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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: Breakfast/Brunch
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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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Simple, Fresh and excellent

If you want to experience really fresh fish, try this adress. The ambiance is really simple but service and quality of the food more than excellent. You can eat fish from the night fishing for less than 8$.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed our experience. Travelling by boat and this is the best Marina food so far on our trip. The wait staff are very friendly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

I love Ceviche and this is the place many locals go for lunch and supper. Prices are very reasonable and everything I tried was delicious. It is a short walk from Casco Viejo although crossing the main thoroughfare can be a bit dicey.

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Tualatin, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

I love Ceviche and this is the place many locals go for lunch and supper. Prices are very reasonable and everything I tried was delicious. It is a short walk from Casco Viejo although crossing the main thoroughfare can be a bit dicey.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

This is a local market where you can buy fresh seafood...smells really fresh and not for everyone...the restaurants shacks outside the market focus on deep fried fish and ceviches

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

A real taste of Panama. However, very crowded. Service not the best but depends on where you actually choose to eat. Clearly not a lot of selection but you shouldn't go if you are not a fish lover. For true fish lovers, the whole fish (head and all) are said to be tasty.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

My wife and I had one of the best seafood dinners and lunches here at the Mercado de Mariscos just outside Casco Viejo. It's a hangout for locals and tourists alike. The locals seem to converge and swarm the market during the weekends. Tourists aplenty anytime of the week enjoying great fresh seafood at very affordable prices. All the stalls... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

If you want to experience really fresh fish, try this adress. The ambiance is really simple but service and quality of the food more than excellent. You can eat fish from the night fishing for less than 8$.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Fun, great food, amazing value, what's not to like?? Popped in on a Saturday afternoon and it was busy with music banging out. Fresh fish was quickly served and for grill / fried fish places of this type that I've been to internationally, this was probably the best fish. So tasty and perfectly cooked. It's worth a look through the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Lots of stalls upstairs offering fresh ceviche and fish. Didn't especially like the pescado but thought the camarron ceviche was excellent. Large tasty whole fresh fish with French fries. Multiple virgin ($2) or mixed ($3) drinks. Go for the experience and good food.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

It is a very popular area just outside of Casco Viejo. Lots of outdoor seating with fish and ceveche vendors. It is a great place to sit and people watch, located by the walking path along Balboa Ave. Not to be confused with the "Fish Market" restaurant/food truck next to ZaZa in Casco viejo. There is an actual fish market... 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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