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“Just OK...Overhyped and Overpriced!”
Review of Rene Cafe

Rene Cafe
Ranked #13 of 1,154 Restaurants in Panama City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $25
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed January 1, 2013

Situated in historic Casco Viejo and highly reccomended...we arrived at the restaurant with great anticipation. Rene greeted us and seated us at our table. He was very pleasant and attentive. But, truthfully, what was served was both too much food and average food at best. There were truly no standout dishes and more "misses" than hits. And, the price of the dinner reflected a "reputation" rather than the actual food served.

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Reviewed December 19, 2012

We brought in our fresh fish that we caught with Panama Canal Fishing. It was prepared as part of our 11 course meal. All we had to choose was our Wine. This family owned restaurant is simply beautiful and the service is second to none. The best meal in Panama !

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Thank RayBB66
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Reviewed December 18, 2012

This small quaint restaurant is simply everything you could want in food and service. The small dining room was cozy and well appointed. The view of the kitchen only added to the ambience!
All 6 courses of the meal were well put together and delicious to boot. We brought our own fish that we caught in Lake Gatun and those were prepared to perfection along with the house dishes. The price is very affordable and even with 2 bottles of wine we escaped with a reasonable tab. The owner and staff could not have been more welcoming and the service was impeccable. Not to missed in Panama City!

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Thank Robert D
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Reviewed December 6, 2012

Although this lovely old Casco restaurant has already been found, it was still a find on a rainy afternoon! This was our first and likely our best meal in Panama City.

The simple and cheap lunch set was perfect - starter salad, simple grilled corvina, rice pilaf and light cake all for $10 a head!!! The wine choices were a little disappointing but that was so even in the priciest restaurants.

The ambiance is pure old time Casco Viejo - go before it is priced out from all the reconstruction!

Thank Ri-write
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

The prices are high, the food is not fresh, the cooking is mediocre at best. The only plus is that the staff is super friendly. The night we went they had a pre fixed menu. My wife had a vegetarian meal, while I had the usual. We both started with Salads, the lettuce and carrots had a stale taste to it. We ordered some cocktails. They added egg white to it, and it wreaked of eggs in them. The food was international, but something that an amateur home cook could easily cobble together. I got a chicken steak with barbeque sauce on it, a spring roll, plantains stuffed with beef (which was the only decent thing we got), fried fish, ravioli stuffed with cheese in a spinach sauce. All in all the meal was lackluster and unimaginative. Most certainly not worth the price they charge.

Thank Kaushik G
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