Restaurants

Top Choice Seafood in Farallón & Playa Blanca

Pipa’s Beach Restaurant

Love, love, love this mostly outdoor bar and restaurant hard by the beach and serving seafood with gourmet touches (such as Thai mussels and crab claws in three sauces). One of the delights of dining here is enjoyin…
Top Choice Spanish in Santa Clara

Xoko

With its mustard-yellow exterior and oddly shaped columns within, this hangar-like eatery (it was once a US-military social club) offers an excellent selection of tapas (US$4.50 to US$10.50), paella, delicious clams…
Top Choice International in El Valle

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, bla…
Top Choice Spanish in El Valle

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 …
Peruvian 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 a…
Panamanian in Penonomé

Yukas Grill

This bar and grill just out of the center on the Interamericana consistently gets rated Penonomé's top restaurant. It's an asador (spit restaurant), so the beef skewers and grilled chicken are must-orders. Surprisin…
Pizza 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 d…
International in Farallón & Playa Blanca

Nico's Beach

It's gringo city at this Italian-owned bar-restaurant on the beach. Among the menu choices is a holdover from the previous owners, a Quebec dish of French fries, cheese curds and gravy called poutine. Saner selectio…
Panamanian in Farallón & Playa Blanca

La Fogata

This colorful and quirky little place run by an affable Panamanian-Swiss couple for almost two decades serves up scrumptious Panamanian food à la Caribbean – meaning lots of seafood with coconut flavors. There are a…
Panamanian in El Valle

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 se…