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After we are ready to leave the Panama country site, we stop for a lunch at this restaurant and don't regret it, The food was amazing, cheap and great portions. I recomend the sancocho soup if you have a hangover. Lol
Menu is simple... portions are ok... prices are average... Lots of parking... wood chairs are very uncomfotable... try the molded plastic option
Shrimps are tiny... but tasty... service is ok...but our server told us it was her first experience with seafood... Music was way too...loud.More
This used to be our favourite which we visited nearly every day during our stays in Los Santos. The location is fine, some 200 meters up the Chitre Bus Terminal. The place is frequented a lot by locals.
The staff is also very friendly though...they seldom have wait staff other than the owners (which can make service slow at times). You have to order drinks apart from the meal and pay them apart as well (strange).
They have fresh seafood and a varied menu. As I said, we used to be faithful visitors even in groups but the owners have failed to maintain a vision of customer care. The prices have gone up but the quality has NOT, in fact it may have decreased. For example, formerly when you ordered fish sticks (made in-house) they came with some Tartar Sauce (not much though). Months later you nearly had to beg to get it and for the past several months the answer is simply "we don't have that" so you have to eat them as they come. Come on!!! it does not cost much to make that! other places in fact give you a choice of sauces. But well, some people just don't listen to their customers. As a result we no longer visit this venue and found an alternate one.
You still get good food but as I said, prices went up and quality has not.More
We have visited this open restaurant many times as it is in nearby Chitre, easy to get to and reasonable prices for FRESH seafood.
I have given it 3 stars because quality has decayed somewhat. Previously with the Fish Sticks you ALWAYS got a bit...of tartar sauce to dip them in (not much though). Then over time you had to ASK them to get you the tartar sauce and nowadays you WON'T get it (don't even ask. That is very disappointing because while other places offer you a choice they don't give you any at all, come on, it is a cheap sauce and you can make it in house.
I wish they looked beyond the borders or accepted suggestions to improve. For that reason we now go to other places if we can.
Service on the other hand is very amicable and the prices are okay even though they have gone upMore
With company in town (visiting from the States) we needed a place to go for a good meal. We decided to visit our favorite place in Chitré - Restaurante Los Alacranes.
The food here is always delicious, always fresh, and always an excellent price.
Tonight...we had fried fish with salad and mixed seafood with patacones. The beer was cold, the sodas were served with ice, and the Abuelo with coke was excellent.
We love this Mom and Pop restaurant! The wife takes the orders and the husband serves the drinks. They are friendly and courteous.
This is one of "the best" places to go for fried Covina fish dinner...
Excellent pricing for the great quality of food served!
Los Alacranes is the place we eat at most frequently in Chitre. It is an open air restaurant that server local food (seafood). It is easy to get to as it is only one block from the regional bus station. The prices are excellent for...the quantity and quality of food you are served! We eat here frequently and have tried most of their dishes. However, now we usually just order the fried Covina (fish) with a fresh salad. They server beer, a selection of sodas, and juice drinks.
Many people complain about the service here (and everywhere in Panama) but they need to understand: 1) This is Panama, get used to it; 2) This is a "Mom & Pop" eatery, 3) I would consider Los Alacranes more of a Jardin or Fonda than a restaurant, and 4) I think the service here is very good by Panama standards.
This is a "Local's" restaurant. Yes, you will see many expats and tourist eating here. Expats eat here because it is known for the best seafood. Tourist eat here because a family, friend, fellow traveler, or a taxi driver informed them that this is the best place to eat fresh seafood. The locals eat here because it is the best place to eat fresh seafood. If I have to spell it out for you...this is THE best place to eat fresh seafood.
If you want beef, go someplace else. If you want chicken, go someplace else. If you want a fancy restaurant, go someplace else. If you want the best, freshest, tastiest seafood in Chitre, this is the place for you. This is also the best place to have a “chance meeting” with the Panama Vagabond.
An open air local restaurant tucked behind the bus station in Chitre.
The prices are fantastic. $6.00 for a shrimp dinner. We also ordered the mixed seafood plate in garlic sauce. The mixed seafood plate is very large, also priced at $6.00
A husband and...wife team were very accommodating. Sweet, and very tolerant of our lack of Spanish.More
I went to have dinner this restaurant about 8PM one night last week. It took about ten minutes for someone to come to the table and I ordered a beer. After another 10-15 minutes and no beer or menu, I got up and left. (I...guess my mistake was going to this restaurant when Panama was playing in a soceer match.More
I have known this restaurant for years as it was introduced to me by my parents. It may be a bit difficult to find at night but basically you take the Circumvalating Road that goes around the outskirts of Chitre which would be to your...left when coming from La Villa, then it goes downhill and and then when it turns right again watch for the gas station and Chitre Transport Terminal, you should take that road and go up that road. The restaurant will be around the 2nd or 3rd road to the left on a small side road that leads to it.
The menu is varied and the seafood is VERY fresh. Whatever you choose you can't have it wrong. It is not gourmet but it has very reasonable prices (around $10/person max.), it's fresh and healthy. Easy to accompany with a cold beer. For example the Fish sticks ("deditos de pescado") are not of the frozen kind, they are self made from fresh fish. You can also have whole fish, etc. Make sure to accompany it with "patacones" (fried plaintain) and/or fried Yuca.
You will be served by the owners most of the times which are very polite and recognize recurring clients (very few restaurant attendants in Panama do that) which kind of gives it the personal touch.
Whenever I am around this area I always come to this restaurant for dinner, just can't get tired of it. At night please wear trousers if you don't want to be bothered by mosquitoes, not many but hey, it is the tropics.More
Date of visit: November 2012
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