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Chinitas

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Calle Santander, Panajachel 07010, Guatemala
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Boston, Massachusetts
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45 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2015 via mobile

Great little restaurant with inventive and flavorful food. The potstickers were great as was the Gulai a Malaysian coconut curry - I had mine with shrimp. Highly recommended and reasonable!

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Thank Toby1954
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2015 via mobile

We had Chinitas for dinner tonight. Three of us, each got very different dishes but we all enjoyed them quite a bit. Tasty chicken stir fry, tofu fried rice and a noodle dish. With wine it came to about Q230. Service was excellent without the odd ignoring that you sometimes get in Guatemala.

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Thank Jameshaggar
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2015 via mobile

Cosy lounge area with wifi (we're actually here now:)) and varied menu. Good and fresh food, decent prices and big portions. Cool map in the bathroom - a def mind blow! Go here for lunch or breakfast, think it's closed for dinner..

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Thank Øystein E
Lima, Peru
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2014

Very vegetarian friendly, pretty good fod considering lack of asian ingredients in Panajachel. Chinita is a character, if she is there your experiece upgrades to one more star :)

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Thank PPMC2123
Tecpan, Guatemala
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60 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2014

This is a reliable place for good Asian food with a Guate twist. It is in a great covered patio and the service is good.

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Thank gregkemp
Santa Cruz La Laguna, Guatemala
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

Wonderful atmosphere, great food (and tea); creative menú. Ling (owner) is a wonderful lady - very kind and attentive.

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Thank ElspethLamont
Tallahassee, Florida
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2014

We had a group of 10, and all enjoyed the evening. Food was great, and service excellent. A local musican entertained us, who was OK. He was a bit too chatty, spending more time trying to engage our group in conversation than playing music!

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Thank Tracy B
Panajachel, Guatemala
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57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

Chinitas is one of a few Asian-ish restaurants ... You can tell by the soy sauce bottles next to the salsa ... the food is basic, bland and not well served. I would not mind the funk of the place if the presentation were more artful, more Asian. But it is disappointing chow.

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Thank didreyfus
SF Bay area
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160 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2014 via mobile

Asian fusion food is good, set in a covered courtyard with entrances to a bookstore and Internet cafe. Background music was quiet and good, but then a live musician made conversation impossible. Cost is high for Pana (but still very low compared to US). Despite the mild negative comments, still a very good place to eat.

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Thank travelerSFBayarea
Schenectady, New York
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2014 via mobile

Our group (which included two vegetarians) ate here twice during our stay. Lots of different options on the menu. Delicious soups and ample portions of everything. Nice relaxing setting.

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Thank DianeY40

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Asian, Chinese, Malaysian, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Santander, Panajachel 07010, Guatemala
  • Location: Central America  >  Guatemala  >  Western Highlands  >  Solola Department  >  Lake Atitlan  >  Panajachel

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