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El Caribe

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Via Argentina | Proximo a Esquina Com Avenida 2B Norte, Panama City, Panama
+507 214-6207
11:00 - 23:30
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All hours
Sun 11:00 - 21:30
Tue - Thu 11:00 - 22:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:30
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Toronto, Canada
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31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Situated right next to el trapiche on calle argentina; el caribe is definitely not Caribbean eventhough its trying to be. More of a sports bar restaurant, with some jerk items on the menu. Outdoor eating space runs parallel to street. Good for a hangout.

Thank veracruzz
Flushing, Ny
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

passed by a couple times and it was empty..I usually figure its not good...last night in Panama we stopped over. Excellent service,,,great drinks..great prices...great food. I don't understand why it wasn't full. Had drinks and food outside and the waiter and waitress were so nice. Wish I would have went there from the beginning.

Thank Hector F
Athens, Greece
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173 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

We visit the restaurant because we read good reviews from trip advisor and was close to our hotel. We tried fried yuka, cod fish fritters, a mix salad and a pasta with sea food. Also a bottle of wine. The most interesting dish was the pasta, the taste of the others was average. The environment/decoration was not very good/inviting. We... More 

Thank jennyxm
Restaurante E, Owner at El Caribe, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review El Caribe. We make every effort to provide the highest quality of food service and personal attention to our Patrons. We recognize that without you and your satisfaction our aim is useless. Currently the restaurant is being remodelled to better serve our clients. Thank you. More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

The food didn't look fresh. On the way to the restrooms, we noticed that the rice was being scooped out of plastic containers. The waiter kept trying to speak English even though he couldn't and even though we spoke (and can understand) Spanish. Thus, we got beans instead of peas. We also ended up paying $4 per orange juice which... More 

Panama City, Panama
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149 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

A little expensive for the type of food (panamanian caribbean food), but worth it. One of the best fishes I've had in Panama. The service was great. Centrally located, but they don't have too many parkings (there is a private parking lot near though). I will definitely visit again.

Thank PanamanianWanderlust
Panama City, Panama
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24 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

Very good main courses- we ordered fried whole fish and traditional bacalao. Sides were less interesting, but we'll be back to try more specialties.

Thank Jaya1029
Chiriqui Province, Panama
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

First time I had a Jerk meal and really like it. The restaurant is very convenient to have dinner and then to go out for some drinks. The service was good and we got all explanations needed to choose our food according to our taste. Will definitely go back to El Caribe.

Thank Kiwi1028
Silt, Colorado
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

Food was great! I wasn't very hungry when we went in so I ordered the Jamaican chicken wings. I wanted some veggies. I saw the callaloo and was trying to google what is it was before the server came back, I wasn't quick enough and just ordered it. Even if you don't like veggies or greens, your going to love... More 

Thank AngHasch
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156 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016

El Caribe offers a wide range of Caribbean cuisines, much of which you can find in most mid-range restaurants in the region. They do indeed take most of it to another level which warrants some recognition. I've eaten here many times and can say that it's for the most part good. Some dishes are served in strange bowls that make... More 

Thank Kristin F
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

What can I say. I left with a smile. I ordered the BBQ jerk chicken. The sauce was out of this world. I am a big foodie! The flavours in the sauce were sublime!!!! I ate my food so fast!!!!! The plantain chips were beautiful with the sauce. Please go you will not be disappointed. The staff are so nice.... More 

Thank beenal1587

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12 - US$45
Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, South American, Central American, Jamaican
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Argentina | Proximo a Esquina Com Avenida 2B Norte, Panama City, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Panama Province  >  Panama City
  • Phone Number: +507 214-6207
El Caribbean is am authentic Caribbean and Costenan food restaurant. We serve dishes like; Curry Goat, Oxtail with dumplings, fish run down, brown stew fish, shrimp or prawns in coconut sauce... And much more.

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