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Mercado de Mariscos

Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Soups, Central American, South American
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Avenida Balboa | and Calle 15 Este, at Cinta Costera, Panama City, Panama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A visit to Panama City would not have been complete without a visit to the seafood market. We did ours for dinner and missed out on the craziness that I read about, the merchants flinging sea bass (like at the Seattle seafood market) and the restaurant owners haggling over prices. Our visit consisted of a quick Uber ride from our... More 

Thank noahjerome
Punta Gorda, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were a little dubious about eating at the restaurant above the city fish market. We knew the fish would certainly be fresh, but there still was just a little hesitation on our part. But, we decided to dive in and we are so glad we did. This, by far, had to be the best meal we had while in... More 

Thank Cheryl K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ventured over tot he Mercado de Mariscos for lunch. Yes it smells like fish because it's a seafood market and there is seafood every where. There are several different restaurants to choose from, each waving a menu at you, trying to entice you to their booth. We chose one behind the main side for no good reason! My husband... More 

Thank Robyn H
Panama City, Panama
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The restaurant i dont like at all. The Market smells very bad, the enviroment is pretty hot and the food is really expensive considering is a Local Fish Market where you can get fresh and cheap fish and seafood. I dont recommend at all for food, like a place to go in Panama, yes.

Thank Eskivelito
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wow...exciting place to enter into. So many vendors shouting out in spanish to lure you to look and buy. I video this fascinating venue of fresh seafood. We made our selections took it upstairs to have them fry it for us and it was delicious. This is where the locals buy seafood "Galore". Octopus, shrimp of any size, lobster any... More 

Thank caviar21
Wolcott, Connecticut
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

We went to the Mercado de Mariscos for seafood, because that is where the locals eat. I had a stuffed, grilled Sea Bass that was excellent and very filling. The Ceviche was also very good. Sitting outside under the umbrella I had to wave on more peddlers than the insects, but it was a good experience while watching a close... More 

Thank Chris C
Montevideo, Uruguay
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

The best ceviche is to be had from stalls inside the market itself, but the food at the various stalls around the market is also good. The fish is always fresh!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

This is an open air fish market, complete with all the smells and sounds of a fish market. If you want fresh ceviche or fish for lunch, this is the place to try them. Each stall sells multiple varieties of Ceviche and has a basic menu. Think fish(fried or grilled), Ceviche, fries, salad and drinks. The Ceviche is offered in... More 

Thank Peter L
Tampa, FL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

This is a bustling market and restaurant area. We ordered a pint of their Corvina ceviche and with two local Panama beers, the price came to $7. There is a huge selection of fresh fish in the market at very reasonable prices. The waiters are a bit pushy trying to get you to sit at their outdoor restaurants, but once... More 

Thank AmyTampa_FL
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

Make sure that you stop by this clean market selling great fish and crustaceans. The local people are friendly and don't mind pictures. The ceviche sold in the stands is amazingly fresh. There are numerous varieties and the prices are great. Try several different kinds. Safe to eat, they are all delicious.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Soups, Central American, South American
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Avenida Balboa | and Calle 15 Este, at Cinta Costera, Panama City, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Panama Province  >  Panama City
  • Phone Number: 212-0071
Seafood plays a central role in Panama City dining—and no place captures it better than the Mercado de Mariscos. At this fish market, you’ll literally bump into fishermen carrying their catches and taking them to the many vendors inside. Be sure to order an affordable and super-fresh cup of ceviche on the first floor—or head to the super-casual but delicious sit-down seafood eatery upstairs.

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