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Panama Hotel & Restaurant
Panama Hotel & Restaurant

Panama Hotel & Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.PanamaHotel.com
  • Email: Reservations@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 Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "The setting and the food are fantastic. The only things that kept it from getting 5 stars were the tight quarters - we were really close to other tables so our chairs kept getting knocked into. Also, as the place filled up the noise level got very high to the point it was hard to hear across the table. I love that they allow dogs on the patio. The staff was very friendly and the room was very cozy - like you were in someone's house. I had salmon, which was really delicious."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "What a fun night! It's always a great time at The Panama! Whether it's dining in the outdoor patio under the fairy lights or in the charming main dining room listening to live music!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "There are great options for everyone! I am a carnivore, who loves my veggies. I love way they incorporate veggies into their dishes. I always feel like I can get a healthy option here. Some of the dishes can be a bit rich. May have to ask for less sauce for some dishes. They have outdoor dining for those warm nights and live music!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "We had a superb dining experience at Panama Hotel Restaurant. Salads were fresh and tasty. The salmon entree was nicely prepared. We thought the portions were generous and the service was perfect. It was a beautiful warm spring evening and the dining alfresco experience in the patio was relaxed and enjoyable."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Our waitress disappeared for awhile. She returned to tell us she was leaving."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Panama Hotel restaurant was fabulous the other night. Every part of our meal was so beautifully prepared and tasted delicious. The music was an added bonus and we really enjoyed Donna D'Acuti!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Four of us met for dinner....service very slow...3 meals arrived...4th never came until the end of the meal...by then the meal.was declined and server put it in take out bag....will not return...too many other good places nearby."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The food here is consistently excellent. I have been for brunch and dinner on several occasions, and I have not been disappointed."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Great burgers (although my friend ordered swiss cheese and got bleu cheese on her burger), pleasant music, and attentive wait service."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "don't forget panama hotel when you're looking for a great meal in Marin."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The Panama Hotel has such great ambiance and a menu of delicious (and different) food. The patio and sunroom are warm and inviting, even on the rainy day when we visited. The natural surroundings and the decor make you feel like you're miles away from San Rafael and the staff always make the place inviting. Food is great and there's always something extra that makes even ordinary dishes seem extravagant. Definitely a great spot any time of day!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Hadn't been there in a long time - Very enjoyable evening - Loved the live music - Excellent food & service - Will definitely be back again soon."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "My steak was well done - but I had asked for rare. But the meat was so good, the flavor overcame the cooking, The waiter was too rushed (which probably led to the error on the steak.) But the 4 of us had a great time (everyone else really enjoyed their food) and WE didn't feel rushed at all. The out side was sunny and the feel was terrific. A fine time"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Enjoyed great food service and conversation. Thank you for helping me celebrate my birthday."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Wish they had actually credited me with this dining experience. I noted that they did not mark the meal as happening. So, my account is missing this credit. I did note that the reservation made with Open Table when we checked in. Other than that, the experience was as expected."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "I cannot say enough great things about this restaurant! I have introduced at least four people to the Panama Hotel & Restaurant within the last year and all have agreed how special it is. The food, the outdoor patio, the romantic setting inside, the quaint front porch... Just go, I promise you'll find it a special place."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Three of us met for lunch on a perfect day for dining al fresco. The patio is guarded, lovely, and perfectly set up to make you feel just the right balance between dining at a good friend's backyard and outside in a tropical paradise. The service was excellent - water is on request due to the drought - but once requested - our glasses were kept full. The gluten free dieter devoured the stuffed chili and they kindly substituted tortilla chips for bread rolls. I have a no dairy, no soy, limitations. I enjoyed the tuna tartar salad, which was one of the best I've had. Such great menu variety!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "I'd heard of the Panama Hotel but never actually figured out where it was. AHA , nice find. Reservations easy, parking easy, intimate surroundings with much visual entertainment. Food outstanding, service excellent. Worth every penny. Will do over. And over again."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "perfect place for a special lunch or dinner in a charming setting-menu was interesting-food very good-a come again soon spot!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "I have eaten at the Panama before and enjoyed it very much. I showed up rather late on a Wednesday evening to hear a friend who was singing there. The Shiitake Mushroom pasta was just great and the music was fabulous!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Great lunch with a girlfriend. I always get the veggie enchiladas but ripped myself away to have the calamari fritti salad - fabulous. They've got a couple of new items on the menu including a delicious looking Colcannon, so I'll be going back asap. It's a great place for lunch or dinner, with a charming atmosphere and great food."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "I enjoy the ambiance of the restaurant...good food and service very good."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "We return to this gem of a restaurant again and again. The ingredients are always fresh and each menu item is prepared with care. Nice wine list and inviting surroundings."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Great spot -- yummy, funky, really good service. Was with a group of 8 on Thursday evening so difficult to hear the other end of the table. Musicians were quite good."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "I often lunch here. Always great food and service. Love the decor, and neighborhood feel. Only one downside. When the dining room is full, the noise level is uncomfortable and conversations become a little difficult. Outside is charming and if course no noise problem."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "This Restaurant is a very special place. I start to relax as soon as I walk in. The building is historic. The decor is a surprising mix of elegance and kitsch. They often have live music. This is a place to love."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Had a recent birthday party luncheon for 6 there- terrific lunch -good menu and outstanding service. This winter/ spring they put up a tent over part of patio so more tables available. Quiet in tent- rather noisy in inside dining room."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Love this restaurant. A special place for special occasions."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We were four friends dining al fresco for lunch, the décor? chandeliers, draped fabric, chirping birds & comfortable chairs - add to that amazing food and we were delighted! Crab & avocado salad was tossed in a light and refreshing lemon vinaigrette (had this last year and was thrilled to see it back on the menu) followed by the Concannon - an Irish potato & leek pancake topped with ham, asparagus and a perfect poached egg! Try it any time - during the week there is amazing LIVE MUSIC at dinner - keep up the good work, Panama!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I had the Chilean Sea bass with butternut squash risotto and steamed boo chou. A wonderful Riesling rounded it out. The decadent warm crisp with vanilla gelato and a glass of tawny port rounded out the evening."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "music was very loud, however they were willing to turn it down after we asked... food is always good. we enjoy dining here...!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "The kitchen turns out some wonderful dishes. The salmon was moist and the burger was a true treat. Salads were superb. The servers and bus people hustle around the place doing everything from bar to serving food gracefully. I could not understand the role of the host who stared at the computer screen and fidgeted with his pencil the whole while we were there while diners needed to get a glass of wine or some extra service. This host was neither gracious nor friendly--no value added. The music was way too loud for the small room, i wish they would stick to a solo guitar. But the food is worth all of the effort!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "generous portions and a worthwhile band made this an enjoyable meal, and though the food was good, it was not consistently excellent. Very pleasant nt environment, however -- and the coffee that accompanied the dessert was terrific!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "they always allow my dog and have water and treats for him, too!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "My sweetie and I had a lovely, romantic dinner at the Panama Hotel and Restaurant. The food and service were great. The jazz combo played at the perfect decibel level. It was a delightful evening."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We always feel as though we are anticipated guests at this comfortable spot. Cozy and with a selection of menu items to please everyone."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Always good. The food is unique and always great! The setting is beautiful, especially in the summer time when you can sit outside."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "This warm, friendly restaurant has delicious food. Small menu but something for everyone. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Great food but spotty service that could use some improvement."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "I have a special place for the Panama. It is small, quaint and a San Rafael neighborhood treasure. It is unique and the staff has always been gracious and attentive to our needs. Love the menu especially the warm rolls, the tortilla soup and stuff pepper....Delicious. I would go on a date there and also celebrate a special day for those friends that always come through."
    Dined on 12/28/2013