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Mercado de Mariscos

Avenida Balboa and Calle 15 Este | at Cinta Costera, Panama City, Panama
212-0071
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As featured in Panama City on a budget
Ranked #99 of 480 Restaurants in Panama City
Cuisines: Central American
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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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Chicago, IL
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This is the true fish market not to be confused with the restaurant which we were at first! I loved walking down the walking/biking path by the water to get to the market at the end of the path. You can't beat fresh local ceviche for a couple bucks after an afternoon stroll! Would not recommend personally for dinner though.... More

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lugano
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51 reviews 51 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

Fish and of course lots of fresh Fish! Taste a Ceviche Peruano or a fried Fish. Competitive prices, particular atmosphere.

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Los Angeles, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I would, however, buy seafood to prepare at home if we had a kitchen in our accommodation. The seafood, especially the shellfish looked very fresh. The prices were reasonable. The concierge at our hotel warned us not to eat prepared food there since many previous hotel guests did get sick. A fun sight to see nonetheless.

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New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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42 reviews 42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I love eating in markets around the world and this spot was one of my top visits ever. If you are a local, you can purchase the freshest seafood around. From huge Red Snapper, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Octopus, Sea Bass and more, the market is an amazing trip to see what coms out of the Pacific. The little stands surrounding... More

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Panama City, Panama
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Needs Cleaning Supervision and the sewage system should be cleaned up (that's why it smells), outdoor, indoor, bathrooms; employees must follow safe food handling rules throughout the day. Every enterprise, even government corporations must comply. Vendors need to be frequently trained by the governmental entities. Structure: needs maintenance, They are responsible of keeping a very close eye on the application... More

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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149 reviews 149 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

What's not to like for a cup of great cheviche for 1.25? TRy to find a vender that haven't got the boom box blaring for your listening enjoyment.

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Pompano Beach, Florida
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

If you visit Panama for any length of time and enjoy seafood you should visit Mercado de Mariscos. Be advised that it is not chic nor posh locale. It is open air, without air conditioning so it will be HOT and dress accordingly. That being said, once you arrive you will have a plethora of choices of vendors for fresh... More

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Panama City, Panama
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Seafood for quite reasonable prices at the Mercado de Mariscos in Panamá City. I do recommend it, mainly during the weekends.

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NYC
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The food vendors right outside the entrance of the seafood market seemed to have organized and created a simple, but effective row of restaurants of local specialties at very moderate prices. No luxury dining here, just outdoors, with the boisterous sounds of music from each kiosk blasting, until one mercifully tones it off to enjoy real Panamanian food, with local... More

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Toronto, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Love the food, it is really good, amazing price, you just need to get there early so you can get sitting.

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