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Panama Hotel & Restaurant
Panama Hotel & Restaurant

Panama Hotel & Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.PanamaHotel.com
  • Phone: (415) 457-3993
  • Hours of Operation: LUNCH Monday - Friday | 11:30am - 2:30pm
    BRUNCH Sunday | 10am - 2pm
    DINNER Tuesday - Saturday | 5:30 - 9:30pm
    DINNER Sunday | 5 - 9pm
    YAPPY HOUR {pets are optional} Tuesday - Friday | 4 - 5:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Latin American, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Dan Miller
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact the Panama Restaurant for further details, (415) 457-3993 or visit our website PanamaHotel.com.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact the Panama Restaurant for further details, (415) 457-3993 or visit our website PanamaHotel.com.
  • Private Party Contact: Fabiola Saballos (415) 457-3993 x120
  • Entertainment: Dine with Music every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening. Sunday evenings during Fall and Winter. The best of jazz, R&B and contemporary sounds.
    MIDWEEK MUSIC 7 - 10pm every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
    SUNDAY MUSIC 6 - 9pm Sunday's during Fall and Winter seasons
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please contact the Panama Restaurant for further details, (415) 457-3993 or visit our website PanamaHotel.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: B Street & Woodland Avenue
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Panama Hotel & Restaurant
The Panama Hotel and Restaurant is a historic bed & breakfast inn located in San Rafael, CA, midway between SF and California’s wine country. Our on-site restaurant offers food influenced by Latin America, the Mediterranean and California’s wine country. Featuring presentation that is simple, yet stylish—menus are prepared with the finest available organic products and highest quality ingredients from Bay Area purveyors. Beautiful surroundings offer an excellent venue for getaway weekends, weddings, receptions and private events.
The Panama is proud to present accomplished and versatile musicians as part of your dining experience. We feature local, Bay Area artists every Tues, Wed and Thurs evenings throughout the year from 7-10pm. Dinner reservations recommended.
Have Lunch, Brunch, Dinner or Yappy Hour with your "furry friend". Let us know you are coming by reserving a pet-friendly table.
If your desired time is not available, please call the Panama restaurant.
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "We enjoyed the outdoor dining scene with starters & drinks. Server was attentive, cheery & enhanced our evening. Salad entree was great. We were happy."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "So special! I feel transported every visit. Best chef ever! Lunch or dinner selections - all so yummy. GO THERE!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "This is a neighborhood find that has been operating as a restaurant under Panama for the past 20 or so years, and formerly Maria's Pueblo (starting in about the 50s/60s). Excellent ambiance. Delicious seasonal food. Very off the main track. Live music occasionally. Special!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "The brunch was a huge disappointment. Three of the five had not dined there before and at my recommendation we ordered the polenta with eggs and sausage. The presentation was very different from previous times and the eggs and polenta were inedible. If I had not been a guest I would have complained but I did not want our host to be uncomfortable. The wait person never addressed the fact that we left most of the food."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "My brother, sister-in-law, and I had such a wonderful dinner there on a Saturday night that we returned the next day for brunch. Great food and service in a beautiful outdoor setting both times."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food is always good (my favorite appetizer is the Tuna Tartar). Love the outdoor seating especially at night (they have heat lamps). Server was too slow for my liking. Luckily it won't stop me from going back again!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "While the ambience and food at Panama Hotel are very good, our overall experience was less than good due to poor & unfriendly wait staff, which was exemplified by the host's unfriendly greeting when we arrived. We had reservations, and when we checked-in with the host there wasn't a welcome or hello, we were just handed menus and assumed we were to follow him as he led us toward an inside table. We asked if we might be seated on the patio (Panama has lovely outdoor patio seating) and were given a terse "no." I'm not sure if we'd return."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I've been working in San Rafael for 12 years and never had the chance to get to this great restaurant. The staff is lovely, the ambience, with outdoor patio is great. Most important, the food is done just right! I had the pulled pork sandwich for lunch and it was one of the best I've had!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Good food. Baja salad and pablano chili were excellent. Great outdoor seating with plenty of heaters if needed. Cute and quirky"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Our waiter was so sensational, he was attentive, responsive, available and patient. Outstanding as was the food and environment. As always."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Had a lovely family dinner in the pretty garden on a warm summer evening . Good food, nice service."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The Panama Hotel is a special place for a casual celebration with a few friends. With the recent summer heat, their outdoor patio was a treat. The menu is nit extensive but adequate. The food is delicious but their seafood salad while tasty was skimpy with the seafood. 3 prawns and a very small slice of salmon."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "If you want to escape to Baja or anyplace south of Marin, and you only have two hours, have lunch at the Panama Hotel. Unhurried, tasty, fresh, quiet enough in the outdoor dining area to hear the fountain's music amid the banana palms. Also, some interesting wines by the glass."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Eating lunch in the outdoor patio at the Panama Hotel Restaurant is sheer delight. The lunch menu, which has both, a Mexican influence and a Mediterranean influence, is broad and the very tasty dishes are beautifully served. I love the tortilla soup and the Baja salad, each of which display delicate Mexican flavors. The décor is colorful and transports me to a quiet villa in Mexico. Umbrellas and trees provide adequate shade; the chairs are very comfortable; the wait staff most friendly and efficient."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I go for lunch at Panama Hotel almost every Friday, meeting various friends from various parts of the Bay area. Every one I introduce to the restaurant comes again, bringing friends of her own. It's always a wonderful place to be, especially in the garden, each friend finds her favorite dish or two and won't budge from them. It's a joyful, beautiful, serene kind of place which has me looking forward to going back the minute I walk out the door. The neighborhood is also a lovely place for walking, with beautiful, old houses on tree-lined streets. Don't miss them in the fall. Don't miss them anytime."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The Panama Hotel is a true original. Comfy, tasty food, good wine, great vibes. A touch kitschy. A place to wind down and relax. Always a pleasure."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "My wife made the recommendation. She said she hadn't been there in 20 years. We enjoyed lunch with a special business colleague from France. Food service and ambiance were perfect. It will be a regular for us now."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We always enjoy dinner at this family owned restaurant, the staff are delightful, and very good food. I would reccomend it."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "This wonderful gem is in a residential neighborhood and provides a lovely setting for a leisurely lunch, brunch or quiet dinner. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I've been here many times over the years and it's still my favorite place to lunch in San Rafael during warm months. The outdoor patio dining with ample umbrellas to supply shade for all who desire it is charming and the service is always warm and friendly. There is something for everyone on the varied menu."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Very good!,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Three of us had this salad and it was very good. One had Ceasar salad and it had plenty of chicken. One had egg as florentine and liked it. So overall everyone was happy. The wine corkage is a little steep."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We love this place. Lunch, brunch or dinner this restaurant always rises to the occasion. The food is excellent and you can't beat the ambiance."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Many years ago I frequented the Panama for many businesses lunches. Perfect spot for really good consistent food, worth while wine list, and good lunch crowd. After many years and the next chapter of my career meant dinners with my wife. Still very good comfort food, worth while wine list to try out a few things you won't find easily, and the staff and patrons create a comfortable space."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I have frequented this restaurant since it opened 30 years ago. It has remained one of my top choices for any occasion. The owner is professional and good to his employees."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The food was very good. The ambiance is lovely. Warning!!! The Tables are SQUISHED together inside the main dinning room. Very uncomfortable table layouts. Everyone bumps into you and the table in the back of you is 2" from your back. Our friends were so bothered that in the middle of dinner we had to change tables. Wish they would address that problem. Recommend sitting outside if the weather permits."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I love the Panama Hotel not only is the food and service superb but you always feel as if you've entered another world. It's not as if the tables are too close together, because they're not, but this dinner was conversation was going to be quite personal in nature. I specifically chose the Panama because they have a tree hidden porch with only three tables. That corner of the restaurant feels truly like a separate world. We spent four hours talking over a relaxed dinner and were never made to feel like we were holding up the business of the restaurant. I find myself going back more and more often these days and always enjoying my experience. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Good food but the service is always lacking. Last two times I've been, it took 15 min to place my order; once the food was received, I never saw the waiter again. Granted, each time it was the same waiter."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Just a delightful place for dining. Great service and a fun ambiance."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Something about their burgers -- they really know how to make them here. My petrale sole special was not as special as expected, but the burger was outstanding and the salads were very good. Lemon tart was delicious. Always an enjoyable dining experience with superb service."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I sent a written request to please put a candle in my friend's dessert as we were celebrating his birthday. When we checked in, I told the maitre D this was a birthday, and I mentioned it in conversation while the waitress was with us at the table. Nothing -- no candle, no mention of it. I was so disappointed and so was my friend. Also the service was extremely slow getting food to table. I am going to stop bringing my friends here to celebrate occasions, sadly. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I've lived in Marin since 1987 and the Panama hotel has always been there and has never disappointed. Great food, a diverse menu and wine list and great service. Keep up the great work! I want to eat there when I'm 90! (That's 30 years from now!) :-) "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Words we never herd after our dinner was dumped in front of us. We never saw another person throughout dinner until I finally waved my arms and the host came over so I could ask for water. I had to ask if there were special offerings that evening. Oh yes we have lobster tail. He walked away before I could ask him if there were special starters or soup. The kitchen was very slow and we finally flagged him down for our check. The pretty black Lab dining outside with his owners received better service. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Panama always delivers. It's comfortable and friendly yet the food is as good as any you'll find. And it's not noisy!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We ate before a concert at the Civic Center. It was early evening and we ate outside. It is an elegant but relaxed kind of a place. Feels special but not stuffy. The menu has so many reasonably priced appetizers it was hard to choose--we wanted all of them. The ceviche was wonderful and so were the Greek salad and the mussels. The Baja Seafood salad is wonderful too. The waiter was attentive and personable. It has that small neighborhood feel. Very nice experience."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I had eaten there some time ago for a birthday dinner. It was so good I knew I wanted to go there for my really special occasion. The dining experience surpassed my expectations. Fabulous meal and left overs too!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Had a lovely Baja salad with seafood. Sitting outside on a warm May day made is a very special lunch. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Panama Hotel is a nice place to go for some good food, live entertainment, and uplifting atmosphere."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Enjoyed first dinner with new friends, thank you! Food great as always, music loved it and excellent service!"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "I've had a great experience every time I've been here. One of the hidden gems in Marin."
    Dined on 5/6/2014