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Chinitas

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Calle Santander, Panajachel 07010, Guatemala
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Atlanta, Georgia
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310 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped in this patio-like restaurant because we could get a table away from the street, but the kids selling stuff came in and approached us anyway. The owner didn't chase them away. The Gado Gado was excellent and the Nasi Goreng was very good.

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Seattle, Washington
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

I was passing thorugh Panajachel, coming from Antigua and headed to stay on the lake. I knew I needed something to eat before getting on a boat to my destination for the night. The colors and canopy over the patio drew me in to Chinitas. I ordered the typical Guatemalan breakfast (right before lunch) and it was delicious! As I... More 

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Thank Nicole Marie B
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016 via mobile

They took too long to make our food and it turned out to be terrible. The service was bad but at least they were friendly. The highlight of this restaurant is its atmosphere.

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Thank Maria T
Michigan
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

Being vegetarians, were delighted to see tofu in the menu. We were not disappointed in the food. The food was good and tasty with lots of vegetables and tofu. We got a side of salad and 2 salsas, cilantro, soy sauce, sesame seeds. Overall it was very good. We enjoyed eating in this cute place!

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2016 via mobile

Waited one hour an a half for untasty and bad food. Waiter is rude and charges 15% tip. Run away from this place!

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Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2016

Very cute place, awesome decorations. However -- food extremely overpriced and nothing special. We got currys and noodles and it took a really long time to place orders and to get the food. Really sub-par, just bland. The service was the lowest point, had to ask two different people for our check. They just seemed to really not care and... More 

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Breckenridge, Colorado
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2016 via mobile

First let me say, the food here is some of the best most fresh delicious food you can have in this region. But as a person who used to live here in Guatemala and returns every year and has eaten in almost all the restaurants in Pana it has to be the absolute worse service Ive experienced in all of... More 

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La Farge, Wisconsin
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2016 via mobile

I was surprised to read a few bad reviews as there were 3 in our party and we all loved the food. Two of us are very fussy vegetarian eaters and this so far has been the best food during our stay in Panajachel. The outside seating was delightful with huge ferns hanging and very unique lighting. We definitely will... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2016

There is no relationship between the menu and what you're served at this restaurant. The described items sounded good but the food that was served was absolutely flavorless and over cooked. The only salvation was the soy sauce on the table which I applied liberally. To my utter amazement there were several other tables of patrons who seemed to be... More 

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Thank DanHNY
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2016 via mobile

A picture is worth a thousand words. This was supposed to be a flavorful local dish. Instead it was undercooked chicken swimming in brown sauce with hard potatoes served with the tasteless icky brown sauce slopping over the bowl. Who would eat this? We couldn't. Went up the block for pizza. Realized when we got to the pizza place and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Chinese, Asian, Thai, Malaysian, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Good for
Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Santander, Panajachel 07010, Guatemala
  • Location: Central America  >  Guatemala  >  Western Highlands  >  Solola Department  >  Lake Atitlan  >  Panajachel

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?