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La Palapa

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American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
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Calle Principal, Panajachel 07010, Guatemala (Formerly Calle Principal)
+502 5851 9926
10:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 01:00
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San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala
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39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A fantastic place to meet and great; right on the main drag in Panajachel. I ate at the barbecue this past Saturday and enjoyed the grilled Mahi Mahi very much! The side dished could use some improvement. I would definitely come back for another Saturday barbecue. It is a wonderful place to meet locals and people who are passing through... More 

Thank auroraedserv
Groucho123, Owner at La Palapa, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting. More 

Solola, Guatemala
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I spent a rainy afternoon here and was well entertained by the lovely staff and others customers. The hamburger was absolutely fantastic. I do not thin it changed my life as some claim the burger does but I definetely left full and happy. Happy hour was good with several old Pana hands in attendance. I WILL BE BACK!

Thank taniaturner
Groucho123, Owner at La Palapa, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind comments. We cannot guarantee our burger will actually change your life but we guarantee they are GREAT!!!!! More 

Lansing, Michigan
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4 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Simple and nice place to stay the night while in town. Hot water for the showers always and good internet!

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Thank Elleangel
Groucho123, Owner at La Palapa, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind comments. Hot water and clean sheets are important. More 

Montreal, Canada
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86 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

I stayed one night in La Palapa on my way to Semuc Champey. The restaurant is ok, but there is almost nothing for vegetarians (cheese sandwich and fries). The dorm on the other hand was nice. The bed was very comfortable, there was hot water in the showers (big showers) and I was the only guest of the hostel. The... More 

Thank Jessica B
Groucho123, Owner at La Palapa, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind comments. We will pay attention to the common area in the hostel. More 

Red Bank, New Jersey
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017

If you ever watched the tv show Cheers you'll probably remember how everyone called out "Norm" whenever he walked in. That's the ambiance of La Palapa. Very welcoming and very easy going where everybody knows your name. Yet in no way is it exclusive to locals. For visitors to Panajachel this is unquestionably the best place in town to get... More 

Thank Harold B
Groucho123, Owner at La Palapa, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind comments. More 

Panajachel, Guatemala
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52 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2017

Honestly, La Palapa used to be a cool place to hang out, but it has gone severely downhill in the past year. They have raised their prices, and instead of being a fun place for young people to party and hang out, it has become a place where all of the gray haired, creepy expats go to drink all day... More 

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Groucho123, Owner at La Palapa, responded to this review

Very creepy review. Ageist (brother to racist/sexist) attitude is a shame. Young people partying and hanging out is good but grey-haired expats are "creepy". What a small-minded attitude. We have not raised prices in over 2 years - our prices for beer, drinks and food are less than almost any other bar/restaurant in town - we frequently survey the other... More 

St. Louis, Missouri
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132 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2017

The barbecue that is served on Saturday's by Smoking' Joes is very good. The pulled pork is great and the sides are great. The beef brisket was over done so it was not as tasty. The sides are great. But, one platter could serve 2 people. My wife and I were stuffed after our lunch. We should have split a... More 

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396 reviews
256 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Fun but loud place. Good pace to unwind after a full day. Get's pretty loud at night though. Some varied seating options which was nice.

1 Thank ERL972
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

During the day it's like Cheers - there are lots of local Atitlan expats who hang out and, because it's a small town, everyone will know your name in a hot minute. The burgers are usually really good, the fries are easily the best in Pana. At night the vibe of La Palapa changes - many of the expats go... More 

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Arbovale, WV
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

The hamburgers are amazing! Perfectly cooked and really huge. The fries are home-style with delicious seasoning on them. Definitely check out the food. It's yummy!

Thank JLDisMe

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$10
American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
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Open Hours
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Principal, Panajachel 07010, Guatemala (Formerly Calle Principal)
  • Location: Central America  >  Guatemala  >  Western Highlands  >  Solola Department  >  Lake Atitlan  >  Panajachel
  • Phone Number: +502 5851 9926
La Palapa is a thatched roof bar in the center of Panajachel nightlife. Popular with gringos during the day, night time activities attract travelers and locals looking for fun. Monday is game night, Tuesday karaoke, Wednesday open mic, Thursday trivia competition (free tequila shots for round winners) and Friday and Saturday nights live music with local and national bands. Saturday afternoon is BBQ with Smokin' Joe.

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