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About The Panama Hotel Restaurant

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.
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.

4 Bayview Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Latin American, Mediterranean

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

Cross Street:
B Street & Woodland Avenue

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 457-3993

Website:
http://www.panamahotel.com/

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

Catering:
Please contact the Panama Restaurant for further details, (415) 457-3993 or visit our website PanamaHotel.com.

Executive Chef:
Dan Miller

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

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact the Panama Restaurant for further details, (415) 457-3993 or visit our website PanamaHotel.com.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Please join us for an amazing New Years Eve Dinner.

The Panama Hotel Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (50)
Casual (40)
Great for Outdoor Dining (39)
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Cozy (39)
Great for Lunch (33)
Good for a Date (27)
Special Occasion (27)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Quiet Conversation (23)
Sunday Lunch (23)
Live Music (22)
Authentic (22)
Comfort Food (19)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Fun (18)
Romantic (18)
Great for Brunch (17)
Good for Groups (16)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Business Meals (13)
Good Vegetarian Options (13)
Healthy (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Seasonal (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Disabled Access (6)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Organic (4)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tapas (2)
Vegan (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Always a great place for lunch. Everyone in my group has the same thing every single time, which tells you something. Consistently good, distinct menu that you don't see anywhere else. You can't go wrong here, and service is excellent.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Very good food at a reasonable price. Service a little rushed

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Service amiable, setting comfortable & interesting. Brunch menu extremely limited/will avoid. Small Caesar salad with 4 small shrimp over-priced at $21.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

My husband & I were celebrating his good news on a medical report but had been invited to come to the Panama Hotel by my friend whose band was playing that night as well. The food was very good & the ambiance great with the music very easy to listen to. A very relaxing evening.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Reliably good food and service; favorites like the calamari salad stay on the menu, while seasonal salads and an entree or two change. The ambiance is always good. We enjoyed dinner and the women in our party had often lunched there with groups. It remains an excellent choice for lunch as well as for the occasional dinner.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Good place. Good service. Good food. We'll be back. Soon.

Tags: Seasonal, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Groups, Cozy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

The food was fine and the service attentive. We chose this evening to t as we wanted to hear the live music. We were placed in the patio that had been enclosed by plastic curtains and had a propane heater that could not be regulated so we were either too cold or too hot all evening. We never heard any of the live music from that location.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Felt the quality of the food was off from our prior experiences.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Our son was in town from New York He is a food and he loved it as well. It's hard to impress a New Yorker !

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 21, 2017

This place was excellent. Food was fantastic and different from other restaurants. Wait and bus persons were pleasant, nice and had a quiet manner. Environment was charming and warm. Even though they were almost full, it seemed quiet and quaint. No problems at all which is a rarity. Also, great selection of vegetarian foods. Thanks Panama Hotel!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Healthy, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The Panama Hotel has become our “go-to” spot for a special meal in San Rafael. We ordered the scallop mini tostadas to start, an intriguing combination with avocado and a tiny bite of spicinesd to round out the palate.

My girlfriend had the pasta with vegetables, which was a delight of the season, while I had the roast chicken, a perfectly cooked chicken breast, moist and tasty.

And we finished with a lemon tart to round out our meal. We’ll be back soon!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We loved the dining atmosphere at the Panama Hotel. It's cozy, nicely decorated and has a flare of local history. The service was great and the food was wonderful with many interesting choices on the menu. We will definitely be returning - maybe even for our wedding!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Cozy, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

I usually love the Panama Hotel for lunch or dinner, winter or summer but this most recent visit was just not that great. They generally have one of the best hamburgers around and this was pretty awful. It must have been sitting in the service window for awhile, it was barely hot, the cheese was not melted and it was kind of dry- barely any sauce on the bun. My friend had the ravioli and I was jealous. I was starving so I ate about half of it. Service was practically non existent. Had to wait a really long time for the requested serving of aioli and grated parm for her pasta.
The outdoor heating is either full tilt or not enough. Inside was really noisy so we elected to sit in the covered atrium. Just not a great showing for a place that I frequent pretty often.

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

The food was delicious and the Jack Prendergast Jazz Band offered the perfect compliment to at great evening!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Really enjoyed our meal, I would recommend Panama Hotel to all! Great selection, great portions, great service!

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Live Music, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Authentic, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Charming, quaint hotel/restaurant tucked away in a non-descript area of San Rafael. We had a 7:30 p.m. reservation of a Saturday night. We arrived on time and were seated immediately. The menu wasn't large but had a good selection. I had the chicken tortilla soup as an appetizer, a signature dish for them. It was excellent! Full of flavor, just a hint of spice. Though, it could been served hotter, temperature-wise. My entree was the Painted Hills Grilled New York steak (medium rare) with baby potatoes and sauteed spinach. The steak had a chimichurri sauce that was a delicious accompaniment. Steak was cooked perfectly. Potatoes were a bit garlicky, a bit buttery. And the spinach was excellent. A fabulous creme brulee rounded out our lovely evening. They also do lunch and weekend brunch. We'll be back!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

As always, a great meal at Panama Hotel! Would suggest to anyone wanting good food.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Always a great experience here!

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Very consistent quality and excellent service. Love this wonderful little gem!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The Huevos Rancheros was bland and flavorless. Our food was a disappointment.

Tags: Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Always cozy, warm and welcoming. Good place for dinner for two (girlfriends or date), rarely are kids around. Beer and wine, good wine list. Food is consistent, always good, fresh and healthy. Been eating here for 20 years!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We’ve always loved the Panama Hotel restaurant, but lately we’re finding the food not as good as in the past. My friends have been making the same comment. Don’t think we’ll be returning anytime soon.

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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Very chic! Great food and good portions. Enjoyed dining outside. Five star all the way

Tags: Fun, Romantic, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This was my first time here - and I'll be back. The place has a lot of character. It feels like you're spending time in a classy old hotel dining room. The food is quite tasty, and beautifully presented. Both of us enjoyed our red wine.
One tip: the main dining area can be quite noisy on a busy night, so if you're looking for intimate conversation, ask to be seated in a quiet part of the restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I find this eating establishment as one of the finest of all my meals.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Delicious. Good service. Nice ambiance. Parking tough at times.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

My first time and it is a hit . I enjoyed the lunch along with the ambiance. Food is very tasty and high quality

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Disabled Access
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Fabulous as always! I am a big fan and my husband and I are regulars for Sunday Brunch! Wonderful ambiance and an all round great choice for any occasion.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Always good food and service. I go here about 7 or 8 times a year with different people. Everyone always enjoys it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

We went to celebrate a birthday dinner for a family member. A warm evening sitting outside with the lights strung across was lovely. We were seated early as our party hadn't all arrived yet. Took about 15 minutes to get noticed by a server just to order something to drink. Ordered Calamari which was incredibly tender but half of it was ice cold, the other half warm. Don't even want to know what that was about.

I ordered salmon which was cooked perfectly but the entire dish was cold, really cold. My companion had mushroom ravioli which were quite bizarre, dry and burnt. Why would ravioli's be burnt? We sent them back and they came back cold covered in lemon juice and olive oil. Very strange never seen that. Our other guests had salmon and pork chop which they enjoyed with no complaints. Rolls were good and butter was soft although wish the rolls were warm. I guess they don't serve hot or warm food. My stomach was sick for 48 hours after the meal so definitely won't be going back anytime soon.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Ecclectic. Great food. In a fabulous setting. And good prices too

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Coffee, Healthy, Casual, Cozy, Fun, Authentic, Seasonal, Romantic
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

This was my third visit. Consistently good as rated above. A favorite!!

Tags: Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

I come to the Panama Hotel as often as I can as I am out of the County. Food unbelievably fresh and creative. Always had great service. My only complaint is the parking. However, I have no problem dropping off my handicap mother then finding a spot in the neighborhood

Tags: Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Tapas, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Healthy, Disabled Access, Casual, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Food very good, as usual. Service was not at their usual standards.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Great place. Love being there! Food and service was great! Thank you

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

The Panama Hotel restaurant provides casual gourmet selections. Service was attentive. We sampled mini scallop tostadas, calamari, mussels and their Panama burger. Lots of fresh food selections. Their beet salad was excellent. They have live music nightly. The prices are very reasonable. They have indoor and outdoor dining. The setting is comfortable.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Love the Panama! Prawn tacos the best ever! ❤️ I’ll be back! ❤️

Tags: Disabled Access, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Good for a Date, Fun, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Tea, Organic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Live Music
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Having had lunch at the Panama Hotel many times, I decided to try dinner one evening.
I enjoyed the opportunity to sit outside and dine during a beautiful fall evening in Marin.
My Baja Seafood Salad was perfect. Crispy romaine lettuce with grilled shrimp, scallops and salmon topped with a corn and black bean salsa and a light vinaigrette. Absolutely delicious!

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

I always enjoy going to the Panama - it always feels like I've traveled outside my normal zone and been delightfully impressed.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Fun
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Lots of variety on the menu and everything was delicious! We will return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining
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