Panama Hotel & Restaurant
Panama Hotel & Restaurant

Panama Hotel & Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.panamahotel.com/
  • Phone: 415 457 3993x
  • 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: Latin American, Mediterranean, Contemporary American
  • 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 3993x120
  • 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: 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Panama Hotel & Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
188 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (159)neighborhood gem (143)great for lunch (114)great for brunch (76)fit for foodies (64)special occasion (57)good for groups (51)romantic (50)notable wine list (15)kid-friendly (15)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (5)hot spot (4)scenic view (4)Show More
  • special occasion birthday
    regalreview6
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We brought our son's family here for a birthday celebration and the entire party was most impressed with our choice. The children found a favorite on the child's menu, and all the adults were pleased with the unique dishes they chose. This is not your typical restaurant, but a very pleasant place to enjoy a nice meal in a lovely quaint outdoor setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My absolute favorite place in the Bay Area when it comes to outdoor dining. Whether its a Sunday Brunch or an early dinner, their garden is an oasis.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pana Mommy Like
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great food, great service (very accommodating) wait staff is very knowledgeable on menu items. I have food allergies and need wait staff to understand what I can't have on my plate or hidden in my food. The atmosphere is very unexpected - a quaint little hotel and restaurant tucked way in a residential neighborhood. I have been there twice and sad to say I have not found a good wine yet (my bad), but I'll keep trying. Next time I'm going to ask the wait staff for wine recommendations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • In My Hood - Lucky Me!!
    2NiteTheyCook94901
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The Panama rocks on so many levels! I've been there hundreds of times (had lunch there a day ago)! I've stayed there (cute rooms and affordable) , I put people up there when visiting and it's perfect for a special meal out! The food is consistently great, the atmosphere is almost homey, good wines, the owner is community minded,(cute dog) they even have Yappy Hour to bring your dog to! It can get loud, it can get busy, so plan on hanging for a bit and leaving totally satisfied! Note: the Tuscan Toast Platter is almost orgasmic, if you like cloves of garlic oozing out of a perfectly roasted head, yummy tapenade, goat cheese, olives and the perfect crostini to shmear it all over! I'm just sayin'!! Oh and the burgers rock! Ya gotta go!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good but-
    elew2
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Food not quite up to prior levels. We have been many times but I always manage to forget how slow the kitchen is until we sit waiting for dinner. That said still one of the better choices in Marin.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappoints!
    Louisa
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    One of my favorite Marin restaurants! Always friendly, courteous, helpful, speedy service and delicious, delectable, fresh food. Love this place. Lunch and dinner are both excellent. I've never felt rushed and that makes my day when I'm meeting a friend for a meal. Fried Calamari salad, fish tacos, Colcannon, stuffed poblano chile....I could list most everything on the menu; all delicious and beautifully prepared. Thank you, Panama Hotel, for your consistency.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great outdooor dining in Marin
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great outdoor dining spot. The food was pretty good. Nothing super spectacular about it, but it was good and what the food lacked, the service and ambience made up for. I'd still absolutely recommend this place to someone looking for somewhere to go four outdoor dining, good cheap wine, pretty good food and music. Overall I'd have to say this is a solid three out of five restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FredandGinnyNovato
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Excellent food and service. Great for outdoor dining on the patio. Baja Seafood salad was GREAT. As was the Crab stuffed 1/2 Avocado with the sweet orange vinegarette. Street parking only.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I love this place
    smudgeVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Brunch was nice. Good selection of meal choices and nicely executed eggs. Service there is often sketchy and a bit slow. I'd have had a glass of wine if there'd been a server around sometime before I'd completey finished both my pre meal order champagne and then my food. Nonetheless, I remain a fan of the ambience, the garden and find the food to be quite nice.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely evening
    srsebia
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    My family took me to the Panama for my birthday. We sat outside and had great service and wonderful food. The crab avocado salad is my favorite! I love how they are prepared for the change in weather with heaters etc. and the music floating outside from Bob Gordon and the UFOs was a fun touch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too noisy
    Deborah
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Lucky we were able to sit outside because it was a beautiful night. I guess on certain nights they have a 'jazz' band play inside. You couldn't even hear what the waiter was saying. Good food but might want to reconsider the noisy band during dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Panama Hotel-worth the experience
    mcgals
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We really enjoy this restaurant. The prices are fine for all the wonderful amenities. Wait Staff very friendly and food presentation well done.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little oasis
    Galeriebliss
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I loved the terrace that is big and very private...food was great, we shared the ahi tuna ceviche and the steamed mussels with chorizo! Then the Baja seafood salad was really good and my husband and my friend had the roasted poblano chili that was stuffed with quinoa, mushroom, goat cheese...Dessert was okay...chocolate mousse was not the best I've had and I thought it was a bit expensive for $9 Overall a great experience! Nice atmosphere and good service. Definetly a restaurant I would love to come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good lunch
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    My wife and I had a very nice lunch at the Panama Hotel today. Probably the most notable thing about the Panama is their very pleasant outdoor dining, a great place to go on a warm day. The food was good and the wine list was focused on smaller wineries. I expect we will return for dinner on some warm night.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • rafaelfoodie
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I have eaten at this restaurant several times and have always been pleased. On this past visit, the food was great but the service was very slow. Fortunately we didn't have any time pressure (except for parking limitations in the neighborhood), but we were both hungry! It won't deter us from going back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A truly wonderful restaurant
    Lauretta
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The Panama has always been my choice for birthday lunches, I have a group of girlfriends that celebrate each others birthday and the Panama is out first choice. They have fabulous food, the service is always good. This last time I brought a dear friend from Sonoma, and she loved it, and wants to meet there again, Thank you Panama for having such a special place Lauretta
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Yummy food, beautiful spot! We'd never been there before and found it to be really wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely patio, service little slow
    diningout775
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Pros: lovely patio setting, neighborhood gem, service was good once it got started! Cons: Our reservation was at 10am (which is opening time on a Sunday) and they were slow getting started. Several of the ladies suggested we go elsewhere when we sat for about 10 minutes, alone on the patio, without so much as a glass of water or cup of coffee. Not even an acknowledgement that we were there like a "good morning, we'll be right with you!". The food was good, though not remarkable. Eggs benedict pretty good, burger was over-cooked, scones were tasty but very small for the price. Be aware, they do not allow separate checks and add 20% gratuity parties 6 or more.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lovely evening.........
    noelbowsVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    A family gathering of four and we all felt rewarded for choosing the Panama Hotel and Restaurant. I had the Seafood Salad, a favorite of mine, which once again pleased. Our grand daughter enjoyed the ceviche and fresh salmon. Also enjoyed: red and yellow beet salad. A great time at a wonderful little local gem.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a gem!
    KentfielddinersVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This charming cottage building with small bar and lovely outdoor patio under trees and umbrellas...they even have straw hats hung on fence to borrow...lush plants and colorful linens make this a delightful space to enjoy a meal. Then add the accomplished kitchen, a menu of great choices and a vibrant evening music scene...what more could you want, especially if its close by in a cozy neighborhood. A great lunch and brunch place, they're very accommodating for larger groups if booked ahead, and they do a terrific job for smaller private parties in the back patio. Our whole family loves it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Opt for an Outside Table
    CAtlcVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The food and a great outdoor dining area make up for the understaffed service. Opt for an outside table if you go on one of the nights when there is live music, which is too loud if you are seated inside or even on the patio.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Atmosphere
    LiDo
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I have been going to the Panama Hotel for years and it never fails to impress me. Recently I met a friend here for lunch and we had a lovely time. I had a Greek salad and my friend has a seafood salad. Both of us were more than satisfied with our meals and the service was excellent. The waitress was very attentive, and our water glasses were filled quickly upon request. We chose to sit inside this time, but there is a large patio area that looks quite comfortable and festive. I highly recommend Panama Hotel for an affordable meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I have eaten lunch here several times and have always been pleased. I had dinner there and the wait for getting our food was 35 minutes. I don't know why it was SO slow.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very disappointing
    Cork
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Took ten minutes for a hostess to greet us. Had requested a nice table for celebration but was given a large table for five or six and there were four of us so we couldn't even sit and hear each other. Asked for different quiet table and they movedus to a table for four but the music was so loud in room we couldn't hear anything. Asked for table outside but they had either a very small table for two or three or a table in the back. Our waiter lost us for about twenty minutes. Asked for heater but waiter couldn't make it work and said he would get another one but he never did that. Service was very very slow Waiter was nice but couldn't even get us french fries until we were finished with our meal. Overall food was fair, service fair.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service
    jaha
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Server had an "attitude." She was not a happy camper. Ordered appetizer, enjoying it when another server announced our entrees were ready - we were NOT ready. We do not like being rushed. We specifically ordered the appetizer first and did not want everything to come at once. They close at 2:30 & at 2 they started taking down the patio umbrellas and moving tables from two large groups - it was annoying. Food was good and ample. Enjoyed the flights of 3 wines. Baja salad was very good. Husband had meatloaf sandwich, he had to take 1/2 home. He said it was very good. We would go back if in the area but will not make a special trip from Napa. Would suggest it to friends but would not highly recommend it. It is a charming venue.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SummerlivingVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I don't review every restaurant I go to, but Panama Hotel and Restaurant deserved my time to write this review.We sat outside, we heard the great music from inside...not too loud.., the waiter was very attentive but gave us space to talk, and the food was delightful. Everyone left saying they were going back soon. What a lovely summer evening.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NOISE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    THE MUSIC WAS TOO LOUD. COULD NOT CARRY ON A CONVERSATION COMFORTABLY
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SAMC
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Great food & ambience! We ate outside & it was a beautiful night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Lunch on the Patio
    Paiz
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We had the BLT with avocado and the ceviche. The sandwich was perfectly prepared with vine ripe tomatoes on a grilled ciabatta roll. The ceviche was fresh and perfect for a light lunch. Our server was very attentive and gracious. The food and service were timed perfectly without feeling rushed considering we were on our lunch break. A really great spot. I would definitely return!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • funky gem
    birthdaybunch
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Panama hotel is a quirky and wonderful neighborhood restaurant/hotel. The outdoor seating area is delightful, the food is very tasty and the service is excellent. We had a huge, juicy burger, a delicious and filling Baja salad and a hearty, healthy veggie panini sandwich. We shared a decadent brownie/ice cream dessert; one was perfect for three of us to share at lunch. Our waiter kindly refilled our ice teas tons of times and left us to chat happily away for a long time after finishing our meal. Thoroughly enjoy this place, and I eat here often.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Pleasant
    Tapper
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    You can count on the Panama Hotel for good food, service and ambience. I particularly enjoy eating outside there, but the inside is nice also.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Local Favorite
    BirdieT
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    After all these years, Panama Hotel is still delivering delicious, creative dinners with gracious service. We had dinner on a very warm evening. They moved our group from inside to outside, and brought continuous water and extra glasses of ice. The seafood salads and cioppino were perfect for the weather, paired with excellent wines by the glass. Burger was great, too. Service was friendly but discreet and unrushed. Couldn't have been better!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite spot
    GInnyVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Were love the food here and dining in the patio area...outside! The fish tacos and calamari salad are great as is the colcannon. The staff is attentive without being overly so. It's a perfect spot for a meal going into San Francisco from the north bay.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Favorite outdoor dining spot
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    A favorite of ours for outdoor dining to celebrate special occasions. We enjoy the red and golden beet & arugula salad every time. My husband enjoyed the Baja seafood salad which had generous portions of seafood & I enjoyed the rack of lamb with polenta & sauteed green beans & red bell peppers. A nice bottle of a Napa chard accompanied our meal. The brownie & gelato tower & Panama sundae, both topped with the belgian bittersweet chocolate (yum!) completed our meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Summer outside
    Napili
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The inside dining room looks very inviting but the outside dining area is great so we haven't made it inside yet. Maybe next time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Saturday night
    KTK318VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We enjoyed the outdoor dining scene with starters & drinks. Server was attentive, cheery & enhanced our evening. Salad entree was great. We were happy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So unique!
    FooDeeVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    So special! I feel transported every visit. Best chef ever! Lunch or dinner selections - all so yummy. GO THERE!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Favorite Spot!
    KAS1VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing!
    foodiesandyVIP
    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.
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  • Memorable experience
    Linda
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.