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“Fantastic food, beautiful presentation, boring crowd”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Panamonte

Hotel Panamonte
Ranked #7 of 103 Restaurants in Boquete
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: International, European
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Good for: Business meetings, Large groups, Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Since 1914, the Hotel Panamonte has been the Old world charm in the enchanting highlands of Boquete luxurious rooms and indulgent culinary experience of choice for travelers from near and far. For more than 50 years, the Collins-Elliot family has blended their Old World Swedish tradition of hospitality with the friendliness of Panama in Boquete's extraordinary cloud forest setting of mountains, valleys, waterfalls and flowers. The result is the creation of a destination luxury hotel that combines the best of history with modern amenities. For three generations, families from Panama City, the United States and Europe have been coming to The Panamonte to celebrate weddings, honeymoons, christenings, family, and corporative reunions. Discover for yourself why staying at the Hotel Panamonte has become a tradition-it is so much more than just place to rest. It is a place from which to refresh the body, mind, and spirit and make memories that will last a lifetime.
Kelseyville, California
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“Fantastic food, beautiful presentation, boring crowd”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2010

My lady and I visited the Panamonte on the advice of a local expat, but forgot to sit in the bar (as other reviews suggest.) Consequently, we had fantastic food in a mediocre atmosphere. Nearly every customer in the dining room but ourselves was a deeply antiquated expat or expat's friend, and several of them were wearing a gallon of perfume as is their wont. My lady stuffed up and my chest got a bit tight by the end of the meal.

I had a local filet de Angus that was among the tenderest cuts of meat of ANY variety that I've ever had, cooked perfectly and served in an outstanding reduction of red wine with mushrooms. WIth beverages, the meal came to thirty dollars; upscale for Panama, but easily less than half the cost of a similar meal back home.

Do your best to visit on a weekday, when it should be less crowded; Eat in the bar, where you can get the same cuisine as the dining room, in a more pleasant setting.

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boquete,
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“best service and atmosphere in nice comfortable setting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2010

skip dining room & head straight to the bar. recommend the beef in wine reduction sauce and also the halibut. cocktails are fabulous, nelson, "este hombre" is very classy bartender, he could work anywhere in the world. carpaccio appetizer is good but large serving. chocolate dessert is dreamy. 2 fireplaces, cozy couches and tables, covered outdoor area where 2nd fireplace is, just really relaxing while feeling like you are receiving "high end" treatment.

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USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great menu, service and ambiance. Good food.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2010

Panamonte Inn is charming. Staff was lovely. Even though it is pristine and everything is white, the staff made us feel comfortable showing up with young kids. (We went early, when it first opened for dinner, which I'm sure helped.) The menu is exactly the kind of food we like. It probably raised our expectations a bit too high. The pumpkin soup and grilled hearts of palm were just OK. My trout was wonderful. My husband thought his fish (can't remember what he got) was a bit overcooked. Still, we would go back there and keep trying more, or just eat the trout again .... Enjoy.

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Boquete, Panama
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“overrated”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2009

went there for Christmas dinner... nice surroundings... maitre d'hotel running around made me tense... unnecessary... fixed price quoted via the phone reservation was less than the price on the bill... small token salad, ham or turkey entree (nothing special taste wise) arranged more like a plate of food from a cafeteria, comp glass of house wine, custard dessert... left hungry... $70+ for 2 for ham or turkey... hey this is Panama... then refused the pensionado discount, said it was a special... try El Pianista, north of Boquete, or El Oasis... decent ambiance, better value

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USA/Florida
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“My very favorite restaurant in Boquete,atmosphere, food, decor A+”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2009

American owned and operated, I think, but very European, comfortable, always good food, excellent service, I especially like to eat in the bar/outdoor area. Waiters/bar staff really take care of you. You can't go wrong.

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