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Jose Pinguino's

$$ - $$$, , Vegetarian Friendly
Calle Santander, Panajachel 07010, Guatemala
+502 5556 4747
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good19%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“tortillas” (21 reviews)
“chicken” (20 reviews)
“carrot soup” (4 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Guatemalan, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Calle Santander, Panajachel 07010, Guatemala
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Reviewed 13 May 2018

Locally owned restaurant with a live band at night and freshly prepared everything. The staff was very attentive and prices are quite reasonable.

Thank GeneralShamu
Reviewed 24 April 2018

My expat friend insisted we come here for a taste of local culture. Jose telling stories, musicians playing local tunes and great local food cooked by Mrs. Pinguino. Great experience. Worth it.

Thank TravelQ6492QE
Reviewed 14 April 2018

Make sure to visit this restaurant in Panajachel to hear live marimba music and eat outstanding food!

Thank 110afischer
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

I ate dinner here, and it was ok. I had Pepian, which is my favorite Guatemalan dish. I’ve had it all over the country and this one ranks at the bottom. The service was ok and the price too. There is live music which is...More

Thank Stephany E
Reviewed 29 March 2018

We stopped for a quick meal late in the afternoon. The food was quite good and the prices were reasonable. Later in the evening there is live music, but we were there before it started.

Thank Diane B
Reviewed 15 March 2018

We read good things about Jose Pinguino's but for us, it left a lot to be desired. We ordered some guac and chips as an appetizer and then shared the mixed platter that had beef, chicken, pork and sausage. They brought out some pumpkin soup...More

Thank Michael S
Reviewed 5 March 2018

I had the typical Guatemalan meal with chicken and it was the best I have had in the 10 days I have been here. I don't recall a better one in the 10 years I have been coming. I enjoyed the marimba and the story...More

Thank Swanny998
Reviewed 9 February 2018

This restaurant offers very good food. There are some vegetarian choices. The service was good, although because the restaurant was quite full, it was a little slow -- but we were in no rush. A group of musicians were playing traditional music during the first...More

Thank Lorne29
Reviewed 30 January 2018 via mobile

Sr Pinguino puts on a great show of marimba music and historical information about the Maya. He works to maintain local customs and language. He does a marvelous job.

Thank Vasaul
Reviewed 10 January 2018

while you will enjoy a great meal, you will learn about the history and traditions of the local Maya people. The owner tells the story, his wife does the kitchen (yes, very traditional), and his daughters with company do the Marimba music. Miguel is a...More

Thank r0landbrunner
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Guatemalan, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Santander, Panajachel 07010, Guatemala
  • Location: Central America  >  Guatemala  >  Western Highlands  >  Solola Department  >  Lake Atitlan  >  Panajachel
  • Phone Number: +502 5556 4747
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