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Jose Pinguino's

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$$ - $$$
Guatemalan, Central American, South American
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Calle Santander, Panajachel, Guatemala
+502 5556 4747
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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's a family run restaurant that serves authentic Mayan food and shares Mayan culture with the guests. The host family is engaging and welcoming. They have planned activities for guests such as tortia making during the dinner. If you plan to come here, make sure you reserve in advance. You will have options for drinks (including BYOB) but dinner menu... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a late lunch and completely enjoyed it. The waiter was very good. The place was quiet and i understand it can get noisy with music etc. Cold beer and good food... it was all we were looking for and they delivered

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Thank Ryan M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went with my missions group, and it was such good food! And it was so awesome to learn more about there culture!! I learned so much and this was one of the best parts of my trip :)

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Thank Brianna S
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Jose is a wonderful man and knows how to take care of his guest. Really enjoyed the food, music, and hearing Jose's story. You will not be disappointed with the experience.

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Thank Jonathan B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

This is a great place to have dinner and also get some Mayan culture information. I really enjoyed my visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

A wonderful evening of traditional music, interactive culture, and great food in a welcoming venue await for anyone looking for a great evening in Panajachel. Very memorable.

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

food was ok,our mixed drinks were just ok, make sure you go when they have the family band playing they were great.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

The food is delicious. During dinner on certain days of the week, the owner's daughters play the marimba. And the owner himself explains a little of the culture of Guatemala. Very entertaining and an extremely friendly family.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

As we walked into Jose Pinguino's we were greeted by the owner who spoke a variety of languages. He showed us to a table (which had traditional Mayan Dresses on the back of the chairs). The menu had a wide range of different meals that suited the taste of most. The food was traditional Mayan cuisine. The choices are based... More 

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Thank Steven S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

This is an amazing little place right downtown, the owner is so hospitable and welcoming. They put on a great show and give you an enchanting history of the Mayan culture. The food is second to none and the drinks are an experience in themselves. The prices are very affordable and if you have a large group of people it's... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Guatemalan, Central American, South American
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Santander, Panajachel, Guatemala
  • Location: Central America  >  Guatemala  >  Western Highlands  >  Solola Department  >  Lake Atitlan  >  Panajachel
  • Phone Number: +502 5556 4747

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