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“Jose Pinguino's a great experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Jose Pinguino's

Jose Pinguino's
Calle Santander, Panajachel, Guatemala
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Ranked #4 of 46 Restaurants in Panajachel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Guatemalan
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Mt. Vernon, IN
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Jose Pinguino's a great experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

The food was delicious and the service and entertianment were also great. Interesting and engaging presentation about Mayan history and cuisine and about the Mayan marimba and beautiful marimba music.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Delicious food & great value!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Their food is really good, especially their 'economical menu' shown at front of restaurant, where soup of the day, bread, main meal ( there was beef, chicken, fish & more to choose from) was only 30/35Q which is a steal in this tourist area of town! However, they don't give you the 'economical menu once they set you, unless you ask for it, so be sure to ask! We had their beef, garlic chicken & grilled fish, all was done really well which comes with rice, avocado dips & salad! So I agree with other reviewers, food is great!

However, I cannot agree with the 'friendly atmosphere' others have experienced. 1st time we went at dinner with live music, the music was enchanting, but the girls performing looks like they hated being there, & you couldn't get a smile out of them even if you smile at them. The owner was there & no smile from him either & didn't see him talk to anyone. Wait staff was normal but not engaging. 2nd time we went was during the day, and service is very average, same like first time. So if you are looking at a cultural or friendly experience like other reviewers say, you would be disappointed. But if you are happy with pure good food, then this is a really good choice!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Zionsville
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“Jose Pinguino's Wonderful Place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

The food was great. The service was also great. The servers, kitchen workers, and entertainment appear to be all by the same family of very friendly people. We wondered throughout town and ate a few other places and this one appeared to be the best and was the best that we tried. Thanks to the owner, Miguel, and his family for a great experience.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California, United States
1 review
“One of the best nights ever!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Excellent food, wonderful entertainment and even entertaining history of Mayan culture and cuisine. It couldn't have been a nicer experience. Thank you to Jose and your family!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Tampa, Florida
1 review
“Great music”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

Recommended. Great local food with marimba music played by an all girls band. Excellent location on Santander street.

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