Top Choice Fusion in Santa Catalina

Hibiscus Restaurant

This fantastic restaurant under the command of German chef Sven Holst serves up award-winning seafood dishes such as local clams with saffron and tomato. Holst's years in Asia are evident in the delightful shrimp ne…
Pizza in Santa Catalina

Pizzeria Jammin

A Santa Catalina mainstay, this open-air rancho offers delicious thin-crust pizzas baked in a stone oven. Nightlife tends to concentrate here – perhaps it’s the cheap beer, though there’s also good wine and picnic t…
Argentine in Santa Catalina

Los Pibes

This good-vibe Argentine eatery is an original – from its menu of nachos, steak and small Argentine-style empanadas (turnovers stuffed with meat, cheese or veggie mixes) to its margaritas and mojitos. They will even…
North American in Santa Catalina

La Buena Vida

If you’re hitting the water early, this will be the first spot open for a bite. Great options include breakfast burritos and Greek scrambles with feta, olives, tomatoes and eggs. This funky tiled cafe perched above …
Italian in Santa Catalina

Pingüino Cafe

This thatched Italian-owned restaurant on the public beach is the undisputed spot for a sunset beer. Pasta dishes are a tad pricey given their somewhat reckless preparation. We recommended the whole fried fish with …
Bakery in Santa Catalina

La Vieja Panaderia

This Italian-run local institution is a bakery by day and a pizzeria after dark. Come before 9:30am as bread (US$1.50 to US$2) sells out and breakfasts (think omelets and pancakes) are slow to get served. There's al…
Seafood in Santa Catalina

Chano's Point

This thatched restaurant offers lovely seafood meals and frozen fruit drinks. Start with fresh local clams or salad with tart passion-fruit dressing. The fish in coconut curry and the lobster are divine. And bring y…
Seafood in Santa Catalina

El Encuentro

This popular watering hole moonlights as a seafood restaurant and the results are superb. Ceviche peruano (Peruvian-style citrus-cured seafood) comes in various guises, but the squid version is to die for. Follow th…
Ice Cream in Santa Catalina

La Moncheria Heladería

This gelateria on a narrow dirt road on the way to La Punta surfing beach serves just about the best ice cream in Panama.
Tapas in Santa Catalina

Restaurante Iguanito

This cozy restaurant in the hotel of the same name specializes in seafood but also has a wide selection of tapas (US$4.50 to US$12), including such delights as calamari croquettes, clams, patatas bravas in a spicy t…