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Jose Pinguino's

) #2 of 65 Restaurants in Panajachel $$ - $$$ ,
Calle Santander, Panajachel, Guatemala
+502 5556 4747
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  • Excellent76%
  • Very good18%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“tortillas” (22 reviews)
“chicken” (17 reviews)
“carrot soup” (3 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Guatemalan, Central American
$$ - $$$
Calle Santander, Panajachel, Guatemala
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had an enjoyable dinner of delicious guacamole/chips and pepian. The marimba playing daughters were a delight, but the real treat was listening to the owner talk about the challenges and achievements in his own life.

Thank tntraveler003
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food is certainly nothing to write home to mother about but the entertainment is great. The performers obviously know their genre very well.

Thank taniaturner222
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food was great & the decor was pleasant. We got the Guatemalan Plate for 70Q The carrot soup, chips, guacamole, beans, & fried plantains were delicious. The rice & beef were average to good. The ladies are sweet. It was midweek during the quiet...More

Thank dssds
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The owner Miguel gave a great presentation about Mayan culture, while his wife prepared the food and his daughters played the marimba. I had the Orangeade with soda to drink which was excellent. The guacamole and chips were very good. The main course was chicken...More

Thank 877jodys
Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

I ate dinner here with two friends during the week in the low season, so there was not too much going on - no music, etc. I just mention this in case others visit in a similar situation. The food was good!

Thank travelingfool49
Reviewed 16 May 2017

We ate dinner here one night. My husband had beef and I had shrimp, both came with a big scoop of guac on the side, beans, and a delicious carrot soup to start the meal with. The food was good and definitely in big portions....More

Thank allison444
Reviewed 12 May 2017

Really lked this restaurant which was recommended by our guide, the food was nice and the staff friendly. There was a group of 3 girls playing the xylophone and Guatemala music. The price was good too

1  Thank AnneMarieFrance58
Reviewed 27 April 2017

This place is so fun - there was great music, good food, and people were there to enjoy themselves. I loved eating here so much that I even ended up dancing later in the evening. We were walking and noticed a large crowd of locals...More

Thank MacDaley
Reviewed 24 April 2017 via mobile

I appreciated this place. Firstly, it's pretty authentic. That was exactly what I was looking for. Entertainment is unique here. The proprietors family played some xylephones which I enjoyed, and the proprietor talked about Guatemalan traditions. This was obviously tourist aimed and I enjoyed that....More

Thank Jessica G
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Jose Pinguino's was an experience from the beginning to the end. The restaurant has unique décor and friendly staff. We started with carrot soup that was excellent. The buttered bread went well with that. Then we had a recommended chicken dish (Pollo de Pepian?) and...More

Thank BrettRuniquename
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Guatemalan, Central American
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Santander, Panajachel, Guatemala
  • Location: Central America  >  Guatemala  >  Western Highlands  >  Solola Department  >  Lake Atitlan  >  Panajachel
  • Phone Number: +502 5556 4747
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