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Panama Hotel

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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4 Bayview St, San Rafael, CA 94901-4913 (B Street & Woodland Avenue)
+1 415-457-3993
10:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
Closed now
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Sun 10:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:30
Tue - Sat 17:30 - 21:30
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San Rafael, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

the food is really good .. had lunch in the summer sitting outside .. wonderful .. and diner , little table .. but service great .. my close neighbor just fun and wonderful .. connected.. if you are looking for quiet, and lots of space .. do not mind.. but I just love it .. I'm French and remind me... More 

Thank josettethegreat
San Francisco, California
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109 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Very small dining room with limited menu and only one vegan entree in addition to salads. My entree was the angel hair pasta with vegetables and it was over cooked. My husband and friends enjoyed their steak, pork chops and mussels; very large portion of mussels.

Thank worldseeker2014
Kenwood, California
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78 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We selected the Panama Hotel because of its excellent reviews and because it sounded like a good place for locals. The restaurant is not far from downtown San Rafael in more of a residential area. We thought the food was delicious. I had the ravioli and the ahi tuna and they were both excellent. It is located in an almost... More 

Thank Elizabeth G
Chico, California
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

Enjoyed a wonderful meal with good friends who live in San Rafael. This is their go to spot when entertaining friends from out of town. The dining room was busy but our waiter was very attentive. My steamed mussels entree was delicious. It is on my return to list!

Thank Alberta1955
San Rafael, California
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Two friends and I just had lunch at the Panama this past Weds. and as always, it was just lovely. My husband and I have eaten there many times over the many years. It is absolutely inviting in every way from the exterior to the dining area to the fun patio. I had not been since they installed a "tented... More 

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Orient, New York
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Located on the edge of a residential area is this hidden gem. This place is were all the locals go for a great meal. The food is wonderful and if the weather is cooperating you can enjoy your meal in the garden area. The boutique hotel is charming but had some challenges. The room we stayed in could have used... More 

Thank Travelinggirl11957
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Delicious food, good service, delightfully funky decor. Would visit again. Recommended. Street parking only (not too difficult to find).

Thank Ann S
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We have always enjoyed Panama Hotel for family gatherings and nice dinners out.. We particularly enjoyed entertaining singer Barbara Winters in the evening.

Thank Bobdimond39
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58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Menu listings creative but taste and presentation fell flat. Enjoyed the live music and atmosphere but would not expect much in the food. Order cheaply. Does not make a difference.

Thank sunnytraveler2
San Rafael, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

The food is delicious. The restaurant is unique and fun. When I walk through the doors I feel as if I am in another country and on vacation. The caesar salad with grilled prawns is fabulous, one of my favorites but everything else is great as well.

Thank fbuchholz

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4 Bayview St, San Rafael, CA 94901-4913
    (B Street & Woodland Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Marin County  >  San Rafael
  • Phone Number: +1 415-457-3993
  • This restaurant is at Panama Hotel

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?