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Donde Jose

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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2018 Winner


US$57 - US$73
Latin, South American, Central American
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All reviews tasting menu fixed menu taco yucca tortillas soup beef chef's table per night local ingredients small courses unique dining experience story telling go with an open mind his creations panamanian cuisine casco viejo
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We decided to splurge for one meal in Panama City. Finding the restaurant can be difficult there are no signs for the restaurant. Fortunately, we scoped the place out during the day and confirmed the location with the barrista at the coffee bar across the...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank L2602HOtomp
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

After researching places to eat and reading the reviews before heading to Panama, we decided to make reservations for dinner at Donde Josè during our stay...so very glad we did! The tasting menu was incredible and the service was excellent exceptional. If you’re looking for...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Breezyhillacres
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had been very eager to dine at Donde Jose, having read so many excellent reviews on TripAdvisor. I was worried about getting reservations, given how few tables there are in the restaurant. But we lucked out, and we were extremely happy with our experience...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank ColoTip
Reviewed 1 week ago

Exceptional way to taste the finest cuisine in Panama. The depth and breadth of flavors in the is meal was outstanding. One of the best culinary experiences I've ever had. The total composition of the menu was magnificent. It truly was like a magnum opus...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank ZibbieN
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The staff is very friendly and the tasting menu concept is super cool. However, paying $165 for a couple (no alcohol, just a bottle of water!) for dinner in Panama is just not worth what has been delivered. We were sitting in the freezing cold...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Stephanie P
Reviewed 29 November 2018

We went to Panama for my birthday and made reservations for the occasion. We sat at the bar where we had a front row seat for the meal prep. We were able to ask questions and observe the process. The entire staff was very engaging...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank LisaT97239
Reviewed 28 November 2018

We dined at Donde Jose on Thanksgiving this year. Awesome space - intimate and very cool design. Most courses were great, including the razor clam-type dish, bao, and grilled beef tongue tacos that Jose finished on a grill at your table. We reduced our rating...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank WolfeStreetTravelcom
Reviewed 23 November 2018

First meal here 2 years ago during our initial visit, demanded we return again. Again the meal was amazing and delicious . Owner loves to cook and loves to entertain and it shows during your experience here. Presentation and story telling goes beyond most culinary...More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed 21 November 2018

My teenage daughter and I had dinner here last night and loved every minute of the evening. It was a tasting menu with tons of delicious food and the service was superb. Among our favorites: edible sand with seafood, taco with beef and hibiscus, calamari...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Sofia R
Reviewed 20 November 2018 via mobile

An amazing dining experience. We were warmly greeted as soon as we walked in. The dining area is cozy and nicely decorated. There are only two seatings: 7pm and 9pm for a maximum of 16 people. This restaurant offers a tasting menu only. House cocktails...More

Date of visit: November 2018
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10 September 2018|
Response from Jorge_sainzmx | Reviewed this property |
Not at all.
22 July 2018|
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Response from Milagrosfilms | Reviewed this property |
We didn’t do the wine pairing. Without alcohol and sitting at the Chef’s table, it was about $85 per head. We had cocktails which were amazing and very reasonably priced. I would imagine it’s open in December.
31 March 2018|
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Response from kathyblecha777 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, just answering this. Yes, you do have to make a prepayment. Restaurant is so small I think they need to cover expenses. I am. to sure of cancellation policy.
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