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Grapes Restaurant & Bar

Calle 8va, Edificio Grapes | Casco Antiguo, Panama City, Panama
+507 212-1882
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Ranked #27 of 480 Restaurants in Panama City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $11 - $32
Cuisines: International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The Restaurant is situated in one of the rooms of a fully restored private mansion dating back to 1657 and is one of the very first structures built in the old fortified Spanish city. The original walls and arches are skillfully blended into a cosy dining and bar area. We have now expanded further into the old house and now offer private dining
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I just went to grapes to scout the restaurant out (my colleague had told me this was the best restaurant in panama). Boy, was he wrong. I had a miserable time. First, after sitting down, it took the restaurant 10 minutes to send a waiter to me with a menu (only after I flagged a waiter down). Another 15 before... More

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Bowie888, Owner at Grapes Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Very sorry to hear of your personal experience of the service which I agree is totally unacceptable but at the same time very unusual as previous posts will confirm. It would be nice to follow up with you personally if you have the time, I would be grateful for the chance to meet up and make amends More

Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

Positive Ponts: 1) Good service, although could be friendlier. 2) All the dishes that I tried were perfectly seasoned, well cooked and above my expectations. 3) The decor is simple, but confortable and welcoming 4) Well located in Casco Viejo Negative: NOTHING

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Bowie888, Owner at Grapes Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you very much for the comments. Much appreciated More

NYC
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

My niece, friend and I ate here while visiting Panama City. We heard a lot of great things about the restaurant so decided to try it. Service and food were pretty good. Our only complaint was that we went there because we heard they served the best grilled octopus in town but ours was served way overcooked and didn't have... More

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Bowie888, Owner at Grapes Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

I'm glad you enjoyed the experience overall and look forward to seeing you back again Thanks for the post More

Pompano Beach, Florida
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Just as you enter Casco Viejo is the Grapes Restaurant. The last time my girlfriend and I were here Panama's ex-President Martinelli was dining here. The restaurant is part of the historic city as well as the former mansion of one of Panama's famous families. We arrived early this past Tuesday 29 July and the restaurant was already crowded; next... More

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Bowie888, Owner at Grapes Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you very much for posting a review. Great your companion enjoyed the sticky toffee pudding. Being an Englishman this was my idea as it's a very traditional English dessert . My Wife said I would be the only one who would order it as locally it was unknown..... Thanks for justifying my experiment! All of us at Grapes thank... More

Jacksonville, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This is in the Old City section of Panama City, Panama. It is a small place so reservations are recommended. A great menu, love the grilled octopus, service is terrifc, ambience is very good, valet parking. It is expensive but not overwhelming.

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Bowie888, Owner at Grapes Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for posting a review and delighted that you enjoyed the experience Your comments are much appreciated. Hope to see you back soon More

NYC
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We were there with family in early July. The Casco Viejo area of Panama is very charming, and there are lots of restaurants and bars to visit. Grapes was okay, the food was good, but not amazing as I've read on other reviews, however, I might be spoiled because I live in NYC and have been to really amazing restaurants... More

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Bowie888, Owner at Grapes Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Very sorry to hear of your experience and apologies for the poor service. We will certainly learn from your feedback and hope that we get another chance to make good our deficiency should you honour us with a future visit. More

San Juan, Puerto Rico
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Looking for a good restaurant in Casco Antiguo, we ended up at Grapes, which happened to be an excellent choice. The menu has plenty of options to choose from, including ceviche, carpaccio, rissotto, fish, meat, poultry and pasta. Everything that we tried was very good or better. Highly recommended. Grapes seems to be extremely popular, so a reservation is suggested.

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Bowie888, Owner at Grapes Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for your posting such an encouraging review. We are really happy that you enjoyed the experience. We have now expanded further into this lovely old building ( built in 16660's and the first building in the Casco Viejo) and offer private dining now. Always best to book but don't be afraid to drop in as we have much... More

Massachusetts
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Hadn't planned to go to Old City but Grapes looked interested from reviews on the internet so we decided to venture into the city. We arrived about 6:30 but restaurant didn't open until 7:00 so walked around before returning for a fantastic meal. Only negative was that they were out of the desert the kids wanted to order...

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Bowie888, Owner at Grapes Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the report. Really appreciate your comments which really encourages us all at Grapes. See you again when your next in the Casco ! More

Tampa, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We read so many great reviews and this spot did not disappoint! First, price was right for food...incredible, fresh and wow, $10 sea bass ceviche, portion size generous. Our server Christian was incredible. Christian gave us great service, but went the 'extra mile' when he ran 3 blocks to return my wife's scarf, so nice. Que bueno, muchas gracias Christian...perfecto!

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Bowie888, Owner at Grapes Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind report. I will certainly be thanking Christian for his good response which makes us all proud to be of service at Grapes. It's that extra mile I know which makes all the difference Hope to see you again soon on your next visit More

New York City, New York
Top Contributor
143 reviews 143 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Electric atmosphere and amazing live musician made this place a wonderful night out. Food was good, but not great.

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Bowie888, Owner at Grapes Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Happy to see you enjoyed the visit and impressed that you can remember the visit after a year ! Thanks for the post and as we have now expanded further into the old house I hope to see you on a return visit soon More

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