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Rene Cafe

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Latin, Spanish, Central American, South American
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Calle Pedro J. Sossa | Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
+507 262-3487
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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Annapolis, Maryland
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

On the walk around Casco Viejo, the ladies had the $10 one entrée lunch and the guys had the $20 three entrée dinner. The small plates just kept coming and we shared all around. Nice pleasant little café.

Thank 2NavyVeterans
Murmansk, Russia
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941 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 257 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The cafe is located in the square next to the Basilica Metropolitana and focuses on the tourists. A cafe run by a family by the name of the head which it is named. The kitchen is not separated from the dining room, but it did not spoil, and many even like it. The prices are average, service friendly. The cafe... More 

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San Carlos, Panama
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67 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we went for dinner and one meal was enough for the 2 of us.... For $25 we enjoyed fresh bread with herbed butter, 6 different appetizers - and each one was amazing with lots of variety. 3 mains - 1 fish, 1 chicken, 1 pork - small portions but there were 3 of them so if placed all together was... More 

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East Grinstead, United Kingdom
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137 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had dinner here as the last night of a tour and it was fabulous - great tasting locally inspired food - which just kept coming! In total 10 dishes including one of the best Tres Leche cake we have had. Not for the fussy - but if you want a 'family' feel with a relaxed atmosphere this is a... More 

Thank Guillods
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went for the degustation menue. The entradas were a mixture between the bolivian and panamian kitchen. After several courses we had to slow down for the main course. The food tastes delicious and varies from salad to meat and fish, all cooked in an unforgetable delicious way. If you ever would want to eat something special, go for it... More 

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Victoria, Texas
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

great small family run restaurant. sides are served family style and you only choose between 3 entree's. fish,beef or chicken. we all had different entrees and all were delicious. prepared fresh as you order. loved this small very casual restaurant. very clean.

Thank donnawr
Hong Kong, China
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Based on previous reviews we thought we would try Rene's and were extremely impressed by the charming atmosphere and homemade food on offer. For 10 dollars (the lunch menu) we were given a feast- courses kept on coming of delicious Spanish food which we washed down with custom cocktails. I would highly recommend Rene's for an intimate meal in Vasco... More 

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Fountain Valley, California
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

We came for prefix dinner. We got more than what we asked for. They gave us way too many appetizers and they were all great. We did not even finish our main course. The kitchen is opened and you can see the prep and everything. Great dinner. One bad thing is that they have the same courses daily, otherwise we... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

Rene and his wife and staff never disappoint! Small, cozy atmosphere. Food is creative and good and the service is excellent. Whatever is fresh in the market that day ends up on your plate. Have never left here NOT completely stuffed. You can't help yourself!

Thank Micaela G
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

We have been coming to Panama each year for five years and have enjoyed a delicious lunch at Renè Cafè in the Casco Antiguo district. We always have the lunch special, delicious complete lunch at a very reasonable price. On a side note the coffee is great too. Very friendly staff and atmosphere. Highly recommend it.

Thank Z434AKhelenh

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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
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$25
Latin, Spanish, Central American, South American
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?