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Mezon de Santa Cruz

$$ - $$$
Seafood, Spanish, South American, Central American
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Ubicado en El Paseo Andaluz, Penonome 0229, Panama
+507 908-5311
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Nueva Gorgona, Panama
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153 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016

We wanted to check this restaurant out and drove about 45 minutes from Coronado only to find it closed. At another restaurant, we were told it closed in Nov or Dec due to lack of funds and is not scheduled to reopen. So sad as it looks like it was an interesting place.

Thank Suzi J
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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77 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2015

The old house is really a nice place 9except for some pieces of religious decoration, which are quite strange). The food has no taste, there is nothing interesting about it. It is expensive, but this does not correspond to the quality of the food. I have been told that it was much better before, but their Peruvian chef left...

1 Thank Andrea S
Cocle Province, Panama
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 16 September 2015

You never imagine how the restaurant opens into a large internal courtyard formed by the surrounding buildings. Definitely not what you expect in the middle of Penonomé.

Thank VillaAstoriaA
Chitre, Panama
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122 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2015

El Meson de Santa Cruz is uniquely special in Panamá. The food is incredible and the ambiance is unbelievable! Perfect place for a reception, reunion, or just a romantic dinner. Service is possible for one person or for a hundred persons. The staff is friendly and efficient. The restaurant is full of religious artifacts and mementos. But do not believe... More 

2 Thank PanamaVagabond
San Diego, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2015

We were told this restaurant was formerly a church but it was a very elegant home, which is now a fantastic restaurant. We tried to make reservations by calling and emailing but without success. So we took our chances and arrived to find the place booked for a wedding party. We told the manager of out attempts to make a... More 

2 Thank Robert T
Penonome, Panama
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81 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2014

We were there from 6:30 to 7:30 on a Saturday night and we were the only customers there the entire hour. I really can't think of anything to add to the comments below. I had the Corvina drenched in vegetables and it was wonderful, especially the sauce over the fish. At night there is plenty of close parking. During the... More 

1 Thank k2rbw
Blenheim, New Zealand
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142 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2014

A girl's day out to Penonome had us seeking out a good restaurant after a hot day. We had passed by here before, with our friend having eaten there once. We went in today and from the time you open the door until the time you leave, you won't regret it. It was the most tranquil place and we were... More 

1 Thank hotrodgurl
Panama City, Panama
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2013

This restaurant was converted from a church. It is beautiful and tasteful. We were greeted at the door and led to our table. The main dining room is air conditioned and quite comfortable. There are tables in the courtyard, which is spacious but also quaint. The menu is very versatile. Everything we ordered was excellent. The service was exceptional, and... More 

1 Thank emilie5178
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120 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2013

This restaurant is located in the heart of Penonome, Panama, and close to the public market. The restaurant is spacious with indoor air conditioned dining areas, or outdoor seating areas that extend into a large terraced patio area. There's also a small upper deck for dining under the moon and stars, with views of the surrounding mountains. The theme is... More 

2 Thank Bavarianride
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48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2013

Beautiful decor, fantastic meal, and service like what you've come to expect in fine dining establishments in the states (no offense to Panamanians, but restaurant service there leaves much to be desired in terms of attentiveness, promptness). The waiter spoke enough English to answer my questions about the menu. We ate in the softly lift courtyard, lulled by the chirping... More 

1 Thank lovebeaches08

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, Spanish, South American, Central American
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Seating
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ubicado en El Paseo Andaluz, Penonome 0229, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Cocle Province  >  Penonome
  • Phone Number: +507 908-5311
There is an article about it on the page: http://elarranque.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=509:inaugura-en-penonome-el-meson-de-santa-cruz-&catid=61:noti-actualidad&Itemid=147

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