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Panama Hotel

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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4 Bayview St, San Rafael, CA 94901-4913 (B Street & Woodland Avenue)
+1 415-457-3993
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
Closed now
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Sun 10:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:30
Tue - Sat 17:30 - 21:30
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Seattle, WA
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135 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our anniversary dinner here was lovely. The service is attentive but not obtrusive, and the setting varies depending on whether your table is near the bar (ours was,) in the covered entryway, the heated tent, or the outdoor seats streetside. The wine list is great, and my champagne cocktail was perfect. We had the salmon and the ravioli, with the... More 

Thank minimuffinlover
San Francisco
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28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have eaten there twice and both times were solid. The place is cute, albeit a bit crowded after 6:30pm. We had mussels for an appetizer (yummy), and pumpkin raviolis and mahi mahi fish special. Always a pleasant experience and not super pricey. Try the patio if it's warm enough.

Thank Lstuckmo
San Rafael, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

the food is really good .. had lunch in the summer sitting outside .. wonderful .. and diner , little table .. but service great .. my close neighbor just fun and wonderful .. connected.. if you are looking for quiet, and lots of space .. do not mind.. but I just love it .. I'm French and remind me... More 

Thank josettethegreat
San Francisco, California
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114 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

Very small dining room with limited menu and only one vegan entree in addition to salads. My entree was the angel hair pasta with vegetables and it was over cooked. My husband and friends enjoyed their steak, pork chops and mussels; very large portion of mussels.

Thank worldseeker2014
Kenwood, California
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79 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

We selected the Panama Hotel because of its excellent reviews and because it sounded like a good place for locals. The restaurant is not far from downtown San Rafael in more of a residential area. We thought the food was delicious. I had the ravioli and the ahi tuna and they were both excellent. It is located in an almost... More 

Thank Elizabeth G
Chico, California
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

Enjoyed a wonderful meal with good friends who live in San Rafael. This is their go to spot when entertaining friends from out of town. The dining room was busy but our waiter was very attentive. My steamed mussels entree was delicious. It is on my return to list!

Thank Alberta1955
San Rafael, California
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Two friends and I just had lunch at the Panama this past Weds. and as always, it was just lovely. My husband and I have eaten there many times over the many years. It is absolutely inviting in every way from the exterior to the dining area to the fun patio. I had not been since they installed a "tented... More 

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Orient, New York
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Located on the edge of a residential area is this hidden gem. This place is were all the locals go for a great meal. The food is wonderful and if the weather is cooperating you can enjoy your meal in the garden area. The boutique hotel is charming but had some challenges. The room we stayed in could have used... More 

Thank Travelinggirl11957
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Delicious food, good service, delightfully funky decor. Would visit again. Recommended. Street parking only (not too difficult to find).

Thank Ann S
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We have always enjoyed Panama Hotel for family gatherings and nice dinners out.. We particularly enjoyed entertaining singer Barbara Winters in the evening.

Thank Bobdimond39

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4 Bayview St, San Rafael, CA 94901-4913
    (B Street & Woodland Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Marin County  >  San Rafael
  • Phone Number: +1 415-457-3993
  • This restaurant is at Panama Hotel

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