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Il Pianista

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Palo Alto, Boquete, Panama
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36 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You almost miss the restaurant but if you don't you will be rewarded with a wonderful waterfall outside the window. The owner was a hoot, with a great personality. I was a bit disappointed that the beef menu was unable to be fulfilled due to lack of fresh inventory. The ravioli I had in place of the beef medallions was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

the view ✅✅✅ eating next to a waterfall.. well thats boquete! the pizza at this places is delicious. dont try calling to make a reservation because no one answers. just go. there is no signal so is hard to use waze. be sure to ask first.. follow the map or ask people around. there are some signs but u cant... More 

Thank Gina H
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71 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We love the Pizza and the setting. We had good service. Everything was prepared while we waited but turned out great.

Thank thetikimon
Vero Beach, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

Il Pianista is "off the beaten path" of Boquete and a cozy, somewhat romantic restaurant located by a beautiful stream that makes for perfect photographs. The staff is friendly, the food delicious, and a very relaxed/comfortable setting. The pasta dishes are covered with their signature Sicilian tomato sauce which is superb. Be sure to start with a salad, topped with... More 

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David, Panama
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65 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016

This restaurant has been, for years, one of my dad's favorites in Boquete. And it used to be great; natural ingredients and personal service. Not quite the same lately. Food doesn't taste as fresh and the smiles aren't as prompt. I write this review in the hope to inspire a return to how it started.

Thank Irisel3
new york
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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2016

we went here on the one night off from the hotel we were staying at. Sadly, the spaghetti Bolognese was better at our hotel. Everything was fine, not great, not bad, just fine. however, this is a very pretty restaurant, they do have pizza on the menu, and it's not expensive. they did bring things out in an odd order,... More 

Thank captaindavebklyn
Lake Como, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2016 via mobile

We came here and, at first, we really liked the location. The setting is amazing, right next to waterfalls... Like in a fairy tale. When we saw the menu, the fairy take ended brutally.. You pay the base of a pizza more than 10 dollars and then every single ingredient costs up to 3,50 dollars.. You must pay even for... More 

Thank siuppolina
Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2016

I've rarely seen a woman with so little passion to serve, but the salad and the pizza were good! The place is also very nice, with the river in the backyard.

Thank EmptyFridgeSurvivor
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016

In spite of the recommendation of our hotel hosts I cannot pass along good words about the food. I think the Italian owners had the night off during our dinner meal and consequently the quality suffered. The staff are friendly and the setting is very pretty, but the $2 spaghetti I had at another local restaurant was far better than... More 

Thank jim s
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2016

We had sampled quite a few restaurants / bistro-style places in and around Boquete during our weeklong stay. So given our experiences, we didn't expect much when we decided to try Il Pianista. After all, what is the likelihood of having a good Italian dinner in the Panamanian highlands? Apparently miracles do happen. The setting is an old well-maintained stone... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Palo Alto, Boquete, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Chiriqui Province  >  Boquete
  • Phone Number: 5077202728
phone number 507 720 2728

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