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Jose Pinguino's

Certificate of Excellence
Guatemalan, Central American, South American
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Calle Santander, Panajachel, Guatemala
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Hilliard, Florida
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a family owned restaurant with a cultural twist. The moment we sat down, we were entertained with music from Jose's beautiful and talented daughters. In between sets, Jose would engage his captive audience with stories about his Mayan ancestors. All the while, his wife and other girls were in the kitchen cooking the most fantastic traditional meal. We... More 

Thank farmgirls4ever
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had all three types of tacos and they were delicious! Perfect for us! The traditional music was so much fun to listen to. Then the band switched over to more contemporary and did amazing. People even got up to dance. So much fun!

Thank NinMS
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

What great hospitality and music by Miguel and his family. Learned Mayan Guatemala history and enjoyed a fantastic meal! A must visit restaurant in Panajachel!

Thank jcjRN
Greensboro, North Carolina
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The dinner and entertainment was so enjoyable. Our children learned about Mayan history and got involved in the show playing instruments, singing and making tortillas. We will definitely go back!

Thank momtosaranc
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7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ate here multiple times during our visit! The food. The people. The hospitality. The music. It's all amazing. Thank you for being such lovely hosts.

Thank Los2Chicas
Waukeenah, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was amazing only to be outdone by the hospitality. Thank you so much for a wonderful evening filled with wonderful food, music, laughter and insight on the Mayan people. I LOVE IT!!!

Thank exsthree
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For Easter this year we went to Panajachel to spend a few days and one night walking on the Santander street we noticed a small little restaurant where girls played marimba, dressed in typical costumes of the region, we decided to walk in and dine in the place, very tasty food, that night I ate roast puyaso, very soft and... More 

Thank Retivaudi
Charlotte, North Carolina
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While the food at Jose Pinguino's is certainly good, it is the info on Mayan heritage, dress, and music that makes it special. The owner's daughters and neice are talented marimba players and also demonstrate traditional Mayan dress. The presentation is interactive keeping all ages engaged. Try one of the "liquefied fruit and milk" drinks. Yummy!

Thank Jka92
Santa Cruz La Laguna, Guatemala
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was part of a group of 16 people, and we had a memorable time here at Jose Pinguino´s, we had a cultural dinner, we learned how to make tortillas. Definitely i highly recomend this place and dont forget to make your reservation in advance.

Thank traveleringuatemala
Eureka, Missouri
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We take our mission teams to Jose Pinguino's for dinner each time we travel to Panajachel. The food is great and the owner and his family do an amazing job of sharing about Mayan culture and history. It is more than a meal!

Thank timschulte

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
Guatemalan, Central American, South American
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Santander, Panajachel, Guatemala
  • Location: Central America  >  Guatemala  >  Western Highlands  >  Solola Department  >  Lake Atitlan  >  Panajachel
  • Phone Number: 50255564747

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