We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Jose Pinguino's

$$ - $$$, , Vegetarian Friendly
Calle Santander, Panajachel 07010, Guatemala
+502 5556 4747
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good19%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“tortillas” (18 reviews)
“chicken” (19 reviews)
“carrot soup” (3 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Guatemalan, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Calle Santander, Panajachel 07010, Guatemala
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (284)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 225 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

We read good things about Jose Pinguino's but for us, it left a lot to be desired. We ordered some guac and chips as an appetizer and then shared the mixed platter that had beef, chicken, pork and sausage. They brought out some pumpkin soup...More

Thank Michael S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had the typical Guatemalan meal with chicken and it was the best I have had in the 10 days I have been here. I don't recall a better one in the 10 years I have been coming. I enjoyed the marimba and the story...More

Thank Swanny998
Looking for a great restaurant?Our global travel community is ready to help.
Join TripAdvisor
Reviewed 9 February 2018

This restaurant offers very good food. There are some vegetarian choices. The service was good, although because the restaurant was quite full, it was a little slow -- but we were in no rush. A group of musicians were playing traditional music during the first...More

Thank Lorne29
Reviewed 30 January 2018 via mobile

Sr Pinguino puts on a great show of marimba music and historical information about the Maya. He works to maintain local customs and language. He does a marvelous job.

Thank Vasaul
Reviewed 10 January 2018

while you will enjoy a great meal, you will learn about the history and traditions of the local Maya people. The owner tells the story, his wife does the kitchen (yes, very traditional), and his daughters with company do the Marimba music. Miguel is a...More

Thank r0landbrunner
Reviewed 26 November 2017

Good food with entertainment. I was a pleasant night out. On the main drag of Pana. Easy to get to with attentive host.

Thank pbloomer
Reviewed 21 October 2017

Lovely evening out on the town in Guatemala. Very good food with Jose's daughters playing the traditional tune-catching Miriamba. Shared appetizer, 2 Gallo beer, 2 white wine, 2 mixed tacos meals, coffee and shared dessert...$53 Canadian. Very reasonable. Live Band to start up after daughters...More

Thank Ida E
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

A Little bit disappointed with the food and prices. Chicken was undercooked. We were the only customers.

Thank PiotrG
Reviewed 2 August 2017

Cause of the music the place is very amusing. When we were there the ladies played xylophone - afterwards a band played live music. Very muscial - very enjoyable - we had a very nice eve. The food was fine. Staff friendly.

Thank FrancisMM
Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

The above phrase should be ingrained into the brains of everyone who sat through Miguel's evening show... The patriarch of this family business makes sure that everyone knows his family's story during the dinner. The food was good, the mohito was the best we had...More

Thank surreyuk
Nearby HotelsSee all 29 hotels in Panajachel
Hotel Real Santander
27 reviews
.11 km away
Hotel Dos Mundos
181 reviews
.12 km away
Hotel Regis Panajachel
281 reviews
.12 km away
Hotel Kakchiquel
105 reviews
.14 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Cafe Loco
268 reviews
.31 km away
Restaurante Hana
192 reviews
.09 km away
215 reviews
.20 km away
Nearby Attractions
Lake Atitlan
639 reviews
.45 km away
Hotel Atitlan Gardens
223 reviews
1.04 km away
Ixiim Cooking School
66 reviews
.31 km away
Church of St Francis
48 reviews
.77 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Jose Pinguino's staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Guatemalan, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Santander, Panajachel 07010, Guatemala
  • Location: Central America  >  Guatemala  >  Western Highlands  >  Solola Department  >  Lake Atitlan  >  Panajachel
  • Phone Number: +502 5556 4747
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing