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El Trapiche

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Via Argentina y Ave 2a B Norte | y Albrook Mall, Panama City, Panama
+507 269-4353
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Fri - Sat 7:00 am - 11:45 pm
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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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353 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our friend took us here as it is now one of the few places left that serve authentic Panamanian food. We tried their sample dish, similar to Tapas. Pulled Pork , Chicken rice, plantains and fried Yucca filled with meat. Filling, tasty and not too expensive.

Thank cynthiarob
Panama City, Panama
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

El Trapiche has a lock on all Panamanian foodstuffs. It"s a modest place and the prices are reasonable. No plate costs more than $7.50 And the food is delicious. We have been there repeatedly, but the best plate on the menu is tamal en cazuela, which has chicken in a hearty corn chowder.

Thank Gobernador57
Daytona Beach, Florida
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

How authentic is it? This is where the locals eat! My wife and daughter and I stopped by Trapiche for lunch with a tour guide and what a pleasant surprise it was. I had the Fiesta Panamanian which is a sampler plate of Ropa Vieja, Plantains, Chicken Soup, Arroz con Pollo (or beef), Tamale Casserole, plus more. My wife had... More 

Thank Frank D
Indianapolis, Indiana
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62 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had both breakfast and dinner at Trapiche. The traditional Panama dishes are great at both meals. At breakfast, my wife's eggs were not cooked enough for her tastes but my breakfast was great. We will definitely visit Trapiche again!

Thank tjo50511
Toronto, Canada
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147 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well, this was quite the experience. Located in the heart of El Cangrejo (I believe they have another location in or near Albrook Mall), they have a nice patio and indoor seating as well. The staff was friendly and attentive and the menu has some English as well, for those that don't speak any Español. I tried the Panamanian Fiesta,... More 

Thank Dannno777
Severn Bridge, Canada
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here with some family in panama city. the food is great - typical Panamanian cuisine. We had the panama platter which had some samples of typical foods - all of which I'd had before but it was great and there was a lot of it. The Ropa Vieja and the Tamal de Olla were really good. They even have... More 

Thank 290lamona
Brantford, Canada
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50 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place came highly recommended and it was good, but it wasn't anything amazing. The food was delicious and authentic. I wouldn't go out of my way to eat here as there are lots of good Panamanian restaurants in the city, but if you are in the neighbourhood definitely check it out.

Thank Karley D
Mexico City, Mexico
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28 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great ambiance & service, we all ate different meals to try the panamian food and everything was good tasting. We highly recommend this place.

Thank Lizschiav
DOMINGO D, Manager at El Trapiche, responded to this review

Thank you! We are very happy to hear you were able to enjoy panamanian traditional cuisine during your trip. Thank you for making us part of your itinerary. More 

Hopkinton, New Hampshire
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205 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After a little bit of wandering we came into El Trapiche and had an amazing meal. Very traditional with a very warm and welcoming feel. Enjoy!

Thank eswheeler613
DOMINGO D, Owner at El Trapiche, responded to this review

Your comments are music to our ears! On behalf of me and all our staff at El Trapiche, thank you for your visit and your kind words. Safe travels More 

The Netherlands
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went here to try and experience some Panamanian food and atmosphere. The food was ok, nothing too special, as were the prices. All in all a nice place, but don't expect high cuisine!

Thank bsweere
DOMINGO D, Owner at El Trapiche, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! As you correctly pointed out, we are not "haute cuisine." We are merely an outlet in which to sample the authentic taste of Panamanian folklore in the most casual and straightforward setting possible, just as someone would in our panamanian countryside. It is honest cooking, from family recipes my brother and sister, as well as... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
$5 - $12
Caribbean, Latin, South American, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:45 pm
7:00 am - 11:45 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Argentina y Ave 2a B Norte | y Albrook Mall, Panama City, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Panama Province  >  Panama City
  • Phone Number: +507 269-4353
At El Trapiche we specialize in Panamanian traditional cuisine since 1983. Our mission is to provide our guests with the best examples of our culinary traditions in a relaxed, casual atmosphere.

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