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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 #71 of 453 restaurants in Panama City
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.
Restaurant details
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
San Francisco, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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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45 reviews 45 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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Cairo, Egypt
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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Venice, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

We had lunch at this restaurant at the recommendation of the concierge at our hotel. The atmosphere is reflective of Panamanian culture, and the food is reflective of typical Panamanian cuisine. What a great combination all around. The food was well prepared and tasty. The service was prompt and pleasant. You can't go wrong here.

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Florida,USA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

bad food, service and not a great show, lousy singer. the singer was too noisy. it is a small place and the speakers are too loud.

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Europe
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

We enjoyed an evening at Las Tinajas, the show was excellent, providing a snapshot to panama's culture, the food was OK.

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New York City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

My boyfriend and I had dinner on a Saturday evening when they have the live show. Both the entertainment and food were quite enjoyable. We ordered the sampler appetizer platter which had a nice selection. For entrees, I had some very tasty squid and my boyfriend had the Corvina. The squid was excellent. I highly recommend the frozen rum cocktail... More

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