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Morrillo Beach Eco Resort Restaurant

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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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A focus on the farm-to-table concept offering fresh, local ingredients with a Mexican inspiration. Located inside Morrillo Beach Eco Resort on the waters edge in the lush jungle makes this location a feast for the palate but also a feast for the eyes and imagination. The entertainment is endless; monkeys, birds, iguanas and all types of wildlife, in addition to the surfers on the waves. Relax with fresh food and artisan beer. *Reservations are required if not a registered guest with the resort.*
PRICE RANGE
$5 - $15
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Seafood, Healthy, Central American
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Table Service
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Since returning from our adventure at the Morrillo Beach Eco Resort eleven days ago, I'll find myself frequently daydreaming about Morrillo Beach's made from scratch culinary offerings. When it comes to food, our family of five has been lucky enough to enjoy a robust culinary...scene in our hometown, and one thing we have come to appreciate is that great food, delicious food, begins with fresh, seasonally appropriate, locally sourced ingredients that are prepared with love and respect. Morrillo Beach elevates the practice of highlighting fresh, seasonal, locally sourced ingredients to a level of achievement that all resorts should aspire. Whether it is the jaw dropping locally made honey-molasses drizzled on morning pancakes, or lunchtime carnitas featuring Panamanian sourced pork, each bite of food explodes with flavor and freshness that will have first-time guests return for a sophomore visit, just for the food alone. More of an evening meal person? Then look forward to a Tuscan style lasagna where the star of the dish is Cari's fresh made pasta. The secret to her outstanding pasta? Fresh eggs from the Morrillo Beach's very own chickens. As many diners can appreciate, best-in-class service can make or break any dining experience, regardless of how wonderful the culinary offerings may be. Rest assured, diners will be delighted with a warm and guest-forward philosophy at the Morrillo Beach Eco Resort. The hospitality team at Morrillo Beach will have any dining aficionado craving a near equal experience upon returning home from a trip to Morrillo Beach. Looking fo ambiance and atmosphere? Morrillo Beach overdelivers a thousand-fold. Even the best photos fall short of depicting the magic that guests will experience. Whether it may be enjoying a cup of morning coffee overlooking the estuary and oceanfront while planning the day's surf adventure, or winding down over a post-excursion 3 o'clock snack of scratch nachos complimented with a refreshing local cerveza or Argentinian Malbec, you'll be left smiling for months thereafter. Our family can't wait for our return trip back to Morrillo Beach - simply for the food alone! Well done Morrillo Beach Eco Resort! Your heart and soul shine through and deliver a best-in-class experience, each and every day. Anyone reading this review and considering an experiential vacation full of adventure, put a trip to the Morrillo Beach Eco Resort at the very top of your list. The food alone is worth theMore

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Date of visit: June 2022
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Cari Mackey, Owner at Morrillo Beach Eco Resort Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Oh Dave, where do I even start? My vocabulary is nowhere near as deep as my love of cooking and I wouldn't be able to do the language justice in response to such an eloquently, passionately, and lovingly written review as you have just done...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the place to go if you want thoughtfully prepared, organic, local fresh food infused with love. The ceviche and nachos are my favorite snack. I cannot get enough of the red coconut curry and I want more of that salted caramel on all...of my desserts. Well done Cari, I’ll be back soon!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Cari Mackey, Owner at Morrillo Beach Eco Resort Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

You forgot your caramel sauce! Thank you so much for taking the time again to write such a thoughtful review about your stay with us. We always enjoy hosting your adventurous family here as you are kind, fun to be with, and always so appreciative...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My biggest fear is that this place will gets discovered!!! It was absolutely what I consider perfect paradise. Unspoiled Tropical Nature with wonderful amenities. In my mind Paradise is temporary… so get it well you can!! What Cari and Ryan (the owner’s) have built from...scratch is an oasis in the real jungle of Panama which sits on perfect beach for surfing activities and short walk to a moderate to advance surf spot.(like 15 minute walk across the beach). The surf is consistently good. You will be able to surf somewhere within a 20 minute walk at anytime of the day. I happened to hit it one day with an amazing swell: 5-7 feet & good conditions and 1 other person out. The next day it was super crowded because there was 5 people out…. Lol! The owners and staff are super friendly and treat you like family- seriously! They are amazing!! The food is incredible because they make everything from scratch, farm to table, locally sourced with a Mexican theme. Every meal was delicious! The service can not be beat! The rooms are sooo cool! The design of everything on the property is perfect! However, one has to remember, 1 thing: you are in the middle of no where: the prices are incredible but the power will go off from time to time, don’t expect wifi all the time, (if you want phone/wifi, use Claro but even that goes down) there is no hot water sometime. There could a bug in your room.(but rooms are extremely clean- and remember you are in the jungle!!!) However, if you looking for adventure, amazing surf, amazing other adventures they offer, amazing food and just want to unwind and get away from it all, this is the place for you! Did I mention the monkey’s- yes!! This is like Costa Rica before it got discovered! Recommendations: 4x4 or AWD car is mandatory. Sun protection and rain gear is mandatory as it is the wet season. Yes, the wet season actually rocks too!! Also, they do have a shuttle service that will pick you up from the airport. If you are driving, don’t drive in the rush hours. Panama City is a big thriving city with much traffic. And above all, you must drive the last part( Especially from Santiago) to eco resort in daylight. I recommend only driving in the day in Panama period. Panama is not nearly as dangerous as most of the USA but take common precautions. Lock your doors.. ect. Why more people don’t live there is behind me. It reminds of California but Tropical and rural.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Cari Mackey, Owner at Morrillo Beach Eco Resort Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

OH WOW PJ this is one incredible review! Holy monkeys, thank you so much for taking the time and care to so thoughtfully share your praises, love, kindness, and experience with future travelers and for including so much detail so that others know what to...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very tasty food, breakfast, lunch and dinners. Accompanied with some good wines and beers. Enjoy the views over the beach and bay;More

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Date of visit: May 2022
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Cari Mackey, Owner at Morrillo Beach Eco Resort Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review about your experience in our restaurant! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the food, tasty beverages, and the surrounding views which always make everything taste better. Your Friends in Morrillo, Cari,...More

Reviewed May 24, 2022

We stayed at the resort for a week, and the food was one of the best parts of the stay. We kept saying to each other how “clean” the food was - every meal was hand-prepped, locally sourced (eg, one day they gathered coconuts on...the beach to use in a coconut curry THAT NIGHT :mind_blown:), often personalized to our tastes (without us asking or saying anything! the smoked pork and lentils on rice - wowzers!), and felt great to eat. Everyone at the resort and in the restaurant were super helpful, friendly, and fun. Can’t wait to get back! Thanks Cari, Ryan, and team!More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Cari Mackey, Owner at Morrillo Beach Eco Resort Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded May 27, 2022

Oh yes, as soon as I saw the title of this review, I knew who it was from. I love to hear how you enjoyed our foods. When it feels clean, that just means your feeling the energy that the food is giving you instead...More

Reviewed May 9, 2022 via mobile

Cari and Ryan have dedicated their lives to creating a place to live for themselves and their guests full of mindfulness. Not only do we benefit, but the land, the water and the beings that reside in the vicinity get to benefit as well. With...this in mind their restaurant offers sustenance that not only carries the rich flavors of Panamanian culture, land and sea, but the love injected into it all that Cari's culinary skills carry. A great experience, on all fronts...the fresh, all organically produced food, the most enjoyable hosts, and the professional and kindly staff combine to completely great effect for your evening's pleasue. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Cari Mackey, Owner at Morrillo Beach Eco Resort Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded May 11, 2022

Wow Roberta! This is such a beautifully written review that so perfectly captures what we are trying to do in our kitchen that I am having a hard time responding to your kind words and description. I want to be sure to express our appreciation...More

Reviewed May 1, 2022

Locally sourced, made from scratch, plentiful portions, and delicious!! We looked forward to meals because they were all so good!More

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Date of visit: April 2022
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Cari Mackey, Owner at Morrillo Beach Eco Resort Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2022

Dearest Mary, Your family was such a pleasure to serve in our restaurant. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed our foods, that you were well fed, and appreciate our sourcing which is so important to us. Your Friends in Morrillo Always, Cari, Ryan,...More

Reviewed April 25, 2022

This was a unique, one of a kind, vacation experience. This was all about immersing one into the Panamanian culture, food, people forest and fauna. The hosts, Cari and Ryan, offered a diversity of local foods as well as family recipes over the course of...the 10 days we were there. The food was both excellent as well as the amounts were very good.More

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Date of visit: April 2022
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Cari Mackey, Owner at Morrillo Beach Eco Resort Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded April 28, 2022

Dearest Richard and Family, We are so happy to read your kind review about your experience in our restaurant while here with your family. You were such a true pleasure to host here, serve in our restaurant and eat with you practically every meal! Thank...More

Reviewed April 18, 2022

Cari and her team take the term farm to table to a whole new level as the majority of food is grown right on the property and all is made from scratch. The result is a delicious menu that is so fresh, healthy and made...with love. The menu changes daily based on what ingredients are the most fresh. Eating meals in the open air palapa style restaurant was a treat. The menu was diverse and always hit the spot. They easily accommodated vegetarian requests.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Cari Mackey, Owner at Morrillo Beach Eco Resort Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded April 21, 2022

Thank you so much Annie for taking the time to write such a sweet review about your dining experiences with us throughout your stay. We really love to hear how our fresh food is delicious with lots of variety but perhaps even more important is...More

Reviewed April 12, 2022

Such wonderful home cooked food. I was amazed by the dedication and true love but into each flavor! Thank you!More

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Date of visit: February 2022
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Cari Mackey, Owner at Morrillo Beach Eco Resort Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded April 21, 2022

Thank you so much for your kinds words and high ranking about your dining experience with us. We are so happy to hear how much our passion and dedication for our foods resonated with you. Your friends always in Morrillo, Cari, Ryan, Tila, Princessa, the...More

Reviewed April 4, 2022

Everything is locally sourced and made in house. Very tasty recipes and great service. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were all great. They even have several home brewed beers on tap, which are excellent.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Cari Mackey, Owner at Morrillo Beach Eco Resort Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded April 21, 2022

Tony, thank you so much for your recommendation and for taking the time to write a review about your dining experiences with us throughout your stay. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed it. Your friends always in Morrillo, Cari, Ryan, Tila, Princessa, the...More

Reviewed April 3, 2022

The Morrillo Beach Eco Resort Restaurant locally sources its foods and considers how the food is grown. We stayed and ate at the resort for three days and enjoyed every bit! Fresh fruit and eggs in the morning, wonderful lunch with fresh bread, and dinner...and dessert in the evening. If you have any dietary preferences, make sure to give them at least a week's notice. Because everything is local and dependent on availability it takes some planning. And if you are someone that is particular about your menu, I'd get in touch with Cari to make sure she knows. Communication is KEY! Otherwise, its a fantastic place to stay and dine!More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Cari Mackey, Owner at Morrillo Beach Eco Resort Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded April 21, 2022

The common theme about the sourcing of our foods makes it so apparent how important this is and we love to hear how much it means to our guests. This makes our food preparation a lot more involved and you are so right about alerting...More

Reviewed April 3, 2022

We had the chance (yes, I mean it, the chance) to eat at the restaurant three times day and it was a delight. All the recipes that Cari has developed are succulent and fresh. All the food is locally sourced or grown on the property,...the fish is caught by Ryan and Carlos. All the preparations homemade and dishes were full of flavor. It was a real pleasure to eat local, organic and healthy food with so much delight. Do not miss the maracuya ice cream The last but not the least is obviously the view from the deck. You'll have the best view while enjoying Cari's food.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Cari Mackey, Owner at Morrillo Beach Eco Resort Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded April 21, 2022

The views definitely make everything taste better but....the maracuya ice cream I agree is on another level and we loved how much you loved it. Thank you for your kinds words about our foods, your experience, and the sourcing of our foods that we are...More

Reviewed March 31, 2022

We had an incredible stay at Morrillo Beach Eco Resort, but unfortunately it was only for two nights. Cari and Ryan have created a magical jungle paradise set among Two beautiful beaches. The resort has just 6 rooms all spacious and tastefully decorated in a...a traditional Panamanian style. The is to die for. It's definitely the best we have had anywhere. The ingredients are all locally sourced or grown on the property. Cari's love for cooking shows in every meal. Ryan's home brew is also something not to be missed. Carlos and all the staff were warm, friendly and ver attentive. We know we will be back.More

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Date of visit: March 2022
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Cari Mackey, Owner at Morrillo Beach Eco Resort Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded April 21, 2022

Robert, you are too sweet for taking the time to write about your dining experience with us. Short it was but hopefully you will be back for more soon. We are so happy to hear how much our local sourcing, fresh foods, and our passion...More

Reviewed March 24, 2022

Delicious food from local farmers and with a variety of homegrown ingredients! Always fresh and tasty! And fresh fish from the sea in front of you - excellent!!! Don´t miss out on the homebrewed beers by Ryan ;-) GreatMore

Date of visit: March 2022
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Cari Mackey, Owner at Morrillo Beach Eco Resort Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded April 21, 2022

OH Alex, you and Lien were so much fun to host here. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the food and that our local sourcing resonated with you of course, the views make everything taste better too. Cheers to those col-cols! Your friends...More

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Morrillo Beach Eco Resort Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5