Maritza Ellis creates divine combinations

About Us

The History

In 2009, Maritza M. Ellis, Executive Chef and Owner, made a decisive decision to open a Caribbean and Costeñan Restaurant in the lively multicultural neighborhood of El Cangrejo, Panama. This decision, was motivated by her foresight to revive authentic Caribbean and Costeñan cuisine in Panama. The restaurant is maked by a flare of Home Cooking while maintaining the traditional Caribbean and Costeñan traditional ways of cooking.

The Restaurant offers one of a kind cuisine during lunch and Dinner. Other events include: Happy Hours, Wednesday Night of Dice (whereby by the throw of the dice you determine the cost of your cocktail), Executive Menu, Karaoke Night on Friday, Occasional live music on Saturday, Catering, and hosting of small to medium size groups and private events.

Before opening Restaurante el Caribe, Maritza is a native of in Colon, Panama of Jamaican heritage. She earned several college degrees (BA)-General Studies and Business Administration from the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland; (BSN)-Nursing degree from Howard University, Washington, D.C. and a staunched Entrepreneur.

After opening the Restaurant in 2009, she graduated from Law School from ULACIT, Panama Republic of Panama and is currently completing a double Master’s degree in Law (Procedural Law and Commercial Law) at Universidad Interamericana (UIP) with an expected graduation date of June, 2017. She credits her grandmother Adely Wedderburn Diaz a native of Bocas del Toro, Panama as the most prolific Chef ever and honors her with the culinary knowledge she has acquired over the years.

Hours for Lunch and Dinner

Call For Reservations
Sunday to Thursday
(Kitchen Closes at 12:00pm)
"Happy Hour"
"9:00pm to 4:00 am
Karaoke Night"
(Kitchen Closes at 2:00am)
Wednesday from 4:00pm to 9:00pm Roll the Dice Night

We are open on all major holidays to include: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day, as well as eve New Year's Day


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El Caribe Restaurant takes reservations up to 30 days in advance online and over the phone.
For parties of 15 or more, We offers a nightly prix-fixe menu

Walk-ins are always welcome.

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To arrange a group seating, please email reservations@elcaribepty.com

(+507) 214-6207 / 393-0548

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Contact Details

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El Cangrejo, Edificio 12, Local No. 3,
Via Argentina (Before and on the same hand of the Andres Bello Park)


+507 (2146207 / 3930545)

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