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El Bistro

Calle Santander, Panajachel, Solola, Guatemala
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  • Excellent20%
  • Very good45%
  • Average23%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible6%
Aug 4, 2018
“Have your tongue removed before coming!”
May 9, 2018
“Worst food ever”
Open Now
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM Hours
Italian, Pizza
$$ - $$$
Calle Santander, Panajachel, Solola, Guatemala
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Reviewed August 4, 2018

This place is a tourist trap. The food is beyond bland. We don't use any salt at home, so if we are reaching for it there us a serious problem. We started with the antipasto and right away we knew there was a problem. The...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank McG_Road_Warrior
Reviewed May 9, 2018 via mobile

Went there during our vacation enjoying the beautiful Guatemalan country and specifically lago atitlan. It all started with us being served white wine that was clearly passed its experation date: completely sour. It can happen of course, although quite sloppy. We didn't get any drink...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Valeried2216
Reviewed October 16, 2017

We had a pleasant evening in this restaurant specializing in pasta but serving also other fare. All in our party of 4 had the pasta and everyone was quite pleased with it. My order of spaghetti puttanesca was done al dente and the sauce was...More

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank weberwest
Reviewed January 8, 2017

We ate here while visiting some friends in Pana, and had a nice time.It truly is an Italian restaurant. My son and I split a simple cheese and pepperoni pizza which was very good, even though it did not have sauce. That sounds weird, I...More

Date of visit: December 2016
Thank DelawareLax
Reviewed April 16, 2016

Right on Santander, not far up from Lake, with good tables well positioned. Pasta w blue cheese great, avocado salad big enough to share. Nice music from guitar player, no hassle.

Date of visit: April 2016
Thank svYonder
Reviewed March 14, 2016

The pizza here is beyond excellent! I wish they delivered to the US!! The pasta was OK, but due to the wonderful pizza I gave an excellent rating. The pizza was the best pizza I haver ever had, I wanted to make a second visit...More

Date of visit: March 2016
Thank Jewels A
Reviewed February 17, 2016

This place was pretty good, but certainly not great. The service was slow and I had to call the waiter over if we needed anything. I had a salad, so you can't go wrong there - my husband had pasta, which was good, but agin...More

Date of visit: February 2016
Thank yogiglo
Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

We went there for lunch as there weren't that many options around and didn't feel like walking much. The best thing about this place was the cold beers! Food was average, I had the cannelloni with red sauce, which were pretty descent, and my partner...More

Date of visit: January 2016
Thank sacorpe
Reviewed November 14, 2015

After a Guatemalan menu for a week, this was a lovely change and a great meal.. Fettuccini and the chicken Parmigiana with fresh steamed veggies.

Date of visit: November 2015
Thank Swederhouse
Reviewed July 27, 2015

The Spaghetti & Eggplant was hands down the best pasta I've ever eaten; which is funny because it was smack dab in the middle of Latin America. The sauce was fresh and delicious. My husband ordered the Steak with herb butter and it was a...More

Date of visit: July 2015
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Santander, Panajachel, Solola, Guatemala
  • Location: Central America  >  Guatemala  >  Western Highlands  >  Solola Department  >  Solola
Reviewed by Frommer's, we lied it a lot, located next to Posada de los Volcanes (already listed on TripAdvisor)
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