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Manolo Caracol

Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
228-0109
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As featured in 3 days in Panama City
Ranked #103 of 485 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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San José, San Jose, Costa Rica
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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Panama City, Panama
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

to my favorite restaurant in Panama: gone to pot. It's been a year since we ate there last, so last Saturday night we sat down, expecting to be surprised and delighted. But every course was- not just a disappointment, but almost an affront. First: Osso bucco with carmellized onions and homemade baguette. this was presented smeared on a beef bone-... More

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Montgomery, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

no menu except for wine list. each course shows up with little to no explanation, but dive in and eat

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Pedasi, Panama
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

It had been a while since I had such a good meal. Manolo just opened a new restaurant in Pedasi, which unlike the one in El Casco, this one serves different courses; not a tasting menu. The place is just great; it is peaceful, decorated with Panamanian crafts, and looks over his farm. The restaurant's name is La Huerta and... More

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Broadbeach, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

After 4 months of travelling around South America, I was surprised that when we got to Panama City, and went for our most expensive meal in weeks as backpackers( celebrating our arrival in Central America) to find that the service at this place was pathetic, the staff incredibly rude and insulting. 1 hour 30mins wait for entrees and they were... More

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Santiago de Veraguas, Panama
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

I went with my partner and his business partner. We read about the places to go in Casco Viejo. We were staying at Tantalo Hotel. It was truly the best meal I have had in Panama. It is a small intimate restaurant...a very romantic location for a couple. We had the 9-course tasting menu which was absolutely divine! We had... More

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LONDON
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

We had a very pleasant evening at this restaurant. The 9 course tasting menu has been the highlight of our stay in Panama City and a lovely way to discover new foods and cultures (we are Italians living in London). The service was impeccable. You need to like the surprise effect, have no allergies and like pretty much everything (or... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Recently In Panama city I researched top restaurants in the area. Manolo Caracol embraces all listed above and it does it unpretentiously with balance. 10 of us spent 3 hours not knowing what dish was coming next as there is no menu it is andventourous way to enjoy and evening all you have to do is select from a well... More

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New York City, New York
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50 reviews 50 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

It was our first night in Panama City and we went into Casco Viejo for a dinner search. We walked by a a couple of restaurants and as we approached Manolo a host popped out and offered us a menu, commenting that they also had a tasting menu which we love as you get a little taste and can check... More

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