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Rene Cafe

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Spanish, Central American, South American
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Calle Pedro J. Sossa | Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
507-262-3487
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10:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon 6:00 pm - 9:30 am
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tue 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wed - Sat 6:00 pm - 9:30 am
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Panama City, Panama
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Rene and his wife and staff never disappoint! Small, cozy atmosphere. Food is creative and good and the service is excellent. Whatever is fresh in the market that day ends up on your plate. Have never left here NOT completely stuffed. You can't help yourself!

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Thank Micaela G
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have been coming to Panama each year for five years and have enjoyed a delicious lunch at Renè Cafè in the Casco Antiguo district. We always have the lunch special, delicious complete lunch at a very reasonable price. On a side note the coffee is great too. Very friendly staff and atmosphere. Highly recommend it.

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Thank Z434AKhelenh
Panama City, Panama
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A sweet and humble place but the lunch menu was simply great in taste and price .. The service excellent; and whilst our bill thanks to the perfectly made margarita on the rocks followed by a full bottle of Malbec wine was not cheap ( that was our fault) we would highly highly recommend it .. For all budgets ....

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Thank aurvasichris
MC_ReneCafe, Owner at Rene Cafe, responded to this review

We are so glad you liked our margarita, even though drinks are not our specialty we try to use the best ingredients to try to please every one. Hopye you had a Nice time in Casco ! More 

Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016

Such a cute place that could easily be overlooked, and I am so glad we stopped in! The service was excellent, the menu wasn't much but that was more than made up for by the taste! While the main protein (we had fish and chicken) was basic and good, the enormous salad bowl and accompanying rice were what made the... More 

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1 Thank Sandy T
MC_ReneCafe, Owner at Rene Cafe, responded to this review

Gracias Sandy ! We really appreciate the feedback ! More 

Marlton, New Jersey
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016

Really glad we found this spot for lunch! It truly felt like you were in someones kitchen watching them cook for you! They give you bread, salad, veggie appetizer, rice, you pick the protein you would like & a dessert! A lot of food for the price (I believe it was $10) & very good! It was nice not having... More 

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Thank Jamie L
Phoenix, Arizona
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243 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2016

Our groupp of 22 loved everything about this place. The food was fabulous & the service was excellent. I would call it more Peruvian than Panamanian, however.

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Thank nanatravels2
Gallatin, Tennessee
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2016 via mobile

This is a must stop in Casco Viejo. Absolutely delicious. They offer three meats to choose from (chicken, pork and fish). Salad, Rice, a potato side, and bread are all served family style. A brownie comes with the meal as a dessert. $10 per adult. There is a children's menu (chicken fingers or fish) with rice or fries along with... More 

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Thank mermerky
Carlsbad, California
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

Don't leave "old town Panama City" without lunch here. Very reasonable prices, a nice slice of Panamanian food. Friendly staff. Cafe to the right of Cathedral. Never feel rushed. Don't eat outside until cathedral reconstruction is complete.

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Thank Chaps4126
Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

Wondering around on a Monday night looking for dinner, we'd read about this place but thought it wouldn't be open! Turns out it was and we had the place completely to ourselves - everywhere seemed pretty quiet on a Monday in Casco Viejo! The restaurant has quite a Parisian feel to it, walls covered in paintings, lovely tables, exposed and... More 

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Thank Emmeline W
Saint Simons Island, Georgia
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59 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

We dropped in for a lunch. Busy but not too full. You get a complete meal with salad an rice and a choice of Pork chicken or fish. Great meal. Very very reasonable. Wonderful ambiance. Great introduction to the old city.

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Thank MDonVacation

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$8 - $25
Cuisine
Spanish, Central American, South American
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 am
Tuesday
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 am
Thursday
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 am
Friday
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 am
Saturday
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Pedro J. Sossa | Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Panama Province  >  Panama City
  • Phone Number: 507-262-3487

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