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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 #83 of 474 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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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
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
4 helpful votes 4 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
7 helpful votes 7 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
7 helpful votes 7 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
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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47 reviews 47 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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San Francisco, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

One of the reviewers described this place as hit or miss. We got a definite “miss” night; it was a Monday. Food: The food simply wasn’t very good. It felt like the chef was recycling leftovers. The flavors of the passion fruit ceviche were good, but the dish seemed like it had been marinating for days. My fish soup was... More

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Alamo, California
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63 reviews 63 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

For $41 each we 4 got the 7 course taster menu. Not including alcohol. Including taxes and 10% tip. Actually more than enough food. And nearly all of it was pretty good. Even the oxtail was tasty. I'm reviewing this 2 weeks after we got home, only because Trip Advisor sent me a reminder email that I had started a... More

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Stow
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56 reviews 56 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

We must have hit this on one of their perfect evenings because each course was better then the last one and I believe we were served 8 courses including cerviche, roasted vegetables, sea bass, salad, and a trio of desserts. It's a good two hour meal and quite expensive (around $100 per person) with no menu choices just this spectacular... More

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Panama City, Panama
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

this place is so good at what it does, and so low-key about doing it- I think it's my favorite. there's a set menu every day, about $35 without drinks. you are served a series of about 8 small courses, beautifully served- and everything tastes wonderful.

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