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“Possibly the Best in Panama City” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rausch Restaurant

Rausch Restaurant
Calle 53 y Ricardo Arango, Obarrio | Antiguo Snob Shop, Panama City, Panama
399-0222
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Ranked #17 of 454 restaurants in Panama City
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Fort Frances, Canada
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72 reviews 72 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
“Possibly the Best in Panama City”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

This my second visit to Rausch, the first being a few weeks ago, and so I can comment on whether the quality of the restaurant is sustained.
Rausch sits in the basement of the Hotel Esplendor on Ave Samuel Lewis, near via Espana. The décor is simple and understated. The staff, especially the senior staff, are excellent. They arrive when whenever you need them without hovering. Rausch provides some of the best service in Panama City. So many restaurants here are let down by their poor service.
Four of us ate at Rausch on a Saturday night in which the restaurant's trade was steady but not busy. The price for four of us, including drinks, entrees and desserts, was $320 but this included an expensive bottle of champagne. We all agreed Rausch's prices are reasonable.
Most notable was the tuna tartare entrée which everyone loved, and the desserts are uniformly terrific. Try the Rausch special dessert platter at a very reasonable $10 or $11.
Try Rausch. You will be very happy you did.

  • Visited April 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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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Los Angeles, CA
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“So Nice - I Went Twice - Classy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Was in town for 12 days on business and I would recommend this restaurant for anyone wanting to entertain a large group, go out with executives and for a nice romantic meal.

Highly recommend the tasting menu and it compares with any tasting menu in the states. Small plates, great taste, great wine.

Only con is that as I found in most restaurants in Panama City - service was a little slow - so just know going in what you want and order quickly.

I was taken out here by executives and loved it so much I took a group of people who came into town days later to enjoy it. Great presentation.

**If you don't like fish or are lactose intolerant - tasting menu might not be for you.

It's also situated in the bottom of a hotel...taxis find it easier if you say the hotel name rather than the restaurant name.

You should wear something nicer than tourist wear to this restaurant as it truly is one of better classier places in town.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Panama City, Panama
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Wow.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Not much more needs to be said. I have had an awesome evening with good friends at Rausch.
The food was stunning, the ambience was really nice and the service was terrific.
The only thing that could be improved upon is the time it takes for the bar to get a drink ready.
Prices are very fair for the quality you get. I can't wait to see whether they can deliver this experience once more when we return.
The waiter was very nice and observant, too.
I would rate Rausch under the top five restaurants I have been to (yes, outside of Panama) and it deserves a much higher rating here in Panama.

  • Visited February 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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Baltimore, Maryland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Went twice.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

We went once on my wife's birthday and everything was truly perfect. She had perfectly grilled salmon and I had the filet, which was perfectly cooked and juicy tender. The Mushrooms in a brown sauce and the beef carpaccio appetizers were standouts. Service was smooth and efficient and when the was a problem with our limited Spanish arose , the head waiter kept everything moving without a problem.
The place is elegant to look at...the music was a light and quiet jazz.
We enjoyed our second visit. This time we each had two appetizers...one as and appetizer and the second as "dinner".
Wine by the bottle and by the glass were fairly priced.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Panama City, Panama
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Not always the same”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013 via mobile

The first time we went to R with a couple of friends,was great. The breads r amazing,service is good. But,the second time we went there food was not as good. So never went back!

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