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El Castillo

Via a Portobelo, Portobelo, Panama
+507 233-4179
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good40%
  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible9%
Travellers talk about
“pad thai” (7 reviews)
“fried fish” (3 reviews)
“salad” (2 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Caribbean, Seafood, International, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Via a Portobelo, Portobelo, Panama
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1 - 10 of 48 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The food is good, very nice sight and location and friendly service. Though staying over night was not very pleasant. The rooms and the beds are not very clean and smell like anti moth balls. The electric systems in the room where dangerous with open...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Samuelaway
Reviewed 23 October 2018 via mobile

This place is from another world. We came to Portobelo for the Christo Negro feast (btw. everyone was so welcoming that I could not believe it - considering our Mexico-Chiapas experience, this time I did not feel like tourist, just like another pilgrim). To the...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 774patrik_
Reviewed 13 October 2018

We at robalo (snook) fried with plantains and a mini salad and had fresh melon juice. Was a nice presentation and fresh tasting. The location is right on the Atlantic ocean outside the town center so it is quiet and peaceful. The restroom water appeared...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Scott C
Reviewed 6 August 2018

I stopped here out of curiosity cause it looked like it belonged in pirates of the Caribbean and I wasn't disappointed. The menu is ok, I had a fish place which came out fine and the people I was with also enjoyed their food. It...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank travelbug2332
Reviewed 10 July 2018

Perhaps this place has new staff. Our waitress was sweet and most attentive. The Pad Thai, cooked from scratch was so plentiful and delicious. Both the Chicken and Seafood Pad Thai were plentiful, hot and well seasoned. They were a three meal meal! The daily...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Schipblack
Reviewed 23 March 2018

We came back a second night after we discovered this restaurant. The service was great, ask for Kenji. He was friendly and fun. The food was excellent, fresh vegetables, salads and delicious fish. And cold Panamanian beer!

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank Terese R
Reviewed 22 January 2018

Walked in not many people, i was scared. Read the reviews, i was a little scared. Waited too long for the food, now really scared! Finally got the food and was amazed. Looked great and tasted even better. You have to try this place!

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank Preston B
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

I went with my family, the restaurant was empty besides that the service and attention was very slow and a little bit bad. The food is nothing wao, very standard. The plates that we order were: octopus and coconut rice (delicious), fried fish (very deep...More

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank joymaraa
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

good food, nice place, friendly staff, delicious meal in front of the sea. to stop there is a great idea

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank jo g
Reviewed 22 August 2017

We got this place recommended from friends with a special mention of the chef Richard, unfortunately, he's was out on holidays and the experience was bad, overcook dishes, without any flavor, another dish was over fry, we got a meat plate, and order it medium,...More

Date of visit: August 2017
Thank marfa21
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via a Portobelo, Portobelo, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Colon Province  >  Portobelo
  • Phone Number: +507 233-4179
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