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“Upscale...” 5 of 5 stars
Review of La Trona

La Trona
Calle 48 | Bella Vista, Panama City, Panama
507-396-9230
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Ranked #35 of 453 restaurants in Panama City
Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Panama City, Panama
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5 restaurant reviews
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“Upscale...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

This is an upscale restaurant serving what we say "author's cuisine". All around excellent with good service although the restaurant was not full at 7:30 pm.
The decor is very nice and the ambiance perfect for an intimate dinner.
It is on the second floor of a small building, very discretely advertised, hard to find.
The price goes with the place, on the high side. But all our selections were tasty, well presented and excellent.
A place worth it for people with a good budget!!!!
A.Dallaire, Panama

  • Visited April 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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English first
Panama City, Panama
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Amazing evening”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013 via mobile

La Trona is a beautiful looking place for dinner, especially for 2. Ate there Sat night. The cosmos were well made, in appetizers must try the tartar de salmon and the causa de atun, YUMMY! Dinner -the corvina in causa( Peruvian sauce) and the lamb.
Service was very attentive ,all in all an A+.

Visited March 2013
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“Best creme brûlée of our lives!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

The Waldorf Astoria recommended La Trona to us and I am so glad they did! The restaurant has really fun unique decor. We sat outside on the terrace. The middle tables get the best access to fans, but there was a nice breeze the whole night so any table would be fine. We chose the sushi tower to start. It was delicious and a good size. I had the short rib for dinner. All I can say is that it was perfect! It was so flavorful and so tender. You could cut it with a spoon! My husband had the skirt steak and he said it was one of the best of his life. Everything was wonderful but the dessert really stole the show! I had the selection of sorbets. They were absolutely delicious. Strawberry, watermelon and orange perfection. My husband chose the creme brûlée and it was one of the very best things I have ever eaten. I don't even really know how to describe it besides smooth, creamy, heaven. Obviously I highly recommend this restaurant! Especially if you are staying at the Waldorf, it is very close! Service was perfect, attentive but unobtrusive. We enjoyed every minute!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California
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“RUDE HORRID SERVICE DO NOT GO HERE”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

We arrived to an empty restaurant & were promptly told no seating was available but they would allow us to sit outside. We were overlooking a cyclone fence with razor wire, smelly wet plastic potted plants & a parking lot...we told them, either we sat inside or we would leave. A rude waiter begrudgingly sat us in a dark corner with a disgusting look. Ok, we can deal but were getting very perturbed. We ordered sangria but were told that the only way we would get sangria was to order a very expensive bottle of wine. That was it. We got up and left letting them know that we would be posting this review. The restaurant is dark, old fashioned, stuffy. We went because of some of the reviews we read here. Bad idea. We walked next door to Jaleo. Super atmosphere, great food, lovely service,

If you want beautiful, bright, fresh spaces where you are treated graciously go to Luna, Segunda Muelle or a rare treat where locals attend - Habbito-best paella ever with a scrumptious gin & tonic made with tropical fruit!!

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Fine Dining in Panama”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

We struggled to find La Trona as it is situated on the second floor of a building and several blocks away from Uruguay Sreet. I am glad that we made the effort. This restaurant deserves notice for simply trying to put forth an interestng menu. Most dishes fused European/Mediterranean food with Asian touches. Wait staff was friendly and welcoming.The results, while not perfectly executed, provided a nice alternative to the burgers and chops available elsewhere.

Visited January 2013
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