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“Excellent old Panama!!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rene Cafe

Rene Cafe
Calle Pedro J. Sossa | Casco Viejo, Panama City 80397, Panama
507-262-3487
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Ranked #11 of 473 restaurants in Panama City
Price range: $8 - $25
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Los Angeles
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Excellent old Panama!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

Although this lovely old Casco restaurant has already been found, it was still a find on a rainy afternoon! This was our first and likely our best meal in Panama City.

The simple and cheap lunch set was perfect - starter salad, simple grilled corvina, rice pilaf and light cake all for $10 a head!!! The wine choices were a little disappointing but that was so even in the priciest restaurants.

The ambiance is pure old time Casco Viejo - go before it is priced out from all the reconstruction!

Visited August 2012
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English first
Cincinnati, Ohio
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Please avoid this place”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

The prices are high, the food is not fresh, the cooking is mediocre at best. The only plus is that the staff is super friendly. The night we went they had a pre fixed menu. My wife had a vegetarian meal, while I had the usual. We both started with Salads, the lettuce and carrots had a stale taste to it. We ordered some cocktails. They added egg white to it, and it wreaked of eggs in them. The food was international, but something that an amateur home cook could easily cobble together. I got a chicken steak with barbeque sauce on it, a spring roll, plantains stuffed with beef (which was the only decent thing we got), fried fish, ravioli stuffed with cheese in a spinach sauce. All in all the meal was lackluster and unimaginative. Most certainly not worth the price they charge.

Visited November 2012
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“What a great surprise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

We found this on trip advisor and it was close to where we stayed so gave it a go. Thought that we weren't too hungry but they only offer 6 courses for dinner! As each course came out we were pleasantly surprised by how delicious it was! The restaurant does not look like much, but it was delicious and the service was very friendly and they were very accommodating and it was a wonderful experience sitting out on the square. I would highly recommend it for something casual but delicious. Not fancy, great food. We were overly full afterwards, as we couldn't stop eating the great food!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Great cheap eat”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012 via mobile

Simple food, fantastic service and really good value. I was in the mood for chicken with some rice and the great location and friendly atmosphere was a nice surprise. Don't expect gourmet but for what it is, I recommend. I enjoyed the tres leches cake at the end

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Great lunch choice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012 via mobile

We had a delightful lunch. It's right in the center of Casco Viejo. The lunch was great from appetizers to dessert for $8.50 each.

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