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Mercado de Mariscos

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Avenida Balboa and Calle 15 Este | at Cinta Costera, Panama City, Panama
212-0071
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Description: Seafood plays a central role in Panama City dining—and no place captures it...
Seafood plays a central role in Panama City dining—and no place captures it better than the Mercado de Mariscos. At this fish market, you’ll literally bump into fishermen carrying their catches and taking them to the many vendors inside. Be sure to order an affordable and super-fresh cup of ceviche on the first floor—or head to the super-casual but delicious sit-down seafood eatery upstairs.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Best ceviche & cocktail in town

If you want to eat great seafood brought in fresh from the Pacific everyday. You've just gotta go here. Here you'll get a ceviche + an entire deep fried Corvina (sea bass) + local beer for $10. All fresh from the sea, enjoyed in the outdoors. Just take the metro to Cinco de Mayo stn, walk 3... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Montreal, Canada
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Sonoma County
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28 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a fish market with many vendors selling simple dishes like fried fish, chips clams patacones and etc. Dishes run about $10.00 and beer is $1.00, so two can eat a really delicious fresh fish dinner for $25.00. We were there over Carnival so we were treated to a fireworks display at dinner. I had a whole fried Robalo... More 

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Panama
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant is an "interesting" ten minute walk from the Cinco de Mayo stop on the metro, up stairs. Windows were open, blowing in fishy odors. A balcony opens to the market below. In a way, kind of interesting. Based on reviews we'd read, we knew it wasn't a fancy place. Fine. Authentic. Fine. But the soup, "Walk up Lazarus",... More 

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Thank Libby H
Panama City, Panama
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If the wind blows the wrong way, you will hurl. I don't know why the dumpsters are kept behind the eating establishments. Vultures are visible on the roof hovering over the dumpsters. Awesome value if they can get rid of the nasty smell.

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Montreal, Canada
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50 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you want to eat great seafood brought in fresh from the Pacific everyday. You've just gotta go here. Here you'll get a ceviche + an entire deep fried Corvina (sea bass) + local beer for $10. All fresh from the sea, enjoyed in the outdoors. Just take the metro to Cinco de Mayo stn, walk 3 blocks to the... More 

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Malmo, Sweden
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44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to the Fishmarket, located close to the Old Town in the evening to get some good Fish and we were not disappointed. Those little restaurants located all around the fish market serve super fresh fish and prawns with fried bananas and some good vegetables for affordable prices! Even if they played music far too loud it was a... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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365 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 259 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located on the bay front, this is very unassuming place above the fish market. We started with a large cup of ceviche, a seafood mix marinated in lemon juice and garlic, followed by a whole grilled salmon with olives and mangos. Everything was quite tasty and reasonable.

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Thank 1trekky
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great place to have some fresh seafood. Multiple venders offer a wide verity of seafood with emphasis on ceviche. It actually was hard to choose which place we wanted to eat because they all looked good. We settled for one and had ceviche and a whole fish dinner. The meal was very good. The beer Balboa complement... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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49 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Being that I'm a lover of all things ceviche, when visiting Panama this was literally our first stop. We dropped off our bags at the hotel and took a 10 minute walk to the Mercado de Mariscos. On a Friday night, the place was packed with locals. Some there for dinner with their families others seemed to go there to... More 

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Philadelphia, PA
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

A real working fish market with fresh catches brought in daily. Several very informal restaurants serving the freshest seafood imaginable. A great place to go for lunch when in Panama City.

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Kitchener, Canada
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101 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

My husband and I are living in Panama City for a few months and really enjoy the atmosphere as well as the cheap beers. We have taken many visitors to experience the ceviche and they have all loved it!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Avenida Balboa and Calle 15 Este | at Cinta Costera, Panama City, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Panama Province  >  Panama City
  • Phone Number: 212-0071

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: South American, Central American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children

Description

Seafood plays a central role in Panama City dining—and no place captures it better than the Mercado de Mariscos. At this fish market, you’ll literally bump into fishermen carrying their catches and taking them to the many vendors inside. Be sure to order an affordable and super-fresh cup of ceviche on the first floor—or head to the super-casual but delicious sit-down seafood eatery upstairs.

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