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Germaine Richard Millard

14 August 2019

Friendly and great customer service. Yummy unique food combinations.


Merry Griffin

1 August 2019

My dad and I eat here/from here relatively often and i’ve never had a bad experience with their food. Great attitude from the workers and even better food.


Stephanie Nicole

16 July 2019

My husband and I both loved everything we got! Several apps and our entrees were delicious. The owner was so kind. We look forward to our next visit!


Peronneau V.

27 June 2019

Good choice of burgers and sandwiches.  I love the variety.  A wide selection of breakfast choices also. From steal cut oatmeal to eggs Benedict.  Always delicious.


Erica Baumgart

25 June 2019

The food is super delicious and Donny is a wonderful man! He takes care of his customers right away to ensure they're happy with the food they order. Highly recommend!! (The chicken salad is delicious if you're looking for a healthy lunch choice!) More...


Carrie Schmidt LeNoble

9 May 2019

Beautiful interior, friendly staff, and great food! Many gluten-free options available.


Carlos J Lopez

3 May 2019

Amazing, authentic Latín food


Courtney Blum Van Boxtel

1 April 2019

Had a great lunch today and very happy to see an extensive gluten feee menu as well as knowledgeable wait staff. Dedicated gluten free fryer and desserts. We will definitely be back!


Geanette Lowrance

18 February 2019

wonderful gluten free options


Nancy K.

9 February 2019

Stopped in this morning for breakfast as we have read good things about this place. The breakfast options were pretty traditional. We enjoyed well prepared egg and meat combos with a side of fruit. Another had the meat omelet. The fourth in our party had a stuffed potato dish which is their take on a scramble - a bed of crispy hashbrowns with cheese, vegetables and scrambled eggs. For an additional cost, you can add meat of your choice. The service was quick and the coffee was HOT! I like when restaurants leave a carafe of coffee on the table, so you're not always having to ask for refills. Overall, no complaints. Will come back to try some of their traditional dishes for dinner sometime soon. More...


Frances Nazario

14 January 2019

Stopped by with my family today to celebrate my birthday and the service was amazing. The people are super kind and attentive. Definitely made my special day so much better. I am Puerto Rican and live in Gb and to have tropical food close by and not have to travel all the way to Milwaukee is a plus. The mangu is amazing and the meat was tender and deliciously seasoned. Definitely a plantain lovers dream. I had Morir Soñando for the first time too and OMG!! I highly recommend. More...


Izzy Armstrong

16 October 2018

First time there, the staff was SO kind and friendly even when I asked for special directions with my food (I'm a picky eater). I would recommend Paninotecas to anyone! :) FOOD WAS AMAZING! More...


Kelvin R.

22 September 2018

I love coming here with the family, is the best thing in the area for Caribbean cuisine. The mofongo with shrimp is awesome, the mangu is great and the cubano sandwich is delicious also don't forget the fried plantains which are one of my family favorites. Overall a great place to enjoy great Caribbean food don't come here to get pasta or burgers come here and try the Caribbean food and you won't be disappointed. More...


J Anna Eddy

7 September 2018

Visited today with our two year olds. The waitress/host was SO FRIENDLY. She chatted with the kids and with us and was so nice. Helped us with everything we needed and the food was absolutely delicious. We are excited to come back again and try more of the menu. Highly recommend. More...


Scott Krieger

31 August 2018

Great food served in a pleasant environment by friendly servers. I also like the coffee!


Alyssa Allen

9 August 2018

My daughter has a dairy allergy and I let the waitress know. She was very understanding and said not to worry about it. My daughter got her food and it made her so happy that someone understood her allergy and didn’t seem irritated to accommodate. All the food was fresh, delicious, light and decently priced. More...


Sheri Rodriguez

22 July 2018

Awesome food that makes me feel like home and great service!


Taylor Z.

16 July 2018

Came here around 3pm on a Sunday and the place was almost completely empty, but their food is certainly not why, and neither is the service! Our waitress was very personable and even joked around with us a little bit. We each ordered something different from the menu and all left satisfied. I ordered their shrimp Alfredo and I managed to eat almost the whole portion (which never happens with pasta) because it was so good! The sauce was creamy and the grated cheese on top really added a nice taste. The shrimp was amazing too, really fresh and flavorful. I highly recommend trying this place if you're looking for authentic food for a casual outing. More...


Athanasia Übel VonKrieben

4 July 2018

Amazing food. Amazing staff! Very knowledgeable about GF food, too, with a huge GF menu!!


Stephanie M.

4 July 2018

Had a wonderful breakfast this morning!  First we were thrilled they were open for breakfast on the holiday. We were greeted by the friendly smiling faces of the staff.  Eating gluten free is a requirement for us and we were astounded by the numerous gluten free options on the menu - almost everything on menu is naturally gluten free or can be modified to be gluten free and the owner is aware of and takes measures to prevent cross contamination .  Our breakfast was perfect (and bacon was cooked just the way I love it: crispy!). We cannot wait to come back again.  First timers today, but will be regulars! More...


Gale J.

29 June 2018

What a delicious find!  The "Award Winning Grilled Cheese" and "AABLT" sandwiches were amazingly fresh and tasty. The basalmic mayo glaze on the AABLT took what could be a *plain* sandwich into a gobble down every bite sandwich.  Plus tasty shrimp bisque and clam chowder and we will definitely return. It should also be noted that the wait staff (Carla) was attentive & exceptional.  One word = Yummy! More...


Tyler Johnson

22 June 2018

First time in and not knowing what it really was, was truly surprised on how wonderful everything was. The owner was very kind as well. Will definitely be going back and telling everyone to try it out More...


Abby Lynn Quinn

24 May 2018

Service is great and so is the food! �


Michael W.

28 April 2018

I enjoyed the food. It is a diner with Puerto Rican/Caribbean fare available. I had a corned beef wrap and tostones (fried green plantains). Our son got their grilled cheese but it was a bit too adult for him. My wife had the ABBLT (avocado, bacon, basil, lettuce and tomato); it also had a balsamic drizzle on it.Service was good, the preparation a bit longer than expected but the food came out piping hot and fresh. More...


Carmencita Love

18 March 2018

A mí me encantó el dueño muy amable y la comida riquísima me sentí como en casa cerquita de mí Puerto Rico con nuestros hermanos dominicanos


Jennifer C.

11 March 2018

Super nice staff make you feel like family. Lunch options are great, best BLT anywhere! I have not there for dinner.


Wandys Villalona

31 December 2017



Julie Wampler-Mikkelsen

13 December 2017

Wonderful small family owned restaurant in Appleton.


Priscilla Collett Cochran

25 November 2017

The food is delicious, the staff are kind and I can’t wait to come back!


Susie Berta

22 October 2017

Great service!! The entire menu can be made gluten free. The food was great!


Nicole Schaible

30 September 2017

This was our first time eating here and it was fantastic!! We each ordered a burger and our food was amazing and the service was fantastic we will be going back again!!


David Anthony Alonzo Schaible

30 September 2017

The service was great and the food was excellent!


Erin Grimes

26 August 2017

I hosted a Timber Rattler player from the Dominican and when I brought him here, he said "I feel like I'm home! I don't know what to get!" Thank you, Paninoteca!


Barb Scheibe

26 August 2017



Rob Mertins

14 August 2017

Great selection of American cuisine and Latin. I'm all about the Latin!


Nikki Salm

24 July 2017

5 stars for the Cuban and gluten free food! Best Cuban in Appleton!


Steve Kuckuk

17 July 2017

Went in there this afternoon for the Cuban Sandwich . . . . being from Wisconsin that is a cuisine I've seldom experienced . . . . perhaps similar to expecting a good brat with cheese curds in Cuba . . . . That said the sandwich was wonderful . . . spicing and herbs I'm unused to, but they were excellent, as was the type of roll used. Also of note was a treatment of Potato Salad unlike I've had before, again the spices and it was excellent. More...


Angela Marie Leino

14 July 2017

Amazing food from both American and Latin America choices and great service!!


Paul Trelc

6 July 2017

Great food, great atmosphere, great people. Don't miss it!


Leah McSorley

3 July 2017

They have been able to work with me to provide excellent catering service for a group of about 30 on multiple occasions. Great Caribbean food!


Tom Van Beek

30 June 2017

Excellent food!!! Great service!!! Will go back!!!!


Stephanie Alvarez

23 April 2017

Amazing food and drinks every time, Donny is an outstanding chef and treats everyone like family , we love going there


Karen Fuster

8 April 2017

Authentic Latin food made fresh and with lots of love and attention. It doesn't get more yummy than this. Great staff and the owner always takes time to make sure you are happy.


Mike Schneiderwendt

21 March 2017

Always amazing food. And the owner is the nicest guy around. Love it here and will be returning a lot more.


Shon W.

4 March 2017

My wife is Puerto Rican and we both love Caribbean food. This is our favorite place to go to for when we want food that reminds us of home. The tostones are perfect and the pork chops are fantastic. More...


Briana Utrie-Mayer

17 February 2017

First time eating here & I am hooked!! Food is incredible & staff is lovely! So delicious. Definitely was in the clean plate club here :)


Jennifer Cannavo

25 January 2017

Hubby and I had a long difficult day and found Paninoteca by accident right around the corner from our house. The waitress was sweet, food was great and the owner was MAGNIFICENT!! WE will be back for dessert Donny Orozco!! More...


Karen Winarski-Buege

8 January 2017

They have THE BEST coffee! I love good coffee and they have it. You only get this quality of coffee at a 5 star restaurant. AND I might add the chocolate overload dessert was sublime! We made a stop to have coffee and dessert on a frigid night while we were in town. Next time will be for another great meal! More...


Brian VC

25 September 2016

I had no idea until just recently that there were so many great gluten free options at Paninoteca. My first visit was during this last week, and I needed to grab something quick today so I instantly thought of this joint! Both visits the food was amazing! I've had the braised beef, and the reuben so far, and look forward to trying more! I was also very glad to hear there's a dedicated fryer for gluten free fries! More...


Tom B.

24 September 2016

Here for the first time.  Fantastic people, awesome food.  I had the ribs and tostones and will have it again.  Coffee was great.  My wife had the Perico Ripia with tostones and she cleaned the plate.  Glad we came here. More...


Lisa Blohm

28 August 2016

The food at this restaurant is amazing! I had Goat Stew and it was FABULOUS! Donny is an incredible Chef and I can't wait to go back for more of his incredible cuisine!


Hillary C.

28 July 2016

One of my favorite restaurants in Appleton. I especially love coming here for brunch and ordering from the Costa Rican menu.


Irma N. Burgos

11 July 2016

The RICAN FOOD is FANTASTIC!!! I recommend all to come out and try it..


Deliana Carmona

26 June 2016

Love the food price is great and great service . went with my family and even met the cook .Great place!!


Sisi U.

22 May 2016

Went to this restaurant because they sent my fiancé a birthday coupon. I'm Latina and there aren't any Latin American restaurants in my neighborhood. When I saw the menu, it was like heaven on earth!!! Plantain and Spanish cheese!!! Just like what my grandma used to make me for breakfast!!! I loved the good!! My fiancé loved the food! I can tell they use the freshest ingredients. The food wasn't greasy even though it was fried. We just loved it! The place was clean and the staff was very nice. I'd go back there again. :) More...


Jennifer G.

8 May 2016

Whether you want to try Dominican food or you just want a regular American sandwich, this place is for you. I tried a dish with goat stew over seasoned rice with pigeon peas and I highly recommend. If you like super tender, savory stews then you will probably like this. Papaya shake and criolla cocktail were both great. And the flan!! So, I am super picky about flan. This version had the perfect creamy texture and excellent caramel sauce. Will totally be coming back for it. We were served by one of the owners, who was very friendly, helpful and incredibly kind to my confused elderly dad. Come try this place out, you'll be glad you did. More...


Elvie Case

2 May 2016

Love potatoes chips and dip.. And salad..staff very friendly.


Edna L. Guerra

10 April 2016

Went for dinner after some friends recommended it. Great food and great flavor. I am Puerto Rican and has been looking for a place to eat the food I like without having to cook it myself. Had the white rice and beans with chicken stew. Delicious! Will be going back! More...


Edna G.

10 April 2016

Great place to visit! We tried the Cuban Sandwich, the best and most authentic in town. Also had a few of the Dominican dishes, including the goat stew and chicken stew. Delicious. I am Puerto Rican and know Caribbean dishes well. Is great to have this place in town! More...


Mkm M.

16 March 2016

My favorite dish is the Dominican dishes, but sandwiches are delicious too. My new favorite place.


Bodega Kacike

27 February 2016

Great meals and awesome service. Made me feel like i was back home with my grandma and uncles. Its recommended


Kerry Senf O'Brien

6 February 2016

Paninoteca is AWESOME and Donny and Ashley are great!


Cathy Hoffmann

2 February 2016

I stopped in for lunch today specifically to try the Dominican food. This was my first visit, but it won't be my last. The food was excellent and the service was superb. See you soon!


Mandy Nelson Tollefsen

17 January 2016

Food and staff are awesome. Love the tostones!


Kendra Sutton Hunt

13 January 2016

The food variety is wonderful and everything tasted great! My kids thought it was the greatest place ever!


Kayla Hietpas

9 January 2016

Awesome Latin American cuisine! Everything is fresh from scratch which is an advantage! The owner is also very personable which makes the experience that much better.


Mike Whitlock

9 January 2016

My second time eating there. We will be going back. First time I had a burger, not knowing Latin American food, very good burger, FRESH. This time I had pork chops, very good. Highly reccomend going there. More...


Cynthia J Martin

5 January 2016

I had a wonderful birthday meal at, and on Paninoteca tonight...Geedy was our wonderful waitress. She was super sweet and the plantine, pork chop dish was superior. I think we met the owner, he came to our table. All was good and lovely. :) More...


Kelly Vandenbrook

2 January 2016

Just discovered this gem tonight...EXCELLENT food, loved our waitress, AND got to meet Donny himself!!! I think we found a new favorite restaurant :)


David Calle

29 November 2015

I love the Latin (Dominican) menu! The ingredients are very fresh, the flavors are subtle, and the service excellent. We had a great meal here. This is a great addition to our dining choices! Thank you for your gluten-free options. More...


Jennifer Rietveld

11 November 2015

I love you guys! Please don't ever change! See you soon


Chris Nowak

2 November 2015

Excellent food and service, definitely would recommend eating here


Deb Mentzel

23 October 2015

The triple cheese sandwich is unbelievable! Big Yum! Planning another lunch there soon!


Susie McGorry Schroeder

12 October 2015

What a treat! We just stumbled upon this on Friday night and had amazing food! Great service and a dessert you could only dream of!! Will be back!


Megan Menzel

3 September 2015

Great selection, friendly service, awesome part of this community


Jenny V.

24 August 2015

We were in town for the day and found this place on Yelp, so decided to try it! The food was reasonable and tasted great! We tried the A.B.B.L.T and the Turkey melt. When we went to the counter to pay they were having issues with their credit card machine and told us that our lunch was on the house since that was the only form of payment. Very nice staff! More...


Fatum R.

16 August 2015

My favorite restaurant in appleton! EVERYTHING I've ever had here has been delicious. It's my go to place.


Gary Pabelick

12 June 2015

Awesome place


Rachael Scheibe

18 May 2015

Food was delicious it hit the spot can't wait to come back and try more GF food.


Jason V.

30 March 2015

Love love love this joint!!!  Their breakfasts are incredible with great ingredients; I respect places that throw their cash behind great ingredients!  The Cuban is the best around here; haven't had one of those since I left Florida!  I'm trying the chicken pesto macaroni right now and YUMMERZZ!!! More...


Alicia V.

24 February 2015

The best place in the valley to get a good soup/sandwich combo! Their soups are delicious, especially the Italian Sausage soup. Their sandwiches are also delicious and are just different enough to make them a notch above others in the area. Every time I've been there I've had the same waiter, Jaime, and he's great - friendly, responsive, helpful.I think this place is a hidden gem, and it's the perfect place to go in this cold Wisconsin weather to get a nice, hot bowl of soup and a great sandwich! More...


Greg E.

20 December 2014

Great tasting "Cuban" sandwich, even though it's made with honey dijon and mayo instead of the traditional yellow mustard. Fries were tasty and didn't taste like they were mass produced.  My wife had a "grown-up" grilled cheese and honey dill potato salad and was quite pleased.  We both had a craft beer with our meal and service was good.  Not cheap, but not over priced either.  Worth a return trip. More...


Loren Hoff

4 December 2014

Excellent experience and great food! The Holiday Soup was a knock-out!


Stephanie Hammel

2 December 2014

everything I have ever had here has been a delight. they are amazing, the food is wonderful. they are culinary wizards ♡


Alicia B.

10 August 2014

We have had great dining experiences at Paninioteca. I love how refreshingly different the menu is in comparison to other sandwich restaurants. The food was fresh and wonderfully prepared. Our waitress was attentive and knowledgeable. My daughter loves that she gets to color on the table tops as well! (paper table cloths) More...


Abbey Grosskreutz

27 July 2014

We have never been disappointed in a meal or the service. Wonderful place!


Randy Grunwald

21 June 2014



Rick M.

12 June 2014

I always enjoy eating here EXCELLENT FOOD!  My favorite is the half sandwich soup option.  The only thing that would make this a five star is if they offered a vega table side.


Brenda Moss Anderson

27 February 2014

Very good for someone with Celiacs.


Kendelle Grube

4 January 2014

Excellent food!! Good service! And a warm, cozy atmosphere. Definitely a must try!!


Nikki Woolf

31 December 2013

The reuben burger was absolutely amazing. A must try! I also recommend the Irish Benny. The best egg benedict dish I have ever had!


Jennifer Marie Lee

20 December 2013

Wonderful place to eat! Staff Great! Food is Great! !!


Jenny Slack

14 December 2013

Delicious food. Great service!


Steve H.

17 October 2013

See my previous review at Sunrise Restaurant before Yelp caught up with the name change. Good food, reasonable prices, pleasant staff. I like this place.


Patrick F.

12 October 2013

Had "The Duke" with the Hickory Aioli. Oh man....that was stupid good. Nothing more needs to be said.


Meg L.

6 September 2013

Great lunch spot. The salads are huge and reasonably priced for the quality and quantity. Lots to choose from, but not in a confusing "it will take me 40 minutes to figure out what to eat way". Highly recommend.


Venesha Harden

14 August 2013

Phenomenal food! Turkey wrap... Amazing, baked chips... Amazing, pulled pork sandwich... Amazing, mac and cheese... Amazing! Great service and great atmosphere! My kids love it here! More...


Scott B.

29 July 2013

Very friendly staff and tasty food. I had the Cuban and fries and my girlfriend had the Duke as well as the Creamy Chicken with Wild Rice soup. Everything was delicious and I most definitely will return. I'm only giving a 4 out of 5 because its an extra $2 for fries or chips with a sandwich. If they were included, 5 stars, no question. More...


Ski J.

16 July 2013

I went there for lunch today by myself. I ordered a turkey and avocado sandwich, with fries and a bowl of italian sausage soup. SO GOOOOOD! For me, I could EASILY devour this at any other restaurant, but the portions were big enough for two meals! The prices were awesome for the quality and quanity!! I told my boyfriend I was there, and we might be back tonight for Mac and Cheese night!! Keep up the good work! More...


Alyssa Thibodeau

24 May 2013

Our food is awesome and soo is the service! Check us out!


Jaclyn Voigt

25 March 2013

I accidentally somehow rated this restaurant a 1 star... I didn't mean to it is one of the best restaurants and one of our favorites. Thankfully found a way to fix it!


Charles G.

17 March 2013

Fantastic soups and sandwiches.  Also, they know how to cook salmon like no one else at that price!  I usually pay 2x as much for a piece of salmon that is so well prepared.  Very nice place to have a casual high quality meal at a very reasonable price! More...


Stacia Grace Herrling

13 March 2013

Amazing soups! Absolutely the best around! I have tried many of the daily soups! Every one was fabulous!! I go a few times a week for soup!


Deb M.

8 March 2013

In the category - diner style casual with extended seating - soups/salads/great burgers and sandwiches - this new restaurant rivals some of those Milwaukee Travel Channel "best of" wannabe's  Food refreshing modernized versions of comfort food without the gimmicks - atmosphere - fresh clean unimposing - service personal attentive and spot on!Had lunch there today for the first time and saw many of the old regulars still coming in for the "usual" and new regulars both. In all cases the servers treated everyone (including us) like family. This place is a gem!Hubby  had a Reuben Burger (yes everything Reuben including the pastrami on a 1/4  pound perfectly cooked burger) It completely beat out the Milwaukees best at AJ Bombers. I opted for the Italian sausage soup and a "side" of Bac and Blue Fries - a SICK amount of perfectly crispy hand cut and twice fried fries smothered in bacon, blue cheese and gruyere. Grand total for the two of us for lunch $21! (and I had a glass of wine to boot) I will definitely be going back to see if this is the real deal as I suspect it is. More...


Katherine M.

13 January 2013

We'd eaten here once before the name change, and it was quite good.  The "new" restaurant is also very good.  It is the only restaurant, that I know of, in the area that offers SEVERAL homemade soups each day.  I had the "Grown-Up" grilled cheese sandwich, a chicken noodle soup.  The sandwich was good, although the slice of tomato on it (a winter tomato....ugh!) was unnecessary.  The soup was delicious!  My dining companion had 1/2 of a pot roast sandwich and beef vegetable soup.  Both were VERY good.  We were a bit taken aback when we received our check and saw that we were charged extra for ordering the pot roast sandwich with all of the items on it that were listed in the menu description.  The waitress did not tell us that ordering it with all of the items would result in an extra charge.  Otherwise, service was very good, and the staff were friendly and attentive.  I guarantee a return visit, given my love of soup! More...