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“Perfect end to a fantastic week in Panama”

Grapes Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #72 of 1,094 Restaurants in Panama City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $11 - $32
Cuisines: International
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: The Restaurant is situated in one of the rooms of a fully restored private mansion dating back to 1657 and is one of the very first structures built in the old fortified Spanish city. The original walls and arches are skillfully blended into a cosy dining and bar area. We have now expanded further into the old house and now offer private dining
Reviewed May 31, 2014

Hadn't planned to go to Old City but Grapes looked interested from reviews on the internet so we decided to venture into the city. We arrived about 6:30 but restaurant didn't open until 7:00 so walked around before returning for a fantastic meal. Only negative was that they were out of the desert the kids wanted to order...

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Bowie888, Owner at Grapes Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded June 2, 2014

Thank you so much for the report. Really appreciate your comments which really encourages us all at Grapes. See you again when your next in the Casco !

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Reviewed May 28, 2014

We read so many great reviews and this spot did not disappoint! First, price was right for food...incredible, fresh and wow, $10 sea bass ceviche, portion size generous. Our server Christian was incredible. Christian gave us great service, but went the 'extra mile' when he ran 3 blocks to return my wife's scarf, so nice. Que bueno, muchas gracias Christian...perfecto!

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Bowie888, Owner at Grapes Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2014

Thank you so much for your kind report. I will certainly be thanking Christian for his good response which makes us all proud to be of service at Grapes. It's that extra mile I know which makes all the difference

Hope to see you again soon on your next visit

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Reviewed May 28, 2014

Electric atmosphere and amazing live musician made this place a wonderful night out. Food was good, but not great.

Thank DocRenee
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Bowie888, Owner at Grapes Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2014

Happy to see you enjoyed the visit and impressed that you can remember the visit after a year !
Thanks for the post and as we have now expanded further into the old house I hope to see you on a return visit soon

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Reviewed May 18, 2014 via mobile

Our last time in Grapes was a few months ago during their construction to expand the restaurant. We were not too pleased with the food and service at that time. We decided to give it another try last night and were pleasantly relieved: this is the Grapes as we got to know it when it opened!
I had 'chili con carne' as a starter, nice presentation and good taste and a very size able portion ( could easily be for 2). My partner had tuma tartar, and evaluated it as one of the best in Panama. For main course we had entrana and mero with tamarind and maracuya, both fresh and well prepared. Service was excellent, ambiance was lively yet elegant - all in all a restaurant to again recommend to friends!

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Bowie888, Owner at Grapes Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded May 21, 2014

Thanks for the review. Yes, it was a bit hectic during the expansion but so happy you made it all worthwhile by coming back again ! Did you try the new area or were you in the original section I wonder? My wife insisted rightly that we maintained the same ambience throughout. I just get the role of observer and critic until I get chased out. Drop in again please and say hello!

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Reviewed April 27, 2014

The raves about the Tuna Sashimi (tartare) are merited, simply fantastic. The crunchy arepitas were not the smokey arepas I was hoping for, but they were still quite tasty. My skirt steak was cooked perfectly to a medium rare with a nice sear and the wine was served at the proper temperature. Beyond all this the atmosphere is perfect, it's a beautiful old building, well restored with coffered wood ceilings, exposed stone on one wall, a beautiful bar, wine rack and impeccably appointed curiou cabinet, elegant lighting and I noticed they even covered the undersides of the tables with acoustic foam to cut down on reflect noise and/or perhaps to soften the tables should anyone bump a knee. The attention to detail from the music to lighting to the service really make this a place to savor a great meal. It is also just down the street from Tantalo where you could end the evening with a visit to their rooftop bar for a panoramic view of Panama City.

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Bowie888, Owner at Grapes Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded May 9, 2014

So happy you enjoyed the experience. Our new extended area and private dining room has been a huge success thanks to the support of all our customers. Much appreciated and helped enormously to persuade the wife that her time and effort on the building works was well justified. It's no easy task when you are working with a 400 year old building . The first in the old Casco Viejo city !
Again Muchas Gracias

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