PANELA, cocina social

4.8
25 reviews
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$30 and under
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Caribbean
PANELA, cocina social is one of Dorado Beach Resort & Club's culinary jewels. Open to the public, its stunning views, scintillating Caribbean-inspired cuisine, and world-class service caters to your every need. PANELA, cocina social offers a unique and memorable dining experience.

Perched on the second floor of the Dorado Beach's Clubhouse "La Hacienda" and open to the public, PANELA, cocina social is an exquisite combination of the Dorado Beach culinary experience and local, seasonal flavors. With its airy view overlooking our glistening fairways stretching out into the formidable mountains beyond, PANELA, cocina social provides a festive and sophisticated atmosphere that's perfect for an evening with the family or client dinner. PANELA, cocina social presents a menu of delectable Caribbean dishes with international pizzazz. Whether you live in Puerto Rico or you're a guest, Club Member or resident of Dorado Beach, make your reservation today.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Caribbean, Puerto Rican, International
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Friday - Sunday: 8:00am - 11:00am; Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 6:00pm; Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(787) 626-1001 ext. 1054
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Plantation Drive
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Parking details
Ample parking available.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, View, Wine
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San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a very nice lunch! We went for a light lunch and had a great outing. Service was impeccable and food was amazing!

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Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Server was lovely but the kitchen took an hour to make the food. No apologies, or communication by anyone of the length of time. I understand this is “vacation and island time” but an hour with no one checking on you and nothing to drink or eat is not okay. We chalked it up to them getting back into the rhythm after the storm.

We also ate breakfast here. Breakfast was delicious but again, extremely slow. Only got one cup of coffee. Never once asked if I wanted a refill.

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place to have dinner or celebrate a birthday. The outside table with the wonderful breeze was everything we needed

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Caribbean
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service. Jorge, our attendant was superb. Nice and very knowledgeable.

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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

It is essentially a country club grill.

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Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Zafra is permanently closed! Ev n though they accepted two reservation more than 10 days in advance. We made a special trip to the restaurant only to find it boarded up. Not happy!

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Caribbean
7 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It couldn't be better. The view is oustanding. The food great.

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Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

rabbit pasta was amazing. mahi mahi very good. mousse and warm chocolate cake were exceptional. parts of meal definite 5 star.

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Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I was astounded that we were charged $63 for bottled water - seven bottles at $9 each. There were five adults at the table, and all had wine or cocktails, so no one was guzzling water at the rate of over one bottle per adult or anything close to that. We were gouged, no question about it. I don't intend to return. The required 20% tip for a party of six or more also didn't help, especially given the mediocre service - entrées were served an hour after appetizers, and those in the party who hadn't ordered appetizers were famished when their food arrived. The food is average.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2015
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We were notified on 31 Dec. that there would be a special menu for New Year's Eve. It was not stated on their website that this was the case. We decided to go and spend the extra for the night. When we arrived we were shown a very elegant dining room and were greeted by the hostess. We were brought out of the dining room (at the time there were only 6 people in the dining room) and led across the veranda into the a very nice bar area. We turned left and we were brought to a table that was set up very nicely for two. The problem was that it was set up in a lounge area that were sharing with an approximately 14 person party that was not there for the NYE dinner. They were having a great time and were watching a large screen TV of a football game. In the corner one of the teenagers of the group was in a corner sleeping on a chair. It was to say the least not elegant and not what we expected for a special NYE Dinner. We did something that we have never done before and that is to leave the restaurant. We felt a little embarrassed to be treated like second class people.

On the way out we discussed our incident with two people who seemed to be connected with the golf club or restaurant. They were very nice and offered to have us come back and they would treat us to drinks. They also volunteered to take us to the restaurant and make sure we were seated in the dining room and not some other area. I told them that in the instant we were probably too disenchanted and would have a negative feeling to eating on that evening so we left.
I might add that when talking on the phone the person stated that we would be seated in a certain room. However, never having been to Zafra I was not aware that it would be in the lounge area with people who would not be eating off the NYE menu.


We didn't have the opportunity to go back as we had reservations at other restaurants and were going home four days later.

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New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to Zafra at least once a year on our annual vacation to Dorado. It never disappoints and whoever happens to be vacationing with us that we take there for the first time rave about it and are surprised that there could be such a good restaurant in Dorado. If you are in Dorado, don't miss it. I can't comment on specific dishes because the menu changes but everything is good.

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We had visited this place once a long time ago and it was pretty good. This time it was a disappointment. Our server was rude when asked about recommendations. Loudly saying "chicken is chicken anywhere". He was too rushed to respond to our questions and we had to wait while he was joking around with another table whom he clearly knew. We had to order dessert from a busboy. Food was ok but nothing spectacular. Room was too cold. You will find a range of prices in the wine list but not good values (A $15 bottle was $45). In the end we spent. $200 for an appetizer, two entries, dessert and a bottle of wine. We will not go back.

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2015
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We have dined at Zafra before and this restaurant never disappoints. Their waitstaff, most especially Miquel, is always outstanding and makes the dining experience a luxurious affair.
We had a wonderful wine which complimented our appetizers, Pumpkin soup, and then moved on to the special, Yellow fin tuna and filet mignon. The waitstaff is near you but you don't notice them and never have to ask for ANYTHING! They know when you need water, they never interrupt you when you are having a conversation and are extremely attentive without being obnoxious.
Prices are slightly higher but no different than a good restaurant in the Boston area.
Well worth the price and the service cannot compare anywhere else on the island.
A wonderful experience. As for Miquel Mateo you will be glad you did!

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Portland
23 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a lovely meal for 7 at Zafra. The ambiance was great, a very intimate space but nicely decorated with a bit of the history of the old plantation. Our server was extremely attentive and great with our small children. In fact, there is a kids club in the clubhouse where the restaurant is located with videos, games, and activities for the kids. Ours chose to stay at the table, which was not an issue. The food was very good and reasonably priced. It's a great dining experience. Most people dine later in Puerto Rico, so for our 6:30 reservation we had the place to ourselves. It started to fill up closer to 7:30 but was still quiet and intimate. Thoroughly enjoyed.

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New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We visit Dorado once a year and always make our Zafra visit on our last night before we leave saving the best for last. Dorado has surprisingly good culinary offerings for a small tourist destination but Zafra is at the top-a delicious elegant meal worthy of a top restaurant in the states in a beautiful tropical setting. The tuna tartare appetizer is served on a bed of dry ice (what a presentation). I didn't hear anyone in my party complaining about the food. Highly recommended.

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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2014
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had oof our best meals at Zafra

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2013
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience at Zafra on our third anniversary, it was perfect. The big plus was that we were able to bring along our 4weeks old baby boy without any inconvenience. Great service ambience and food for a special occasion!!!

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Austin
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2013
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Made a reservation on OpenTable but when we arrived they told us the only table in the only two person table had reservations. They made us sit outside even though there were only about 3 or 4 tables of the 15+ tables in the dining room in use. While we were there, no one showed up to claim the reserved table in the dining room. As for the menu, we had looked at the menu on OpenTable, which was nowhere close to the actual menu. We ordered a stuffed chicken and tuna entree. The tuna was ordered medium and arrived extremely overcooked and overly salty, the spinach that came with the tuna was not well prepared. The stuffed chicken entree was overcooked, dry and extremely salty. Definitely not a pleasant experience.

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New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about Zafra is outstanding. The food, service, and atmosphere leave nothing to be desired. It is simply exceptional!

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first expeience and we were pleased with the service. Was outstanding. Food was extremely impressive. 100% Impressed.

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Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We especially enjoyed the stuffed chicken dish. This was a great place for the family. Service was terrific and it was great to have an outdoor option.

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Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is in the same building that houses the golf pro shop for the
Dorado area adjacent to the Plantation resort. We were staying at Ritz Carlton Reserve and
staff just takes you over in a golf cart. We were really not expecting what we found.
The ambiance was an upscale island type decor, much more formal than expected,but dress
was still island casual. The crab cake appetizer and bean soup were really special.
Mixed greens, bleue cheese salad, nuts and vinegarette was very good. The garlic shrimp
was different than we ever had, and to die for. We kept going to Grappa restaurant since
it's rated number one in Dorado, and we really enjoy--but this is finer cuisine in a much nicer atmosphere. Great find.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2012
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Portions were a little small but food was good

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Atlanta
29 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2012
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, it was consistent through the night. We were abundantly reminded that the chef could prepare anything we wanted if the menu was no to our satisfaction, furthermore that we could make any combination of plates in the menu.

The food was very good and the portions very reasonably sized.

The wine selection is limited, either high or low end choices. Also a little bit pricey.

Overall is a great choice, will go back for sure but will bring a small group to share the experience.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2012
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service Miguel was there to serve us and make it a magical experience. The manager Edwin also was wonderful making serve our dining experience was enjoyable. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a nice evening out the food was delicious

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