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Jose Pinguino's

) #2 of 65 Restaurants in Panajachel $$ - $$$ , , Vegetarian Friendly
Calle Santander, Panajachel, Guatemala
+502 5556 4747
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  • Excellent75%
  • Very good19%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Restaurant Hours
Guatemalan, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Calle Santander, Panajachel, Guatemala
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Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

A wonderful evening of traditional music, interactive culture, and great food in a welcoming venue await for anyone looking for a great evening in Panajachel. Very memorable.

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Reviewed 23 October 2016

food was ok,our mixed drinks were just ok, make sure you go when they have the family band playing they were great.

Thank jdc4849
Reviewed 8 October 2016

The food is delicious. During dinner on certain days of the week, the owner's daughters play the marimba. And the owner himself explains a little of the culture of Guatemala. Very entertaining and an extremely friendly family.

Thank hiroki2c
Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

As we walked into Jose Pinguino's we were greeted by the owner who spoke a variety of languages. He showed us to a table (which had traditional Mayan Dresses on the back of the chairs). The menu had a wide range of different meals that...More

Thank Steven S
Reviewed 4 August 2016

This is an amazing little place right downtown, the owner is so hospitable and welcoming. They put on a great show and give you an enchanting history of the Mayan culture. The food is second to none and the drinks are an experience in themselves....More

Thank Dustin D
Reviewed 2 August 2016

The food was very enjoyable and the show was a lot of fun, if slightly long for my 11-yr-old. The other kids, 13 and 14, were fine with the 2-hr show/meal package. The proprietor's daughters were the highlight of the show, playing marimba and demonstrating...More

Thank mmckay2016
Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

I came here with my mom in August 2015, she wanted to come here since she has been here before and loved it The food here is really good. The prices are amazing. The drinks are also good. The live music is a plus, especially...More

Thank Zuli P
Reviewed 31 July 2016

I bring teams of volunteers to Lake Atitlan and our first dinner is always here. Owner Miguel and his daughters present a lively and engaging cultural show, marimba music and a tortilla making contest that both adults and children love. All the food is delicious...More

Thank GuateMariposa
Reviewed 29 July 2016

From the time you arrive till the time you leave you feel at home. This family run restaurant has great food, entertainment , and cultural experience . You will be educated in the Mayan culture and get some hands on experience .

Thank Luke T
Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

Excellent food and atmosphere. Loved hearing José's story about how he started. The marimba music was very good. He also told how the instruments were made. Very interesting to hear that also.

Thank Eric P
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Guatemalan, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, 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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