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Avenida Central and Calle 3, Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
228-0109
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: One of the most renowned restaurants in Panama City, this Casco Viejo gem...
One of the most renowned restaurants in Panama City, this Casco Viejo gem requires guests to put their tastebuds in the hands of Spanish chef/owner Manolo Madueño. You don’t order off the menu—about 12 courses of seasonal dishes will arrive at your table during either lunch or dinner. A cozy dining room adds to the hours-long experience.
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Good for:
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 199
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    Very good
  • 52
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  • 16
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  • 32
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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Concept dining

Manolo Caracol is in the Casco Antiguo section of Panama which has become a popular place for tourists and nationals alike. Panama has done a good job in developing this very old section which was dilapidated until people took interest in making it a great place to visit an stay. It is very close... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
panz22
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Chicago, Illinois
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Chicago, Illinois
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

Manolo Caracol is in the Casco Antiguo section of Panama which has become a popular place for tourists and nationals alike. Panama has done a good job in developing this very old section which was dilapidated until people took interest in making it a great place to visit an stay. It is very close to the ocean. Manolo Caracol is... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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40 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Great food. Fresh. Well presented. Excellent location in a beautiful area, and friendly staff and owner. You will not have a better mean in Panama. Heck, I've often thought of flying to Panama just for a meal here.

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Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

There are just a few things you can be certain about at Manolo Caracol: every one in the restaurant is eating the same thing you are and what you eat will likely be different if you go back again. The reasonably-priced prix fix menu includes nine small plate courses that on this night included: bone marrow with caramelized onion; carrot... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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132 restaurant reviews
177 helpful votes 177 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This is recommended in every guide book and online article, so it was great to check it out. A nice atmosphere with big tables so while it felt busy, you also had good room and space. The server asks you what allergies you have, explains the concept and away we go. At first, the courses came think and fast but... More 

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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122 restaurant reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I saw a few bad reviews , sorry I could not be happier..the food is well prepared and soooo tasty.the restaurant is cozy in a beautiful restored building...the best chicken with a garlic green sauce I ever had...portions were nyc size but we ordered great salad and soups....it was great..

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Panama City, Panama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

We used the online rsvp but they must not check it so we were lucky to have stopped in earlier in the day to ensure a table. They open at 6pm & since most people eat late (9pm) our 6:30 meal was not a problem. We had excellent service with timely yet leisurely pace! A 7 course meal including dessert.... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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102 reviews 102 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Four of us had no idea what to expect and were fortunate to get reservations for the day we flew into Panama City. Situated in the middle of Casco Antiguo with its narrow streets, old churches and beautiful squares the restaurant is in a restored old building. Immediately the friendly staff led us to a nice table and explained how... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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4 reviews 4 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

The best table that I found in Casco Viejo. Certainly a good place to bring a lady you want to impress.

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Goshen, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

You hear that Panama is a bargain compared to the USA, but in general I didn't find that to be true. With the exception of this restaurant. We ate our 9 course meal at Manolo Caracol in early January 2015. The food was exceptional and well presented. The first course was bone marrow- wow. We enjoyed each successive course over... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

This is an unusual restaurant in that it has not menu. You will have a set number of courses...I can't remember if it was 8 or 10...that are based on the chef's desire that day and what's available in the markets. All the dishes are influenced by Panamanian cuisine without being "comida typica". Dinner was served leisurely. Everything was well... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Avenida Central and Calle 3, Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Panama Province  >  Panama City
  • Phone Number: 228-0109

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

One of the most renowned restaurants in Panama City, this Casco Viejo gem requires guests to put their tastebuds in the hands of Spanish chef/owner Manolo Madueño. You don’t order off the menu—about 12 courses of seasonal dishes will arrive at your table during either lunch or dinner. A cozy dining room adds to the hours-long experience.

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