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Chinitas

Asian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Malaysian
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Calle Santander, Panajachel, Guatemala
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  • 32
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    Very good
  • 4
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great atmosphere and wonderful food

I was surprised to read a few bad reviews as there were 3 in our party and we all loved the food. Two of us are very fussy vegetarian eaters and this so far has been the best food during our stay in Panajachel. The outside seating was delightful with huge ferns hanging and very unique lighting... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
stephanie p
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La Farge, Wisconsin
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La Farge, Wisconsin
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I was surprised to read a few bad reviews as there were 3 in our party and we all loved the food. Two of us are very fussy vegetarian eaters and this so far has been the best food during our stay in Panajachel. The outside seating was delightful with huge ferns hanging and very unique lighting. We definitely will... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is no relationship between the menu and what you're served at this restaurant. The described items sounded good but the food that was served was absolutely flavorless and over cooked. The only salvation was the soy sauce on the table which I applied liberally. To my utter amazement there were several other tables of patrons who seemed to be... More 

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Thank DanHNY
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A picture is worth a thousand words. This was supposed to be a flavorful local dish. Instead it was undercooked chicken swimming in brown sauce with hard potatoes served with the tasteless icky brown sauce slopping over the bowl. Who would eat this? We couldn't. Went up the block for pizza. Realized when we got to the pizza place and... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great restaurant with an atmospheric terrace. Set with colourful chairs & table cloths. Ling who runs the restaurant is always very helpful & friendly with a smile. Food here is great. Made fresh and tastily every time I have been. I also like that they have recently added in some typical Guatemalan dishes which can be harder... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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45 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

This little place had real character, very relaxing atmosphere. The food was fresh and the service friendly and efficient. The prices were mid-range.

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Thank A G
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015 via mobile

We found this little gem during down season and ordered beef chow mein, nasi goreng and a veggie noodle dish, all of which were made fresh and were delicious! The staff were friendly and the food was served promptly. It was great value for money and had a lovely atmosphere. The menu offers a wide range of food from Indonesian... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015 via mobile

Great ambience and a peaceful atmosphere. The waitress was friendly and efficient with our exquisite meals being served very quickly. Very reasonable prices and fabulous fresh food. Would definitely recommend. One word: amazeballs!

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Thank Astrid D
Dunedin, New Zealand
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 via mobile

We have been here twice now and found both times it to be pretty bland. We thought the food was overpriced and without much flavour. We ordered a couple of iced coffees and they were dreadful. They are frothed to the point of being no coffee and all froth. The flavour was off too. There was no plant milk alternative... More 

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Thank tanifaa
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015 via mobile

A little restaurant inside a plaza, food has been amazing and they have a very nice variety of teas. They also sell natural products like soaps and shampoos. Very kind local staff which I find amazing to support locals and understand their culture, instead of going to the same "gringo" owned places that I would go back home.

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Thank Yodafem
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015 via mobile

On our first night in Pana we arrived on the main strip too late for the street vendors pedalling their souvenirs but just in time for the dinner jackals to try to intice us in for some nasty pizza. Does that ever work? We walked up and down twice and decided the clear winner for something a bit different was... More 

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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: Asian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Malaysian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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