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“Better ambiance than food”
Review of Cafe Balear

Cafe Balear
Ranked #208 of 1,055 Restaurants in Panama City
Cuisines: Spanish
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 21 July 2013

Jaleo is a decent restaurant, I've been about 4 times, nothing to rave about, but nothing much to complain about. A lot of people go more for the scene than the food. It's a popular spot among locals, attracting a younger crowd ages 20-30, who generally reserve large tables outsides on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and eat and drink and linger. Inside is much quieter if you're looking for a more romantic or just quieter dinner. The menu isn't huge, but the food is good, lots of good flavor. They tend to use too much sauce on a lot of their dishes, drowning the food. Also the appetizer portions are much too small in my opinion. Jaleo is worth a try, but there are better restaurants for the price.

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1  Thank dluds
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Reviewed 4 July 2013

This is a very pleasant neighbourhood bar/restaurant with an outdoor terrace. A good place to go for a cocktail, drinks and tapas or for dinner. They do an excellent carpaccio de pulpo, risotto with mushrooms and asparagus, and a tasty salad of watercress with jamon Serrano as well as the usual fish of the day etc. Some interesting wines too.

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1  Thank Maeve F
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Reviewed 26 March 2013

Loved sharing tapas with great company here. As usual, hard to mess up fried camembert, the grilled squid was amazing, as well at as the portobello con camarones. Everything looked delicious!
Lighting is low and the atmosphere is a relaxed, upper scale feeling.

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Thank Jocelyn K
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Reviewed 7 March 2013

Surprising food in a surprisingly pleasant atmosphere. Far from spectacular, but in Panama if you are treated well you get my vote. Food was well prepared and served hot. Service a bit slow as always in Panama. Definitely will return

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1  Thank arttepfer
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Reviewed 15 October 2012

Jaleo is a good place to spend an evening. The environment, the food and attention is good. However, the old Tapas menu was significantly better than the new. I wish they re-evaluate and go back to the old menu. Seating outside is a treat. The price has gone up and the food quality and choice is not as good.

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1  Thank gabe01_11
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