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Matsuei Sushi Bar Panama

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Japanese, Asian, 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, Late Night, Buffet, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Average sushi bar

They had a pretty good selection but seemed overpriced. No unagi (eel) on menu. Was looking for hand rolls but they also were not on menu. Went with gyoza and a spicey tuna roll. Nothing special and the sauce they gave for pot stickers was too much vinegar for me. Ginger served with tuna roll was... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Travelbound44
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Wisconsin
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Wisconsin
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226 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They had a pretty good selection but seemed overpriced. No unagi (eel) on menu. Was looking for hand rolls but they also were not on menu. Went with gyoza and a spicey tuna roll. Nothing special and the sauce they gave for pot stickers was too much vinegar for me. Ginger served with tuna roll was best I have had.... More 

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Doha, Qatar
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112 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

We stayed across the street at the Riande Granada and ate here two out of three nights that we were in Panama City. It's definitely more than just a sushi bar, so don't be put off if you don't eat raw fish. There was an extensive menu with many Japanese choices. Reasonably prices and the food was good! If you're... More 

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Thank maryama123
Tampa, Florida
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

We visited Matsuei twice in late November 2015. On the first occasion, both food and service were exemplary. On the second visit, the server was standoffish and ultimately abandoned our table completely and without warning, leaving it to be handled by another server. We tried numerous rolls over our two visits, all of which were excellent and expertly prepared. Parking... More 

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Thank Ron M
Panama City, Panama
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

I last visited Matsuei around two years ago and had a pleasant experience. Sadly last night the food was so poor that I had to abandon it and leave the restaurant. The Gyoza starter was limp, cold and lacking in flavour and was returned. The 'caliente' sake was bearable but a bit on the cold side. The sushi rolls that... More 

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Thank Ivan H
Cambutal, Panama
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45 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Matsuei is resting on their reputation of several years back. No complaints about the food other than pricey, very pricey for what you receive. I would avoid the sushi as the two sushi chefs I've seen didn't have hats or disposable gloves on. In Panama where sanitation is severely lacking, cleanliness is everything. I should also comment on the temperature... More 

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Thank Ronzo4600
Bogota, Colombia
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59 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

This sushi bar is within walking distance of our hotel. We went there for a late afternoon lunch. Although, the sushi was excellent, we found the wait staff to be wanting. They were not friendly nor attentive. Our main dishes of chicken curry and fish with rice was, at best, simply ordinary... not bad... just ordinary. Go here for sushi... More 

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Thank BobCarman
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

While the sushi is not bad, it's also not great, and the prices are higher than they should be for average sushi. What really frustrated me about my visit was the quality of the service. Halfway through my meal, I ordered a second sushi roll and a beer, but the beer was never delivered. Thirty minutes later, after receiving and... More 

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Thank Shawn G
Lausanne, Switzerland
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52 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

I went to this restaurant a few times and always found the food to be really great. They have a large selection of sushis and other japonese dishes and everything tastes nice and fresh. My only advice would be to work on the quality of the service. The staff could definitely be a little bit more friendly.

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Thank SerranoJonathan
Palm Beach, Florida
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Love this place. Lucky enough to be residing close-by which makes it a staple restaurant for me. They always have the freshest fish (I don't know where they get their Salmon, but it is the best I have had in town!!) and great sushi rolls. You can see the owner working there everyday which makes it that much more special.... More 

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Thank LATeuscher11
Panama City, Panama
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80 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Many japanese dishes,even combos and very good sushi.This is like being in Japan food wise and the owner is japanese retired now but I have always gone there and was never disappointed.Service is so so, and when crowded, the food takes some time to arrive.Decor is unpretentious....but food quality is very good.One of the best traditional japanese restaurants in town... More 

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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, Asian, International, Sushi

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic

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