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Manolo Caracol

Avenida Central and Calle 3, Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
228-0109
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Ranked #87 of 508 Restaurants in Panama City
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Jaco, Costa Rica
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

A must goto place in Panama. You are greeted by a friendly waiters who explains the process of the meals. There is no menu you are just presented with 8-10 plates ranging from seafood, meats and local vegetables. The chef comes to the table and explains the different courses and the story behind the restaurant concept. The food is all... More

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Kampala, Uganda
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Book ahead. Be there on time. Let the staff know if you have an allergies. Eat. Enjoy. You might not fully like everything you taste but it doesn't matter. Another dish will come and you probably will love that one. It is all local with an international touch, fresh, well prepared in a genuin and nice setting. You will not... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Make reservations ahead of time and this place is quite worth the experience. Chef's choice with no menu, not only do you get to chat with the chef but you get an insight into their process and their love of Panama and its agriculture. Could not recommend more highly.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Loved this tasting menu of 10 imaginative dishes. Well described by the staff at presentation of each course. Very attentive to a food allergy by a member of our party and made a wonderful substitution. Nice service. All staff bi-lingual.

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Pittsburgh
Top Contributor
166 reviews 166 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
1,200 helpful votes 1,200 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

My wife and I ate here recently and really enjoyed it. The various courses ranged from good to great. Not a bad dish among them. The service was very good and the owner stopped by and explained his approach to sourcing and using local ingredients. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Panama City.

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Park Rapids, MN
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This was an interesting, informative, flavorful experience! We learned a lot about Panamanian food and culture and tasted superior foods in a charming atmosphere.

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New York City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

With only one night in Panama City, & it being the last day of our trip, my friend & I wanted a really great meal. This place does NOT disappoint! My friend has Celiac (a severe allergy to gluten), & the Chef's tasting menu was seamlessly arranged to accommodate her restrictions. Chef Andres visited our table several times to explain... More

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Bogota, Colombia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

I love this place. Ate here 4 years ago and it was a memorable meal. Ate here a month ago for my 10-year anniversary and it didn't disappoint. My wife loved it. Awesome food!

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San José, San Jose, Costa Rica
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

A year ago we visited Manolo Caracol in Casco Viejo, the best neighborhood to see in Panama City and fell in love with the place and the concept: the chef makes a new menu every night from the freshest in the market. Just sit and enjoy. We "reserved" a table a few days before we came for the weekend. "Reserved"... More

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Escazu, Costa Rica
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The venue mixes an ambiance between modern restaurant and also an open kitchen so that you can check how your meals are been prepared, without been so close to the kitchen that makes you hot. Meals vary according to the seasonal ingredients the chef finds or cultivates. A really good experience on tradicional ingredients with new techniques in cuisine. There's... More

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

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