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Avenida Central and Calle 3, Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
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Punta Gorda, Florida
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104 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is closed permanently. We were informed of this by one of the local tour guides. We were disappointed to hear this as we were looking forward to trying it, but our next choice was even better.

2 Thank Cheryl K
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the finest tasting menu restaurants I've been to. I just love to be somewhere not knowing the dish coming next and being absolutely surprised by the way the chef thought the menu through. A must go to in Panamá. Requires reservation.

Thank Tourbrz
New York, New York, United States
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54 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

This place appears to be permanently closed. Tried to Meade reservations on website, which seemed to be allowed, but the place was dark and deserted when we arrived.

1 Thank Laurie C
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14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2016

We had an absolutely lovely family dinner (kids aged 6 and 8) at Manolo Carocol. We wandered in after vaguely recalling seeing a good review on tripadvisor. I hadn't remembered that it was an 8-course tasting menu and thought that might be a problem for the kids. Quite the contrary! They put together a plate for kids that was virtually... More 

1 Thank Nomdusage
Chicago, Illinois
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22 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2016

Our group of mission participants eats here our final night every year. The food is always unique, fresh and delicious. This year the plates seemed to be extra generous and all 20 of us went away more than satisfied. As there was one member of our group with a fish/seafood allergy the staff was more than happy to prepare separate... More 

1 Thank TravelingTeacher59
Liberty, Mississippi
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2016

...to visit Panama City. A little over the top - yes! But the meal and service was wonderful. The menu was inventive and diverse.

Thank sc_scarpulla
Madison, Wisconsin
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2016 via mobile

Manolo was recommend by our tour guide as a good option in old town as they use seasonal local ingredients. We thought it was worth a try so we made reservations as suggested. We made reservations for 6pm and by the time we left 8:30 ( the dining experience takes about 2.5 hours) there were only 8 other people in... More 

Thank esdmadison
Eagle, Idaho
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2016

We (two couples) had done some pre-reading on this restaurant so had an idea what we were getting into. There is a very positive review also in the NYT that speaks highly of Manolo Caracol. This is a fixed menu restaurant that changes their dishes based on the season. We visited towards the end of February and the different plates... More 

Thank Brian N
North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 29, 2016

Fixed price presentation good choice. Typical panamanian food with artistic, new twists on flavors. Service is attentive. Drinks are co, colorful and refreshing

Thank rhamba k
Birmingham, Alabama
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131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2016

No menu. Unless you have a food allergy, everyone gets the same thing. It is about $50pp without beverages. When you arrive you will be offered wine-red or white-bottles or House is by the glass. Then the food starts coming...small plates. Heres our menu: yucca ceviche. Bone marrow (served in the bone) with bread. Pickled shrimp on plantain wafer. Calamari... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, Spanish, South American
Dinner, Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Avenida Central and Calle 3, Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Panama Province  >  Panama City
  • Phone Number: 228-0109
One of the most renowned restaurants in Panama City, this Casco Viejo gem requires guests to put their tastebuds in the hands of Spanish chef/owner Manolo Madueño. You don’t order off the menu—about 12 courses of seasonal dishes will arrive at your table during either lunch or dinner. A cozy dining room adds to the hours-long experience.

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