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The Panama Hotel Restaurant

4.3
4.3
1910 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
The Panama Hotel 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.
Look for our Dining With Music Program to resume in February 2020- Stay Tuned
Have Lunch, Brunch, Dinner or Yappy Hour with your "furry friend". Let us know you are coming by reserving a pet-friendly table.
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Latin American, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Happy Hour Mon 5:00 am–5:15 am

  • Phone number

    (415) 457-3993

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • 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

    Kani Kido: (415) 457-3993 ext. 120

  • Neighborhood

    San Rafael

  • Cross street

    B Street & Woodland Avenue

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • 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

  • Additional

    Non-Smoking

What 1,910 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. s

    shellye

    Tahoe

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I made a reservation for breakfast at 10:30am on Sunday and received confirmation. I drove 40 minutes only find the restaurant was closed. I wish Open Table had notified me. I did find another place and will return to Panama Hotel as I really like the food and atmosphere. I understand these are difficult times.
  2. A

    Anniemg1

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lovely lunch on the patio with four friends yesterday. Wonderful staff, delicious food, in relaxing, comfortable surroundings. It’s the best!
  3. L

    Lukie

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Sat in the patio, sunny warm day, was delightful. The food was very good, specially the Colcanon and the crab salad. Intend to return so my husband can try the delightful Colcanon.
  4. K

    Kennybunkport94947

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Been there many times. Very cool place. Very nice that there's an outdoor area for dogs!
  5. SL

    SuellenL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Well, it has certainly been discovered! Lots of repeat customers and bustling lunch crowd. That’s because it is so comfortable. Pretty quiet. Great menu. Excellent personalized service and good value. It is just the opposite of trendy. Convivial is a good adjective. Lots of personality. I like the fish tacos and the soup and interesting salads
  6. t

    ticket2ride2014

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love The Panama restaurant. It's just a delightful place to spend an evening. The food is delicious, the staff are all courteous and friendly. Good wines, wonderful ambiance. We like to "dine with music." When the restaurant is busy inside, and it often is, the conversation level with the music can be a bit difficult for some people. When the patio is open in warmer weather, dining out there is also lovely. You'll enjoy this place!
  7. GA

    GARYS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Wonderful outdoor patio dining area.
  8. k

    kelseys

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Connie was an excellent server and love the Baja Salad
  9. CA

    CAMARD

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Beautiful sunny warm February day to dine on the charming patio with umbrellas. Had the 1/2 avocado filled with crab meat-yummy. Shared the ice cream sundae & coffee, a delightful ending to time shared with a friend. Definitely will return soon.
  10. BJ

    BJVH

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Charming neighborhood vibe, very good food, nice wine list, welcoming service. Something on the menu for everyone. Excellent value for a moderate tab. We had a great time!
  11. TS

    TinaS

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been many times over the years and never disappointed
  12. JH

    JohnH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Historic and funky place. Interesting menu with moderate- for Marin - prices. Hamburger outstanding, Baha salad only fair.
  13. CS

    CynS

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Average food not a warm welcome
  14. KP

    KevinP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal, great service! Even got a parking spot right in front.
  15. I

    Ilovegoodfood

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went here for a valentines day dinner and had a great time! The dinner was delicious! Both the steak and chicken were perfectly prepared. Service was great decorations were great.
  16. CA

    CristineA

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our second time celebrating Valentine's day ,pink balloons, amazing menu, great service, more tables in lieu of live music..our only disappointment, over it quickly. There's nowhere else we would consider locally for a special and romantic evening. We'll be back next year...and for other celebrations. The menu is always outstanding as is the service, atmosphere, ambience...thank you for a wonderful time
  17. JC

    JohnC

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Panama Hotel is our go-to place for Valentines Day dinner. The place is decorated festively and the food is always great.
  18. CV

    ChristianV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    A Wonderfull inconspicuous spot to check out. Great for Bruch and even more delightful for dinner. Especially for the nights when they play live music.
  19. JF

    JasonF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Joshua our waiter was fantabulous! He was very cordial and professional! We had a good time! Recommendation: More Organic dishes!!!!
  20. R

    Rita

    San Francisco

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely patio for a lovely lunch. Food and service excellent. We enjoyed the avocado half stuffed with crab.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good for brunch and date night. Nice atmosphere. It would be great to support this restaurant because it is unique. Food was good.
  22. AR

    AnnR

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Panama Hotel Restaurant is a gem. Wonderful ambiance, delicious food with ample portions and very nice waitstaff. It's welcoming, unpretentious, comfortable, perfect lighting, and feels so homey. I've been many times and the food is always of the highest quality. Obviously my favorite restaurant.
  23. SM

    SusanM

    Naples

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Food was fantastic!
  24. MI

    MIcW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Surprise-wow was our food great! This little neighbor gem is going on our frequent dining list. Everyone on Wednesday night was wonderful and welcoming. Angel was attentive and super nice, as well as our server. Honestly, a wonderful experience-you must give it a try.
  25. B

    Bruce

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Had dinner there the other night. The place was packed. I think they closed the patio seating due to the weather. They had live music too - a smooth jazz band. It was perfect for the occasion. Not too loud. Everything was perfect. I really liked our waiter. I think his name was Josh. This place is a hidden gem.
  26. UB

    UBtheGreat

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a very nice dinner with friends. We all had a variety of appetizers that were quite delicious. Service was prompt but not obtrusive. The scallop tacos were particularly interesting and tasty.
  27. BI

    BILLTHAYES

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely birthday brunch for brother. Scones are delish. Eggs Florentine top notch. Service lovely. Setting so quaint.
  28. AL

    AnneL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall2food2service5ambience2
    I have had some very nice meals at Panama Hotel over the past several years. Unfortunately, this meal was mediocre; even the espresso was terrible. The noise level was ridiculously high. My friend and I had to shout to hear each other. Our server was very sweet and overall, the service was good.
  29. L

    Lukie

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The entire evening was thoroughly enjoyably . The little tostadas appetizer were delicious as was the seafood salad main course. The server was very attentive , did not clear the table until everyone was finished eating which was appreciated. We will certainly dine at the Panama Hotel again.
  30. CO

    COLCAL

    San Francisco

    116 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    116 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a delightful, hidden restaurant (but not TOO hidden-it's always packed!). The food was delicious-crab and avocado salads with a wonderful dressing. Service was excellent and our server was delightful. Can't wait to go back again! Maybe in the spring or fall-to enjoy our meal on the outdoor patio.
  31. h

    hungrylady

    Palm Springs

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific meal of fresh salmon and beets and a variety of vegetables! Excellent service in a beautiful environment! Asked to take tea and dessert back to our room for more conversation as the restaurant filled up and we were graciously accommodated. Can’t say enough about the personal, kind service of this staff at both the restaurant and the hotel!
  32. MS

    MikeS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2020

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Have eaten there many times and have always been happy. Tuesday was probably just an off night
  33. MC

    MaryC

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Love the friendly staff and well prepared meals with attention to detail and freshness.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Staff was very attentive!
  35. AD

    AdamD

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Unbelievably loud and raucous group made lunchtime conversation nearly impossible, host and waitstaff seemed confused, lunch was OK, but fairly expensive for what it was. Overall a disappointment for sure.
  36. CA

    CarolA

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience1
    I have had very good experiences here before, and recommended it over Le Garage, which tends to be noisy. Ironically, at this Sunday brunch, there was an EXTREMELY LOUD group in the main dining room. The noise was so intense we could not converse. It went on for almost the whole time we were there. The servers sympathized and said it was terrible for them too, but there was nothing they could do about it. We wondered if they made any attempt to get this group under control. Maybe stop serving them mimosas??? These people should have been in a private room. This was no doubt an unusual happening, but I would be reluctant to go back to the Panama again. Management should find a way to deal with this when it happens. Other patrons got up and left, and that's what, in retrospect, we should have done. It ruined a long-anticipated outing with friends, and will not be soon forgotten.
  37. l

    lizp

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place to spend New Year’s Eve! The food was excellent and the ambience was very festive. I highly recommend this place.
  38. B

    Basil

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Great ambiance, very good food, great service, friendly staff
  39. IR

    IngridR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Been coming here for years and years and love the good food and quaintness. Had a family gathering for the holidays (just 5 of us) but we couldn’t talk across the table for the noise level. I don’t remember the restaurant ever being noisy but it was. Great service and food will keep me coming back.
  40. o

    opahal

    Phoenix

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an interesting place! Been here since 1918, but now an upscale, quality gourmet restaurant. Had the Calamari appetizer, then the stuffed poblano. Both excellent. Service was great!

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The Panama Hotel Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 1910 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    B Street & Woodland Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    San Rafael

  • Hours of operation

    Happy Hour Mon 5:00 am–5:15 am

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Latin American, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • 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

  • Additional

    Non-Smoking

  • Phone number

    (415) 457-3993

  • 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

    Kani Kido: (415) 457-3993 ext. 120

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