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Matsuei Sushi Bar Panama

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Cl. Eusebio A. Morales 12-A, Panama City, Panama
507-2649562/47
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Panama City, Panama
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98 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We've just returned from Japan, and we were craving for something traditional. Matsuei was the closest answer we could think of. We've been here a couple of times and it has been the same: good food, OK sake, and OK service. Everything would improve so much if they had good service. Perhaps the owner could teach the staff a little... More 

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Thank PanamanianWanderlust
Panama
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although Matsuei has been around since decades ago, I went for the first time after experiencing several sushi restaurants in town. I can say for what we ordered: clams, octopus, algae and two rolls, everything was excellent, it has a taste of tradition, ingredients was really fresh and service was very attentive. I'll go back for sure, if my second... More 

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Thank Arturo L
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I went here with my GF and we both loved it (we are happy sushi-eaters, and know what we are talking about)! Especially the special rainbow crunch roll. Will come back before we leave the city.

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Thank Sophus L
Edmonton, Canada
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478 reviews
210 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 257 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

Service was pleasant enough. By far, this is one of the worst Japanese restaurant that we've experienced. The only thing that was good...they serve nice cold beers! Go in if you need a sushi fix very, very, very, badly and you're in the vicinity. Lost for words.

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Thank Richard L
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

We were starved for lunch/early dinner and headed in for sushi and some warm food. The sushi was delicious and tasted very fresh. That's where the good news ends. Our main course looked nothing like the photograph or what we expected from the written description. Our waiter or any other workers were no where to be found for ages. We... More 

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Eccleshall, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

A little over-priced and, in my opinion, not as good as it used to be. There is still a good selection on the menu. The restaurant itself would probably benefit from a facelift.

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Thank Mark H
Rotonda West, Florida
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240 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2016

They had a pretty good selection but seemed overpriced. No unagi (eel) on menu. Was looking for hand rolls but they also were not on menu. Went with gyoza and a spicey tuna roll. Nothing special and the sauce they gave for pot stickers was too much vinegar for me. Ginger served with tuna roll was best I have had.... More 

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Doha, Qatar
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124 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

We stayed across the street at the Riande Granada and ate here two out of three nights that we were in Panama City. It's definitely more than just a sushi bar, so don't be put off if you don't eat raw fish. There was an extensive menu with many Japanese choices. Reasonably prices and the food was good! If you're... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

We visited Matsuei twice in late November 2015. On the first occasion, both food and service were exemplary. On the second visit, the server was standoffish and ultimately abandoned our table completely and without warning, leaving it to be handled by another server. We tried numerous rolls over our two visits, all of which were excellent and expertly prepared. Parking... More 

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Thank Ron M
Panama City, Panama
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

I last visited Matsuei around two years ago and had a pleasant experience. Sadly last night the food was so poor that I had to abandon it and leave the restaurant. The Gyoza starter was limp, cold and lacking in flavour and was returned. The 'caliente' sake was bearable but a bit on the cold side. The sushi rolls that... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $20
Cuisine
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, International
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Buffet
Good for
Families with children, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Cl. Eusebio A. Morales 12-A, Panama City, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Panama Province  >  Panama City
  • Phone Number: 507-2649562/47

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