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“More than coffee and sigars !” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Jola's Coffee House & Cigar Lounge

Jola's Coffee House & Cigar Lounge
Ranked #15 of 20 Coffee & Tea in Panama City
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Koksijde, Belgium
Level Contributor
63 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“More than coffee and sigars !”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

Still unusually friendly for this city, how you are welcomed and looked after in this nice small yet very cosy house. Its name however, is misleading at least. A nice terrace in the front but an exclusively well furnished back yard open air lounging area and some intimate small rooms inside are the perfect destination to have a chat with afternoon coffee or tea and tasteful sweet or savoury snacks. For lunch and dinner, be it attractively presented light goodies or carefully balanced main dishes, you will be pleased by the quality of food and service. I will visit again... and again !... and I have never been thinking I paid too much (as is the case in many other places of Panama, where you really have to search the value for the money.)

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank werner V
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Panama City, Panama
1 review
“Superb terrace, nice people”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

This restaurant is a true gem in Panama City. It doesn't show from the street how beautiful it is at the back, i think this is their biggest concern right now, otherwise I guess it would be packed. The food is delicious, the service excellent, they really want to help and serve you. (rare to have such good service int his city). Just go in and give it a try, you will enjoy it for sure !

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Sylvie769
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Toronto, Canada
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145 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“Excellent food and service. Hard to know it's there from the outside.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

Some suggestions for the owner. Your restaurant looks very plain and uninviting from the front. But the inside and back is superb. You need to have a really large sign out front with a great picture of the back cabanas and decks with words that invite them to come enjoy your hidden oasis out back. My guess is your business would double. Second, you have pretty nice coffee mugs for sale. But none of them say Panama or Panama City on them. If you want to sell them add the word Panama on them so they become souvenirs. You will sell way more. Lastly, the chef here is 4 star. Every single morsel was fantastic. Filet, Portabello mushrooms, canapés, salad, ... all excellent. Not good or great: excellent. Service was friendly and top notch too. So much going for it, here's hoping they get more customers to make it a staple for El Congrejo.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank rosco1e
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Kailua, Hawaii
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146 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Still pretty new....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

This place is very close to the Milan, and just down the street, kind of kitty corner from The Wine Bar in Congrejo. It was very hot when we went so we skipped the cabanas in the back and opted for the tables inside. The help is very attentive and the place is very clean and crisp. We were kind of disappointed in the food. We had the Salmon, the Mushrooms, and the Fish and Brocolli. They were all pretty much just OK, I think the Salmon was the best. Can't really rate the drinks as we were all drinking Balboas. The inside is totally non-smoking, which is a big plus if you are going for dinner. We'll probably give the place another try, but schools still out.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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4 Thank PanamaDon
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new york
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Kathia”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

Was in panama for few days, didn't expect to venture too far from the
hotel, so glad i found this gem. Music was perfect funk. james brown,
sangria and a cuban cigar equals heaven :)

Visited February 2013
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3 Thank katarzyna k
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