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Manolo Caracol - CLOSED

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Certificate of Excellence2018 Winner


Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol

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One of the most renowned restaurants in Panama City, this Casco Viejo gem requires guests to put their tastebuds in the hands of Spanish chef/owner Manolo Madueño. You don’t order off the menu—about 12 courses of seasonal dishes will arrive at your table during either lunch or dinner. A cozy dining room adds to the hours-long experience.
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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Reviewed 15 April 2018

Excellent meal, one of the best in recent memory. The food was absolutely delicious and very interesting; without a doubt you should do the tasting menu. Service was also great. We made a reservation the day before and I'd recommend you do the same--although we...More

Date of visit: February 2018
1  Thank Caitlin E
Reviewed 11 April 2018

What a great experience! We did the tasting menu and they adjusted the food as I do not eat red meat and they did a wonderful job. Very accommodating with great service.

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Cathy G
Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

Food is a major interest for us when we are traveling (and at home...) so we make a point of researching dining opportunities ahead of time. We look for food that is beyond the norm, from the most delicious food trucks and street stands to...More

Date of visit: March 2018
2  Thank LHMCalifornia
Reviewed 8 March 2018

It's not easy to find in its new location on Calle 11 and Avenida A, but well worth the time and money to eat there. The entrance is filled with welcoming Chinese statues of cats waving their arms. Upstairs is a cozy and well-decorated space....More

Date of visit: February 2018
2  Thank Ricki S
Reviewed 26 February 2018

When you first arrive this place seems a little odd. The reception area is full of waving Chinese cats, so you feel like you are entering a Chinese restaurant, or some kind of home. Once you get up stairs the set up is basic and...More

Date of visit: January 2018
1  Thank rwelburn
Reviewed 2 February 2018

Dined here last week on Jan 24; a fairly small (seats about 50) upstairs restaurant. Friendly and helpful staff and the Chef comes out to speak with diners. He altered a dish or two, on the spot, for a member of our party (!), no...More

Date of visit: January 2018
2  Thank cafcode
Reviewed 7 January 2018

We enjoyed a fabulous meal here on our last night in Panama City. Every course was exquisitely prepared with fresh innovative ingredients, preparation and plating. The service was excellent as was the wine accompanying our meal. We highly recommend going to Manolo Caracol!

Date of visit: December 2017
1  Thank btlink
Reviewed 3 December 2017 via mobile

What a gem of a place. They have recently moved to a new location on the border or Casco and El Chorrillo. They have a tasting menu for a great price. And even better, they can do the entire menu vegan as well. So happy...More

Date of visit: December 2017
2  Thank KasperM523
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

Manolo Caracol moved to a new location at edge of Casco Viejo, with a street entrance that did not match the experience we enjoyed. Don’t let the Asian display downstairs guide your expectations of the culinary experience to be enjoyed. We had the Chef’s tasting...More

Date of visit: October 2017
1  Thank laurafL8585MB
Reviewed 7 October 2017

From start to finish, fantastic. Do the tasting menu. They tailor to vegetarians, no dairy, etc. Pacing was perfect and all the dishes were first rate. Service was incredible. Owner-chef comes at the end to take pictures with you! Beautiful ambience with interesting art work...More

Date of visit: September 2017
1  Thank PBrave
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