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“Superb!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Panama Dining Room

Panama Dining Room
3/231 Smith Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria 3065, Australia
+61394177663
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Ranked #742 of 3,915 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $9 - $14
Cuisines: French, Bar, European
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Superb!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

One of those rare occasions when everything just works. Great atmosphere, excellent friendly service and superb food. It's fairly casual and relaxed, but it felt like fine-dining. The fried Brussels sprouts were amazing (and I generally hate Brussels sprouts!) The Crème Brulee was wonderful. Not super cheap, but it felt worthy of the price for such quality. We loved it!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Melbourne, Australia
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73 reviews 73 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
“Excellent food and excellent service - very impressed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

The first time I came here was a couple of years back and I wasn't that impressed however I did think the decor was great. i went back last night for a meal and have completely changed my mind. It wasn't that busy (Tuesday night) but the food was lovely and the servers very attentive. The side dishes (parsnips and sprouts) were particularly great. This is no definitively now one of my hot spots in Melbourne.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne, Australia
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139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
“Hidden secret of Melbourne”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Attended here as my fiance suprised me and I was actually suprised by the quality of this restaurant. Its modern, very well priced, 5 star service. The room is split into 2 - half dining and half bar/lounge. What i don't like about these places is loud noise - and this DIDNT have it. it was great , with the amount of people in the room we werent talking over each other.

The menu can be a little out there for some and it doesnt have the biggest selection but what it does have is quality. the rump steak is probably the best i've had, not the biggest but definitely the tastiest.

They forgot our side order - not a big issue, they just took it off the bill.

great atmosphere, dim, not overly romantic but its just great for whatever occasion.

Try the selection of meats for an entree - salamis etc. very good.

Also went to the other half of the room - prices are melbourne prices which is expensive but again, the quality is there.

keep up the good work.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Better than we were told”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

We ate here after missing out on a table at Anada. It was really excellent. We all had different dishes and all agreed they were fab, but one of the highlights were the vegetable sides which were all imaginative and tasty. Have an expresso martini to finish with- superb. And the price was fine too. Will return

Visited June 2013
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“Nice surprise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

The lead up to this place is a little disconcerting : a non descript door, 2 flights of stairs (a little seedy) & then you enter a funky bright & welcoming dining hall....& breathe a sigh of relief. Panama is a fun place with great ambience. Best with a group of friends for a fun night out. Service is bright & cheery. The food is OK. I wouldn't go so far as to say fine-dining. More of a casual eatery with prices creeping into the fine-dining category zone. If it was purely food alone - Melbourne has lots of better options but overall, Panama is a good experience. The only downside to the experience is that the restaurant is very noisy. You literally hv to raise your voice to talk but its the sort of place where one goes to hv a fun noisy evening.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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