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El Bistro

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Calle Santander, Panajachel, Solola, Guatemala
08:00 - 23:00
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Delaware, Ohio
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017

We ate here while visiting some friends in Pana, and had a nice time.It truly is an Italian restaurant. My son and I split a simple cheese and pepperoni pizza which was very good, even though it did not have sauce. That sounds weird, I know, but the crust was great - thin crust which I like. My wife had... More 

Thank DelawareLax
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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125 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2016

Right on Santander, not far up from Lake, with good tables well positioned. Pasta w blue cheese great, avocado salad big enough to share. Nice music from guitar player, no hassle.

Thank svYonder
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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63 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2016

The pizza here is beyond excellent! I wish they delivered to the US!! The pasta was OK, but due to the wonderful pizza I gave an excellent rating. The pizza was the best pizza I haver ever had, I wanted to make a second visit to the restaurant but was outvoted by my group :-(.

Thank Jewels A
Rehoboth, Massachusetts
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231 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2016

This place was pretty good, but certainly not great. The service was slow and I had to call the waiter over if we needed anything. I had a salad, so you can't go wrong there - my husband had pasta, which was good, but agin nothing to get exited about. So... if you want decent solid food this place is... More 

Thank yogiglo
Montreal, Canada
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71 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2016 via mobile

We went there for lunch as there weren't that many options around and didn't feel like walking much. The best thing about this place was the cold beers! Food was average, I had the cannelloni with red sauce, which were pretty descent, and my partner had the Alfredo chicken fettuccini, which were uneatable!

Thank sacorpe
Abbotsford, Canada
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 November 2015

After a Guatemalan menu for a week, this was a lovely change and a great meal.. Fettuccini and the chicken Parmigiana with fresh steamed veggies.

Thank Swederhouse
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2015

The Spaghetti & Eggplant was hands down the best pasta I've ever eaten; which is funny because it was smack dab in the middle of Latin America. The sauce was fresh and delicious. My husband ordered the Steak with herb butter and it was a huge perfectly cooked portion of meat. We also ordered the Limonada con Soda....YUM!

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2015

The fish was fresh and tasty, and the coffee was served with a froth on top and sugar, no cream. Very, very tasty. Open air setting with a live duo playing lively but not overpowering music for the guests.

Thank Julie M
Boston, Massachusetts
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45 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2015 via mobile

Cozy and almost romantic atmosphere with nice guitar and singing. Had the pasta bolognese which was quite good and a reasonable size. Service was attentive. Total with two beers and 10% service charge was a reasonable 111Q.

Thank Toby1954
Lexington, Kentucky
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 17 June 2015

This is a more upscale Italian restaurant in Panajachel. The food is delicious and there is usually live music in the evenings. They have a decent wine list and great steaks and pastas. My favorite is the pepper steak! They also serve locally sourced breads as an appetizer. If you're not up for a big meal, their soups and salads... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
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08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Santander, Panajachel, Solola, Guatemala
  • Location: Central America  >  Guatemala  >  Western Highlands  >  Solola Department  >  Solola
Reviewed by Frommer's, we lied it a lot, located next to Posada de los Volcanes (already listed on TripAdvisor)

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?