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San Francisco, Panama City, Panama
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Edson, Alberta
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had the tasting menu--a 10 course meal for $75 each. Interesting dishes, nice presentations, great explanations when the dishes were brought out. But many of the dishes were not particularly flavourful. Wine only by the bottle (or our request to see something other than a cocktail and bottle wine menu did not translate). Would have been nice to have... More 

Thank Din_Keye_55
Panama City, Panama, Panama
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36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Maito is the only restaurant in Panama that made Latin America's Top 50 Restaurant list. The food is good and eclectic, it's fairly reasonably priced, and the service is good. If it's not too hot out I like to sit outside, however it's very nice decor and atmosphere inside as well. Definitely worth a visit, but be sure to make... More 

Thank Danny L
San Francisco, CA
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Five of us had a nice family dinner here. Food was interesting, traditional Panamanian--which means it used fresh ingredients and a variety of flavors since Panama has many cultures. We shared a number of the appetizers, which were flavorful, and the main dishes were good too. One really nice thing was that it was a quiet atmosphere so we could... More 

Thank niceweather18
Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017

What a treat to find this place. Thanks to a local friend who knew of this, otherwise we would never have found it. Tucked away with small parking is this epicurean gem. The service excellent, never pushy but always observant. The menu is authentic Panamanian cuisine. All three of us were thrilled with the meal, the service, and the price.

Thank TheDonn_48
Los Angeles, California
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2016

This is one of the best restaurants in Panama City, great food, elegant casual, indoor or outdoor and god service......

Thank Atti S
London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 May 2016

Cooking is delicious and well presented. Service is almost excellent. Plates are properly timed for serving. A nice and cool place to be.... not an expensive one, good value for money..

Thank hazardous2016
New York City, New York
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37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 May 2016 via mobile

Food and service were both excellent. Decent wine list with a good variety. Had the spicy tuna appetizer to start which was excellent and tuna for dinner.

Thank julialeigh78
Miami, Florida
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260 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2016

Maito is much beloved by locals as a showcase for Panama's newly vibrant dining scene. Service is top-notch and there is a wide variety of dishes to choose from. My experience was that the appetizers are a bit better than the main courses, but I loved everything. Don't miss the tuna tartare and avocado with flying fish roe, the cochinito... More 

Thank Lyn_Farmer
Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2015

#1 for my husband and grandson, #2 for me. Beautiful decor, classically trained waiters, and amazing food. Prices were reasonable, however we were not told that we had to pay for our water... $11 for 3 people was a bit much.

Thank Nana4924
Level Contributor
11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2015

Had a dinner there. Really hard to find place, much bigger than you think initially from the pictures on website. Had tasting menu, the food was decent but nothing special for the restaurant positioning itself as a one of the best in town. Probably wasn't their best day, or maybe Chef is busy with the other projects.

Thank Igor T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Latin, International
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: San Francisco, Panama City, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Panama Province  >  Panama City
  • Phone Number: 391-4657

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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?