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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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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great Food, Great Price, but it's in a fish market.

This is definitely a casual place to dine. It is directly above the fish market. You can avoid walking through the market by entering on Balboa Avenue and taking the skywalk directly into the restaurant. If you're super sensitive to smells don't go. Again, there is a fresh seafood market below. Ok... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 16, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

It was so delicious! Prices are not bad and the seafood is so freah and good, I hate the seabass, ceviche and shrimp and I would eat there every day if I could! If you go to Panama it is a must!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

The market is small but interesting. Clearly it's a local favorite for shopping and for eating. The ceviche is delicious and prices are low.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This is definitely a casual place to dine. It is directly above the fish market. You can avoid walking through the market by entering on Balboa Avenue and taking the skywalk directly into the restaurant. If you're super sensitive to smells don't go. Again, there is a fresh seafood market below. Ok, so aside from that, the food is great!... More 

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Maryland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

I am from Panama. I have eaten here many times. Today, i ordered langostinos, and they served me shrimp. A big diference. The waiter tried to convince me that they were langostinos. Note: my dad who is a former international waters fishing boat captain had to intervene to educate them. This is a common practice when they see foreigners (my... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Went to this seafood market on two occasson with many restaurants that offer fresh seafood. I love Ceviche Loco that prepared fried Sea Bass with pounded plantains and a side salad. The mojito was good at $3.00 a glass and went well with the fish. The market is located walking distance from my hotel.

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This restaurant is located inside the Fish Market. After walking thru the "fishy odors" you will go upstairs. The food is fresh. We had the ceviche and the fried whole fish. I must say...the food is worth it.

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Arlington, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Eating at the restaurant right above the fresh fish market was awesome. It doesn't get any fresher. This was the first time I tried ceviche and it was also the first time I'd ever had a fried fish that was looking back at me (head on). Guess I'd been pretty secluded in my food experiences. It was all very good.

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

All kinds of Ceviché from which to choose. Street market type atmosphere and a great way to mingle with the locals. A must on your next visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Brave it past the market & be rewarded with a great meal upstairs. They made a GREAT fried fish & my beer was ice cold!!

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Brandenburg, Kentucky
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

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

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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

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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