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Matsuei Sushi Bar Panama

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Japanese, International, Sushi
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Cl. Eusebio A. Morales 12-A, Panama City, Panama
507-2649562/47
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Buffet, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout

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  • 17
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Just an average Japanese restaurant

Matsuei offers an extensive menu with typical japanese food, including combos. Just like in Japan, the menu shows pictures of the food. It was ordered a combo of miso soup, algae salad and a selection of sushis and rolls. There was more than enough food but every piece of sushi contained much rice... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
farmami2012
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Sao Paulo, SP
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Families with children
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Sao Paulo, SP
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Matsuei offers an extensive menu with typical japanese food, including combos. Just like in Japan, the menu shows pictures of the food. It was ordered a combo of miso soup, algae salad and a selection of sushis and rolls. There was more than enough food but every piece of sushi contained much rice, masking the taste of fish.

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Panama City, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

They have a ton, and I do mean a TON of traditional Japanese plates. They also cater to the fusion crowd by having an extensive roll menu (apart from the traditional ones). The owner is always around and from time to time even behind the sushi bar taking care of business! Ive never had an issue here.

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Brisbane, Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

This is close to the Toscana Inn, so a short walk to dinner. I enjoyed the sushi rolls. Very tasty and seafood seemed fresh. Ambiance is ok. Try the Volcano Roll.

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Panama
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 via mobile

Order the almejas!!! Wao unbelievable. The staff is very friendly, closest thing to japan! Spicy tuna roll, sushi ebi and a saporo beer:)

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Panama City, Panama
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27 reviews 27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Matsuei like the reviews in the pages before used to be incredible. They used to have amazing service since the owner was always there. Plus their famous beef/chicken in a box was so tasty. We used to order extra to take home. Went there a few nights ago and was so let down. The servers were unprofessional, no management in... More 

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Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We had lunch and could not find the $12 fixed price for lunch which was mentioned in LP. We had two plates of sushi, which were good, but quite expensive. Wasabi was served apart now (not inside as another review says). Service was like in other panamanian restaurants.

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Cancun, Mexico
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Service was slow to none existent whenever we needed a waiter we had to leave the table to calls somebodies attention. The food was just Ok. The sushi fell apart, the yakimeshi was good. The decor dated.

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Nagoya, Japan
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58 reviews 58 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I just had dinner at this restaurant with my new Panamanian friends, hoping for decent Japanese meals. Nigiris were not bad, but Makis were a bit disappointing as the rice inside was too hard pressed (too much pressure applied inside the Nori). One of my friends also ordered Kare-rice (beef-curry with rice) which wasn't quite like the Kare-rice that we... More 

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Houston, Texas
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58 reviews 58 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I dropped by for my first time - for a quick dinner. The place was nice and I was able to meet / talk with the owner. Portions were very small and overall sort of expensive. But the overall conversation and hospitality was nice. Then the next morning - stomach issues. I have traveled to Panama for the past 5... More 

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California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Service was prompt on a Saturday at 2pm. Moro juice was good. Sushi was OK, but expensive - $18 for 18 rolls; in other words, San Francisco prices. Nothing to *complain*, but no reason to come again.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Cl. Eusebio A. Morales 12-A, Panama City, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Panama Province  >  Panama City
  • Phone Number: 507-2649562/47

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
  • Cuisine: Japanese, International, Sushi

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Families with children

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