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El Caribbean is an authentic Caribbean and Costeñan restaurant. Our aim is to serve dishes like; Curry Goat, Oxtail with dumplings, fish run down, brown stew fish, shrimp or prawns in coconut sauce... And much more.
PRICE RANGE
$12 - $45
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
CUISINES
Caribbean, Seafood, Jamaican, Grill
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service
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All reviews oxtail coconut rice ox tail jamaican curry peas corvina dumplings seafood yucca prawns soup chicken filet caribbean food ginger beer recommend el via argentina
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Reviewed March 6, 2020 via mobile

I enjoyed the oxtails which were tender and savory. The rice and peas were also had great flavor. I wished I had not waited so late to visit the restaurant the day before I left because I would have eaten there every day. I also...ordered Codfish cakes to go and they tasted great a day later. My mom enjoyed her fish as well. They also had Karoaoke which was great and entertaining. El Caribe is by far one of the best if not the best restaurant in Panama in my opinion. The owner/chef was friendly and helpful with entree questions. Loved El Caribe. Be sure to visit if you are in Panama City.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed March 5, 2020

Their food is pretty amazing, the seafood, the fufu soup, amazing cocktails, I recommend it 1000%, and it's right in the center or Via Argentina.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 3, 2020

Great restaurant. Fresh juice, delicious oxtail, prawns,whole fried fish and yucca with garlic sauce.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 26, 2020

This restaurant's Oxtail is off the planet! Off the planet!!! However, service is slow, and I mean S......L.......O......W! asked for a Balboa beer to help me peruse the menu and 30 minutes later had not received it. Owner came out and saw me waiting, and...waiting, and waiting, but must have assumed that I just needed a seat. I left in the end and went up the road for some much needed food. Shame really, because their oxtail is the bomb! Not sure if I'll return, but probably will. However, I will take out rather rhan than eat in; might get my food quicker if I'm within visual range at the counter.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed February 11, 2020 via mobile

Oh so many bad things!!! 1. Terrible Service! The waitress didn’t know much about the food. 2. I ordered corvina a la plancha and received Tilapia empanada. When I complained one person said they didn’t have any tilapia and the other said they did but...it was cut differently so it tasted different. I know that’s a lie because I’ve ordered that dish there before and I’ve had corvina made many different ways. IT WAS TILAPIA. YUCK! All they needed to do was explain they were out of Corvina filets and i would have ordered shrimp instead. I’m so angry about that! 3. My friend didn’t get her meal when the rest of us did. After 5 - 10 minutes I finally went to go ask for it! 4. My friend ordered the Bourbon wings and got the Jamaican jerk sauce. 5. the chicken milanesa was very dry. 6. they completely mixed up the bills and wouldn’t change them! 7. When we arrived they didn’t have the AC turned on and it was too hot in the restaurant.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 7, 2020

Went to Panama on a solo trip so I had to depend on myself for finding good restaurants. I did some research before going and found El Caribe and a few others with great reviews. I decided to go to another restaurant, but luckily it...was closed....fate brought me here, thank God. I walked in and was promptly attended to. I was asked where I’d like to sit and opted for outdoor seating, which is great for people watching and just enjoying the neighborhood of El Cangrejo. Once seated, the waitress and I struggled for a bit with our language barrier but she was attentive to my needs enough to call the English speaking owner to get my drink and food order. I had the rum punch which I thought was a Virgin at first lol (I’m Jamaican so I needed to feel the rum). I asked for a shot and was given one. I ended up having 2 and the second was brought out with the extra shot at no charge. For dinner I had the Jerk Chicken which to my surprise was very juicy since it was a chicken breast. I prefer a leg or thigh, but like I said, it was good... very well seasoned and moist but could’ve used more spice (In her defense, when I was placing my order, she did ask what spice level I desired and I opted for 75%) next time I’ll do 100% that was totally my fault. With my chicken, I had fried plantains and coconut rice and there were no complaints. Portion size was more than enough and service was on point. The owner even took time out to tell me about a soca event that was happening that day, if that’s not attending to your customer, I don’t know what is. I will definitely be returning. Thank you for a great Sunday dinner. KerryMore

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 30, 2020 via mobile

Words can not explain how good theis food is. Highly recomend the Conch in Coconut sauce. The cod fish fritters as a starter is a must. Their cocktails a really good but if you dont like your drink spiked ask for the Pineapple Ginger or...Ginger Beer. Dont miss this restaurant.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 19, 2020

Lovely freshly cooked Caribbean food. Portion sizes are huge and price is very good. We visited Panama City twice during our trip and this restaurant we came back to twice👍

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 15, 2020 via mobile

Excellent local food at a good price so good we went twice couldn’t fault the food tasty and plentiful lots to choose from and they had beer from all the countries you can think off at a resemble price as we found out later a...family run restaurant would definitely recommend if you want a proper Panamanian home cooked food .DeliciousMore

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 12, 2020 via mobile

Very good food and service. The place is Not that fancy But the food is very good. We had oxtail, curry goat and Conch. We enjoyed every meal. Only advice for the owner the have to work on the interior other than that very good.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Unfortunately No. We are a restaurant who holds Karaoke every Friday from 7:30pm to 1:30am. We do reserve the terrace for those who dont care for the Karaoke scene. However, all are welcomed.
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My grandmother was definately my culinary inspiration. For me she remains the best cook I have known. I love food from all over the world but I believe that Caribbean food is unrivaled if prepared correctly. El Caribe... More
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