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“This is a world class Italian Restaurant.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of San Domenico

San Domenico
Calle Esther Neira de Calvo - Coco del Mar, San Francisco. Casa #6 | Tercera cuadra a la derecha,. despues del semaforo de la Suzuki final Calle 50 y Cincuentenario, Panama City, Panama
396-0700
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Ranked #207 of 478 restaurants in Panama City
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Panama City, Panama
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“This is a world class Italian Restaurant.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

The food in this restaurant is top top of the culinary quality range. Everything from their antipasto bar to their homemade pastas are truly an experience. I have been to lots of really good italian restaurants in major cities around the world and San Domenico is really up to par when it comes to the food. Definitely a must if you are in Panama.

I hope that in the future they become really popular and find a better location. The locale is in a residential area and it seems to be a house that was turned into a restaurant. This is really a minor flaw when you get your food and get transported to a true italian flavor.

They do not open very late, 10:30pm on Saturdays, I recommend calling before going so they can reserve a table. The place is small.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 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
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
cape town
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Great food and service in Panama City”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Follow the urgings of other reviewers, this is a great experience. We have followed the chef's suggestions each time we've been; each recommendation well worth it.

  • Visited August 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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Panama
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46 reviews 46 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“The ONLY italian restaurant you should visit in Panama.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

I travel to Panama frequently... there are many Italian Restaurants... however, San Domenico is a superior experience!
The place is tended by the chef/owner Paulo who is an artist in the kitchen.. as the previous reviewer said, it is not easy to find.. but i urge you to try and go!

They make their own pasta, and it is amazing! you can get a duo or trio of pastas.. like a tasting, and the chef will indulge you in all your special requests! its like being invited to eat at the home of a pasta master.

He even makes his own Tiramisu, which is heavenly...
a MUST go.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Miami, Florida
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20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“An Unique Italian Food Experience in Panama”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2012

On my last visit to Panama City, I was able to share with some friend few visits to variety of restaurants in Panama City and I found once again how good you can eat in Panama. Now, one night we went to small Italian owner restaurant at Calle Ester Neira de Calvo “Ristorante San Domenico” a truly wonderful experience of homemade pasta with those great flavors from the Italian cuisine…just PRICELESS.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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215 helpful votes 215 helpful votes
“This place is great - Warning! If you don't know where you are going, you will not find this place.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2011

This is a house in a semingly residential area with nothing on the outside that would let you know you are at the right place. That being said, you must do everything that you can to find this hidden treasure to enjoy some of the best Italian food that you have tasted. Trust me, you will love this place and thank me for the recommendation. The chief is a magician whose pasta's and sauces are among the best that I've ever had. He will make you anything... I would recommend that you try his offering of three or four different pastas to sample a number of his treats. The tuna or calamari carpaccio are both magnificent... in fact order a mix of both. Yum! I asked him to make me clams in garlic and olive oil pasta and he returned with a treat that had me wishing for more. The seafood in red sauce will have you asking for more bread to get every last morsel of sauce off of the plate. I haven't even gotten into the desserts, which are very good.. but, if I haven't convinced you to journey to this restaurant, you probably would like the desserts. This is a food lovers restaurant, where the chef loves to make you happy. The only suggestion that I have is for him to have a better wine list and bar... but the bar is more than adequate to compliment the food. You are missing a real treat if you don't try this place.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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