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El Trapiche

Via Argentina y Ave 2a B Norte | y Albrook Mall, Panama City, Panama
+507 269-4353
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good43%
  • Average17%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“ropa vieja” (52 reviews)
“chicken soup” (24 reviews)
Open Now
07:00 - 23:00All hours
Caribbean, Latin, South American, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Via Argentina y Ave 2a B Norte | y Albrook Mall, Panama City, Panama
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

El Trapiche was recommended by my hotel front desk so off I went.I tried the mixed meal shown above. It was very filling!! First course was chicken soup with boiled chicken leg. The main platter had pulled carne on green lettuce, rice, some bean compote...More

Thank Joyce S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great affordable restaurant for authentic Panamanian food. Our tour guide Joey Bonura took us for lunch at this restaurant. The food was very enjoyable.

Thank Juliem09
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are wondering what PANAMANIAN FOOD tastes like then you should visit this place. Make sure you try the Mix platter. The place is great to know a little bit about our culture, customs, pollera, sombrero and others. it is well illustrated and service...More

Thank monchimomo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant is well located and very accesable located in the Bella Vista area on Via Argentina. Its fame is well deserved as it serves a grat Panamanian food which all visitor should try when in Panama. The menue is extensive and thus it's not...More

Thank Newhawk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I absolutely love El Trapiche. If you're staying at Sortis, it's a good 7-10 minute walk from the hotel. I had breakfast and lunch here and wasn't disappointed. Probably about 7-10 options for breakfast and a wide range of options for lunch and dinner. The...More

1  Thank Walter L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Want to try authentic Panamanian food? Look no further! This is the place! And if you have a trouble making your mind over the menu, just order their sample dish! And don't be afraid of "chicharron" - deep fried pig's skin. It's simply perfect with...More

Thank TomekSurdel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Food was great! That is unquestionable. Service? Hhhmmm... I got there by noon on a normal business day. Not all tables were full, so I could notice enough personnel available. I waited nearly 12 minutes for a lady to ask us if we had already...More

Thank Luis507
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

While this restaurant was highly touted, we found it 'just average' among those we sampled during our recent visit. Menu features lots of Panamanian staples, and we had a pleasant dinner there. Not bad, just not particularly memorable.More

Thank carole b
DOMINGO D, Owner at El Trapiche, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello, thank you for your comments about your recent visit to our restaurant and our city. We do hope that, while panamanian traditional food was not something you found memorable during your visit, the rest of your experience in our city and country were up...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our friend took us here as it is now one of the few places left that serve authentic Panamanian food. We tried their sample dish, similar to Tapas. Pulled Pork , Chicken rice, plantains and fried Yucca filled with meat. Filling, tasty and not too...More

Thank cynthiarob
DOMINGO D, Owner at El Trapiche, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your visit! Our passion is to share the authentic recipes of my family with everyone who´s interested in experiencing the simple, yet hearty nature of panamanian traditional cuisine. We hope your visit to panama was a splendid one, safe travels

Reviewed 18 May 2017

El Trapiche has a lock on all Panamanian foodstuffs. It"s a modest place and the prices are reasonable. No plate costs more than $7.50 And the food is delicious. We have been there repeatedly, but the best plate on the menu is tamal en cazuela,...More

Thank Gobernador57
DOMINGO D, Manager at El Trapiche, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your comments, we sincerely appreciate you taking the time to voice your opinion about the experience at our family restaurant. Thank you for your visit

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Do they accept Visa credit cards?
16 May 2017|
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Response from DOMINGO D | Property representative |
Hello! We accept Master Card, Visa and American Express!
how far from the riu plaza hotel
23 July 2015|
Response from DOMINGO D | Property representative |
Hi, without traffic we would be between 6-9 minutes by taxi. Walking would be a bit far, close to maybe 10 City blocks away from the Riu.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$12
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
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 American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:45
07:00 - 23:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Argentina y Ave 2a B Norte | y Albrook Mall, Panama City, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Panama Province  >  Panama City
  • Phone Number: +507 269-4353
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At El Trapiche we specialize in Panamanian traditional cuisine since 1983. Our mission is to provide our guests with the best examples of our culinary traditions in a relaxed, casual atmosphere.
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