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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
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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  • 127
    Very good
  • 56
    Average
  • 18
    Poor
  • 34
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
nice change

We passed by El Trapiche after looking at the menu. The waiter said "you'll be back" and we were! Good choice for a very reasonably priced dinner. We had shredded beef and brochettes. Nice change to chicken & rice and fish which we have had an awful lot of just recently!

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
Ian R
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Swansea, United Kingdom
via mobile
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 via mobile

We passed by El Trapiche after looking at the menu. The waiter said "you'll be back" and we were! Good choice for a very reasonably priced dinner. We had shredded beef and brochettes. Nice change to chicken & rice and fish which we have had an awful lot of just recently!

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Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

I was disappointed as this was my second time visiting this restaurant as my first experience was excellent. This time the dishes were average and the price almost double from two years ago. Too expensive for the quality of the food, the wine selection and the service was very slow.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Our second night in the city, we dined at Manolo and enjoyed the meal so much we returned a week later on our last night in the city. The host remembered us and informed the chef that we were back -- which prompted Chef Andres to come to our table, introduce himself, tell us about Manolo's farm-to-table philosophy (complete with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We went here for supper last night, and had an excellent experience. The food we were presented with over 10 courses was all very unique and delicious. We both thought that we might be hungry afterward, given the nature of some higher-end prix-fixe menus, however we both walked away very full! Our favorite dishes were the roasted bone marrow with... More 

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Santiago de Veraguas, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

What a great dinner. I ate here the first time I visited Panamá in September 2013. I moved here in February 2014 and have learned to truly appreciate good service when I can get it. Manolo has excellent customer service and food to match that level. I will be coming here more often!

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Kansas City, Missouri
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We were on the Starwood Incentive trip April 22nd and this restaurant was a last minute option presented to us for a group dine-around as our chosen restaurant fell though. We were absolutely delighted with what we experienced and are so glad this option was added at the last minute for us. The presentation was beautiful, food tasted amazing and... More 

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Toulouse, France
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

In the old center, a very good restaurant . You do not choose the tapas, It is a fixed menu. The decoration is nice , the place is a little bit noisy when full The tapas were all good apart the desert which is not so good compared to the others plates we had. I should have put 5 stars... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

I tried the tasting menu, for $42. There were around 10 different dishes. The ceviche and the seafood soup were the ones I liked the most.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

I went with my boyfriend for the tasting menu and we lived it. The courses were interesting and the service good. Like every tasting menu I've tried I didn't find the food uniformly delicious but for me that's not what it's about. We got to go on a culinary adventure, some of such of which was meh, some of which... More 

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Asuncion, Paraguay
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015 via mobile

Service is great in a not so great setting, but in an extraordinary location, the old town. Food has its up and down from quite good to quite unnoticeable. overall a god meal though, at a reasonablee price for the unreasonable average of casco antiguo.

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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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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: Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Doing business, Local cuisine

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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