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Grapes Restaurant & Bar

Calle 8va, Edificio Grapes | Casco Antiguo, Panama City, Panama
212-1882
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Ranked #18 of 453 restaurants in Panama City
Price range: $11 - $32
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, 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 shall shortly be expanding into another part of the residence in order to meet the demands of our clients.
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Helsingoer, Denmark
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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

Chevy Chase, Maryland
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32 reviews 32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Went with my sister on our 3-night stop in Panama, based on recommendations she received from friends. The restaurant was just up the street from where we were staying in Casco Viejo, and was elegantly appointed. As others have noted, it's a bit noisy, with all those hard surfaces, and we had a rowdy group near us. But the food... More

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

So glad you enjoyed your visit. We have now opened upstairs so there are a lot more choices now including a private dining room . Thank you for posting a review More

Miami, Florida
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Last week I returned to Grapes. It has now a second floor with a private meeting space. The architectural work is fantastic. The carved out the original walls, another wall has antique photos from the old city.The food continues to be spectacular. I had Corvina Grapes style. The fusion between Panamanian and American cuisine was perfect. The wine list was... More

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

Thank you so much for your kind review. It is all very encouraging especislly for me, as I lobbied hard to get the wife to agree the expansion into the old house! Yes they are all original walls built around 1670's . Amazing they still stand after nearly 400 years . Staff will all be happy at your post and... More

Panama City, Panama
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

After five months of traveling across 9 countries we chose grapes for our very last meal abroad before heading home the next morning. It also happened to be my birthday. After reading the Trip Advisor reviews I really liked that the owner responded to all of them personally. I especially liked that he defended the dress code of his restaurant.... More

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

Thank you so much for your kind remarks. We have now opened upstairs and sport a brand new private dining area. My wife says I can't go further into this beautiful old building (1670's) but I guess I will have to work on her to change her mind! Please help by returning often! More

New York City, New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

As others have mentioned start with the tuna tartar. Main course risotto was pretty good and ribs were excellent. We had amazing service - two of us walked in without a reservation but it seems wise if you're a larger group.

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

Great you enjoyed the experience. Yes, since we expanded upstairs availability is much better but still best to book ahead. Hope to see you back and remember our after dinner night spot at PIPS -around the corner is a great place for later in the evening! More

Palm Beach, Florida
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Cool Old City restaurant. The hostess was okay ... we walked in with no reservations and the place was booked solid. So we can wait at the bar for 15 mins past a reservation to get a table. I was thirsty so convinced my wife to have a glass of wine and roll the dice. A glass of wine led... More

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

Really glad you enjoyed your visit. Actually my favourite spot is also dining at the bar! We have just opened another part of Grapes upstairs but perhaps you came before opening date on 14th February? Upstairs has a private dining room which is great for functions . We hope this will also help with providing additional space as we are... More

Woodbridge, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

My wifeand I stopped for lunch after strolling the city. Meal and service were outstanding. Highly recommended.

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

So glad you enjoyed your visit. Hope to see you one evening as well! We have a new upstairs restaurant and private dining. Appreciate your posting a review. It's very encouraging and all of us at Grapes would love to have you back ! More

Colchester, Vermont
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014 via mobile

After walking through Panama's old city in 95 degree heat, Grapes was a welcome and relaxing respite. The dining room is elegant but comfortable. The service friendly and un rushed. We split sea bass ceviche, a Caprese salad, a blue cheese salad, and a nice bottle of Argentinian Sauvignon Blanc. Lovely.

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

We are all happy you enjoyed the experience and thanks for posting a review. Today we open the new expanded Grapes which is upstairs in the house where our nearly 400 year old property has been fully restored. Please drop in again and note that we now have a private dining area.! More

Malaga, Spain
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014 via mobile

Absolutely gorgeous food. After my moms food this is perhaps the best food I've eaten in a very long time. From starters to main course, no possible bad comments. Totally recommend this restaurant. Try to book in advance since they have little space, great atmosphere right in the heart of Panamas old town.

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

We are all delighted you enjoyed your visit to Grapes. Thank you and it certainly encourages us in our new expansion opening shortly. As you know we are situated in the first building constructed in the old city around 1672 . We are expanding upstairs further into our house to ensure that we can meet demand although my wife is... More

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