Top Choice Italian in El Valle

Da Vinci Deli Pastas Gourmet

OK, its location in the spanking-new Plaza Paseo El Valle mall east of the center may not be the sexiest, but it's a nice mall and this place has its very own pasta machine. Feast on the trio of pastas – ravioli, ta…
International in El Valle

La Casa de Lourdes

Lourdes has a nationwide reputation that can seem overblown when many diners appear to be eating its version of the 21 Club hamburger. Still, it's hard to beat it for sheer elegance, with a setting around a garden p…
Pizza in El Valle

Pizzería Pinocchio’s

Now in a new, more-central location, this friendly pizzeria does pizza pies with a range of toppings. You can also get meaty burgers, but save room for the tasty lemon pie.
Cafe in El Valle

Restaurante Bruschetta

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 ambient cafe-restaurants arou…
Cafe in El Valle

El Valle Gourmet & Coffee Shop

Selling gourmet sandwiches and smoothies, this decade-old 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. …
Peruvian in El Valle

Restaurante Valle Verde

From German to Peruvian, this upmarket eatery in the Hotel Valle Verde has made quite a journey in the recent past. Feast on Inca-inspired favorites such as lomo saltado (stir-fried beef with vegetables and potatoes…
Spanish in El Valle

El Quijote

This 'spit' (ie grill) restaurant is a local favorite, noted for its well-prepared Spanish dishes such as pulpo a la plancha (grilled octopus), paella and the unusual migas, a dish of herbed breadcrumbs often served…
Pizza in El Valle


They say that this restaurant and pizzeria with just 40 covers inside and out 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 di…
Panamanian in El Valle

Los Hermanos

One of just a pair of 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 Cr…