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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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Ranked #93 of 500 Restaurants in Panama City
Cuisines: Central American
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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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Vacaville, California
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190 reviews 190 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
218 helpful votes 218 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We did not dine here or use the restrooms, so I cannot comment as to the other postings about cleanliness. But if you want fresh fish to take home, this place has a fabulous selection. It does not compare to the markets of Europe or even Mexico, but it is a great start for Panama.

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San Salvador
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

If you are the kind of traveler who like to go and eat where the locals eat, this is your place, you will not find fresh seafood as fresh as here, they practically grab it from the boats and cook it right away. Try the fish and octopus ceviche it is one of the best. There are many small restaurants... More

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Cape Coral, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

This is the elevated indoor restaurant I am reviewing, not he street level outside area. I rarely have high expectations of a restaurant but after reading the glowing reviews I allowed myself the thought of a terrific fresh seafood experience. My bad. The octopus was extraordinarily chewy. My wifes' snapper was just okay. I was later informed by some local... More

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

The food was good and the service was good (surprising considering the other reviews here). The only problem we had was that half of the things we ordered were out of stock. The food stall that we ordered from had about 20 things on the menu and we ordered a variety, so you would expect that they would have most... More

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Sarona, Wisconsin, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

The market itself is not the most pleasant looking or smelling but it has some of the best fish I've ever had. The fishermen go out every day so the fish is so fresh. Besides the multiple areas where you can order fish and cerviche, there is an actual market inside where you can purchase fresh shrimp, tuna, red snapper... More

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Paris, France
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

we came for lunch and had a simple and savory ceviche the atmosphere was incredible ! try to come early in the morning and go to casco viejo just after

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Central America
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80 reviews 80 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

As in any seafood market, you have to deal with lots of people circling and checking the produce to see if it's fresh (whether they know or don't know how to recognize it it's fresh) and the smell, prices are very standard and 25 to 50% cheaper than the supermarkets. Many people also buy "ceviche" (conch, corvina, octopus, etc). Locals... More

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Sacramento, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

First of all, I'm vegetarian, which off the bat limits me. But I figured I could still make a meal of fried potatoes, coconut rice, beans, and other sides. Unfortunatley, they were all out of all of those things. We arrived around 2p. I just had an iceberg lettuce salad. My friend ordered a combo platter. I looked at my... More

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Arizona
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208 reviews 208 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We had a variety of different plates, most were pretty good. Although 2 were not what we ordered. Service was pretty slow but at least they had a/c in there.Several people left because no one came to take their order. The fish market was good just to walk around and look.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I took quite the walk from casco viejo to the fish market (i say this because it was the hottest day ever that day and every step I took was like walking directly into the sun) but once I got there, I found the surroundings to be authentic and relaxing. As someone who appreciates local food, I was glad I... More

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Additional Information about Mercado de Mariscos

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: Central American

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