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“Typical Panamanian food, oceanfront comfort” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurante Pencas

Restaurante Pencas
Coastway Amador | frente a la plaza Iberoamericana, Panama City 0843-0124, Panama
+507 2113671
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Ranked #83 of 582 Restaurants in Panama City
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Our menus offer a variety of foods for all the tastes: tender meats and fresh sea foods that honor our geographical position close to the sea. These menus are prepared in different ways to delight our customers with an exquisite taste along with an excellent presentation. All are served with our special Pencas Rice or other side dishes of our delicious cuisine.
Cocoa, Florida
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“Typical Panamanian food, oceanfront comfort”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

We ate lunch here with our tour guide. We all ordered corvina (Pacific sea bass), as it is a local specialty. My fillet "al ajillo" (in garlic sauce) was very good, especially accompanied by the "arroz Pencas" (rice cooked in coconut water). My wife ordered the whole fried corvina with pacatones (double-fried plantain rounds -- very good) and was less impressed with her fish.

The tables on the terrace overlooking the Pacific are very comfortable and provide better views than those inside the air-conditioned section.

Others have criticized the service. Our waitress, Daisy, was very friendly, attentive and efficient -- absolutely no complaints.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Great Ceviche, Great View”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2011

I've taken groups of friends here many times over the last 6 or 7 years. Their ceviche is excellent, and they have a wide selection of foods on their menu. Everything I've eaten there is very good, especially their filet steak. If you can sit outside under the thatched-roof huts, you have a view of the Pacific Ocean and the skyline of downtown Panama. Most people don't realize there are dozens of skyscraper buildings downtown and are amazed when they see it for the first time. After dinner, drive out on the Amador Causeway and see the views from there. The Bridge of the Americas, over the Panama Canal at the Pacific entrance, is nearby and visible from the causeway. I take my groups to lunch and dinner at Pencas whenever we are in town. Highly recommend it. Try the Ceviche de Corvina, Camarones, or Mixed ceviche. Very good!!

  • Visited August 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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