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“Culinary & Artistic Gem on Portobelo Bay”

Casa Congo Restaurante
Ranked #12 of 15 Restaurants in Portobelo
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Reviewed 25 February 2016

The best meal we had during our trip to Panama was at the small Casa Congo Restaurante, introduced to us by our Portobelo guide (Heather of Tresoro Verde - I've reviewed them, too). We enjoyed a fresh, delicious meal while watching the sun set over the Bay. The staff was incredibly warm and professional. As if the serene natural setting wasn't beautiful enough, we were surrounded by vibrant works of art created by local artisans. Even in the dark, the patio was alive with strings of lights, and the comings and goings of fishermen, sailors "recharging" on land, and the few other tourists who had been lucky enough to discover the restaurant. But Casa Congo is MUCH more than a great restaurant: it's a whole complex housing charming accommodations, a music school, an art school & gallery, and a foundation supporting creative & socioeconomic development in the area. Everyone who makes it as far as Portobelo should explore the culinary, artistic, and philanthropic achievements of this amazing organization (Fundacion Bahia de Portobelo, use google translate if you aren't a fluent Spanish speaker).

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Thank jgrellamom
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Reviewed 6 February 2016

Since I was staying at la Casa Congo, I took my breakfast there, watching the sea...
Full breakfast was served at the table. It was simple but good. And coffee was great.
A lovely experience.

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Thank Swissdiver
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Reviewed 26 December 2015 via mobile

Since it is not a fancy place we did not ask the waiter for the price for the lunch menu and they never brought a menu out nor is it posted outside.
Big surprise when the check came. We were told by the owner that he was sorry we were not informed but since they are the only open Restaurant on Christmas day and has to pay staff a premium he asks 40 Dollars for something worth max. half of that.
We were offered a drink .... well we declined and will not go back!

Thank Reiselust2013
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Reviewed 9 May 2015

it is a restaurant catering to the tourists, definitely, but the food is magnificent and the scenery is wonderful. Temperatures are nice even in a hot day and the service is cordial and smiley.
Prices are higher compared to the local restaurants, but worth it!
The octopus was my favourite and my husband loved the shrimps. The fried yuca was spectacular...
I really loved the freshly made lemonade! The least favourite was the flan...i didn't ask if it was homemade but it didn't look like...

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Thank Ayana S
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Reviewed 25 December 2014

Casa Congo is located just off of the main road through Portobelo. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled because you'll need to catch the sign on the left to locate it if you're heading eastward. The food is great but the real treat is the magnificent waterfront dining experience.

Learn about the area's history and culture at the art display before the restaurant, a great place for souvenirs. There's no better scenery to dine with in Portobelo! Also, a portion of the proceeds contribute to the wellbeing of local children so simply eating here is a great way to help the community too.

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Thank Al G
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