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Panas Gourmet Empanadas

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4731 Elm Street, Bethesda, MD 20814
301-657-7371
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch
Description: Panas specializes in Latin fusion gourmet empanadas, crescent- shaped...
Panas specializes in Latin fusion gourmet empanadas, crescent- shaped turnovers, stuffed with well seasoned combinations of meats, vegetables, spices, fruits, and sweets. Our recipes are inspired by the idea of Latin Fusion cuisine; a culinary concept based on creating new recipes by combining traditional and modern culinary techniques and mixing ingredients from different countries in the Americas. The only empanadas’ tradition we want to preserve is that empanadas a great idea and fun package for food.
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great food!

My colleagues and I looked for someplace unique to have lunch, and chose Panas. We each ordered their combo with three different empanadas, plaintain chips, and dipping sauces. All the empanadas were great, and the sauces were fantastic. I'd definitely eat here again if I'm in Bethesda.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
Mick P
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West Fargo, North Dakota, United States
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West Fargo, North Dakota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

My colleagues and I looked for someplace unique to have lunch, and chose Panas. We each ordered their combo with three different empanadas, plaintain chips, and dipping sauces. All the empanadas were great, and the sauces were fantastic. I'd definitely eat here again if I'm in Bethesda.

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Clarksville, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

I kind of fell into this place. I was trying to find a place to park in Bethesda and was having problems. I ended up parking near this restaurant and checked out the good reviews here. The empanadas were fresh and very tasty. The dipping sauces really add to the flavor. A good guacamole as a side completed a very... More 

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San Angelo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The flavors are so amazing. Fresh sauces with any number of empanada fillings. And the guacamole with plantain chips .... Delicious!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Many of the other urban Bethesda restaurants are jaded with big city, no-nonsense, no smile service. Not Panas Gourmet Empanadas! I've been meeting friends there for lunch for the past few years and always impressed with their attitude and appreciation for our business. Its genuine - from my whitbread perspective. The food tracks right along, great value, interesting, tasty, mouth-watering... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Planned to go to Potbelly Sandwiches for lunch with a friend. Got parking easier than expected, and dropped in a Barking Dog Saloon to check the menu and ambiance -- definitely not a day time crowd, though it seemed nice. Opted to try Panas, since I'd already been to countless Potbellys... Wide range empanadas, salads, etc.... and they serve cold... More 

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Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

I love something a little out of the ordinary and this is exactly that. Panas is a great place to get a quick bite to eat without having to spend a fortune or settle for typical american fast food. The staff is extremely friendly and more than happy to provide a recommendation or choose your entire meal if need be.... More 

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Rockville, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

My son surprised me fir dinner and took me to this place. Was not sure what to expect so it was nice surprise. The place is a bit small, so can get a bit crowded. The food comes out very fast and it's very fresh and very tasty. We had a lot of different fillings and to be honest they... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

We had just checked into our hotel and wanted to get a good lunch and found this restaurant through the TripAdvisor app. We weren't disappointed! We each got the 3 empanada combo. My wife enjoyed the Popeye (spinach, get it?) and the smoked eggplant. I liked the carne (beef) and chipotle steak versions. The plantain chips with the combo deal... More 

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Coolangatta, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Stumbled across Panas' down a few stair on P Street in Washington near the DuPont Circle. Excellent selection of empanadas, dipping sauces and salads. To quench your thirst there is also Sangria. The tray of 8 empanadas was very good value and very filling.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013 via mobile

I was so excited to try this place out! When I got in, I was wowed by the clean atmosphere, the Latin/salsa music and the friendly employees. I loved that it was like a lounge setting as opposed to your typical restaurant setting. For me, the wow factor stopped there. When I have empanadas in mind, I think of yummy... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4731 Elm Street, Bethesda, MD 20814
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Bethesda
  • Phone Number: 301-657-7371

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 15

Description

Panas specializes in Latin fusion gourmet empanadas, crescent- shaped turnovers, stuffed with well seasoned combinations of meats, vegetables, spices, fruits, and sweets. Our recipes are inspired by the idea of Latin Fusion cuisine; a culinary concept based on creating new recipes by combining traditional and modern culinary techniques and mixing ingredients from different countries in the Americas. The only empanadas’ tradition we want to preserve is that empanadas a great idea and fun package for food.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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