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El Penascal

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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5a. Avenida 2-61, Coban 16001, Guatemala
+502 7951 2102
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

I have never tasted food so disgusting The meat tastes like plastic The food is not ateable The soup was said to be local and very special to the place, but it tasted gross

Thank roee10lavi
Guatemala City, Guatemala
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

I went here specifically to try the Kaq'ik wishing it wasn't too hot. It actually didn't have any chile cobanero which originally was supposed to give the red color. Instead they do it with Achiote for the color red and you can add chile cobanero. They gave me the blood of the 'chunto' (a kind of turkey), some chocolate and... More 

Thank saria_x
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

It's located near the Central Park of Coban, just a few meters of The Calvario Church. Food to try: Kac-Ik (turkey soup) but in Coban turkeys are known as "chuntos". Subanik is another regional dish with diferent meats in one soup: chiken, pork and beef. There was another plate, Tazajo, pork in a special hot sauce made with "chile de... More 

1 Thank Elchichagt
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016 via mobile

I went hear to try Cac Ik. They serve it well with lots of accoutrements but maybe it's just not a dish for me! Was also a bit pricey. But the waiting staff were great, the food was prompt. My wife had the salad which was ok.

Thank Ali I
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016 via mobile

A must visit in Cobán, El Peñascal offers traditional food from Cobán at very reasonable prices. I had a delicious taste of the traditional Kak'iq along with tamalitos (small rice dough, steam cooked dumplings of sorts) and a pinch of the traditional Cobanero hot pepper. The dish is prepared without the hot pepper so if you are not a fan... More 

1 Thank Víctor C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016 via mobile

Best kah-kik in town and service also there suvanik all dishes look delicious. Just blocks from the central park.

Thank Susie T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016

The atmosphere is great with nice Marimba music on the background. The service was great and explaining all the dishes what they can serve. We had the Ka 'Ik Turkey soup. They also served many local little dishes and real chocolate drink for us to try. It is well recommended to try this restaurant.

Thank ClassicStrider
New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016

We went with a small group, the restaurant owner happened to be there. She explained to us what some of the dished entailed. I tried the traditional turkey soup, which is what it is known for. Absolutely loved it. Although the chocolate soup/drink that is usually eaten before the meal, I saved for desert :) The portion was very generous.... More 

Thank kitty567
West Bloomfield, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016

We sat there for lunch and we were not disappointed (after trying not so good Kak'ik in Biotopo). The place is rather clean and the service is friendly. Private Parking lot is next to the place. But the food is a truly awesome typical Cobanero experience. We ordered Kak'ik soup with white turkey meat and a typical lomito dish. All... More 

2 Thank Soulsurfer88
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2016

My favorite place to enjoy traditional Guatemalan food in Cobán. Great service and great vibe. An overall authentic experience.

1 Thank John C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 3 - USD 6
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5a. Avenida 2-61, Coban 16001, Guatemala
  • Location: Central America  >  Guatemala  >  Alta Verapaz Department  >  Coban
  • Phone Number: +502 7951 2102

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?