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4731 Elm Street, Bethesda, MD 20814
301-657-7371
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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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Tasty Nuggets, Really Friendly Service

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 9, 2015
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
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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313 reviews 313 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
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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104 reviews 104 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
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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11 restaurant reviews
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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267 reviews 267 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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Columbia, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

My friend and I were very excited to try this place out because we don't have anything like it back home. The menu featured a lot of new and exciting flavor combinations and mix-and-match options for 2 or more people. We got our choice of 8 empanadas, the plantain and veggie skewers and the cucumber appetizer (the last two we... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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328 reviews 328 reviews
230 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We did take-out of about 12 mostly meat empanadas for a group of 4, and they were PERFECT. The filling of each is stamped in two letters on the edge of each empanada (CA for beef, green olives, hard-boiled eggs, onions and parsley, CS for Chipotle Steak, CP for Chicken Pesto, etc.). Each was better than the one before: fresh... More 

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Rockford, Illinois
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

I would consider this a fast food restaurant because one orders at the counter. BUT the food is not your typical fast food, it's delicious: fresh, tasty and easy to eat. After enjoying the empanadas, I ordered a special fruit drink. The ice machine was broken, so the guy at the counter said that if I returned after about two... 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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