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Rene Cafe

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Calle Pedro J. Sossa | Casco Viejo, Panama City 80397, Panama
507-262-3487
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10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 180
    Excellent
  • 103
    Very good
  • 34
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Unexpected Pleasure in Casco Viejo

Knowing my preference for farm-to-table establishments, after several days of lavish dining while recently on business in Panama Province, my colleagues introduced me to Rene Cafe. It was a welcome change of pace. The hostess could not have been more accommodating, and the relatively inexpensive... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Naples, United States
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Dining on a budget
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
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Naples, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Knowing my preference for farm-to-table establishments, after several days of lavish dining while recently on business in Panama Province, my colleagues introduced me to Rene Cafe. It was a welcome change of pace. The hostess could not have been more accommodating, and the relatively inexpensive Prix Fixe Menu offered a tantalizing array of unique regional dishes. And while I admit... More 

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Tea, South Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We stopped in for lunch and were so pleased with the excellent service and quite delicious food. It reminded us of the family style food you get in small towns cooked by people who care about their clientele.

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Roswell, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We did lunch here and loved that it's a set menu! You choose what protein you would like to have (beef, cerdo, chicken or vegetarian) and they come up with a 3 course meal! $10 per person, great tortilla (our starter), fantastic arroz w/our entree/main dish, sweet waiter. Have your cappuccino somewhere else though.

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Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Our tourist guide recommended this restaurant. She told me: they have a set menu, just a very good rice and salad for everyone and you have 4 options for the meat. It sounded good, we were looking for an affordable option. we in for a pleasant surprise!! They have 2 entres salad and some mango wantons with tamarind sauce that... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

My brother, mother, and I recently had lunch at Rene Cafe in early July 2015. It was DELICIOUS! We ordered the lunch set menu and dinner set menu (yes, you can order a dinner set menu during lunch hours) and it only cost us $35 ($10 for lunch and $25 for dinner). Coming from California, you would think that set... More 

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Banning, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

The service was outstanding. You can see how they cook the food as the stove is on the side of the dining room. The waiter attentive and great service. Will come back again. The owner is from Bolivia and has Bolivian paintings that give it a nice feel. Also the music in international.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015 via mobile

Quaint little cafe off the square in the old town. Serves tourists, but doesnt feel touristy. The fixed price lunch is a good value for $10.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Very good food and service. Everything was nice cooked and tasteful. The service was very friendly. We will come back anytime.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

This is a must if you are in the area around noon. Food great, service friendly, and value is awesome.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

You don't get a lot of choice here but the quality is really good. For $10 you get soup, salad, a choice of chicken, pork or fish and dessert. My husband like the fish so much (and we had been eating in expensive restaurants) that he ordered seconds and they charged him $3. It it weren't our last day, I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Calle Pedro J. Sossa | Casco Viejo, Panama City 80397, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Panama Province  >  Panama City
  • Phone Number: 507-262-3487

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 25

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Dining on a budget, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?