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“Don't bother!” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Maito

Maito
Final de la Calle 50 | 4to Local a Mano Izquierda, Panama City 081602944, Panama
(507) 391-4657
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Ranked #8 of 529 Restaurants in Panama City
Price range: $15 - $25
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Toronto, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Don't bother!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014 via mobile

This place is in the middle of nowhere. After we arrived at a nearly empty restaurant without reservations, we were told it was full. I would never go back.

Visited February 2014
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maitomaito, Owner at Maito, responded to this review, February 15, 2014
We are very sorry you could not be seated in our restaurant. We normally manage one (1) seating a night, and reservations must be placed in advance. The fact that the restaurant was empty, probably means that night had a late seating, and our diners had not yet arrived. For next time, please contact us at + (507)391-4657.
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  • English first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Toronto, ontario
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
“You have to eat here!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

Organic , delicious food food with attentive informative wait staff . We were recommended to go here by our hotel and what a wonderful, well priced meal we all had. The wine list is extensive and well priced, we had house white wine that was delicious for $6/ glass, very reasonable. We shared a few apps based on our waiters suggestions, you have to try the the spacey tuna tartar . OMG I wish I could have it again. They spent a lot of time explaining the menu and making suggestions based on what we were looking for.
All of our meal choices were excellent, smaller portions but sufficient food. Dinner for 4 with wine $200.
If I ever go back to Panama this will be my first stop.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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pennsylvania
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Highly recommended restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

The restaurant has a gracious (but not pretentious) ambiance, very service-oriented staff, very pleasant decor, an excellent menu with an imaginative, and varied array of choices, a good wine list, and VERY tasty food which is well presented. We had appetizers and fish courses as well as desert; fresh ingredients which were well prepared and presented characterized each dish. My friends and I have eaten at some excellent restaurants in many places, and the food here is in the excellent category. Also, the wine list had a good selection with many wines quite reasonably priced for this type of restaurant. I would definitely go back again on any future visits to Panama. For those deciding to go for dinner, I would recommend making reservations in advance so as to be sure of having a table.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Miami
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Not as Great as Before”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Needs to improve Menu and creativity to continue being one of the Tops in Panama, service is good , parking is terrible for the Ladies to walk on...

Visited January 2014
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Mississauga, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Organic, Fresh and Wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

This is a place worth visiting. Went there twice.

For starters, they have one of the best wine lists I've seen in Panama.

First night we were two couples who shared 4 appetizers and 4 entrees. All were wonderful. We happened upon that choice as they all just sounded too good to limit our tasting to just one.

You must go here if you want a World class meal, in a quaint but very busy and very local restaurant.

There is limited english speaking staff members, but those that did provided great menu guidance as it is only in Spanish.

Service was terrific.

Only suggestion is that they should offer a tasting menu.. their food is too good to limit to one choice

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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