Restaurants

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…
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 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 (think Thai mussels and crab claws in three sauces). One of the delights of dining here is enjoying …
Top Choice Middle Eastern in Pedasí

Bienvenidush

Love, love, love this place serving inventive dishes with Middle Eastern (especially Israeli) accents and lots of vegetarian choices. There are tapas (US$3) and sandwiches (US$6 to US$8) if you're just peckish. You'…
Top Choice Panamanian in David

Cuatro

This sleek eatery turns out sophisticated, modern takes on cocina local (local cuisine). Classic Panamanian basics such as cassava, tamales and new corn get gourmet treatment; be prepared for some happy surprises. S…
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 Cambodian in Santa Fé

Anachoreo Restaurant

This intimate eatery at the hotel of the same name ranks among the finest eating this side of Panama City. The Cambodian owner/chef is a wonderful cook and delightful presence. Don't miss the Cambodian chicken curry…
Top Choice Vegetarian in Isla Carenero

Leaf Eaters Cafe

This vegetarian and vegan lunch place has moved from its old location and settled almost opposite above the water on Isla Carenero. It serves quirky and remarkably flavorful vegetarian dishes such as 'hippie bowls' …
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 …