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“More than inconsistent”

Panama Beach Ristorante and Spiaggia
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Grand Cayman
Level 6 Contributor
119 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 213 helpful votes
“More than inconsistent”
Reviewed 2 July 2012

Having had one very good and one very average experience on our last trip to Italy myself and my wife decided to give Panama Beach another go. Of the beach front restaurants in Porto Gribaldi it is by far the most upmarket looking and has a relaxing atmosphere. The repeat experience was very dissapointing. First the staff are very rude (vilano in Italian), seem to think they are more important than the customer and are pretentious. On one occassion we popped in for a coffee and the waiter dissappeared talking to a customer without returning with our change (until my wife reminded him). When we had lunch our pasta dish took over 45 minutes to arrive and when it did I had about 8 clams (vongole) in my pasta. It was basically a plate of spagetti and oil with a sporadic vongole. The dish was lacking in flavour. When I mentioned this to the waiter he pointed out my wife had more vongole (well about 10). Having eaten this dish all over the adriatic and mediterranean coast in Italy both dishes were severely lacking in flavour and shell fish! On the plus the wine was good and good value, but we had finished our mezzo litre well before our food arrived.

Having been very dissapointed with the meal, we then had to wait 30 minutes from asking for the bill until it arrived. The staff could see how discontent we were and simply did not care. Other tables also had to wait a long time for their food and some of the faces indicated that they also were not happy. So what is the problem. It is one of attitude. The owner does not want to listen to customers and is very above himself. It seems to me that he has created a beach/restaurant for his friends from Ferrara and does not really care about the other customers. The kitchen cannot cope with multiple tables and the chef does not seem overly competent. This is a real shame as if this place got its act together it could be a real stand out in the town.

  • Visited May 2012
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English first
Grand Cayman
Level 6 Contributor
119 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 213 helpful votes
“Inconsistent”
Reviewed 22 January 2012

We eat here twice on a recent trip to Italy. The first time was top, my pasta dish was amazing with a great deep flavour from the fish stock and so much beautiful shell fish. My wife's risotto was also great, with a nice mix of rice and seafood with the same deep flavour. The service was impecable and the view of the beach as we eat lovely.

Second time around it was not the same at all, the service was slow and the cooking so different from before. The risotto hardly had any rice and my pasta dish lacked the flavour from before. In fact it was bland. It turned out a different chef was cooking and his standard was so much lower than what had been before.

We used panama beach every day and it offers something a little more upmarket for the tired porto garibaldi sea front. The beach bar is good with a lovely apperitivo. Some of the staff though are very lazy. One time the bar manager eat the croissant straight out of the oven with a couple of clients sitting waiting for breakfast - nothing like putting guest first. The owner needs to get a grip of this situation. Mention has to go to the guy supervising the beach. His standards are so much higher than the restaurant waiters and bar staff. He made us so welcome and went out of his way to be hospitable when other staff could not be bothered.

We have the feeling this could be a great place and the jazz evenings are great. There seems to be a few problems with staff and consistency and when charging at the top end this has to be resolved.

  • Visited July 2011
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