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La Palapa

Calle Principal, Panajachel 07010, Guatemala
+502 5851 9926
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“burger” (25 reviews)
“fries” (5 reviews)
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American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
Calle Principal, Panajachel 07010, Guatemala
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Open fire grilling to oder -- fish -- pork-- chicken and beef great selection of sides -- excellent prices -- cold beer

Thank Bill F
Groucho123, Owner at La Palapa, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks! Saturday afternoons.

Reviewed 10 March 2018

Best burgers in town! I come to Panajachel 3 months a year (for 28 years). I love buying my own ground beef at the market and I can tell that the Palapa buys theirs fresh every day! Delicious and cooked to perfection every time! I...More

Thank Kamplyn
Groucho123, Owner at La Palapa, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Thanks for your kind comments.

Reviewed 6 February 2018

La Palapa is a fun place to have a beer and meet people. The bar food is pretty good. Every Saturday they have a BBQ that is excellent. Choices of beef, pork, ribs, chicken, burgers and usually fish with 3 sides. Way too much food...More

Thank Sandy G
Groucho123, Owner at La Palapa, responded to this reviewResponded 11 February 2018

We definitely are a fun bar. Our hamburgers get fantastic comments and our chili won the chili cook-off two times. We have over 100 different beers from around the world and Modelo Especial and Negra on tap. Bands on the weekends, karaoke, open mike, pub...More

Reviewed 6 October 2017

We were in Pana for a week and hung out here a few nights. Really welcoming bar with good staff and a great bunch of locals to chat to.

Thank RamblinTim
Groucho123, Owner at La Palapa, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2017

Thanks for your kind comments.

Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

We spend way too much time in this bar- it is the expat hangout during the day and gets a pretty good diverse crowd in the evenings with frequent live music and always Q5 tequila! They now have Mexican beer on tap.

Thank Steve K
Reviewed 24 May 2017

A fantastic place to meet and great; right on the main drag in Panajachel. I ate at the barbecue this past Saturday and enjoyed the grilled Mahi Mahi very much! The side dished could use some improvement. I would definitely come back for another Saturday...More

Thank auroraedserv
Groucho123, Owner at La Palapa, responded to this reviewResponded 25 May 2017

Thanks for visiting.

Reviewed 12 May 2017

I spent a rainy afternoon here and was well entertained by the lovely staff and others customers. The hamburger was absolutely fantastic. I do not thin it changed my life as some claim the burger does but I definetely left full and happy. Happy hour...More

Thank taniaturner
Groucho123, Owner at La Palapa, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2017

Thanks for your kind comments. We cannot guarantee our burger will actually change your life but we guarantee they are GREAT!!!!!

Reviewed 28 April 2017

Simple and nice place to stay the night while in town. Hot water for the showers always and good internet!

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Thank Elleangel
Groucho123, Owner at La Palapa, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2017

Thanks for your kind comments. Hot water and clean sheets are important.

Reviewed 11 April 2017

I stayed one night in La Palapa on my way to Semuc Champey. The restaurant is ok, but there is almost nothing for vegetarians (cheese sandwich and fries). The dorm on the other hand was nice. The bed was very comfortable, there was hot water...More

Thank Jessica B
Groucho123, Owner at La Palapa, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2017

Thanks for your kind comments. We will pay attention to the common area in the hostel.

Reviewed 1 April 2017

If you ever watched the tv show Cheers you'll probably remember how everyone called out "Norm" whenever he walked in. That's the ambiance of La Palapa. Very welcoming and very easy going where everybody knows your name. Yet in no way is it exclusive to...More

Thank Harold B
Groucho123, Owner at La Palapa, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2017

Thanks for your kind comments.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$ 4 - US$ 10
American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Waitstaff
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Open Hours
10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Principal, Panajachel 07010, Guatemala (Formerly Calle Principal)
  • Location: Central America  >  Guatemala  >  Western Highlands  >  Solola Department  >  Lake Atitlan  >  Panajachel
  • Phone Number: +502 5851 9926
La Palapa is a thatched roof bar in the center of Panajachel nightlife. Popular with gringos during the day, night time activities attract travelers and locals looking for fun. Monday is game night, Tuesday karaoke, Wednesday open mic, Thursday trivia competition (free tequila shots for round winners) and Friday and Saturday nights live music with local and national bands. Saturday afternoon is BBQ with Smokin' Joe.
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