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Panama City

Donde Jose


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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2019 Winner

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Our mission at Donde Jose is to tell the story of Panama through our cuisine. We use endemic ingredients, cook with age-old techniques, innovate where value can be added, and work every day to contribute to Panama's culinary identity.
$57 - $73
Latin, Central American
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This was a fantastic, creative meal and definitely worth the price tag. You are taken on a tour of Panama through the food. The "coffee" at the end of dinner was the best part! There is definitely a romantic vibe here, so not the best...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank travelqueen928
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a restaurant with a mission: to teach you about Panama through its food. The message got through visually with an impressive display of carefully crafted, attractive plates. Verbally, the message was marred by our enthusiastic main server's rapid delivery in English with a...More

Date of visit: November 2019
Thank Reslysten54
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While researching for our trip I found this restaurant on the world's 50 best and lonely planet and found its concept interesting, a trip around Panama's history. Reservations have to be made at least a month in advance and there are only 2 seatings. Ambiance...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank Traveling_Jeannie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have always been amazed at the detail in being fortunate to enjoy a fantastic clulinary experience at Donde Jose. The careful resourcing of ingredients found only in Panama, the artistic style of presentation, and the detailed yet engaging explanation of the course itself, makes...More

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank ezmall
Reviewed September 27, 2019

We went to Donde Jose from a recommendation from our Travel Agent, and it was fabulous. The food was creative and modern, and really delicious. The service was friendly and professional. The menu was playfully cryptic and only gave a clue as to the dishes...More

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank ConradtheBonVivant
Reviewed August 22, 2019 via mobile

Good food but very expensive. We had dinner during our visit and ended paying for two people 230 $ for the meals, 2 glasses of wine and two beers. On top of that that evening the chicken of the main course was undercooked and the...More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 21, 2019 via mobile

My husband and I had the Tasting menu with wine pairing. Some dishes were very good and well presented. The main course half a chicken is way too big and both mine and my husband's were under cooked and we could see a bit of...More

Date of visit: August 2019
1  Thank NaomiUSA
Reviewed August 16, 2019 via mobile

I had heard about Donde Jose after reading an article about 3 days in Panama City and decided to visit the restaurant with my novia on a recent trip to Panama City. We were definitely pleased with the experience! The food was excellent and consisted...More

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank richardpQ9939CJ
Reviewed August 12, 2019 via mobile

We celebrated my husbands birthday at Donde Jose which was a great decision! The evening started off with a warm welcome by the staff after which they talk you through the surprise dinner perfectly. Every dish delivers the best local food in the most original...More

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank 828pattyg
Reviewed July 30, 2019 via mobile

Donde José takes your tastebuds on a wonderful adventure, well guided and explained. It is one of the most memorable diners ever for us, and we can recommend this restaurant without any hesitation.

Date of visit: July 2019
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September 20, 2019|
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Response from Samplaysitagain | Reviewed this property |
Hi, the menu is always a surprise and not known in beforehand, but when you make your reservation, they explicitly inquire about any food allergies or dietary restrictions. I’m pretty sure they will be able to adapt the menu... More
September 10, 2018|
Response from Jorge_sainzmx | Reviewed this property |
Not at all.
July 22, 2018|
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Response from Milagrosfilms | Reviewed this property |
We didn’t do the wine pairing. Without alcohol and sitting at the Chef’s table, it was about $85 per head. We had cocktails which were amazing and very reasonably priced. I would imagine it’s open in December.
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