Restaurants

Top Choice Panamanian in Panama City

Maito

With style and pedigree, Maito toys with the classics, folding in everyday Caribbean, Latin and Chinese influences. While results are mixed, it's still worthwhile. Start with a watermelon Waldorf salad. Ribs glazed …
Top Choice Deli in Panama City

Super Gourmet

Stocking gourmet goods that range from wine to wasabi peas, this is the perfect pre-picnic stop. You can also grab soup, natural juices or a baguette deli sandwich with roasted chicken and peppers, pastrami or three…
Top Choice Indian in Panama City

Avatar

Serving rich kormas, fragrant rice and complex curries in a swanky piano bar, Avatar is sheer delight for spice enthusiasts. Southern Indian cuisine is the house specialty, though if you want it really hot you will …
Top Choice Market in Panama City

Mercado de Mariscos

Above a bustling fish market, this unassuming restaurant is the place to get your seafood fix. Come early as service at peak time is painfully slow. Gems include whole fried fish and cavernous bowls of ‘Get Up Lazar…
Top Choice Panamanian in Panama City

Donde José

Elevating humble Panamanian staples to haute cuisine, this four-table eatery is Panama's hottest reservation, though overpriced. Chef Jose prepares ñandu beans (native black beans), crisp, tender pork and ñame (an…
Top Choice Spanish in Panama City

Madrigal

Pure delight, this upscale eatery from Michelin-starred chef Andrés Madrigal has a fetish for details. Start with sea-bass ceviche (citrus-cured seafood) with coconut foam, slivers of hot pepper and passionfruit mou…
Creperie in Panama City

Crêpes & Waffles

Ideal for an afternoon pick-me-up or a quick bite before clubbing, this salad bar and crêpe factory has something for everyone. Spinach, ricotta and tomato is a good standby, but the sweet crêpes, with fillings such…
Steak in Panama City

Martín Fierro

For serious steaks, there is only one name in Panama City, and it’s Martín Fierro. Top selections include the best in US-imported New York rib steaks, grass-fed Argentine fillets and locally raised Panamanian cuts. …
Indian in Panama City

Masala Indian Cuisine

Nothing complements hot and humid tropical climes quite like a fiery plate of Indian curry and an ice-cold Kingfisher lager. Cozied up with floor pillows and colorful textiles, Masala offers a full complement of tra…
Cafeteria in Panama City

Niko’s Café

The creation of a Greek immigrant who once sold food from a cart, Niko’s has become one of Panama City’s most successful chains, with locations throughout the city (this one's near Vía España). These sprawling 24-ho…