Best restaurants in Coclé Province

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    La Casa de Lourdes

    The creation of renowned Panamanian chef Lourdes Fábrega de Ward, this place has a nationwide reputation and an elegant setting around a garden patio in a lovely country villa. And the menu? Sea bass Thai curry, blackened chicken in a tamarind sauce and desserts from both sides of 'the pond': sticky toffee pudding and pecan pie.

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    Don Quijote

    This 'spit' (ie grill) restaurant is a local favorite and noted for well-prepared Spanish dishes like pulpo a la gallega (octopus grilled with paprika), paella and the unusual migas: herbed breadcrumbs often served with ribs. The Quijote is a simple affair, almost like a fonda, with an incongruous little fountain in the center adding a dash of color. There's a warm welcome.

  • Restaurants in El Valle

    Restaurante Valle Verde

    This upmarket Peruvian restaurant in the Hotel Valle Verde serves Inca-inspired favorites such as lomo saltado (stir-fried beef with vegetables and potatoes) and jalea de mariscos (fried seafood platter with yucca and plantains), preceded, of course, by Peruvian ceviche (citrus-cured seafood) and the requisite pisco sour.

  • Restaurants in El Valle

    L'Italiano

    They say that this tiny restaurant and pizzeria just up from the orchid garden has the best pizza in El Valle. With an Italian owner and chef at the oven it certainly tastes like the real thing. Along with some 15 different pizzas (US$6.50 to US$13), there are several pasta dishes (US$11 to US$14) and more complex mains too. One-plate lunch specials are a snip at US$3.50.

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    Restaurante Massiel

    El Valle's best Panamanian restaurant is a simple affair – a fonda (cheap restaurant), really – serving up pollo asado (grilled chicken), mixed seafood, meatballs and ropa vieja (a spicy shredded beef combination served over rice). It's a friendly place, with a colorful carved toucan at the door wishing you a warm welcome.

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    Restaurante Zapote

    This eclectic restaurant in pleasant surrounds serves up quite a mix of dishes – from Colombian empanadas (dough stuffed with meat or cheese and fried) and Panama's national dish, sancocho (rich chicken soup), to ribs and pizza. It's one of the restaurants of choice among El Valle's ever-growing expat community.

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    Restaurante Bruschetta

    The anchor restaurant of El Valle's main street, Bruschetta features generous versions of its namesake (US$6.50 to US$8) as well as salads, tacos and sandwiches. Unusual treats include the carrot-and-orange juice. It's one of the more atmospheric cafe-restaurants in town and always packed.

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    Da Vinci Deli Pastas Gourmet

    OK, its location in the Plaza Paseo El Valle mall east of the center may not be the sexiest, but it's a nice mall (as malls go) and this place has its own pasta machine. Feast on any number of pastas (US$11 to US$16), pizza or more complex meat or fish dishes.

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    Los Hermanos

    One of just a few Panamanian restaurants left in cosmopolitan El Valle, 'The Brothers' serves up the usual favorites (chicken with rice, ropa vieja with beans etc) but ventures a bit further afield with a few Creole, Peruvian and even Chinese dishes. There are sandwiches, too, if you're peckish but not famished.

  • Restaurants in El Valle

    El Valle Gourmet & Coffee Shop

    Selling gourmet sandwiches and smoothies, this landmark cafe is a good place to stock up on picnic fare before heading for the trails. You can also find a decent selection of cheeses, cured meats and olives here. Lovely garden seating, too.

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    Pizzería Pinocchio’s

    This popular pizzeria does pizzas with a range of toppings as well as meaty burgers. But save room for the tasty lemon pie and/or the signature brownie.