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“Great food, loud atmosphere” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Grapes Restaurant & Bar

Grapes Restaurant & Bar
Calle 8va, Edificio Grapes | Casco Antiguo, Panama City, Panama
+507 212-1882
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Ranked #27 of 489 Restaurants in Panama City
Price range: $11 - $32
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The Restaurant is situated in one of the rooms of a fully restored private mansion dating back to 1657 and is one of the very first structures built in the old fortified Spanish city. The original walls and arches are skillfully blended into a cosy dining and bar area. We have now expanded further into the old house and now offer private dining
Peoria, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great food, loud atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

We dined here on a recent business trip. The food was superb and we were glad we had an early reservation because it filled up quickly after 8:00. The restaurant is quaint and we were serenaded by a live jazz band, which was nice, but with the full restaurant, it added to the difficulty in carrying a conversation. Definitely worth a taste, but would recommend going early or expect to struggle carrying a conversation amongst the other diners.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Still a favorite and definately worth the wait.....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Book a table, don't be disappointed.....

Since opening, I think I have eaten here 4 times.... Each time, completely different. The menu has changed slightly, and too some of the cuts of meat, particularly the lamb.... The lamb is for sure one of the best plates on the menu, assuming you like it, of course..... The appetizers are fantastic, you could eat these and be satisfied....

The service is very good. the waiting staff are tentative and speak in Spanish and Spanglish - which helps.... they know their menu. One comment - Replace the front of house woman... OMG - If she smiles, I'm sure the make-up or the face will crack.... Miserable......

Dinner this time, was a little salty across the board - everything from the sauce to the meat. The slow cooked lamb was indeed slow cooked to a point of being really dry and crunchy....I even needed to ask for more sauce to moisten it up a little....

Still a great place to dine out with friends or a loved one.......

Whenever I am in Panama, I will for sure make this number 1 place to visit......

Keep up the good work and a little less salt :)

There is outside seating, but lots of construction at the moment, so inside only......

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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New York
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great Business Dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

We showed up and did not have reservations. They at first told us we could only eat at the bar, but we told we were not interested. They accomodated us with a table. The service was good. The food was excellent.

con: construction going on front street, so there is no outdoor seating.

  • 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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Vancouver, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Great Dining Experience in Casco Viejo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Great restaurant in the heart of Casco Viejo. We went with another couple and the restaurant was the highlight of all of our meals here in Panama. The Lamb portion was huge and the rib eye was great as well. Pork back ribs were just ok, I would have liked less sauce. At about 8.30 keyboard and trumpet music was played which ended the meal on an even higher note. High prices for Panama but worth a visit. We will be back I know

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Great food and perfect service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Beautiful food. Nice presentation. I enjoyed every part of our experience here. The appetizers the waiter recommended were tasty. In fact they did a good job at recommending things based on my feedback to him. I would tell my friends about this.

  • Visited January 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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