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Panama Hotel

4 Bayview St, San Rafael, CA 94901-4913
+1 415-457-3993
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good47%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
4 Bayview St, San Rafael, CA 94901-4913
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

This is a locals hang out, usually an older crowd. But definitely the more energetic and interesting personality. They. have music 2 nights a week. The food is consistently good. Atmosphere is comfortably Bohemian.

Thank davidecV9232WE
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Never been disappointed with the Panama Hotel. It is tucked away in a neighborhood, not on the main 4th St of San Rafael. Interesting dishes, attentive but not over bearing service, and often times there is live music.

Thank alisondu
Reviewed 2 March 2017

I like this place for business lunches, or romantic dinners. It has a great enclosed patio that feels very mediterranean, and good food. I don't think the food is super creative, but very tasty and well prepared.

Thank cbd222
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Our anniversary dinner here was lovely. The service is attentive but not obtrusive, and the setting varies depending on whether your table is near the bar (ours was,) in the covered entryway, the heated tent, or the outdoor seats streetside. The wine list is great,...More

Thank minimuffinlover
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

We have eaten there twice and both times were solid. The place is cute, albeit a bit crowded after 6:30pm. We had mussels for an appetizer (yummy), and pumpkin raviolis and mahi mahi fish special. Always a pleasant experience and not super pricey. Try the...More

Thank Lstuckmo
Reviewed 18 January 2017

the food is really good .. had lunch in the summer sitting outside .. wonderful .. and diner , little table .. but service great .. my close neighbor just fun and wonderful .. connected.. if you are looking for quiet, and lots of space...More

Thank josettethegreat
Reviewed 16 January 2017

Very small dining room with limited menu and only one vegan entree in addition to salads. My entree was the angel hair pasta with vegetables and it was over cooked. My husband and friends enjoyed their steak, pork chops and mussels; very large portion of...More

Thank worldseeker2014
Reviewed 22 December 2016

We selected the Panama Hotel because of its excellent reviews and because it sounded like a good place for locals. The restaurant is not far from downtown San Rafael in more of a residential area. We thought the food was delicious. I had the ravioli...More

1  Thank Elizabeth G
Reviewed 24 November 2016

Enjoyed a wonderful meal with good friends who live in San Rafael. This is their go to spot when entertaining friends from out of town. The dining room was busy but our waiter was very attentive. My steamed mussels entree was delicious. It is on...More

Thank Alberta1955
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Two friends and I just had lunch at the Panama this past Weds. and as always, it was just lovely. My husband and I have eaten there many times over the many years. It is absolutely inviting in every way from the exterior to the...More

2  Thank gsax
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Do you have a room for private parties of about 30 people?
29 September 2015|
Answer Show all 2 answers
Response from gary t | Reviewed this property |
I have seen large parties there, but there is no apparent space that is separate.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 30
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4 Bayview St, San Rafael, CA 94901-4913
    (B Street & Woodland Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Marin County  >  San Rafael
  • Phone Number: +1 415-457-3993
  • E-mail
  • This restaurant is at Panama Hotel