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“Great space and good service” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Tantalo Kitchen

Tantalo Kitchen
Calle 8 y Avenida B | Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
507-262-4030
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Ranked #16 of 453 restaurants in Panama City
Cuisines: Tapas
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Late Night
Chiang Mai, Thailand
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great space and good service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

Celebrated a friend's birthday with a group of 15 people. We hadn't made a reservation but were given a corner where we could lounge about and chat. Nice decor, large atrium and clean. Popular place so it is worth arriving early. Our server was very attentive, we ordered a variety of drinks including watermelon mojitos which were very popular. The food was good, we tried chicken, beef, vege and prawn dishes and all the comments were positive. Later in the evening we ventured up to the roof bar, quite a different scene. Very loud music and lots of young people. Amazing view and nice fresh breeze. Parking is a major issue in Casco Viejo due to road works so either arrive very early, get a taxi or walk. Great way to spend a night celebrating.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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pennsylvania
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“high energy dining experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

This is a tapas restaurant. You cannot go wrong with any of their offerings. Love the cheesey mac and cheese with shrimp. All are wonderful! And don't forget dessert. The caramelized banana with ice cream, delicious. Roof top bar is very popular.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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49 restaurant reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Sensational trendy latino fusion”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

We were served by a very friendly and charming waitress from the Dominican Republic who kindly told us we were ordering too much. We had assumed that the mainly tapas portions would allow us to sample many dishes we thought were interesting because of their descriptions on the menu. The portions are not huge but larger that the normal tapas dish one gets in Europe. The menu is mainly of latin american traditional cuisine beautifully presented and very tasty. The food was just sensasional, particularly the Cuban style pulled pork on top of corn tortilla, the corn and fish ceviche and the beef medallion with tamarind chutney (just superb). We ask for a second puller pork as it was so good. The restaurant is nicely decorated and has a lovely modern vibe about it.

  • 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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Panama City, Panama
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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“Bold flavors, interesting menu, nice space”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

I met a very nice guy in the pool of our beach condo last year and we began talking food and recommendations. He was the new Chef at Tantalo and he told me a bit of his background and his plans. It sounded terrific! Yet, time passed, and although I noted that the kitchen was getting wonderful reviews, it still took us nearly a year to go there for our first meal We found a few dishes so divine that we hardly refrained from licking the bowls clean of the Patatas Alegres and the Coconut Cashew Chicken. The Balsamic Egglplant and the Greek Salad both tasty and satisfying. We also had the mixed Parrillada which was a plentiful mix of tasty grilled meats at only $16. For such a trendy Casco Viejo restaurant/bar, the 3 of us ate heartily for a reasonable price The desserts were beckoning but we had already decided to get ice cream at our favorite gelateria down the street. Next time I will try at least 2 or 3 of them - they sound gorgeous.
One word of caution with a happy ending: DO NOT ORDER THE GREEN IGUANA. It sounded interesting. It cost $10. When the cocktail arrived, the guest who had ordered it passed, and no one else at the table was even able to get a few sips down.
The waitress had told us the list of ingredients that she knew were in it, but upon tasting, the "secret ingredient" may have been something the Iguana would rather have kept to himself.. When they wouldn't take the drink back, the accommodating waitress brought some fruit juice in which to mix it, but the strong flavor would not be masked. So, we stopped drinking. Had they retrieved the offensive drink, we would have ordered more drinks, wine with dinner, drinks afterwards. Tantalo's would have profitted much more than the cost of the tossed Iguana drink FORTUNATELY, I spoke with the bar tender before leaving to tell him that this was our only complaint with an otherwise outstanding meal and he would not let us leave without a couple of walk a way frozen margaritas on the house. Happy Ending. We'll certainly be back.

Visited February 2013
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Panama City, Panama
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7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Great New Hotspot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

The Hotel Tantalo Rooftop Bar is one of the latest and best hotspots in the city. My wife and I went there on Valentine’s Day for the first time. A good mix of friendly tourists, expats, and locals filled it up by the time live music started. We enjoyed meeting a group of folks from Minnesota - oh ya.The atmosphere is wonderful as you enjoy a well-made cocktail above Casco Viejo with marvelous views of the skyline and Panama Bay. A good time to go is about the time the sun is setting and you feel the cool ocean breezes. Besides the good atmosphere, the food is tasty and the service is efficient and friendly. We decided to enjoy some of the appetizers such as corvina cakes (similar to crab cakes), nice fat mussels, and the pad Thai dish instead of a full dinner. It turned out to be plenty. The food is quickly brought up from the ground floor kitchen. If you want a full dinner, you would probably want to dine downstairs, although it lacks the ambiance of the rooftop. The Tantalo is a place where we will stop in about anytime we are in our favorite part of the city, especially when we have out-of-town guests.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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