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Tinajas

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$$ - $$$
Latin, South American, Central American, Caribbean, Spanish
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Bella Vista, Calle 51, Panama City, Panama
+507 269-3840
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Raleigh, NC
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263 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

We were part of a tour group of about 30 people, arriving about 1:30 for a buffet lunch. The decor was well done and very nice. Our lunch consisted of a salad, baked chicken, rice, beef with vegetables and a choice of several very nice desserts. The food was all good. Service was minimal since it was a buffet but... More 

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Granbury, Texas
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93 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

We had a great dinner of Panama traditional food. I had the beef dinner while other in our group had the chicken dinner. We all started off with soup then a salad. Then the entrée followed by a dessert. There was a show featuring several local dances. The dancers changed costumes several times to represent the different dance styles. One... More 

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San Diego, California
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60 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

We went to Tinajas due to the rave reviews we read on Trip Advisor. It was an entertaining evening with a show, but overall, we left with mixed feelings. Here is my breakdown: Service: The service at Tinajas was far from exceptional. In fact, it was borderline unacceptable. This came to us as a surprise, as we enjoyed very good... More 

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Thank Mike E
Singapore
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44 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

Place is small, the food really sucks for the price you pay. Seems they like bananas a lot here, appetizer & main course with bananas! Not worth it, gets a little boring after watching 1 dance performance.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

The place is comfortable and well mounted , you have to make reservations early because places are just better view . It book as at 8 pm for dinner and then watch the dancing . The food and dances are typical of Panama and waiter service is fair to good

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Manhasset, New York
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51 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2016 via mobile

This was pathetic. Service as if they were doing us a favor and where we went wrong we booked through viatours where they charged us 480 used for only 5 main courses one drink each a show which you can get if you buy dinner roughly 40 used and 10 for show - whatever you do do not book this... More 

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New York City, New York
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2016

Just a block from our hotel [The Bristol], our concierge recommended this restaurant for genuine Panamanian cuisine. Right in the heart of the business district, there was a party of businessmen at a table nearby at the tail end of the lunch hour. Otherwise we were the only customers. I ordered patacones con ropa vieja [shredded beef over plantain patties... More 

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Forest Hills, New York
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3 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016 via mobile

Got there too early. Service slow. One drink in show package. Why not have performers work the room some? Portions small. Had to beg for bread. Got annoyed and left before show.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2016 via mobile

I wanted traditional Panamanian food at a good price and of good quality. It was exactly what I wanted. Try the ropa vieja with patacones. It was tasty.

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Bellevue, Washington
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390 reviews
210 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2016

This is a pleasant folkloric experience. It is a typical touristy event where a lot of people are together in a room, you order a la carte, and after dinner is a dance and music show. Enjoyable. The service is very attentive and friendly. Other guests seemed to be friendly and happy. My shrimp with pineapple was very good, and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Latin, South American, Central American, Caribbean, Spanish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Bella Vista, Calle 51, Panama City, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Panama Province  >  Panama City
  • Phone Number: +507 269-3840

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