Restaurants

Top Choice International in Playa El Palmar

Carlitos

On the Interamericana opposite the turnoff for Playa El Palmar, Carlitos cooks delicious Argentine-style empanadas (turnovers stuffed with meat, cheese or veggie mixes) as well as more elaborate main courses and thi…
Top Choice Seafood in Isla Taboga

London's Pier Bar & Grill

Our favorite new place for a bite and a sip, this English-owned seafront bar-restaurant with balcony seating serves excellent ceviche, cazuela de mariscos (seafood casserole) and cocktails. On Fridays, there's fish …
Panamanian in Panama Canal

Atlantic & Pacific Co.

This upscale restaurant is worthy of the canal, though prices do reflect the exclusive setting. Serving New Panamanian cuisine and using local produce, it provides distinctive choices, and plenty of them, at the sum…
International in Nueva Gorgona

La Ruina

For a leisurely bite, La Ruina serves stem glasses of ceviche (citrus-cured seafood) and authentic chicken curried with coconut rice bocatoreño-style. Sit outside at the leatherette booths and pass the time by chatt…
Seafood in Isla Taboga

Calaloo Fishbar & Grill

This cute, colorful eatery above Playa Honda offers the standard fare of fish and chips in addition to veggie options. It's a great place to have a beer and watch the village hubbub. Service is notably slow, and cra…
International in Isla Taboga

La Vista

Taking pride of place just below the Villa Caprichosa, this top-notch eatery with an open kitchen is Isla Taboga's swankiest and priciest. Dining packages (US$150), including a six-course meal with wine, live music …
International in Isla Contadora

Gerald's Restaurant

This thatched restaurant attached to the B&B of the same name has some of the best food on the island. It's certainly where you would go for a little ambience, though it's still casual. Options include good pizz…
Seafood in Isla Taboga

Restaurante Playa Honda

The seafood is fresher than fresh, and you couldn't get any closer to the beach at the Restaurante Playa Honda. Bank-like opening hours here and elsewhere reflect the arrival and departure times of day-trippers. If …
Italian in Isla Contadora

Casa Tortuga

Touted as one of Contadora's best restaurants, this frenetic place decorated with street art with seating inside and in a small garden is the kind of place where your spaghetti alle vongole metamorphoses into a pizz…
Panamanian in La Chorrera

El Chichemito

Join what looks like a Friday bank line at El Chichemito to sample the homemade chicheme (a sweet nonalcoholic drink made from milk, mashed corn, cinnamon and vanilla). It goes nicely with bollos chorrenanos (tamale…