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Chinitas

Asian, Malaysian
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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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Boston, Massachusetts
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

Great little restaurant with inventive and flavorful food. The potstickers were great as was the Gulai a Malaysian coconut curry - I had mine with shrimp. Highly recommended and reasonable!

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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 via mobile

We had Chinitas for dinner tonight. Three of us, each got very different dishes but we all enjoyed them quite a bit. Tasty chicken stir fry, tofu fried rice and a noodle dish. With wine it came to about Q230. Service was excellent without the odd ignoring that you sometimes get in Guatemala.

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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 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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40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 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
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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129 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 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
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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Address: Calle Santander, Panajachel, Guatemala
Location: Central America  >  Guatemala  >  Western Highlands  >  Solola Department  >  Lake Atitlan  >  Panajachel
Cuisine: Asian, Malaysian

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Asian, Malaysian

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