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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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  • Excellent82%
  • Very good11%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“tasting menu” (33 reviews)
“fixed menu” (6 reviews)
“soup” (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 3 days ago

If you love high quality and savory food.... you can't miss this restaurant. This place is awesome in all aspects: ambiance, service and food! It is a gourmet restaurant that serves a fixed menu, small portions, all well made with wonderful flavors. Jose has a...More

Thank Cannotwaittotravel
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went there to have the experience, hear and taste a story about food. The very good team delivered all the way! Sitting at the Chef’s table, it was nice to interact with the talented chef (who likes to tell a good story). Every course was...More

Thank sbe_000
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic meal... Truly delicious and well-sized for the price ($89 per person). Only taking away 1 star because I think the wine pairing is too expensive ($75 per person) given the overall meal cost. Highlights of my meal were the razor clam and panko "sand",...More

Thank Lauren S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Donde Jose is simply an experience not to be missed if in Panama City! Set in the heart of Casco Viejo, this tiny, but amazing restaurant is something else! My husband and I have visited twice, the first time on our concierge's recommendation. That time,...More

Thank Travel B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Sat at the chef table/bar. Very enjoyable, but not every dish was a hit. Possibly a 1 Michelin star place if they rated it. Drinks were ok, but not spectacular. I think they spent too much effort on the whole Panamanian story thing, and not...More

Thank CapeCoralEater
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I made a reservation with Donde Jose few days before heading to Panama. The restaurant can only accommodate dozen diners, so reservation was essential. The restaurant requires a $20 pp deposit, payable by VISA card. You have a choice of two seatings – one at...More

1  Thank AvgMom2Travel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I can not recommend this restaurant highly enough. We have eaten at many top restaurants around the world and this meal was one of our all time favorites. It is not to be missed. We did the wine pairing as well and it complimented the...More

Thank Christina M
Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

After reading good reviews of this place we had high expectations of this place. First the inside is very dark, instead of being romantic is fade and cold. Second the plates come very fast you barely breath before getting another plate. Third they put things...More

1  Thank Evelyn F
Reviewed 10 August 2018

Great food, served in a series of courses, each of which was delicious, and explained carefully. Service was outstanding. Expensive, and worth every penny.

Thank Jon H
Reviewed 31 July 2018 via mobile

We were blown away by our experience at Donde José. Every dish came with a story and was beautifully presented, not to mention it was delicious! We opted for the wine pairings and were very impressed with the quality of the pairings. The service was...More

Thank Extraordinary784462
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Questions & Answers
10 September 2018|
Response from Jorge_sainzmx | Reviewed this property |
Not at all.
22 July 2018|
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Response from Milagrosfilms | Reviewed this property |
We didn’t do the wine pairing. Without alcohol and sitting at the Chef’s table, it was about $85 per head. We had cocktails which were amazing and very reasonably priced. I would imagine it’s open in December.
31 March 2018|
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Response from kathyblecha777 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, just answering this. Yes, you do have to make a prepayment. Restaurant is so small I think they need to cover expenses. I am. to sure of cancellation policy.
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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
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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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