Best restaurants in Veraguas Province

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Santa Catalina

    Chillinguito

    This thatched restaurant does seafood in slightly different, scrumptious preparations. Try the shrimp in garlic sauce with crunchy sautéed vegetables, abundant green salads or fried clam ceviche with yucca. There's also fresh fruit drinks, organic kombucha and cocktails. Its signature drink, Tropical Dream, combines gin with frosty watermelon and mint. Service is slow – par for the course in Catalina.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Santa Catalina

    El Encuentro

    At a converted gas pump, Deivis' popular no-nonsense ceviche stand does superb versions of the citrus-cured seafood on a nest of shoestring fries. The squid version is to die for. There's also a vegetarian option and rum drinks. It's a two-man show with every plate made to order, so plunk down at an outdoor table and enjoy the personal attention.

  • Restaurants in Santa Catalina

    La Tana Sushi Bar

    Run by Francesco, a gregarious Italian chef, this thatched-hut sushi bar uses fresh seafood to create some delightful tropical fare. Think out of the box. Rolls feature fresh fish and tangy homemade soy mayo. There's also mango lobster tempura with organic chocolate. With fine cocktails or beer and weekly live music or events. It's 400m from the main road, on the left as you drive into Santa Catalina.

  • Restaurants in Santa Catalina

    La Buena Vida

    If you’re hitting the water early, this will be the first spot open for a bite and espresso fix. Great options include breakfast burritos and Greek scrambles with feta, olives, tomatoes and eggs. This funky tiled cafe perched above the main street also sells fresh fruit drinks and a lunchtime selection of salads, power bowls and wraps. Vegan friendly.

  • Restaurants 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 passionfruit dressing. The fish in coconut curry and the lobster are divine. And bring your patience because the wait for food is long and it often runs out. It's off the first right-hand turn en route to Playa Estero.

  • Restaurants in Santa Catalina

    Hibiscus Restaurant

    This fantastic restaurant serves up baked fish, clams and lobster as well as pleasing vegan and vegetarian dishes with fresh fare, quinoa and couscous. It's under the command of Italian chef Matteo, who trained in Michelin-starred restaurants in Italy.

  • Restaurants in Santa Catalina

    La Moncheria Heladería

    This gelateria on a narrow dirt road on the way to La Punta surfing beach serves some of the best ice cream in Panama.

  • Restaurants 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. It will even cook the fish you catch. Surfers can gorge on mammoth burgers topped with bacon or eggs, or choose healthy salads with basil and gouda. It’s 1km from town on the Estero road.

  • Restaurants 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 tables conducive to sharing. It gets crowded, so arrive early in the evening. You'll find it on the road to the hotels facing the beach.

  • Restaurants 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 also great coffee, lunchboxes to go, cakes and delectable muffins. Pizzas are tasty and authentic.

  • Restaurants 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 patacones (fried plantains). Always a warm welcome.

  • Restaurants 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, including calamari croquettes, clams, patatas bravas in a spicy tomato sauce and Serrano ham. It's a short distance up the road to Estero Beach.