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Panama Dining Room

$$ - $$$
Australian, Bar, European
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231 Smith St, Fitzroy, Yarra, Victoria 3065, Australia
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Wed 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thu 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 3:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Perth, Australia
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

From the many sets of steps leading up to this grand Restaurant I felt transported to a different age. Beautifully decked out. Excellent but non intrusive wait staff. As a non meat eater sometimes I struggle with menus ,however I had interesting and great alternatives and my two meat eating companions raved over their fare. Excellent choice of wines and... More 

Thank 13cassie13
Management response:

Awesome!! we are so happy your enjoyed your time at Panama. Our new spring cocktail list is out next week, stay tuned! More 

Queensland, Australia
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were looking forward to the $1 oysters between 6pm and 7pm which are advertised on their website. We went out of our way to get there as we were celebrating my birthday and oysters are my favourite thing! We had planned to stay on after our oysters for dinner and more drinks however when we went to the bar... More 

Thank LeeV76
Management response:

Hey there, We are sorry that we didn't have enough oysters for you on your visit! We love oysters as much as you do, so we understand your disappointment. There was so much love for our freshly shucked oysters' from our customers that week, that we were running short on your visit. However, we now have replenished and increased our... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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68 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had overseas visitors meeting us for dinner and decided to try our luck at Panama, which we'd been meaning to try ourselves as we live in the area. We didn't have a booking and the staff were very nice to accommodate us. It was apparently the last table of the night (it was about 7:30pm or just before) on... More 

Thank Stephanie D
Melbourne, Australia
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A steep climb up a non descript stairwell opens into a restaurant wonderland. The vibe is good, the space if funky, the food is excellent and the service is a high standard. A mixed age group were celebrating a 30th birthday and were all made to feel comfortable even though there were mostly younger people there. The two table group... More 

1 Thank lynne2016614
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42 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016 via mobile

This place is certainly not what I expected. Walking up the staircase that was essentially a fire exit and then greeted by fire smoke screen doors made me think if I came to the right address... Open the doors and a whole new world is presented before you. Wow! Only came for a snack and a drink but found the... More 

1 Thank Steve S
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226 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016 via mobile

We had a large group of friends getting dinner on a busy Friday night. I was very impressed by the service and staff. They were attentive and catered to dietary needs. They paired our wines with the food and also offered other drinks including biers, cocktails etc. I will definitely recommend to make reservations in advance, specially over the weekend... More 

1 Thank Dogra11
Singapore, Singapore
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

The restaurant was easy to find and we made our way there by tram no. 86 from the city. Ambience was great, nice setting and the service was excellent. Food involves a little luck I guess - the market fish was perfect (melt-in-your-mouth kind) but the grilled prawns were meh and the broccoli was too burnt to be edible. Choice... More 

1 Thank lkman17
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016

Friends have been telling me for years to visit Panama. Why it's taken me so long to go is hard to explain, but I'm more of a South Yarra type of guy. I try and stay on my side of the river, but after constant nagging I finally gave in and boy I was happy I did! Upon entering the... More 

2 Thank Cliffy P
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016

Booked Panama for a family celebration. Service was top notch, as was the food. Highlights being the delicious oysters with cucumber and lime; grilled prawns with saffron & fennel butter; lamb with olives, artichoke and feta; and all the desserts were fantastic - we shared them all. Great cocktails, smart wine list (although, could have done with a few more... More 

2 Thank David V
Melbourne, Australia
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016

I had been wanting to visit the Panama Room for years. The setting is wonderful and I imagine it is a terrific place to go for a drink and some nibbles. Unfortunately dinner was disappointing. The tables were far too close together so I could hear every word at the next table. Our meal took an hour to come (there... More 

Thank SalDec11

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$3 - $27
Australian, Bar, European
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, Validated Parking
Good for
Large groups, 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
3:00 pm - 1:00 am
3:00 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
  • Phone Number: +61394177663
Enter off Smith Street and head up two flights of dimly lit stairs to find an awe-inspiring, loft conversion. Set within an expansive warehouse space, this eclectic venue delivers the perfect balance between restaurant & bar. 'The volume pumps at weekends but it's a small price to pay for popularity. After all, there's no place like Panama' The Age Good Food Guide 2016

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