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“Lots of choices” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Panama Hotel

Panama Hotel
4 Bayview Street, San Rafael, CA 94901
415-457-3993
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Ranked #10 of 219 Restaurants in San Rafael
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: B Street & Woodland Avenue
San Rafael, California
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Lots of choices”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We would go here more often but it is not open on Saturdays.
Choices for seating, foods, even can stay overnight! There is both inside and outside seating but the outside is sheltered and beautiful. Lots of atmosphere. A bit pricey....

Visited May 2014
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  • English first
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English first
Marin County, California
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94 reviews 94 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
“Hotel very funky- restaurant worth the visit!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I haven't stayed at the hotel for quite a while,so it may have changed its theme by now. At the time, it was a complete and utter throwback to the 50's- very eclectic, funky, a period piece in itself. It has quite a history before it became a hotel and restaurant as a brothel! If you are looking for something unique, don't need luxury, and less expensive, at least go give the Panama Hotel a look. I used to live in the neighborhood, and it truly is a neighborhood location, built with add-ons and furnished by a couple with mismatched found treasures.

Go to the restaurant for lunch when the weather is nice and sit outdoors in the garden! A lovely setting, very popular, and the food is good. Service can be spotty, but this place is a tradition. Tucked away in San Rafael, try this for a unique experience,

  • Visited March 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Windsor, California
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69 reviews 69 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Pasta and seafood nothin' better”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

We shared a mushroom pappardelle and a salmon fillet with yellow beets and veggies in a delicious light sauce. .the pasta was excellent. The salmon a wee bit fishy but still delicious. Great wine list and service. I have been there also for lunch and their stuffed avocado was fab.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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San Rafael, California, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Brothel, Mexican Restaurant, Now the Panama...eclectic and cozy....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Something about a special location that will resonate with your experience... just because...a rich history of a place, tucked away in a quiet neighborhood,,,,great food and special service...they aim to please...check it out...you won't be disappointed...and you will miss something special if you decided to pass...

  • Visited March 2014
    • 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 Rafael, California
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“Food is great, uneven service.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Food is always good, also have some good wines that are not the usual suspects. But the service is spotty, spanning from good to pretty bad. The burger is something special and brings us back anyway. The patio is lovely and a nice place to hang out with friends.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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