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“Excellent menu in a refined setting”

Grapes Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #26 of 1,272 Restaurants in Panama City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$11 - US$32
Cuisines: International
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: The Restaurant is situated in one of the rooms of a fully restored private mansion dating back to 1657 and is one of the very first structures built in the old fortified Spanish city. The original walls and arches are skillfully blended into a cosy dining and bar area. We have now expanded further into the old house and now offer private dining
Reviewed 29 June 2018

I enjoyed a delicious meal in Grapes last night and the food was its usual excellent standard. Panamanians tend to eat late, so when we arrived at 8pm we were the first there, but it soon got busier. The redecoration and the addition of a pianist enhances the ambience of the restaurant and creates a cosy, relaxed setting in fine surroundings.

I enjoyed three mouth-watering courses: Arepitas, a New York Strip steak and sticky-toffee pudding. The starter and main was perfectly cooked, the steak especially was perfection and melted in the mouth. This was accompanied with steamed fresh vegetables and French fries. The arepitas were tossed in a delicious dressing and served on crunchy plantain.

Excellent table service and an extensive wine selection completed a very pleasant evening indeed.

I would thoroughly recommend.

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Thank BRMB
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John M, Owner at Grapes Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2018

Thank you for posting a review : I don’t think many people know Grapes is located in our house and those stone walls are nearly 400 yers old! It’s the first property established in the Casco and dates back to 1665. The arched walls extend through the rest of the house and used to be the supports for the Church and convent established at that time. Great that you enjoyed the meal and service. Again kind of you to review and we appreciate the comments.

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Reviewed 20 June 2018 via mobile

We had a nice business dinner 13 of us and they managed this large group very well compared to other places. The wine selection was good and the food was served perfectly.

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John M, Owner at Grapes Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2018

Thank you for posting. Really appreciate your comments. Hope to see you back to our house...yes Grapes is located within our home..built in 1665 !

Again Thank You!

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Reviewed 16 June 2018 via mobile

We were expecting much more than we got there.
Unbelievebly, they have only one wine list for the whole restaurant. We had to wait for 15 minutes for the waiter to bring us the wine list as other tables had to use it before us.
When we finally got it, they did not have 3 wines that I ordered. Service is very slow and the place is not very clean. Food is just ok.

Thank Vladimir de Sou... V
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John M, Owner at Grapes Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2018

Firstly thank you for posting a review. We always appreciate comments good or bad.
In regards the wine list choice we are currently overhauling our cellars and adjusting the stock to match those which are mainly requested by our customers.. we apologise if this has resulted in your particular choices not being available. We are trying to limit spoilage by removing wines from the stock if they are rarely chosen

There are certainly many wine lists available and I am both surprised and disturbed by this comment and thank you for raising this.

Our menu is highly rated and I am sorry it did not meet with your approval. I am concerned that you consider the place not very clean. That also is a concern as we normally rate high stars for service and cleanliness. All your points will be discussed at our regular in house meeting and again my apologies and thanks for your observations

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Reviewed 26 April 2018

When we arrived at 19:15, we were the only persons in the restaurant, what usually is not a food sign. Later on it turned out that this evening other guests came later and around 20:30 the place was almost full.
The menu is rather short and that's why I must say that I felt disappointed when the waiter said that my option choosen (slow roasted lamb) is not available. Should not happen. By the way also two out of five desserts were not available.
But finally everything what we ordered (baby lettuce salad, tuna tartare and New York steak) was very tasty and aesthetically served.
Service was very attentive and even they managed to understand my wife's request to bring pot of a hot water for tea preparation (English language is quite limited among waiters). Last but not least there is also very nice music played in a restaurant and as far I understood Spanish explanation, this is author's project of a bartender

Thank XXXPol
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John M, Owner at Grapes Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 27 April 2018

Thank you for the post. It’s great that you took time out to do the review which we always find useful. Yes Panamanians tend to dine late and we see most tables filled by 10pm. There are unfortunately occasions when we are unable to provide 100% of the menu and my apologies for that. I’m glad overall though that things turned out well.
Again thanks for visiting us and I hope the rest of your stay in Panama went well.

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Reviewed 11 April 2018

The service here is excellent. We usually sit at the bar although there's only a few spaces at the bar. The rum and wine selection is very extensive and the staff love to show the collection off. Wishing we had more days in the week to visit this place.

Thank Sherry C
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John M, Owner at Grapes Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2018

Delighted you enjoyed the visit. Hope you like our new menu and that you return again soon!

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