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El Penascal

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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5a. Avenida 2-61, Coban 16001, Guatemala
+502 7951 2102
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Reviewed January 12, 2015 via mobile

Excellent food, Nice staff, unlimeted coffee for breakfast. Free small sopa, glass of water and sweet dezert for lunch/dinner. They cook very fast.

Thank Zuzi B
Portland, Oregon
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5 reviews
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Reviewed January 2, 2015

One dish tasted great. It was hot and well-spiced. We also ordered Jocon, because we loved it at a spot in Antigua. This jocon was luke-warm and didn't have the same fresh flavors as my first encounter with it. I felt like absolute garbage the next morning. The jocon, along with all other stomach contents, ended up on the street... More 

Thank mattonabike
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed October 15, 2014 via mobile

A very nice restaurant to taste typical Cobán food in a clean familiar environment. The restaurant has awards for their steak with cardamom sauce. You can also purchase candy on your way out.

Thank Ivy A
Guatemala City, Guatemala
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed April 14, 2014

get the steak with cardomon sauce get the steak with cardomon sauce get the steak with cardomon sauce get the steak with cardomon sauce get the steak with cardomon sauce

2 Thank johnfeegel
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed March 11, 2014

I love their Kaq Iq. It's one of the best. Ame also their tasajo which is another traditional dish from Coban is really good and tasty. I really recommend that if you visit Coban don't forget to coke to this place

Thank Héctor M
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33 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
Reviewed February 16, 2014

I loved this restaurant. I had the Kak Ik, or turkey soup. I loved the flavor and the presentation. It was pretty dramatic to have a turkey leg sticking out of my bowl! The server also brought a chocolate drink and a sort of appetizer before the meal, which was an unexpected surprise. I thought that the service was excellent... More 

Thank soibhan
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed January 1, 2014 via mobile

Best food ive had in Coban but the bad service and unfriendly waiters make my experience not so good.

Thank AloGonz
Copan, Honduras
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76 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed October 27, 2013

This is a traditional, anything but your regular "turkey soup". I had it as an early afternoon meal and I didn't need a thing to eat for the rest of the day. Mine came with a turkey wing, others might come with a turkey leg. It was served with rice and two small tamales which I added to the soup... More 

Thank seniorbackpacker67
Paris, France
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92 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed August 6, 2013 via mobile

We enjoyed the enchiladas suizas very much and the service was good ! That's the best food we ´ ve had in Coban : i recommend it.

Thank matthieuf2
Guatemala City, Guatemala
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

I come here every year for the half marathon of Coban and it's always a pleasure being treated with a very good service and delicious food. It's 2 blocks from the central park of the city of Coban, very good location.

Thank anahiboesch

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$3 - $6
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5a. Avenida 2-61, Coban 16001, Guatemala
  • Location: Central America  >  Guatemala  >  Alta Verapaz Department  >  Coban
  • Phone Number: +502 7951 2102

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