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Mercado de Mariscos

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Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Soups, Central American, Spanish
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Avenida Balboa | and Calle 15 Este, at Cinta Costera, Panama City, Panama
+507 212-0071
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East Grinstead, United Kingdom
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137 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The fish market is not a good visit for those of a delicate nature or for those who like everything vacpacked! The stalls are the same - basic everything - including menu, seating and service. If you like an experience then you should try it - but don't expect European style fresh fish market. It's not that cheap either.

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Thank Guillods
London, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love my ceviche and in here, it is nice an honestly priced. The service is ok, nothing fancy but for the type of restaurant, it is more than enough. I definitely recommend it

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chicago
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

A visit to Panama City would not have been complete without a visit to the seafood market. We did ours for dinner and missed out on the craziness that I read about, the merchants flinging sea bass (like at the Seattle seafood market) and the restaurant owners haggling over prices. Our visit consisted of a quick Uber ride from our... More 

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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105 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We were a little dubious about eating at the restaurant above the city fish market. We knew the fish would certainly be fresh, but there still was just a little hesitation on our part. But, we decided to dive in and we are so glad we did. This, by far, had to be the best meal we had while in... More 

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Thank Cheryl K
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

We ventured over tot he Mercado de Mariscos for lunch. Yes it smells like fish because it's a seafood market and there is seafood every where. There are several different restaurants to choose from, each waving a menu at you, trying to entice you to their booth. We chose one behind the main side for no good reason! My husband... More 

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Thank Robyn H
Panama City, Panama
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51 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

The restaurant i dont like at all. The Market smells very bad, the enviroment is pretty hot and the food is really expensive considering is a Local Fish Market where you can get fresh and cheap fish and seafood. I dont recommend at all for food, like a place to go in Panama, yes.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

The market itself is not interesting unless you have a kitchen and want to cook yourself. Outside there are many small restaurants. We ate at the one with the light green chairs, close to the main entrance. The octopus saviche was good, a but chewy. The fried bass and red snapper were excellent!! So fresh and good - we decided... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Went here as part of a food tour. The ceviche was fresh and delicious and super cheap - don't know the name of the place we went to but I assume all are pretty good. Only drawback is the people who are constantly harassing you trying to sell stuff while you eat. Other than that was great and would highly... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Wow...exciting place to enter into. So many vendors shouting out in spanish to lure you to look and buy. I video this fascinating venue of fresh seafood. We made our selections took it upstairs to have them fry it for us and it was delicious. This is where the locals buy seafood "Galore". Octopus, shrimp of any size, lobster any... More 

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Wolcott, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

We went to the Mercado de Mariscos for seafood, because that is where the locals eat. I had a stuffed, grilled Sea Bass that was excellent and very filling. The Ceviche was also very good. Sitting outside under the umbrella I had to wave on more peddlers than the insects, but it was a good experience while watching a close... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Soups, Central American, Spanish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Avenida Balboa | and Calle 15 Este, at Cinta Costera, Panama City, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Panama Province  >  Panama City
  • Phone Number: +507 212-0071
Description
Seafood plays a central role in Panama City dining—and no place captures it better than the Mercado de Mariscos. At this fish market, you’ll literally bump into fishermen carrying their catches and taking them to the many vendors inside. Be sure to order an affordable and super-fresh cup of ceviche on the first floor—or head to the super-casual but delicious sit-down seafood eatery upstairs.

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