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Rene Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
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Latin, Spanish, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly
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Calle Pedro J. Sossa | Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
+507 262-3487
10:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 09:30
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Mon 18:00 - 09:30
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 15:00
Tue 18:00 - 21:30
Wed - Sat 18:00 - 09:30
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Jekyll Island, Georgia
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425 reviews
254 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 263 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our tour group of 24 stopped here for lunch. We started with salad and fresh bread, then an entree of fish, pork or chicken, all served with rice, then a small piece chocolate cake for dessert. The pork entree was just okay, but the fish was sea bass and excellent. The rice was excellent as well, not the usually white,... More 

Thank cathyd
San Marcos, California
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299 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

This restaurant is quaint and the food was good. It was quite humid the day we were there, so it was nice to get inside a cool place.

Thank ntflady
McCormick SC
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017

The kitchen and dining room are all together in this great cafe. The atmosphere, food, service, and value are all top notch. We had the lunch special. We loved every dish but the rice was probably our favorite. The meal included salad, appetizer, bread, rice, fish, and dessert.

Thank MitchnSue
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117 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

We checked out many restaurants in Casco Viejo today for lunch-- I thought many were fairly pricey and then came across Rene Cafe which I had read about. They have a $10 lunch! You get a shared salad, a egg- potato frittata like dish and 2 meals with the most delicious rice ( and lots of it!) and your choice... More 

Thank ilovecheeba
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017

We chose Rene Cafe based on Tripadvisor recommendations and weren't disappointed. The lunch menu was more than enough for dinner with several entree choices, five courses in all. The staff didn't speak English but we got by well enough.

Thank Myroonster
Reno, Nevada
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43 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017

I rarely write negative reviews (preferring simply to say nothing about experiences that disappointed), but given the Trip Advisor rating in Rene Cafe, I am commenting and suggesting you go elsewhere. We had only one day in Panama City before heading to a sailboat cruise in the San Blas islands and opted to use Ancon Adventures for a guided tour... More 

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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

This was the best meal we had in Panama City! Tucked in on the corner of the square and is very unassuming from the outside, my friend and I shared a perfect dinner for our last evening in Panama City. Don't be fooled by the cafe naming! This restaurant features two prix fixe menus for dinner - their lunch option... More 

Thank Raichelle H
Raleigh, North Carolina
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555 reviews
348 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

We went with a group for lunch and it was wonderful. We began with a lovely salad of crisp greens, flavorful diced tomatoes and cucumbers. Then we were served tortilla de patata, which was a nicely flavored version of this dish, which I had enjoyed in Spain as tapas. My entree was pork, tender and in a red sauce; my... More 

Thank CarolinaBecky
Kamloops, Canada
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

Love our escape into cool cafe with friendly staff. Good food and great coffee and dessert. Will come again.

Thank robynjoyce
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51 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Who says you can’t have both?! We really enjoyed dining at Rene Cafe & the price was unbeatable, especially in Casco Viejo - $25 for 10 courses. Rene, the owner, is charming & the wait staff was attentive without being obtrusive. The service was great, the food just kept coming out but it never felt rushed. The decor & atmosphere... More 

Thank Erik V

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 8 - US$ 25
Latin, Spanish, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 09:30
10:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:30
10:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 09:30
10:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 09:30
10:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 09:30
10:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 09:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Pedro J. Sossa | Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Panama Province  >  Panama City
  • Phone Number: +507 262-3487

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