Restaurants

Top Choice Panamanian in David

Cuatro

This sleek eatery turns out sophisticated, modern takes on cocina local (local cuisine). Classic Panamanian basics such as cassava, tamales and new corn get gourmet treatment; be prepared for some happy surprises. S…
Top Choice Seafood in Boquete

Boquete Fish House

One of our favorite places in Boquete for a tasty, inexpensive meal is this fish house along the Quebrada Grande. It offers sea bass prepared in eight different ways – from the delightful version that's steamed and …
Top Choice Italian in Boquete

Il Pianista

This Italian restaurant and pizzeria has riverstone walls and just a few tables along one of Boquete's hillside roads. Sicilian Giovanni cooks while his Panamanian wife, Doris, serves. A bottle of wine and pizza or …
International in Boquete

Rock

This is cosmopolitan dining at its best, at least in the highlands of Panama. Attached to the Riverside Inn, the Rock takes itself very seriously. The pork ribs with papaya sugarcane sauce come widely recommended, a…
Mediterranean in Volcán

Cerro Brujo

This unexpected gourmet restaurant is in a funky country house with garden seating. A simple chalkboard menu offers just three or four daily options. Gregarious owner-chef Patti Miranda's mouth-watering creations, u…
International in Boquete

Mike's Global Grill

This homesick restaurant is the love child of Mike and Heidi who met – where else? – at the South Pole. To further the wanderlust theme, dishes range from Asian fusion to American chili and British fish and chips. T…
Italian in Volcán

La Carbonera

Quite a surprising find some 3km along the road heading northeast to Cerro Punta, this authentic Italian eatery serves excellent pasta and pizza (US$7.50 to US$10) as well as more complicated main courses such as ch…
Italian in Boquete

Il Barolo

This delightful find up in the hills offers some of the best Italian food in Panama. The young chef specializes in a risotto that is legendary in these parts. Panamanians do not live by pasta alone, and 10 platos me…
International in Volcán

Cafe Volcán

This popular eatery with a long breezy terrace overlooking Volcán's main thoroughfare has a menu with Panamanian specialties, and also choices such as Romanian steak that may seem odd until you learn that owner More…
International in Boquete

Hotel Panamonte Restaurant

This sophisticated restaurant has a longstanding reputation. Chef Charlie Collins takes a modern approach, exquisitely preparing everything from grilled fillets to mushroom-stuffed ravioli. Local staple arroz con po…