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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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Breakfast/Brunch

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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
Most recent review
Great local experience

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
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Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
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212 reviews 212 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

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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Chicago, Illinois
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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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Chicago, Illinois
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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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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

The restaurant lacks so much. So your best eating from one of the many ceviche stalls around the market. Try a few. eat a lot. its all fresh, well prepared. and a good selection of whats available in Panama. Don't go here expecting fine dining. It is a working market so looks, smells and has the business of one. But... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Avoid it. Not only was the service abysmal and the food less than appealing, the final straw is that there is no running water in the bathroom, rather a bucket of water to dunk one's hands into. A very poor representation of what Panama has to offer. Stick with eating at the ceviche stalls outside and a walk around the... More 

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

I went there for lunch on a sunday and enjoyed it a lot. The best tip i can give is not to buy the food at the restaurant but to buy it from the fish market which is just downstairs and make it cook in the restaurant. In fact, it will be definitely a lot cheaper and you get to... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Yes it is kind of fun to visit the fish market then head upstairs to eat the same fish you see downstairs. The food is fresh, but does not taste like anything special. There are better options out there. And the service is TERRIBLE. We arrived around 3pm, it took a good 20 min before we could get someone to... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Imagine eating low cost fish while sitting in an outhouse and you've got the picture. Spend a couple more bucks and get fish elsewhere as there are countless places in Casco Viejo and in Panama City to get great seafood.

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I had lunch in the restaurant on the second floor of the market. Ordered two appetizers: A Peruvian style ceviche and fried calamari. The ceviche was a mix of fish and assorted seafood (shrimp, octopus, squid, etc.) and was incredibly fresh and delicious. Very bright citrus flavor, and the abundant red onions were a positive contribution to the overall flavor.... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We walked from the metro station here and it looked safe. This restaurant is located on the 2nd floor of the fish market. We had corvina ceviche to start and whole fried fish with yucca as main dish. Everything tasted fresh and yummy. The chucks of fish on the ceviche had bones but they were pretty tasty. Nice service. Good... 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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