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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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Ranked #93 of 494 Restaurants in Panama City
Cuisines: Central American
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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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Cape Coral, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

This is the elevated indoor restaurant I am reviewing, not he street level outside area. I rarely have high expectations of a restaurant but after reading the glowing reviews I allowed myself the thought of a terrific fresh seafood experience. My bad. The octopus was extraordinarily chewy. My wifes' snapper was just okay. I was later informed by some local... More

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

The food was good and the service was good (surprising considering the other reviews here). The only problem we had was that half of the things we ordered were out of stock. The food stall that we ordered from had about 20 things on the menu and we ordered a variety, so you would expect that they would have most... More

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Sarona, Wisconsin, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

The market itself is not the most pleasant looking or smelling but it has some of the best fish I've ever had. The fishermen go out every day so the fish is so fresh. Besides the multiple areas where you can order fish and cerviche, there is an actual market inside where you can purchase fresh shrimp, tuna, red snapper... More

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Paris, France
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

we came for lunch and had a simple and savory ceviche the atmosphere was incredible ! try to come early in the morning and go to casco viejo just after

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Central America
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77 reviews 77 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

As in any seafood market, you have to deal with lots of people circling and checking the produce to see if it's fresh (whether they know or don't know how to recognize it it's fresh) and the smell, prices are very standard and 25 to 50% cheaper than the supermarkets. Many people also buy "ceviche" (conch, corvina, octopus, etc). Locals... More

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Sacramento, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

First of all, I'm vegetarian, which off the bat limits me. But I figured I could still make a meal of fried potatoes, coconut rice, beans, and other sides. Unfortunatley, they were all out of all of those things. We arrived around 2p. I just had an iceberg lettuce salad. My friend ordered a combo platter. I looked at my... More

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Arizona
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207 reviews 207 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We had a variety of different plates, most were pretty good. Although 2 were not what we ordered. Service was pretty slow but at least they had a/c in there.Several people left because no one came to take their order. The fish market was good just to walk around and look.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I took quite the walk from casco viejo to the fish market (i say this because it was the hottest day ever that day and every step I took was like walking directly into the sun) but once I got there, I found the surroundings to be authentic and relaxing. As someone who appreciates local food, I was glad I... More

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San José, San Jose, Costa Rica
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Early morning this is the fish market. later the fish market closes and the front is lined with small cevicherias that have almost the same plates of fresh fish, rice and platanos- and all kind of ceviches. All nis fresh and fast.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Seeing all the fish vendors and options for ceviche was fun. We didn't eat a meal here - -more some ceviche and beers. All the patio restaurants have "hawkers" that work hard to have you choose their place. We weren't allowed to walk out on the actual pier where the fishing boats come in -- that would have been even... More

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