool map in the bathroom - a def mind blow! Go here for lunch or breakfast, think it's closed for dinner..

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Lima, Peru
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Very vegetarian friendly, pretty good fod considering lack of asian ingredients in Panajachel. Chinita is a character, if she is there your experiece upgrades to one more star :)

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Tecpan, Guatemala
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This is a reliable place for good Asian food with a Guate twist. It is in a great covered patio and the service is good.

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Santa Cruz La Laguna, Guatemala
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Wonderful atmosphere, great food (and tea); creative menú. Ling (owner) is a wonderful lady - very kind and attentive.

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Tallahassee, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We had a group of 10, and all enjoyed the evening. Food was great, and service excellent. A local musican entertained us, who was OK. He was a bit too chatty, spending more time trying to engage our group in conversation than playing music!

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Panajachel, Guatemala
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46 reviews 46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Chinitas is one of a few Asian-ish restaurants ... You can tell by the soy sauce bottles next to the salsa ... the food is basic, bland and not well served. I would not mind the funk of the place if the presentation were more artful, more Asian. But it is disappointing chow.

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SF Bay area
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105 reviews 105 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014 via mobile

Asian fusion food is good, set in a covered courtyard with entrances to a bookstore and Internet cafe. Background music was quiet and good, but then a live musician made conversation impossible. Cost is high for Pana (but still very low compared to US). Despite the mild negative comments, still a very good place to eat.

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Schenectady, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

Our group (which included two vegetarians) ate here twice during our stay. Lots of different options on the menu. Delicious soups and ample portions of everything. Nice relaxing setting.

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New York City, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Sorry but we thought this place was gross. Sad, floppy vegetables cooked within an inch of their life in a weird, flavorless sauce. Place is also kind of dirty inside and food made me sick afterwards. I came for the tofu and tempeh but it wasn't worth it. There are lots of places in town that offer those things and... More 

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

This is my husband's favorite restaurant in Panajachel, so we keep coming back. Food is healthy, they have vegetarian option. And the flavor is unique.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Calle Santander, Panajachel, Guatemala
  • Location: Central America  >  Guatemala  >  Western Highlands  >  Solola Department  >  Lake Atitlan  >  Panajachel

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Malaysian

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?