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Panama Dining Room

$$ - $$$
231 Smith St, Fitzroy, Yarra, Victoria 3065, Australia
+61 3 9417 7663
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good32%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible9%
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231 Smith St, Fitzroy, Yarra, Victoria 3065, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First time dining here this week on a recommendation . What a delightful expetience. Food and service was excellent. Just a great atmoshere up above smith st with a new york style feel (speaking from experience). Well done to all involved. Going back for sure.

Thank Ricknol17
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Panama Dining Room is up a couple of flights of stairs: there is a lift if you need it. Light and bright , the background noise can be a little loud. Not impossible to hear during our meal but could be a challenge if...More

Thank Kathy N
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

After walking up a couple of flights of stairs from an entrance on Smith St you arrive in a lovely light space of old brick walls and gorgeous arched windows looking out into trees and the street below. A very nice space. We ordered cocktails...More

Thank DragonPrincess
Reviewed October 25, 2017 via mobile

Panama Dining Room is a hidden gem. From ground level you only see a blue door followed by a series of staircases. This is part of the magic. When you arrive, friendly staff will guide you to either your seat (if you booked for dinner)...More

Thank Marcel C
Reviewed July 29, 2017 via mobile

Had a really great night here with friends, the staff are fantastic, a friendly group and there were smiles, awesome!! Very cool laid back environment, eat, drink, chill out or play a game of pool. The menu had all bases covered, meals were good, unfortunately...More

Thank Jason R
Reviewed July 28, 2017 via mobile

I nearly died after ordering two espresso martinis for $39... they were the smallest cocktail I've had too. Complete waste of moneyMore

Thank Gregg0s
Management response:Responded July 30, 2017

Hey Gregg, Sorry to hear that you didn't have a great time here at Panama. We make our espresso martinis' using the industry standard 90ml recipe with a little twist on the flavor, but I can understand the feeling that they look small, as the...More

Reviewed June 15, 2017 via mobile

Had a blast at the panama !! Great location food and atmosphere..the band played the decor was great and the food was plentiful.

Thank br0ersm
Reviewed May 30, 2017 via mobile

Went there with friends, started off with a cocktail which was terrible I could of made better for $22. You have to share plates between 6 people and there wasn't many and were tasteless. Then I waited for desert thinking they can't go wrong there,...More

Thank amante14
Management response:Responded July 30, 2017

Hey Amante14, Sorry to hear that you didn't have a great time here in Panama, and that the bone marrow custard was not to your liking. We are constantly pushing ourselves with new flavors, due to this we also change our dishes every few weeks,...More

Reviewed May 28, 2017

We went to the Panama Dining Room for a friend's birthday and we paid $65 for a set menu. I am a vegetarian and there was absolutely no alteration in the menu for me! Staff barely explained what the food being brought out was and...More

Thank Niki V
Reviewed May 14, 2017 via mobile

Fixed menu . Tiny serves. Unremarkable, bland , unseasoned. Both entrees were raw, one lamb, one kingfish which gave no choice. The service was good. The food was not particularly. Probably rate 5/10. I certainly won't be back. There is much better out there.

Thank 8mayfair
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$3 - $28
Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
5:00 PM - 1:00 AM
5:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 231 Smith St, Fitzroy, Yarra, Victoria 3065, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Greater Melbourne  >  Yarra  >  Fitzroy>  > Fitzroy
  • Neighborhood: Fitzroy
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9417 7663
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Enter off Smith Street and head up two flights of dimly lit stairs to find an awe-inspiring, loft conversion. 'A killer warehouse space serving edgy modern food' The Age Good Food Guide 2017
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