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Panama Dining Room

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Fitzroy
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231 Smith St, Fitzroy, Yarra, Victoria 3065, Australia
+61 3 9417 7663
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17:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Wed 17:00 - 23:00
Thu 17:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 15:00 - 01:00
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Heidelberg, Australia
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294 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Came here for the Valentines day set menu/ Very happy with all the food and drinks. Great service. Will be back :)

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Thank Michelle N
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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I absolutely adored my experience at Panama Dining Room on Saturday Night. The interior New York inspired loft setting with large bay widows overlooking Collingwood rooftops is gorgeous, the atmosphere was alive and buzzing, and the service was welcoming and exceptionally attentive. Everyone on my table thoroughly enjoyed their meals, and the selection of liquor, beer and wines were fantastic!... More 

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Thank Christie T
Melbourne, Australia
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74 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

8 of us dined here on a Friday night; couldn't fault the food, wine, service or atmosphere. Probably didn't have the best table, along the walkway to the toilets and lift, but will rectify this on our next visit. Staff were exceptional- maybe a little heavy on the up-selling (definitely over-ordered despite cutting back on the recommended serves , and... More 

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Thank Zilhills
Fitzroy, Australia
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35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Such a great restaurant with a good atmosphere and views over Smith St. The service is second to none and the food is exceptional! Will be back for sure. Try the goat!

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Thank Ben H
Melbourne
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57 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

I went here for a work function, and whilst the place has a nice atmosphere and would be described as trendy, it is one of two restaurants that I have eaten at in Melbourne where the meal was $50+ and I left feeling hungry. We had the set menu for $65 The entrees were generous enough but i didn't like... More 

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Perth, Australia
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

From the many sets of steps leading up to this grand Restaurant I felt transported to a different age. Beautifully decked out. Excellent but non intrusive wait staff. As a non meat eater sometimes I struggle with menus ,however I had interesting and great alternatives and my two meat eating companions raved over their fare. Excellent choice of wines and... More 

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1 Thank 13cassie13
Management response:

Awesome!! we are so happy your enjoyed your time at Panama. Our new spring cocktail list is out next week, stay tuned! More 

Queensland, Australia
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

We were looking forward to the $1 oysters between 6pm and 7pm which are advertised on their website. We went out of our way to get there as we were celebrating my birthday and oysters are my favourite thing! We had planned to stay on after our oysters for dinner and more drinks however when we went to the bar... More 

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Thank LeeV76
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Hey there, We are sorry that we didn't have enough oysters for you on your visit! We love oysters as much as you do, so we understand your disappointment. There was so much love for our freshly shucked oysters' from our customers that week, that we were running short on your visit. However, we now have replenished and increased our... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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98 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

We had overseas visitors meeting us for dinner and decided to try our luck at Panama, which we'd been meaning to try ourselves as we live in the area. We didn't have a booking and the staff were very nice to accommodate us. It was apparently the last table of the night (it was about 7:30pm or just before) on... More 

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Thank Stephanie D
Melbourne, Australia
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

A steep climb up a non descript stairwell opens into a restaurant wonderland. The vibe is good, the space if funky, the food is excellent and the service is a high standard. A mixed age group were celebrating a 30th birthday and were all made to feel comfortable even though there were mostly younger people there. The two table group... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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107 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

This place is certainly not what I expected. Walking up the staircase that was essentially a fire exit and then greeted by fire smoke screen doors made me think if I came to the right address... Open the doors and a whole new world is presented before you. Wow! Only came for a snack and a drink but found the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 3 - USD 27
Cuisine
Australian
Meals
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Validated Parking
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 23:00
Monday
17:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 23:00
Thursday
17:00 - 00:00
Friday
15:00 - 01:00
Saturday
15:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 231 Smith St, Fitzroy, Yarra, Victoria 3065, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Greater Melbourne  >  Yarra  >  Fitzroy>  > Fitzroy
  • Neighbourhood: Fitzroy
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9417 7663
Description
Enter off Smith Street and head up two flights of dimly lit stairs to find an awe-inspiring, loft conversion. Set within an expansive warehouse space, this eclectic venue delivers the perfect balance between restaurant & bar. 'The volume pumps at weekends but it's a small price to pay for popularity. After all, there's no place like Panama' The Age Good Food Guide 2016

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Fitzroy

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Fitzroy
Fitzroy is an unusual blend of working class roots, hip gentrification, and a robust bohemian work ethic. Along Brunswick Street and its side streets, you'll find little independent shops where local clothes and furniture designers display their wares. There are specialist bookshops, funky record bars, and quality vintage clothing shops where browsing is the next best thing to buying. Gertrude Street is famous for its cuisine and art galleries, but if you want to buy an old-fashioned snooker table, there is a shop for that too. Small pubs still exist, tucked away on the corners of suburban side streets that serve up traditional Sunday roasts. Live music abounds, and the street performers play so hard you worry to tip them would ruin their concentration. Venture to the Spanish quarter on Johnston Street and you may even find street dancing. It is all happening amidst off-beat street murals and the shuffle of a very funky neighbourhood that embraces both old and new.
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