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Calle Santander, Panajachel 07010, Guatemala
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Chinita's is a wonderful restaurant for relaxing and eating a delicious, healthy meal. The restaurant, decor, and food are all reflections of the interesting, energetic, creative owner, Ling. I've eaten and enjoyed all kinds of entertainment at Chinita's many times and I highly recommend it. Be sure to explore all the interesting things in the curio cabinet and elsewhere throughout... More 

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East Yorkshire
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319 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were looking for something a bit different and found it here. Menu is quite 'Asian eclectic' and the setting is off street and when we visited soft jazz music was playing making a relaxed atmosphere. We spoke to the owner/manager from Malaysia who was pleasant and relaxed with us. It was a bit slow but everything was freshly cooked.... More 

Thank KevanEastYorkshire
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

No one expects great table service in Pana but, having been to many restaurants here, Chinitas is clearly at the bottom. I checked out Chinitas several times before writing this review. Even worse, expect to go to the back of the line when a "friend" or group of friends of the restaurant drops by. I have heard this complaint from... More 

Thank JohnLPhelan
La Farge, Wisconsin
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

Love the food here and the outdoor artsy type atmosphere with gorgeous hanging baskets. Living in Panajachel we have been to this restaurant several times and have found the food to always be fresh and delicious.

Thank stephanie p
Atlanta, Georgia
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335 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2016

Stopped in this patio-like restaurant because we could get a table away from the street, but the kids selling stuff came in and approached us anyway. The owner didn't chase them away. The Gado Gado was excellent and the Nasi Goreng was very good.

Thank Helen711
Seattle, Washington
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016

I was passing thorugh Panajachel, coming from Antigua and headed to stay on the lake. I knew I needed something to eat before getting on a boat to my destination for the night. The colors and canopy over the patio drew me in to Chinitas. I ordered the typical Guatemalan breakfast (right before lunch) and it was delicious! As I... More 

Thank Nicole Marie B
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7 reviews
Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

They took too long to make our food and it turned out to be terrible. The service was bad but at least they were friendly. The highlight of this restaurant is its atmosphere.

Thank Maria T
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Being vegetarians, were delighted to see tofu in the menu. We were not disappointed in the food. The food was good and tasty with lots of vegetables and tofu. We got a side of salad and 2 salsas, cilantro, soy sauce, sesame seeds. Overall it was very good. We enjoyed eating in this cute place!

Thank Kuaek
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Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

Waited one hour an a half for untasty and bad food. Waiter is rude and charges 15% tip. Run away from this place!

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Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 2 April 2016

Very cute place, awesome decorations. However -- food extremely overpriced and nothing special. We got currys and noodles and it took a really long time to place orders and to get the food. Really sub-par, just bland. The service was the lowest point, had to ask two different people for our check. They just seemed to really not care and... More 

Thank Robert P

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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
Asian, Chinese, Malaysian, Vegetarian Friendly
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Santander, Panajachel 07010, Guatemala
  • Location: Central America  >  Guatemala  >  Western Highlands  >  Solola Department  >  Lake Atitlan  >  Panajachel

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