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“Relaxing evening with wonderful food and entertainment” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Jose Pinguino's

Jose Pinguino's
Calle Santander, Panajachel, Guatemala
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Ranked #3 of 43 Restaurants in Panajachel
Cuisines: Guatemalan
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Elk River, Minnesota, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Relaxing evening with wonderful food and entertainment”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

The atmosphere is warm and inviting. The owner of the restaurant treats his patrons like guests in his home. His daughters display amazing musical talent. It is the perfect accompaniment to one of the best meals I've had.

  • Visited August 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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Eys, Limburg, Netherlands
1 review
“entertaining evening, good food and good music”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

On a holiday tour I passed one evening in Panajachel, and was attracted in the early evening by beautiful Marimba music played by maya girls in traditional clothes. In the evening , I went there to eat, and the owner was just explaining to a group how the marimba was developed, and how it was constructed. Including questions about composing parts (good answer leading to free drinks). Also the fact was explained , why women tend to dress tradiotionally , while men generally don't. Other people sitting down at a table were quickly seen, and drawn into participating in the good atmosfere. The maya girls are the daughters of the owner and played fine. I bought a CD of them. The food I got was good and quickly brought. I look back on a very good entertaining evening, and recommend visiting José Pinguino.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Elk River, Minnesota
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Jose Pinguinos in Panajachel, Guatemala”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Jose shared his culture which made the experience of eating far more interesting. Great service, the food was good, and the evening was very entertaining! I recommend for a taste of the Mayan culture an evening with Jose and his family. There was a little history, background of the culture, making tortillas, and musical entertainment. It was great fun to learn how to turn a belt into a hat. His daughter made it look so easy.

Great evening. I was a guest so I cannot answer about the cost of the food,

Jen

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Elk River, Minnesota
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great Food and Entertainment”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

They did a presentation and music on local Mayan culture. It was entertaining and informative. My teenagers even enjoyed it! The food was excellent and well prepared!

Visited August 2013
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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“Fun experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

Great ambiance with Marimba Music,

Typical food is fantatstic. Great menu choices.

Service is very friendly. The owner is usually
there and adds to the visit with his stories.

Very good value.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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