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Panama Hotel

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4 Bayview St, San Rafael, CA 94901-4913 (B Street & Woodland Avenue)
+1 415-457-3993
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Today
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:30
Tue - Sat 17:30 - 21:30
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san rafeal
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

had a grilled salmon, served over brussel sprouts and beets. great sauces, dinner partner had stuffed poblano pepper. stuffing was quinoa and cheese. great sauce. brought our wine from oregon which paired extremely well, corkage $20

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Thank elvisjohnson
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Warm, friendly, and casual, the Panama Hotel is the perfect spot for brunch. The service is almost as amazing as my favorite mushroom ravioli in a light lemony sauce with toasted pine nuts and parmesan. I'm getting hungry just writing this! I've had brunch, lunch, and dinner here, and every visit has been a delight. In fact, I usually can't... More 

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Thank sarah b
Santa Rosa, California
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63 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Casual, but chic, this restaurant caters to the locals, and has a huge fan base, for good reason. The seasonal food is locally sourced, excellently prepared, and service was friendly, if a bit overtaxed.

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Thank Patricia W
Mill Valley, California
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243 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

Excellent atmosphere, great service and excellent food. I like being outside and feeling like I just stayed in the hotel, even though I am only there for brunch. This is a very relaxing place to eat, with plants around and a good vibe.

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Thank ClaudeA654
Folsom, California
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48 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

The restaurant at the Panama Hotel has a great menu. Never had a dull or mediocre meal in the decades I've been coming here. My fave is the Calamari Fritti Salad! You cannot go wrong with the Panama Burger and Hand-cut Friies... if you opt for this add the Pt. Reyes Blue Cheese - to die for! They also have... More 

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Thank flygirl926
Atlanta, Georgia
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

Panama Hotel located in San Rafael , about 1 hour outside San Francisco . The atmosphere and cleanliness are well above and the on site Restraunt is superb ! Treat yourself !

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Thank Bobby F
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Looking for eating somewhere out of the bitten path? This is the place, just going there by foot from downtown is a mini adventure that will make you possibly discover a cute San Rafael neighborhood. Surprised to find there a restaurant you will be double surprised by the elegant outdoor seating. The service can be just okay sometimes but the... More 

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Thank Michael V
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

Went on a Friday night, restaurant was not even half-full, and the older guy seating us was rude, and condescending. The food did not make up for that kind of service. Go if you like rickety tables, areas covered in plastic, and average food. We were dressed for date-night, and the ambiance was meh. Had to ask for water, and... More 

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Thank minal p
San Rafael, California
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

Seems like going back in time. Somewhat pricey but always a nice treat. Love sitting inside. Definitely worth going to at least once.

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Thank R0bNeville
San Anselmo, California
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

Panama Hotel's menu needs upgrading. The same dishes have been on the menu for years. It just seem tired when your choices are so predictable. Is there a ban on beef, lamb, or pork in the kitchen? I also think the wine list can be improved with some effort. After all, the restaurant is sitting with more than 1,000 producing... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Cuisine
American
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:30 - 14:30
Tuesday
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
Thursday
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
Friday
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
Saturday
17:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4 Bayview St, San Rafael, CA 94901-4913
    (B Street & Woodland Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Marin County  >  San Rafael
  • Phone Number: +1 415-457-3993
  • This restaurant is at Panama Hotel

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