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Sunday, May 13, 2018
I’ve had lunch here before which was great! Dinner was another story. Beet salad had very few beets and an overload of greens. Pork chop was chewy and had no taste. Entree arrived before appetizer was cleared. Disappointing.
Wonderful food and great live music! The ambience is also most excellent. I would have my family stay there when they visit
Always love the people, food and wine here. Wonderful ambience, neighborhood gem and one of my favorite restaurants in San Rafael.
Have driven by this gem for years without ever stepping inside.
Charming; warm, "homey" if it could be said
There was live music when we were there. The young lady had a lovely voice which went well with the great food. I love this place!
We try to hit this place at least once a week. Since we eat out 5 times a week, we have tried most of the places, but keep coming back here. The Baja Seafood salad is just great.
This was a girls' evening out to celebrate a friend's birthday. We were seated in the main room where I was advised in advance that there would be music, however, I was told the music would be quiet. It turned out we could not hear one another talk. The music was distracting, loud and not enjoyable. Most of our group of six women agreed that the food was below mediocre, yet, the tab was pricey. In addition, our server was inattentive. Overall, it was a negative experience, I do not intend to return to The Panama Hotel, nor will I recommend it to anyone. Note: My husband made this reservation on my behalf but he was not in attendance.
For years Panama has been our “go to” restaurant for girlfriend birthdays. It’s easy and the menu has something for everyone. Our recent visit was less inspired than previous visits. Two of us had the Baja seafood salad. It was small and bland. Our other two friends shared that salad and an order of mushroom ravioli which was totally dry. The $25 corkage fee is also excessive. However...service was excellent. There are new owners and time will tell. Hoping the Panama improves...it is an important neighborhood institution.
Panama Hotel is a local staple. Fresh ingredients, welcoming warm staff, and great food prepared a little differently with some usual favorites makes this place great.
Usually everything is fantastic. Thus time I had the polenta with poached eggs and it came in a bowl with enough polenta for six people! Aldo not salted or flavored. The result the eggs disappeared into the polenta and I kept trying to add salt & pepper to no avail. I'll keep going back though--the scones were FAB!
cozy atmosphere , attentive service, creative food
Charming, moderately priced and delicious. A lovely lunch.
Great food, eclectic atmosphere and GREAT music. Great food with music and a lively atmosphere, what more could you ask for. Panama Hotel is a gem.
Food is consistently good and inventive at the Panama Hotel restaurant.
Perfect place to bring friends from out of town for good food, quaint atmosphere for a totally enjoyable evening. One of the great thing about the Panama Hotel is no worries about dress. You can be dressed to the 9's or casual al it's all good--very comfortable.
The staff is always friendly and attentive. I would recommend this place to all my friends.
Don't forget to save room for a bite of something sweet at the end. The three of us shared their Lemon Tart and the Sundee YUM!!
Cute place and quite popular. Our lunches were delicious and generous - tasty fish tacos and veggie filled enchiladas - yum! NOise level in the dining room was a bit high and made it difficult to carry on a conversation. Will return for sure and maybe try for dinner.
A local favorite of mine. Always a pleasure.
Vibrant ambience! A neighborhood gem! I'll be back for sure!
The Panama never disappoints, especially when the weather is nice and I can sit outside and enjoy a spectacular salad.
OK Good service
Really nice ambiance, good food, good service, can be a little loud inside.
Right smack dab in the middle of the residential section of San Rafael California is a cutie pie little hotel/restaurant, the Panama Hotel. Its a happening place and I was so wanting to try their restaurant especially for Valentine's Day.
My wife and I arrived to the din of the guests having fun. The hostess greeted us with a big smile, confirmed our reservation, and promptly showed us to our table.
As we walked to our table I noticed three things, 1. the portion sizes seemed large 2. the couple next to us had neither bread or rice or potato's on their table, another zero carb couple, and 3. sadly once again every one in the restaurant was younger then us. Its a trend, Ouch!
Hardly any time passed before our most attentive waiter greeted us, and served us our glasses of wine.
We each ordered steak and the tuna ceviche as an appetizer to share. The tuna ceviche looked incredible, served with rather ordinary store bought looking chips.... perhaps Doritos? After my wife took her first bite she looked at me as if to say, "God must have been the fisherman who brought us this fish". My wife is an easy grader, she is married to me. We split the ceviche right down the middle. I didn't finish mine, very unusual. The only two times I don't finish my meals, if I have the flu or its twelve hours before surgery.
Ceviche C to C-.
Next we were served our generously sized steaks. Our steaks were done to perfection, medium and medium rare respectively. The taste was okay but the steaks seemed fatty and had more then their fair share of gristle. Not our best choice.
Steak C to C-.
Will we be back? Don't know but on this night everything was perfect..................................except the food.
Lovely Valentines dinner with my wife and visiting sister. Everything was great about the experience.
Panama is my go to place for special occasions, a mid-week pick me up or summer lunch on the patio. I always leave in a good mood. The food is fresh and healthy. The service is excellent. The decor is kind of funky elegant, comfortable and charming.
Arrived at 6:15 for conversation before live music at 7. Charming decor and friendly staff. Seated in dining room as weather seemef too chilly for the enclosed patio. Delicious char-broiled burger and stuffed jalapeno dish for dinner. Live music was an enjoyable trio. Outstanding creme brulee for dessert. Finished our meal as the musicians took a break. A lovely evening the night before Valentine's Day.
Panama Hotel is a neighborhood favorite. Food and ambiance are wonderful. It’s a great little escape from the normal
routine. I love the charm of this place.
I had the butternut squash soup and the half avocado stuffed with crab meat, both were delicious. My husband had the burger and garlic fries and he loved his meal. It is a cute, kinda funky place.
Service was great, and some of the food was also. The avocado/crab appetizer was spectacular. The calamari salad was very good. The pasta dish was very good. The pork chop and its sauce were delicious, but the shredded whatever it was around it was strange. It was like eating a pork chop with a raw salad of carrots and jicama or something. I had expected some kind of cooked vegetable. So if they'd serve the chop with something nicer it would have been a perfect meal for all of us. The pinot noir I ordered, having asked for one on the sweeter side, was delicious, but, it had a heavy sulfite content and I got a stuffed nose half way through my glass, unfortunately. But I always enjoy Panama Hotel and this was the first even slight negative meal I've had there.
Love this place. Great atmosphere and good food. Nice to be able to have a conversation without raising your voice.
always lovely....enjoy! Service is always good. Sometimes a little too much garlic - but that's just me! Really nice for everyday dining or special occassions. The Baja salad is always on my list and I TRY to deviate, but......
This was a lovely find. It's not far from downtown San Rafael, but it's enough off the beaten path. We ate inside (there is also an outdoor patio), and the place has plenty of character. The server was nice and attentive.
We went for an early dinner on a Saturday night. It was about half filled, including a party of four seated next to us that carried a very interesting conversation. The restaurant is on the quiet side, at least at 630 on a Saturday evening, so conversations carry.
The calamari appetizer was a good amount to share, and I really liked the cilantro-lime vinaigrette.
She ordered the filet of salmon and liked everything except the beets. I had the full order of wild mushroom ravioli, which were very tasty. Both dishes were reasonably sized: more than enough to fill us, not enough for leftovers.
reliably good each time we go to Panama Hotel. Easy parking
It was the first time I had been to your restaurant. I loved it.
I noticed by the sign in the window that there are new owners.
Please don't change the ambience .
Love this place! The servers are very accommodating. We were in a hurry and they were there to please. Thank you!
Delightful outside patio, and this restaurant has the best Calamari salad ever.
Nice ambiance at the outdoor patio. Excellent wait staff. Nice selection on the menu for everyone.
This fabulous neighborhood restaurant welcomes you as a friend and patron.
Service is also fast, efficient and Joshua can recommend the perfect beverage for your meal.
Food is delicious, hearty and consistent visit to visit.
It's nice to meet visitors who are staying at the Inn enjoying the secret side of San Rafael.
Very pleasant. Food and service were very good. I believe the restaurant was cleaner and brighter than before. I would return.
As always, the service was fantastic. Food was great. Burgers were great. Dog was happy. Couldn't be better!
Easy downtown access. The hotel provides an added option. There is live music 3 nights a week.
The servers and helpers are friendly and efficient.
The menu items provide a wide range of creative choices.
The food was delectable and the wine/beer choices complimented the food.
The prices were quite reasonable and all in all a future visit is assured.