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Manolo Caracol

Avenida Central and Calle 3, Casco Viejo | Detras De La Junta Comunal De San Felipe, Panama City 0811, Panama
+507 211-2811
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good26%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible7%
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“tasting menu” (31 reviews)
“bone marrow” (8 reviews)
“tapas” (19 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly
Avenida Central and Calle 3, Casco Viejo | Detras De La Junta Comunal De San Felipe, Panama City 0811, Panama
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

1  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!

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

Thank Kasper M
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

Thank Laura F
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

Thank PBrave
Reviewed 25 August 2017

Went there with a friend a year and a half ago and it was so amazing, we were just talking about it and felt I needed to write a review. The bone marrow is on my "last meal" list. The staff was amazing, the food...More

1  Thank katdunn06
Reviewed 24 August 2017

While they change their menus every three months, current Chinese-Panamanian fusion cuisine is a very interesting proposal. Chef Carlos Barrios has a lot of imagination by offering such combination of flavors. Still needs some balance in their flavors but I bet he will be one...More

Thank Jorge_sainzmx
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

The dinner and service here is top notch and the prices are very reasonable. Honestly the food is a bargain for how wonderful it is. The combination of flavors in each dish is artistry at its best! The food menu is very simple yet you...More

1  Thank V W
Reviewed 1 June 2017 via mobile

Our first visit to the new location of Manolo Caracol and the kitchen has even improved!! On a chalkboard the menu is presented: you can go for the ' tour ' ( we highly recommend this!) or you can choose individual dishes from the tour....More

1  Thank Ama S
Reviewed 16 May 2017

We were in Panama City on business and decided to try Manolo Caracol based on the recommendation from one of the people in our party. The Uber driver had a little trouble finding it but we were glad he did. It was a Monday night...More

2  Thank NCSoccerDad
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Avenida Central and Calle 3, Casco Viejo | Detras De La Junta Comunal De San Felipe, Panama City 0811, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Panama Province  >  Panama City
  • Phone Number: +507 211-2811
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.
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