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Mi Ranchito

Isla Naos | Amador Causeway, Panama City 0843-0124, Panama
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Ranked #40 of 469 restaurants in Panama City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Mi Ranchito Restaurant is the perfect environment to enjoy with family, friends and tourists; a familiar restaurant that offers a menu of varied Panamanian foods, with particular attention in preparing seafood at affordable prices to all visitors.Our style and decoration provides an opportunity to spend an enjoyable time. Part of its structure is a ranch of indigenous Panamanian style in an open-air environment. It is a good place for breakfast, lunch or dinner; enhanced with a happy and live music.
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79% Recommend
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2010

We informed our driver that we were hungry and he brought us to Mi Ranchito. It's a thatched open air building that cooks up local seafood and looks over a harbor for a great skyline view of Panama City. I had the garlic shrimp with coconut rice and coconut water (cold and clear) to drink. Seemed to be a mix... More

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Panama City, Panama
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10 reviews 10 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2010

A mystique arises among short term expats and visitors about this place. Some rave...most have never been there, but it "sure looks interesting." It is unfortunate but typical that some of the best situated places have the worst food and service. Mi Ranchito and the Balboa Yacht Club share the same issues. There location is either waterside or superb view...but... More

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2010

Our driver recommended Mi Ranchito on our first night in Panama City. A short cab ride ($6) from our hotel (La Estancia) in the Cerro Ancon area. Located at the beginning of the Amadoro Causeway, the casual, thatched roof main building is open to the breeze, which was a relief in hot and humid Panama City. Seafood is the mainstay... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2010

Admittedly there were 30 of us at 3 tables but it's a huge dreary restaurant with insufficient poorly trained staff, miserable food and just the pits for service. There are plenty of other restaurants in the area and you've probably had to take a cab to get to this one. So check your guide books before choosing Mi Ranchinto. They... More

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Central IL, USA
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50 reviews 50 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2010

We were staying at La Estancia B&B and they recommended Mi Ranchito - excellent choice. It's a casual restaurant and the dining area is open on 3 sides so we could enjoy the evening breeze. The food was excellent Panamian cuisine and we ended up there again a few nights later because we enjoyed our first meal so. We opted... More

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east pete. pa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2009

panama is blessed with many great places to eat,but when i'm in panama i always head-out to mi ranchito on the causeway. a place where the locals go for good panamanian food. it's well worth the trip. good food ,great prices, great people.

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2009

been there several times over the years, however last week it was not as good as usual. we'll accept that any restaurant can have a day with a mistake, so will try it again, since their almejas al ajillo used to be awesome. but you can't beat the location, great views on the water both sides of the restaurant.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2009

The local fish, corvina, with creole sauce is excellent. Great location in the causeway. Service was ok. We ate here twice. I would highly recommend it.

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Madison, Wisconsin
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2008

My favorite restaurant in Panama City is Mi Ranchito a few Kilometers from land out at sea on the Amador Causeway. First of all, what a splendid setting - there is a fresh sea breeze and you are far from the noise of the crowded city. If you enjoy walking you can park or have your taxi driver drop you... More

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