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“Great music” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Jose Pinguino's

Jose Pinguino's
Ranked #4 of 77 Restaurants in Panajachel
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Guatemalan, Central American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Tampa, Florida
1 review
“Great music”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2013

Recommended. Great local food with marimba music played by an all girls band. Excellent location on Santander street.

Visited March 2013
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West Long Branch, New Jersey
1 review
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“The best restaurant in Panajachel!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

I had the best experience at this restaurant. Not only was the food incredible, but we also got a chance to make our own tortillas, and learn about the Mayan culture. During dinner we got to listen to the daughters playing the marimba. Overall, a great experience!!!

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“Jose Penguins is a fun cultural learning experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2013 via mobile

Very fun and inclusive atmosphere. You get to sing along to music from the marimba which is a Guatemalan instrument. After dinner you are welcome to take fun pictures with the musicians. The food is great which makes it a perfect experience. Make sure to try the shrimp ceviche!!

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Derby, Kansas
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70 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great food and friendship”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

Miguel has a captivating story to tell. He came from a mountain village years ago and has become successful and a strong supporter of the local people and their culture. In addition to the restaurant he owns a travel agency. He shares his story and details about Maya culture that make a stay around Lake Atitlan especially meaningful. His daughters, all college educated, play the marimba, the national instrument, beautifully on marimbas decorated Maya images. In addition, a niece played the wooden flute. Two of the girls demonstrated the elaborate headwear that the women in the Santiago area wear.

And, to top off the entertainment, the food is exceptional. Our group of 11 had various Guatemalan dishes, all delicious. The "penguin" should be required stop, especially if Miguel is sharing his story and his daughters, their music.

  • Visited January 2013
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Louisville
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great Food & Entertainment”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2013

Food flavors were out of this world. The marimba music by the owner's daughters made the atmosphere entertaining and fun

Visited February 2013
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