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Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Central American
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Lunch, Late Night
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Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Table Service
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Reviewed February 16, 2020 via mobile

Seafood galore Terrific place just over the fish market. Everything I had was superbly prepared and served. I checked also other plates coming out of the kitchen and they seemed excellent too. Very reasonably priced and friendly service. Don’t miss it.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 9, 2020

The food was good, but they thought we were tourists and tried to rip us off. Our bill should have been $27.50 plus tax, and they tried to charge us $69.00 and change. They claimed the fish we ordered was $33.00. After a very lengthy...argument they wouldn't budge and I paid them $30.00 and left! I have been to this market over 50 times and the other times, I really enjoyed it!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 16, 2020

we stopped here after touring cascade viejo. easy walk from there. the seafood was excellent...huge portions, fresh and nicely seasoned. highly recommend. prices extremely reasonable... the best value for your money in PC.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 15, 2020

I specifically came to Mercado de los Mariscos to eat looking for some local food experience so I didnt visit the market itself but the restaurant area. There you will have more than 20 options of restaurantes where people will be offering all kind of...deals and showing off menus to get you to eat on their spot. I finally decided for a place where they offered free soda and appetizer of ceviche/seafood soup (very small sample of each). Ordered fish with seafood and "canastas de patacon" with shrimp and they were both delicious. Keep in mind there is nothing fancy on the restaurant area, but it gives you a local experience.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 12, 2020

As far as fish markets go, this place is very small. There are lots of stands to buy fresh seafood (cooked) at. Worth stopping by if you're in the area but I wouldn't make a trip just for this. Take my review with a grain...of salt, I don't eat any seafood so I didn't partake.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 4, 2020

We visited the Mercado de Mariscos on our visit to Panama City and loved it. Walk around the fish market and see how locals shop for fish. Great place for photos. Then walk outside and eat delicious seafood. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 3, 2020

The mercado is very different then the Mercado I used to visit in the mid 80’s; inside the vendors are much more professional but the experience is not as fun. Outside the ceviche stands have become very competitive which detracts from the experience, but just...stand your ground and order your ceviche right from the stand and move from stand to stand to sample different ceviches. This is still one of my favorite places in Panama...the people and the experience are real!More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed January 3, 2020

We went here one night for dinner. As soon as you walk in, expect to be bombarded with invitations to sit at a table as soon as you can. Don’t do it. Walk 15 feet, and you’ll see yellow lines on the ground...once you pass...this yellow line, you’ll be bombarded by a different person. Soon, you’ll realize that those lines are the “do not cross” lines for different businesses. Take a stroll down and back to check it out, just tell people that you’ll be back. They’ll offer a free beer, and if you counter offer, they may respond. I told one of them that another guy said 2 beers, and he said he’d match it...therefore, winning. I’m sure that all of the places are pretty similar as to what they serve. I can tell you that I had the bisque, and it was absolutely awesome. Don’t remember what restaurant (too many Balboa’s), but that soup was killer. Gotta be careful because there are bones in some of the stuff that they serve, but if you chew before you swallow, you’ll be just fine. Probably a must do while you’re in PC...More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 10, 2019

It sounda great: local, authentic and affordable. It is local all right, but, all things considered, a rip off. There are several truck food/kiosk type of places lined down. First, you get jumped by desperate waiters trying to attract you to their restaurant. I turned...to the more discrete and nicer one at the Ceviche Loco. Big mistake. The corvina (sea bass) ceviche had a chemical taste to it (prbably some food additive, considereing the strong heat). The lobster tail was in fact a bunch of tiny crayfish. The coconut sauce was watery and tasteless. Nothing had a fresh taste to it, all seemed to have been unfrozen. To be fair, the lemon albahaca juice they have is delicious. The bill was US$ 28 before tip. The "lobster" alone costed the same a (proper) lobster and aspargus risotto at the Azahar! From what I notice now, many of the great photos shown here on TA seem to be from the Ceviche La Solution, the next kiosk. The dishes I have seen served looked a lot nicer and more substantial. A few more steps and I might have had a different experience, albeit relativelly expensive. In any case, you may be better off at a proper restaurant. The place is hot, extremely loud and with zero atmosphere. There are a ot of other restaurants in the city. If you want quaint & local, great food and not expensive, go to Fonda Lo Que Hay.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 6, 2019 via mobile

The fish is good, obviously, but not high class and the prices are regular. The Ambiente ist like a fast food restaurant.. If you have time, go there, if you are looking for a restaurant atmosphere, better to go in Viejo in one small, local...restaurantMore

Date of visit: December 2019
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