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Manolo Caracol

Avenida Central and Calle 3, Casco Viejo | detras de la junta comunal de san felipe, Panama City, Panama
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good27%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible7%
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“tasting menu” (29 reviews)
“bone marrow” (7 reviews)
“fixed menu” (13 reviews)
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Avenida Central and Calle 3, Casco Viejo | detras de la junta comunal de san felipe, Panama City, Panama
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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
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...More

Thank esdmadison
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...More

Thank Brian N
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
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...More

Thank Leigh-Traveler2015
Reviewed February 8, 2016

Very interesting tasting menu serving Panamanian inspired dishes using fresh local ingredients. Highly recommend. As some people have mentioned it is a bit pricey, but a similar experience in a major US or European city will easily cost 2-3 times as much.

Thank aaattt1234
Reviewed February 2, 2016

Love this place -- authentic cuisine, warm and attentive service and the food rocks! Try the chef's menu and you will not be disappointed. I went with a group and we loved it. I'll be back

Thank kerryharrismail
Reviewed January 29, 2016

Located into a renovated colonial building, this restaurant is very charming. They propose you a tasting/gastronomic menu of 8 dishes (seafood/veggies/...) from local food in Panama. All of them were very tasty & delicous. We had 1 cup of red wine each along with. It...More

Thank JulienF
Reviewed January 19, 2016 via mobile

A fun experience to taste your way through the evening. 8 courses with a palate cleanser and a dessert! Naturally some dishes were more to my liking than others, but overall it was great! I would have prefered being able to select my own dishes...More

Thank Tavis D
Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

We really enjoyed the meal we had here, consisting of an eight course tasting menu. They made changes to accommodate non-meat eater and non-nut eater and this did not affect the great experience. I assume the menu changes regularly but outstanding dishes for us were...More

Thank Jason_and_F
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Avenida Central and Calle 3, Casco Viejo | detras de la junta comunal de san felipe, Panama City, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Panama Province  >  Panama City
  • Phone Number: 211-2811
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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