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Restaurante Las Tinajas

Calle 51 #22 | Bellavista, Panama City, Panama
(507) 263-7890, (507) 269-3840
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As featured in 3 days in Panama City
Ranked #120 of 478 restaurants in Panama City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Central American
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Want to learn about Panamanian culture by way of cuisine and dance? A stop at Tinajas not only offers authentic and classic Panamanian dishes in an old colonial house setting, but also costumed folkloric and dance performances. Catch these shows at 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Want to learn about Panamanian culture by way of cuisine and dance? A stop at Tinajas not only offers authentic and classic Panamanian dishes in an old colonial house setting, but also costumed folkloric and dance performances. Catch these shows at 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Seattle, WA
Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Panamanian friends took us to this restaurant for a bit of local culture. We tasted a number of local dishes and local drinks. If you are a "foodie" you won't be overwhelmingly impressed with the food. But it was good and it was genuinely what the locals eat, not modified for tourists. And the show was delightful. They announced each... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We visited the restaurant in our last day in Panama City. its a very nice restaurant, serving Panamenian food at its best.The decoration is outstanding and the owner is a very nice and helpful woman.The have a show twice a week and it worth the $5 cover cost. You enjoy good food together with the show. I advise to make... More

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Huntington Beach, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

My friend, sister, and I went here during our trip to primarily check out the traditional Panamanian dancing and second to try out the traditional dishes advertised. Let's cut to the chase. Dancing was great, but sound system could've been better. When they were explaining the dances, it sometimes was just so warbled that we only got a portion of... More

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AZ
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

My husband and I went to the show which started at 9:pm. We already had dinner and just wanted to maybe have drinks during the show. Upon entering the restaurant we were asked if we wanted dinner or were we just going to watch the show. We answered the show only and were told the cover charge was $5. each... More

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Boston
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

The place is very nice, great decor, nice chairs and nicely dressed tables. The service is slow, no wine list, no bread served, not even a glass of water. Menu is limited, I did enjoy my fish, though. Long wait for the drinks, which were quite lukewarm. Food price is not bad but soft drinks are $4 a glass.

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San Francisco, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Good food and great entertainment! Was nice to finally have a Panamanian experience. Some of the food is more cuban style, but the dancing was apparently authentic, which was really nice to see. The performers did a great job - and you can take pictures with them afterward. The food was very good. I had the corvina, which was well-cooked:... More

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Hammond, Louisiana
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We came to this restaurant on my Study Abroad trip to Panama. I'm really glad we did, it was so worth the experience. The food was absolutely delicious, I ordered the filet mignon which was cooked to perfection. It was wrapped with bacon and topped with a thick mushroom sauce, which was very good. Friends of mine ordered the red... More

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Safety harbor
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

The food was exellent, fish fresh and deliciuos, the restaurant is cozy but the best is the show.They speak Englihs and Spanish. The folkloric show with panamenian traditions was very good. The prices exellents. I do recomend this place still have the flavor and the prices of a good old Panama.

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San Francisco, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We tried this place on our first night in Panama City. Ropa vieja was so good! We also had a whole fried fish and seafood soup. Service was nice. Only wish we would've stayed for the show later on but were too tired from traveling.

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Swartz Creek, Michigan
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47 reviews 47 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Went to dinner as a guest of my traveling companions business associate. Costuming was beautiful, dancing great, and presentation terrific. Our host is native Panamanian and wanted to show us authentic dress, food and dancing. Our dinner and drinks were considered " typical" food and tasty , not the best meal I had. The flan was excellent , but the... More

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