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Jose Pinguino's

$$ - $$$, , Vegetarian Friendly
Calle Santander, Panajachel 07010, Guatemala
+502 5556 4747
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good19%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“tortillas” (18 reviews)
“chicken” (19 reviews)
“carrot soup” (3 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Guatemalan, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Calle Santander, Panajachel 07010, Guatemala
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Reviewed March 14, 2016

While eating at Jose Pinguino's you will be taken on a cultural journey. Miguel and his family own and operate the business. Miguel will provide stories and his daughters play music. Enjoy a night on the town while learning about culture, as Miguel would say...More

Thank Jewels A
Reviewed March 14, 2016 via mobile

We were in Panajachel for 8 weeks and ate at several restaurants. This is by far one of the best! Family owned, the music and experience is wonderful. Please take the time to go here and support this wonderful family.

Thank stephanie p
Reviewed March 7, 2016

Miguel, his wife, and daughter are phenomenally talented. Not only can they cook one heck of a good local meal but they can play multiple instruments, sing, dance and are studying to be a lawyer and psychologist - not to mention are already successful business...More

Thank Soccergal87
Reviewed March 1, 2016 via mobile

Owner is the MC and wife is cook and the daughters play the marimba which is like a huge xylophone then they switch to a band and sing local Guatemala music. Very interesting and enjoyed it very much.

Thank Ilanashemesh
Reviewed February 28, 2016

We attended an evening of dinner with Maya music and cultural demonstrations and information, It was excellent and rose above mere tourism

Thank steucy
Reviewed February 26, 2016

Listen to marimbas playing while you enjoy chicken pepian a delicious local dish. Be treated to a lesson about Mayan Culture by the Mayan restaurant owner. An experience you won't forget.

Thank David W
Reviewed February 23, 2016

I would avoid this restaurant unless you are expecting at least an hour's lecture! The music was nice and the food was satisfactory (if cold) but the evening was totally spoilt by the owner who just liked the sound of his own voice. This meant...More

3  Thank Pete W
Reviewed February 21, 2016

Our group enjoyed a traditional Mayan inspired meal of chicken, vegetables, rice and tortillas while being educated and entertained by the affable owner and his daughters. The live music and cultural demonstrations were a pleasant surprise. The dinner experience definitely exceeded my expectations. A must...More

Thank Kenlan328
Reviewed February 21, 2016 via mobile

A group of 20 wrapping up a week of mission support for Redeemers House International, we had dinner here our last evening. The food was typical Mayan influenced, generally bland but good. The music and cultural lecture/history of the Myans were outstanding and really made...More

Thank SteelRibbons
Reviewed February 14, 2016 via mobile

We found this place just wondering past. Owner was very friendly and invited us to join group already in. There was live music played by his daughters. Inspiring owner gave us all a good introduction speech about maya language and explained part of their history....More

Thank marja2
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Guatemalan, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Families with children, Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Santander, Panajachel 07010, Guatemala
  • Location: Central America  >  Guatemala  >  Western Highlands  >  Solola Department  >  Lake Atitlan  >  Panajachel
  • Phone Number: +502 5556 4747
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