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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 #108 of 475 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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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Boston
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

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
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
3 helpful votes 3 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
47 helpful votes 47 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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Miami, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

In the spirit of full disclosure, I am a born and raised Panamanian living in the US. I took a friend of mine here to sample some of the local cuisine. I had never been before but the fact I believed they were affiliated with El Trapiche in another side of town gave them some credibility I was wrong. First... More

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Fonthill
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

We went here primarily for the folk dancing show, not expecting much from the food or service. We were pleasantly surprised for the most part. We shared a salad garnished with cranberries and nuts and wished we had each gotten one of our own. My corvina chef-style was excellent -- really the best I had in Panama and I tried... More

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seattle
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Panamanians love their country and are proud of their culture... and Restaurante Las Tinajas showcases this pride. The food is traditional, with arroz con pollo, ropa vieja, patacones, pulpo, etc. Good quality food and nice sized portions. Then comes the music and dancing. I'm going to admit that I'm biased. I'm a sucker for traditional "baile tipica". And the grand... More

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Panama City, Panama
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

The place is mostly centered around the performance, and the performance is very good. They have live instruments, one of the dancers also sings, everyone joins in for the chorus. I would bring my friends here if I wanted to stay in the city and show them a Panamanian show. It's loud, so I wouldn't come there if I wanted... More

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