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La Trona

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Calle 48 | Bella Vista, Panama City, Panama
507-396-9230
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Nice Romantic little restaurant

This restaurant really IS hard to find. I had to ask quite a few locals for directions before we finally found it. It's on the 2nd floor in a white building through an oddly plain wooden door. When you open the door you'll find yourself in a nice little romantic cozy spot. Wait staff very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 3, 2015
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Hollywood, Florida
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133 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

From the TA pages, we thought they were open. Indeed, the location was difficult to find. When we got there (having to walk the other direction than Google Maps took us) not only were they closed (it was Tuesday and apparently many closures on Tuesdays), but they were permanently closed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

This restaurant really IS hard to find. I had to ask quite a few locals for directions before we finally found it. It's on the 2nd floor in a white building through an oddly plain wooden door. When you open the door you'll find yourself in a nice little romantic cozy spot. Wait staff very friendly and food excellent. Expect... More 

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Thank James T
Nat_B1986
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31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Overall it is a good restaurant but not outstanding. The arhinestone and history of the building it a definite positive. The food is good, but not outstanding, it is also worth noting that it is a short menu for fussy eaters or people with dietary requirements. The service is good for Panama however standard for a restaurant at this price... More 

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Vermilion, Ohio
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117 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

Service was good but they did not have shrimp or our favorite dessert. It is a nice setting. The maps to find it are mostly wrong. It is on 48th st past most of the other restaurants on the north side. It is a white building. Prices are good b

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Denver, Colorado
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The food and service were fabulous! It's very hard to find, but keep hunting because it's worth it. The menu is limited, but everyone (parents and four kids) found something great to eat. The art on the walls is gorgeous, and the artwork on the walls became a source of conversation for the evening.

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Thank KBB204
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31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015 via mobile

We were staying in panama for a couple of days & as always checked out the local restaurants on trip advisor. This is a gem of a place very close to the Hilton, mieridian& the Waldorf although not an easy find.Valentine our waitress recommended 3 of our dishes & we were not disappointed, the sliced octopus salad, corvina, smoked duck,... More 

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calabasa, ca
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Great service, interesting menu of well prepared food. Fairly priced. Wouldn't hesitate to return if back in Panama City.

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milton keynes
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107 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We had dinner here, and it was fantastic. The dining room was modern, but elegant. There was also a very attractive outside area.. The food , service and presentation was excellent. Now we come to the question of how to find it. Stand at the front of El Carmen Church in the centre of Panama City, and take the road... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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258 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015 via mobile

We had dinner here on the outside patio. The waiters were very friendly and service oriented. The menu is not that extensive but the food is great. Both the food and wines are reasonably priced. I will definitely return here!

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Effingham, Illinois
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153 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We were staying at the Miramar Intercontinental Hotel so it was a short walk to La Trona. I suggest taking the hotel cab for $5.00 and walking back. Go early and check out Weil Art store next door, unique Panamanian work of arts. Friendly staff in an intimate old house. The Taquitos de Credo Crocante were a burst of flavor,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Calle 48 | Bella Vista, Panama City, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Panama Province  >  Panama City
  • Phone Number: 507-396-9230

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?