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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: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Description: Seafood plays a central role in Panama City dining—and no place captures...
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
A great way to know local life!

We went on a typical sunday night to have dinner and the loudness of the music and the happiness of the people definitely made for an awesome latin atmosphere. The ceviche made of concha negra is my favourite but the prawn one was amazing too. combined with a cold Panama beer. Must see!

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
Ayana S
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Brandenburg, Kentucky
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45 reviews 45 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

As the other reviewers noted, there are quite a few 'street' vendors under the covered area of the mercado. Most of which provide the same styrofoam-cup-served Ceviche and over-cooked langostinos/lobsters and cheap beer. Good for people watching and taking the load off from walking to/from Casco Viejo and along Centa Costera or Balboa Ave.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

It is crowed and hectic pace. The food is cheap and fresh. It is definitely a place to visit to get the local flavor of a traditional fish market, right on the water.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We went on a typical sunday night to have dinner and the loudness of the music and the happiness of the people definitely made for an awesome latin atmosphere. The ceviche made of concha negra is my favourite but the prawn one was amazing too. combined with a cold Panama beer. Must see!

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Vancouver Canada
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

It looks scary and run down. You sit on Patio tables. People are drunk, and loud and very friendly! Beer is a dollar. Ceviche is served in a Styrofoam cup (for a 1.50!) Food was great the this place seemed very Authentic. Watch the sea birds and the locals while having a beer and some fish!

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

As good as they say! It was a little tricky finding, as there are about 3 "fish markets" in and around Casco Viejo. Be sure to go to the one just off the Cinta Costera (outside of Casco Viejo), with the blue building near the marinas. Outside, there were tables and tables filled with mostly locals, and several stands offering... More 

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Piriapolis, Uruguay
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We went to the Mercado de Mariscos after we had visited the old town. A 15 minutes walk only. The variety of the fish and seafood was incredible and from the Restaurant upstairs we could view the small stands below.

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Panama City, Panama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

For those wanting a safe "locals" evening this is the one for you. There are tourists but they are heavily outnumbered by locals. As a note if you come across the fish market from the old town or get dropped off in a cab you will wonder what all the fuss is about. You have to walk through the market... More 

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Davie, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

If you go to the restaurant inside the market on the second floor the service is very good. The food in all the restaurants including the one in the market and the others around the market, is almost all the same, and the prices are the same. We ate both at the one inside the market, and at one around... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This is the place where locals go is always busy, which are both good signs. It lies next to the fish market that supplies most of Panama city. The benefit is that you get the best quality fishes caught on the day. The restaurants are on the bay side of the fish market and away from the smell of the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

.. As we did. We were recommended the Fish market which is actually number one on Tripadvisor and happens to be a restaurant in the old town. This Mercado is a set of fish shops serving a variety of fish dishes which probably in most restaurants in the world would taste great. Alas the smell of fish is so overpowering... More 

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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: Central American

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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