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Grapes Restaurant & Bar

Calle 8va, Edificio Grapes | Casco Antiguo, Panama City, Panama
+507 212-1882
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Ranked #20 of 475 restaurants in Panama City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $11 - $32
Cuisines: International
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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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Jacksonville, Florida
Senior Reviewer
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
30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
60 helpful votes 60 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
55 reviews 55 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
141 reviews 141 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 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

Panama City, Panama
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Our last time in Grapes was a few months ago during their construction to expand the restaurant. We were not too pleased with the food and service at that time. We decided to give it another try last night and were pleasantly relieved: this is the Grapes as we got to know it when it opened! I had 'chili con... More

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

Thanks for the review. Yes, it was a bit hectic during the expansion but so happy you made it all worthwhile by coming back again ! Did you try the new area or were you in the original section I wonder? My wife insisted rightly that we maintained the same ambience throughout. I just get the role of observer and... More

Chicago
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

The raves about the Tuna Sashimi (tartare) are merited, simply fantastic. The crunchy arepitas were not the smokey arepas I was hoping for, but they were still quite tasty. My skirt steak was cooked perfectly to a medium rare with a nice sear and the wine was served at the proper temperature. Beyond all this the atmosphere is perfect, it's... More

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

So happy you enjoyed the experience. Our new extended area and private dining room has been a huge success thanks to the support of all our customers. Much appreciated and helped enormously to persuade the wife that her time and effort on the building works was well justified. It's no easy task when you are working with a 400 year... More

Helsingoer, Denmark
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Great food and service :-) Both of us had Tuna Tartare, at a generous size, and Chicken Curry (which actually was like Rijstaffel) and both courses wew great.

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

Thank you for taking time to review us and especially for your kind comments. We really appreciate your support ! On behalf my hard working wife and all the staff many thanks and Happy Easter! See you soon. ! More

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Number 2 rated restaurant in Casco Antiguo on Degusta, Panama's version of Yelp. There's a reason for that - this is a great place! Both the seafood and the curry are fantastic. The place is small, so if you're clausterphobic and it's a busy night, be warned. Overall, very romantic with great food and (by Panama standards) acceptable service.

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

Thank you very much for the review. Actually we have now expanded upstairs so we are able to reduce the overall sound levels but it's always quite a challenge as the "locals tend to get vocal" when they are enjoying themselves ! If you se an old man at the bar sipping a cocktail on your next visit please say... More

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