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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: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast
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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  • 94
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    Very good
  • 53
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  • 14
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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
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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south carolina
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Panama City, Panama
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51 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

No doubt that you can find a cheap beer and cheap ceviche here, but the fish and seafood platters are no bargain. Regardless, there is seemingly no standard of cleanliness or public health, and the overwhelming stench of rotting fish entrails and garbage is frequently strong enough to derail a train. The Mercado del Marisco is still nonetheless popular with... More 

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Uruguay
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

This place is so loud we could hardly order our food. We went there for ceviche and ordered three different cups: shrimp, concha negra and octopus. Shrimp ceviche was below average and the shrimps were close to microscopic pieces in size. Concha negra was plain tasteless and Octopus ceviche looked like something out from the sewage and probaly tasted worse... More 

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Los Angeles, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

You know, maybe I expected too much since this place is attached to fish market. I was expecting quality ceviche with big chunks of fresh fish and shrimp. But no, these ceviche (I had three different kinds) reminded me of the container seafood ceviche you buy in the local markets back in LA. I normally enjoy ceviche and order it... More 

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Mississauga
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

This restaurant is upstairs directly inside the fish market. The food is good, but we found it pricey. The great thing about this restaurant is that it gives you a great vantage point for watching all the action in the market below. If you're looking for a classy, air-conditioned restaurant with a lovely aroma, look elsewhere. If you want to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

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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Longwood, United States
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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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south carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews
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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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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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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: 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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