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“Serene and cool” 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 #49 of 557 Restaurants in Panama City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $11 - $32
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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
Colchester, Vermont
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“Serene and cool”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014 via mobile

After walking through Panama's old city in 95 degree heat, Grapes was a welcome and relaxing respite. The dining room is elegant but comfortable. The service friendly and un rushed. We split sea bass ceviche, a Caprese salad, a blue cheese salad, and a nice bottle of Argentinian Sauvignon Blanc. Lovely.

Visited February 2014
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Bowie888, Owner at Grapes Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, February 13, 2014
We are all happy you enjoyed the experience and thanks for posting a review. Today we open the new expanded Grapes which is upstairs in the house where our nearly 400 year old property has been fully restored. Please drop in again and note that we now have a private dining area.!
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Malaga, Spain
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“Unexpected 10/10”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Absolutely gorgeous food. After my moms food this is perhaps the best food I've eaten in a very long time. From starters to main course, no possible bad comments. Totally recommend this restaurant. Try to book in advance since they have little space, great atmosphere right in the heart of Panamas old town.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bowie888, Owner at Grapes Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, February 6, 2014
We are all delighted you enjoyed your visit to Grapes. Thank you and it certainly encourages us in our new expansion opening shortly. As you know we are situated in the first building constructed in the old city around 1672 . We are expanding upstairs further into our house to ensure that we can meet demand although my wife is wondering where it will all stop! We have discovered a fantastic original wall in the process. Imagine nearly 400 years old and no cement. ! Hope you come back soon and dine with us again.
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“Great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

The restaurant is very beautiful (very old - an historic building). the food was really good. The menu was short but full of delicious options. The staff was very friendly too. It was my birthday and we had a great time.

Visited November 2013
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Bowie888, Owner at Grapes Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, January 27, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to post a review. I am delighted that you enjoyed your dining experience and will pass on your remarks to all our staff. We are about to open an extension of the restaurant upstairs in this lovely old building dating back nearly 400 years. The original walls extend upstairs, as well as forming such an impressive background to the existing room .
The new area will also have a private dining room and balcony overlooking the old city streets. . Please come back soon!
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Grand Junction, CO
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“Looked nice”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

We originally made reservations to Grapes based on trip advisor reviews. After realizing you had to be dressed up to eat there, we canceled. We had been touring around all afternoon and did not have the dress clothes with us. We talked to the Hostess, but was told we were not dressed appropriately. I had on shorts and a nice shirt with flip flops and the hubby and shorts, tennis shoes and a nice shirt. Guess you need long pants??? Who tours around an area in 85 degree humid weather with pants on?

Visited December 2013
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Bowie888, Owner at Grapes Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, January 14, 2014
Thank you for your comments . It's true we do have a dress code as we are frequently asked by our customers to retain the fine dining style and atmosphere which Grapes has become well known for .

Many of the ladies like to dress for dinner and their escorts usually come in " smart casual" attire
Collared shirts and trousers (pants) are the norm for a Panamanian evening out.

Atmosphere is an integral part of a fine restaurant and we believe it's right to reflect and respect the wishes of the majority of our customers

We do hope you can visit us at some future date as we would love you to experience what Grapes can offer .
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San Francisco, California
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“Good location. Food average and expensive”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

As mentioned in previous review, its loud but not extreme

Food is below average for the price. Better option around town. I would not go back or recommend.

Preparation lack attention and prepared by non cook. Other than location avoid this place, waiters willing to lie about quality to increase your bill ... One of those ... Don't do it ...

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Bowie888, Owner at Grapes Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, January 10, 2014
Thank you for posting a review. We are concerned that your findings were not in accordance with our intended standards. To clarify a few points however let me assure you that all our food is prepared by trained Chefs and generally the reports on their efforts are usually well received by our clients. We are shortly in fact expanding our operations into an additional area of the house which as you know is one of the oldest buildings in the Casco area and was first built in 1670.
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