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La Ruina Restaurant & Bar

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Central American, Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Pub
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Calle 3 y Avenida A | Centro Nueva Gorgona, Nueva Gorgona, Panama
+507 6527-8462
Thu - Sun 12:00 - 22:00
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Owners are very friendly, US army veteran and his lovely wife really know how to fuse the perfect combination of Panamanian style with just a subtle hint of US culture. Excellent food, cold drinks, and a pool. 5 minute walk to the beach.

Thank Steven J
Ontario, Canada
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

I was on vacation with my wife and relatives introduced us to this lovely spot. The lasagna, chicken soup, fish was delicious. I will definitely eat here again when I come back to Panama. Thanks to the staff and owners who were extremely friendly. Cheers

Thank jefferyturriff
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112 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017

This little restaurant makes you feel like to you are eating at your best friend's place. While the menu is often limited, nothing is better than the grilled fish dinner. Ordering a salad here is like being served a very tasty piece of art..... The service and ambiance here is lovely, you can play a game of Jenga or throw... More 

Thank SjNM123
Nueva Gorgona, Panama
2 reviews
Reviewed 14 November 2016

I went to a birthday party where they served a buffet and the food was not very good.My wife and I went another time for lunch where I had pasta and my wife had a burger. My pasta was dry and like rubber and my wife's burger had no favor.

Thank Bill M
laruinagorgona, Owner at La Ruina Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thanks Bill, The restaurant business in this area is very competive. Unknown to us at the time, our cook was being recruited by another establishment. He began under performing with us and since then let go. If you're ever not pleased in restaurants, let the owners know immediately. It's much easier to replace or change an order to make you... More 

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123 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

This place keeps its quality all the time and its a place where you can always go. Once you are in, its like you are forever friends! Best spot in Gorgona

Thank Fofiex
Coral Springs, Florida
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2016

Frank and his wife will make you anything you want to eat American or dish just some fun and loving people

Thank Andres357
Sora, Panama
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Always have enjoyed our meal and time at La Ruina. The menu is limited, but varied enough for anyone's taste. Fresh seafood, good burgers. Chicken dishes are delish, too. A unique building with lots of history - going back to World War 2 - and fascinating photos on the walls to tell it. It is located in the pueblito of... More 

1 Thank DamaniWVK
Tavernier, Florida
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461 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2016

Just to say we were very disappointed they were closed for July/August while we were there. We had heard and read so much good reviews on their hospitality and food we were looking forward to visiting the restaurant which was close to our condo we were staying at. Keep up the good work La Ruina, maybe one day.

1 Thank Susan A
Bloomington, Illinois
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55 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2016

A friendly place, well decorated and quick service. Open area to get a cool breeze during our meal. Has a full bar to quench your thirst.

Thank IBPacman
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87 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2016

La Ruina is an owner-managed place, an impressive building in the middle of New Gorgona. Have been there once only, on an afternoon. Good food, friendly service and Frank, the owner told us the story of the place. Very impressive.

Thank jay p

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$15
Central American, Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Pub
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle 3 y Avenida A | Centro Nueva Gorgona, Nueva Gorgona, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Panama Province  >  Nueva Gorgona
  • Phone Number: +507 6527-8462
Pacific Coast Restaurant/Bar in an historical building serving fresh seafood and original homemade platters for fair prices.

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