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Jose Pinguino's

) #1 of 64 Restaurants in Panajachel $$ - $$$ ,
Calle Santander, Panajachel, Guatemala
+502 5556 4747
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  • Excellent76%
  • Very good18%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“tortillas” (22 reviews)
“chicken” (17 reviews)
“corns” (3 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Guatemalan, Central American
$$ - $$$
Calle Santander, Panajachel, Guatemala
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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...More

Thank Steven S
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....More

Thank Dustin D
Reviewed 1 August 2016

The food was very enjoyable and the show was a lot of fun, if slightly long for my 11-yr-old. The other kids, 13 and 14, were fine with the 2-hr show/meal package. The proprietor's daughters were the highlight of the show, playing marimba and demonstrating...More

Thank mmckay2016
Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

I came here with my mom in August 2015, she wanted to come here since she has been here before and loved it The food here is really good. The prices are amazing. The drinks are also good. The live music is a plus, especially...More

Thank Zuli P
Reviewed 30 July 2016

I bring teams of volunteers to Lake Atitlan and our first dinner is always here. Owner Miguel and his daughters present a lively and engaging cultural show, marimba music and a tortilla making contest that both adults and children love. All the food is delicious...More

Thank GuateMariposa
Reviewed 28 July 2016

From the time you arrive till the time you leave you feel at home. This family run restaurant has great food, entertainment , and cultural experience . You will be educated in the Mayan culture and get some hands on experience .

Thank Luke T
Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

Excellent food and atmosphere. Loved hearing José's story about how he started. The marimba music was very good. He also told how the instruments were made. Very interesting to hear that also.

Thank Eric P
Reviewed 26 July 2016

This is a family owned restaurant with a cultural twist. The moment we sat down, we were entertained with music from Jose's beautiful and talented daughters. In between sets, Jose would engage his captive audience with stories about his Mayan ancestors. All the while, his...More

Thank farmgirls4ever
Reviewed 26 July 2016

We had all three types of tacos and they were delicious! Perfect for us! The traditional music was so much fun to listen to. Then the band switched over to more contemporary and did amazing. People even got up to dance. So much fun!

Thank NinMS
Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

What great hospitality and music by Miguel and his family. Learned Mayan Guatemala history and enjoyed a fantastic meal! A must visit restaurant in Panajachel!

Thank jcjRN
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Guatemalan, Central American
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
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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