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Mercado de Mariscos

Avenida Balboa and Calle 15 Este | at Cinta Costera, Panama City, Panama
212-0071
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As featured in Panama City on a budget
Ranked #100 of 475 restaurants in Panama City
Cuisines: Central American
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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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English first
Pompano Beach, Florida
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

If you visit Panama for any length of time and enjoy seafood you should visit Mercado de Mariscos. Be advised that it is not chic nor posh locale. It is open air, without air conditioning so it will be HOT and dress accordingly. That being said, once you arrive you will have a plethora of choices of vendors for fresh... More

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NYC
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The food vendors right outside the entrance of the seafood market seemed to have organized and created a simple, but effective row of restaurants of local specialties at very moderate prices. No luxury dining here, just outdoors, with the boisterous sounds of music from each kiosk blasting, until one mercifully tones it off to enjoy real Panamanian food, with local... More

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Toronto, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Love the food, it is really good, amazing price, you just need to get there early so you can get sitting.

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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147 reviews 147 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014 via mobile

This for one of the many cheviche stalls around the outside of the market. I consider this my best experience with chevichi. You get to choose your selection from the iced serving cart. Choose from about 15 selections. The server spoons up your selection from plastic jars into an overflowing 8 ounce Styrofoam cup.The price? $1.25 for the absolute best... More

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Chicago, IL
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

I highly recommend this for a quick, cheap and delicious stop. If staying in Casco Viejo it is a moderate walk or a very quick cab ride. I think that they take the fish that does not sell to restaurants through the day and make fresh ceviche. There are many stands to choose from and they all looked great. I... More

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Puerto Rico
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57 reviews 57 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Local place for fresh fish, beers and just plain hanging around for a while. It was crowded on a saturday mid evening. This where the locals go for good sea food, background music and lots of people strolling around. Nice view to the Panama Skyline. Not for the picky type, but fun and lively place.

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Portland, Maine
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

If you do not like the smell of fish do not go there. I feel like that is a given. If you can handle it/ like it that check it out for sure. Very friendly vendors willing to answer questions and didnt mind letting me take pictures. Great fresh civiche and lots of sights.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Food was fresh & good-not exceptional, or as expected. Service takes a little time. DJF, Anaheim, CA

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Altadena, California
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81 reviews 81 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

My group went to the restaurant on the 2nd floor above the fish market, but I wanted to try the little ceviche and fish stalls. So off I went, and it was great! I tried 2 different stalls. First stall I had the Octopus ceviche and the second I had the Pescado ceviche. Both were fantastic! I wanted to try... More

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Whittier, CA
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49 reviews 49 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Came to this location for a little local color and flavor. I got more than I expected. Very grungy and dirty with indifferent service. I thought the food would make up for that but it was no better. The bathrooms are disgusting as was the odor emanating from them. I have traveled to many parts of Latin America and this... More

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