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Panama Jacks

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Quay 500 Cape Town Harbour, Cape Town Central, South Africa
+27 21 448 1080
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11:59 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 11:59 - 23:00
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Swansea, South Wales, UK
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant is currently situated in the Duncan dock area, quite a way away from the thundering herd of the V&A Waterfront, so you'll need to drive or preferably take a taxi as you pass through dock check point to get there. The inside of the restaurant is quite functional on first impression, but we had a great welcome and... More 

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Bellevue, Washington
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31 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

But they ran out of two of them - the better ones! The Portuguese style was muy caliente! Also muy mussels. Abalone was ...we never ate it before...we wouldn't order it again! Our server was great and attentive even though the restaurant was packed...call ahead to book a table - we were there at about 12:30 and luckily before the... More 

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Thank Vince C
Cape Town, South Africa
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This place came highly recommended so decided to give it a bash. First impression, needs lots of TLC tables are old and sticky. My husband ordered a beer and received a dirty glass,when we complained they washed it in boiling hot water and returned it, waitress wasn't very helpful with regards to food recommendations, our food was mediocre. But the... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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607 reviews
360 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We always have dinner here on our twice yearly visit. How is food: basically good for seafood and have good wine selection. Another favourite is their roasted duck and this time it was overcooked and poor....

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Joburg
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308 reviews
220 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Before this memorable establishment closes down , you must go and experience a resultant that has not changed in menu and style in more than 20 years. Yes it's tired and old , but brings back memories , and serves great fish and platters at reasonable pricing.

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Thank EONJoburg
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Crayfish was the best we ever had.Highly recommend. I didnt like the setup there,but the food was very good.

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Thank crystall704
Cape Town Central, South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As supporters of Panama Jacks since its inception - over the years we have overlooked some things and put it down to their 'quirkiness'! However, recently and especially in the light of them being forced to move and wanting the support of long term clients - I have been horrified at their service & entire attitude - the fact that... More 

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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The decor of the restaurant needs a fresh brush up - so when you arrive you are not sure on the place. But the seafood is amazing and very good value. Such a unique experience to dine in the harbour - will be a pity if they have to relocate, as I'm sure that will impact there very good prices.

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Thank Carolyn H
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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I heard the fish in Panama Jacks was fresh, and it definitely was. I had oysters and a huge bluefin tuna steak, which is one of the most tender tuna I have ever had. I came early for dinner, which was a good idea, because not long after a whole tourist bus came and filled up most of the restaurant...

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Thank Kristian W
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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134 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We learnt with great sadness that the owners are being forced to move this premises to another site in the harbor.It is basically the 1st restaurant in the harbor before the Waterfront brought a multitude of eateries.The atmosphere can not move!We had baby kingklip with salad yesterday and it was superb and @ a very reasonable price.Go and visit before... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Seafood, Sushi, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:59 - 23:00
Monday
11:59 - 23:00
Tuesday
11:59 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:59 - 23:00
Thursday
11:59 - 23:00
Friday
11:59 - 23:00
Saturday
11:59 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Quay 500 Cape Town Harbour, Cape Town Central, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: +27 21 448 1080

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