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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The flavors of the food are amazing, the presentation is fantastic, and the service is top notch. Do not miss this once in a lifetime opportunity. I go every time I am in Panama City.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Chef Hernan and his staff put together a menu that highlights Chef Hernans talents as well as locally sourced products. His love for the culinary arts shines through in every dish. He was kind enough to give us a tour of his "lab". The area...where he creates his dishes. Such an honor to have met this disciplined young man and been able to experience his skillfully crafted interpretation of Panamanian Cousine. This ranks amongst my most prized eating experiences. We loved it so much we went twice. If you're in Panama City and cherish the art of cooking do not miss this oppurtunity.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed June 18, 2022 via mobile

Definitely one of the top meals I've ever eaten. Every course (except the mackerel) was exquisite. With excellent English the chef came to our table and explained sources of the food, preparation and instructions on best method to mix. Presentation was beautiful, use of stones...and stoneware, with attentive yet non hovering staff. All the ingredients are from their family farm or known neighbors. The drinks were varied and more of an experience that actual pairings but all excellent. The lemongrass tea at the end of the meal especially tasty. My favorite was the red claims and sweet onion. I closed your eyes and experienced the melding of flavors like I never have before. A must do for any one seeking a wonderful relaxing culinary delightful evening. Plan to stay for 3 plus hours.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed December 29, 2021 via mobile

This was a wonderful experience. From start to finish we were greeted with smiling faces and amazing cuisine. I won’t give too much away, but all I can say it that this is a much try in Panama!

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed September 14, 2021 via mobile

The experience at Riesen was awesome, a private dinner, with the whole farm to table experience; long time ago I wanted to visit this restaurant, and didn’t disappoint. The tasting menu was exceptional, the whole interaction with the chefs during every course made it more...fascinating. We even had the chance to see the lab where all the magic happens. Makes me happy to see these kind of experiences in Panama.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed July 26, 2021 via mobile

Riesen is a hidden gem in Panama City. We were pleasantly surprised with an overwhelmingly exquisite culinary experience (and we currently reside in Manhattan, NYC). The 10 course tasting menu was more than enough food as was the wine pairings. Each dish was thoughtfully created...with elaborate ingredients and presentation. The Chef cooks everything on a coal fire grill outside. We sat at a table by the window overlooking the grill and were able to watch our meals being prepared. The food is organic and kosher. Every bite was full of dynamic creations. The red clams, aged duck and sancucho were beyond amazing. I have no complaints other than having an abundant amount of great food. This is certainly Michelin star worthy dining. The ambience was a rustic and trendy modern vibe. Best restaurant in Panama this far. We highly recommend and will certainly return! Thank you for a wonderful experience!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed June 1, 2021

I was hesitant to try the restaurant based on the mixed reviews. I’m glad I trusted my gut and tried it out. It was fresh, interesting and delicious. I’m not sure why other reviewers had negative things to say. The staff was so friendly. The...chef takes his craft serious and I believe it is his mother at the front of house who is just lovely. The food was amazing and this restaurant doesn’t get enough praise. Should definitely have a Michelin star! If you are in Panama, check it out. It is a preset menu but worth trying!More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed May 30, 2021

I found this restaurant online, and decided to take a chance showing up at their door to see if they could accommodate two at the last minute. We had no idea what a transcendent experience we were about to have. I was unaware of the...multi-course tasting menu paired with beverages (beer, cocktail, white wine, red wine, tea, grappo). I was unaware this was farm to table, from their own farm. Every course was amazing, fresh, inventive - truly a meal I will remember forever. So grateful to the chef and his staff for accommodating us and providing such a memorable and noteworthy experience.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed April 25, 2021 via mobile

This mat be one of the best meals I have ever eaten around the world. Fresh local organic creative. There aren’t enough good words to describe the experience. Best restaurant in all of Panama City

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed April 8, 2021 via mobile

Let us dine like we have not (for the most part) dined before. Anytime we feel like family in another country is great. We the Mom is chatting with us and the Son is preparing food for us we are fortunate. Now if you accompany...that with a tasting menu that would make Gordon Ramsey jealous you have a hit. Each course was explained to perfection and eaten to perfection. Thank you for the experience.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed January 31, 2020 via mobile

This restaurant I feel is so close to being a great restaurant, but they really struggled in my visit. It's a prefix 8 course meal. Presentation is fantastic. All the plates look incredible. That said only some of them are delicious and for the price...I had somewhat higher expectations. Also, they really really struggled in the service category. I got the tasting plus drink pairing. They were already forgetting the drinks by the second course and I ended up having to ask them 3 times for the drink that accompanies the plate. There were some prolonged gaps between the dishes, again at $150 a person you have slightly different expectations. There was plenty of food, I left full for sure. Overall an enjoyable experience, but really missed on the cost/value consideration.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 23, 2020 via mobile

Walked into Riesen as the doors opened at 7 and was welcomed to a quaint, small, very intimate place. The fixed 8 course meal was incredible. All foods were prepared and made in the restaurant and all foods sourced locally. The cuisine itself was extremely...authentic. The servers were great and the woman/hostess explained every intricacy of the 8 course meal In detail(in English). All 8 courses were incredible. If you re looking for a way to taste local Panama, this is the place.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 23, 2020

The staff was very friendly and warming. It was a very authentic and cozy experience. Each dish is made with local and organic foods and it gives you a great taste of the culture in Panama. The food was also very tasty. I recommend to...anyone!More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 5, 2019 via mobile

We really enjoyed our dinner at Riesen. A perfect combination between Panamanian food and modern presentation. We liked the flavor combinations and the sophisticated (European) atmosphere. And we received a warm welcome by the host. Highly recommended!

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 16, 2019 via mobile

Everything about this restaurant was exceptional. A very warm friendly welcome - in fact we were made to feel more like friends than customers. And the food was just incredible and very innovative. We opted for the tasting menu which is basically a little of...everything on the menu and nothing disappointed. Every dish was carefully explained to us and beautifully presented and delicious. The flavours were incredible. And the freshly made bread was very good. We started with a lovely and really different Mojito and then had white and rosado wines from Greece, which complimented the food perfectly and also gave us something different to try. Loved the fact that we got to talk to the chef and to learn how the dishes had been prepared with locally sourced ingredients. He obviously is very passionate about his cooking as is his delightful grandmother who came to chat to us. Lovely family run small restaurant well worth seeking out. Not cheap but worth every penny.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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watergirl918
December 18, 2016|
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Response from Hernan C | Property representative |
Hello! we will offer a five-course tasting menu at $100 per person at 7 pm sharp. We still have a few seats available and would be very happy to host you. See you soon.
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I believe the menu changes but you can't go wrong with anything on there.
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Riesen is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5