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Donde Jose

€€€€Latin, South American,
Corner of Central Avenue and Calle 11 | Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
+507 262-1682
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  • Excellent81%
  • Very good12%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“tasting menu” (28 reviews)
“taco” (3 reviews)
“prix fixe” (4 reviews)
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Latin, South American, Central American
Corner of Central Avenue and Calle 11 | Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I booked my reservation weeks ago and looked forward with great anticipation for a great evening. Donde Jose exceeded all expectations across the board. In general, I am not a fan of tasting menus but this is different, in a very positive way. Everyone is...More

Thank MyTravels2018
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

spectacular meal in an intimate setting. what better we to dine than have the chef feed 16 people what he thinks best reflects Panama? unique combinations that reflect culture , family and history. every mouthful was a delight and the staff are happy to share...More

Thank dhlc416
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had dinner at Donde Jose on Saturday night. Got to sit at the chefs table for a special treat. The chef is a delight and truly enjoys sharing his concept of Panamanian food in a new and refreshing way. Each course was a little surprising...More

Thank Suetime
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A unique setting and fun place to have a party! We had 10 people together at their one large table for a birthday celebration. Highly recommend - but ask ahead if Jose will be there to introduce the dishes and give the history. Was disappointed...More

Thank jrclaude
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were lucky to get in as you need to book in advance- so book early! We arrived early as they recommended. The plates were unique and flavors that made you wanting more. The wine pairing was just right. Each plate was explained in detail....More

Thank Veronica M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went for a birthday with 10 friends. Small intimate atmosphere. Jose was not there that night, but the staff did a suburb job telling the story that went along with the presentation. Pricey, but for an occasional splurge, definitely one of Panama's best.

Thank CoffeeGuyz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were walking by and spotted this place. It's reservations only and we were lucky enough to get on the next week. It's a very special place and the food is 5-star. The cocktails are fun and customized to your liking.

Thank Zuzu S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

food was very good and the way they explain each was a really magical expierence All the set menu was perfect, good taste, amaizing preparation and well services Very good

Thank Beny E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was absolutely one of the best meals I have ever had. If you have the chance to sit at the chef’s table I highly recommend it. The food is a great representation of Panamanian cuisine. It is on expensive side for Panama City. However,...More

Thank Karen L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We live in the beaches area but visit the city when we have guests. This January we had two couples come at different times. They are definitely "foodies" so we booked the chef's table (well in advance) for both occasions. They were all blown away,...More

Thank frequentflyer98121
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Questions & Answers
19 September 2017|
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Response from Plesar | Property representative |
Hi Julie. The prefix menu is approximately $70-75 per person depending on where you sit (normal table vs. Chef's Table). Wine is extra. Donde Jose serves stories more than food, meaning that each course is the basis for... More
Frank D
12 May 2017|
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Response from Plesar | Property representative |
Thank you for your message. There is no dress code, though we do recommend long pants and shoes.
Ana B
21 March 2017|
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Response from Plesar | Property representative |
Hi Ana. Thank you so much for your message. We have had menus in the past that we adjusted for vegetarians, but unfortunately we are not able to do so for the current menu. Perhaps with future menus if your date for a... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$57 - US$73
Latin, South American, Central American
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
18:30 - 00:00
18:30 - 00:00
18:30 - 00:00
18:30 - 00:00
18:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Corner of Central Avenue and Calle 11 | Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Panama Province  >  Panama City
  • Phone Number: +507 262-1682
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Our mission at Donde Jose is to tell the story of Panama through our cuisine. We use endemic ingredients, cook with age-old techniques, innovate where value can be added, and work every day to contribute to Panama's culinary identity.
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