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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
07:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 07:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 07:00 - 23:45
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was convenient to my hotel and it was fairly crowded, so I thought it was a good sign. My steak was only average, though.

Thank Julie M
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One of our favorite Panamanian breakfast spots in town. Definitely try the Desayuno via Argentina and cool off with a Batidos de frutas tropicales. The service is a bit slow, but it is nice change of pace to not be bothered or rushed out of a restaurant.

Thank Kim P
Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had great food in this busy establishment. we were actually visiting the huge mall and got hungry. We looked at TripAdvisor for something local. Thanks for helping us find this gem. I had the Panama Festival with all of the local favs. I enjoyed my meal and my husband loved his shrimp. It was nice to eat with the... More 

Thank Dawn S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Wonderful staff. Quick service even when busy. Amazing homemade chili sauce (try). All food was amazing. Had specialty sandwiches with combo meat (bread is incredible). Prices extremely reasonable. So much flavor in their food and large menu.

Thank Kristen C
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very typical South American restaurant with a wide array of regional dishes. Inexpensive $20.00 for fresh covina pargo or mariscos. Bass; snapper; or shrimp.

Thank veracruzz
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6 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Highly recommended local restaurant. There are three locations, I went to the one at Via Argentina. Try the Fiesta Panameña dish!!!

Thank Eugene D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You can't do any better than El Trapiche for real Panamanian food. This is our 4th visit and it won't be our last.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Vacaville, California
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399 reviews
233 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 338 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visit El Trapiche most every time we come to Panama City. It is located adjacent to Albrook Mall. Our breakfast total for three people ... full breakfast (eggs, bacon, black beans, beverage) was $20 .... fantastic meal and fantastic price

Thank DennisAtkinson
Magnolia, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Family of three on a Monday night without a reservation. Warmly greeted and we chose to be seated on the outside front porch. Although a pleasant temperature and nice to hear the rain the traffic was a bit heavy so the honking got a little old (certainly NOT the fault of El Trapiche). They have an expansive menu with many... More 

Thank Ian B
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Before time existed, there was El Trapiche. When the world ends, El Trapiche will still be there. El Trapiche transcends time and space. Okay, I may be exaggerating (but only a little), but seriously, this place is amazing. Situated on Via Argentina, a bustling (though not the most pretty) street in the El Cangrejo district of Panama City, this place... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$12
Caribbean, Latin, South American, Central American
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
Local cuisine, Kids, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:45
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
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?