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“A excellent Restaurant in the Casco” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Manolo Caracol

Manolo Caracol
Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
228-0109
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Ranked #81 of 469 restaurants in Panama City
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: One of the most renowned restaurants in Panama City, this Casco Viejo gem requires guests to put their tastebuds in the hands of Spanish chef/owner Manolo Madueño. You don’t order off the menu—about 12 courses of seasonal dishes will arrive at your table during either lunch or dinner. A cozy dining room adds to the hours-long experience.
Miami Beach, Florida
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99 reviews 99 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“A excellent Restaurant in the Casco”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Manolo Caracol. serves up some really good innovative nuevo
Carribbean food in a 10 course meal. 10 courses, but mini courses.
it is more a tasting menu, that is set, but changes once a month.
it also has a nice interior and becomes busy about 8pm, with out door seating.
the restaurant is 8 years old with an award winning Spanish chef, and the price
is $36.00.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Pleasant Ambiance but Mediocre Food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

We ate tonight at Manolos. The service is quite good. While Manolo himself was not around, we were warmly greeted by Danny, a co-owner and the service was good. However, the food was disappointing. Of the 9 courses, I found that most of the food was bland and uninspired. The exceptions were the pumpkin soup and the basil cream that came with dessert, accompanied by a doughy crepe and a fruit that was called a "wild tomato" by the waitress. The lamb kebab with garlicky tahini was good. Overall, the trip to Manolo was an experience but I might try something else if I was looking for the true Panamanian experience.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“What an eclectic food grouping - no menu - each dish presented is a delicious surprise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012 via mobile

A must visit! In a very safe place of Casco Viejo. If you insist on ordering off a menu, this is not the place for you. Love it!

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Miami, Florida
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70 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Best restaurant in Panama”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012 via mobile

We had dinner yesterday with my husband, food was delicious, service was excellent. So far is the best restaurant we have been in Panama City. We order a very gool sparking wine. For sure we are going go back in our next visit.

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Deltona
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Crowded”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

You will have to be very patient for quick service although most of the food was good, they did not have a large selection to choose from.

Visited October 2012
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