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El Trapiche

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Caribbean, Latin, South American, Central American
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Via Argentina y Ave 2a B Norte | y Albrook Mall, Panama City, Panama
+507 269-4353
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07:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 07:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 07:00 - 23:45
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

As we were some of the first people seated for dinner it was hard to figure out why the wait staff was slow and not consistent with who was our server. Therefore, Slow to order and when food arrived the signature Panamian dish was bland, fried fish was tough as were the french fries and plantains.

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Thank Wanda T
Laurel, Maryland
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's a busy restaurant - so get there early if you don't want to wait (first come seating style). The food/service was really good. Lot's of options on the menu but we always stick to the local choices (seafood, rice, plantains) and it was not a disappointment. I wanted to go back every night but needed to try other places.

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Thank Mark A
Nassau, New Providence Island
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

a traditional , simple setting for good portions of traditional food; get there early as it tends to fill-up quickly.

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Thank CarloAzzi
Cayuga, Canada
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Right on the corner from our hotel (Best Western Zen Panama). Ordered the Panamanian tasting menu - very good, with local beer. What a great start to a vacation!

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Thank Pam B
San Francisco, California
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43 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Traditional Panamanian. I had a sampler of sorts. Fast and friendly service with broken English. Indoor or outdoor (streetside) dining. Staff will hail you a taxi, if needed.

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Thank BillPride
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Ate breakfast here the first day I arrived in Panama City! Was great! food came very fast! Also tried dinner very days later and was good food and even though the restaurant was full, the food did not take long! Restaurant has good wifi too!

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Thank maurorugby21
Boston, MA
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49 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here after a tour and this one was near the Albrook Mall. I had the best tamale stew and sugar cane drink. Yum! The staff was friendly but the ambiance of the restaurant seems outdated. We also went to another location for breakfast and that was pretty good. Overall a nice place if you want authentic Panamian food.

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Thank smellyphant37
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went with my 2 kids, husband and mother. We all ordered differently and each dish was delicious. The staff are friendly. The price was really affordable too! We had such a great experience that we already planned to go back tomorrow!

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Thank Heidi E
Toronto, Ontario
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31 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very busy at lunch. Loud conversation. The Panamanian platter is enough for two people. Mall parking available.

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Thank babsToronto
Edmonton, Canada
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43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Selected this place because of the high ranking and close to the Christmas lights in the park. The only good thing was the low prices. Must be why people rank it high. My meat was so tough I did not eat any, only eat the potatoes and salad. My niece said her meat loaf was ok much like a TV... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$12
Cuisine
Caribbean, Latin, South American, Central American
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 23:00
Monday
07:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 23:00
Thursday
07:00 - 23:00
Friday
07:00 - 23:45
Saturday
07:00 - 23:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Argentina y Ave 2a B Norte | y Albrook Mall, Panama City, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Panama Province  >  Panama City
  • Phone Number: +507 269-4353
Description
At El Trapiche we specialize in Panamanian traditional cuisine since 1983. Our mission is to provide our guests with the best examples of our culinary traditions in a relaxed, casual atmosphere.

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