Restaurants

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 Seafood 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 …
Top Choice Seafood 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 an…
Sushi 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'…
Panamanian in Santa Fé

Restaurante Hermanos Pineda

This welcoming, family-run place just up from the town center serves better food than the plain-Jane menu would have you believe, including worthwhile fish and seafood served with patacones, rice or fries. There's a…
American 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 ca…
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 passionfruit dressing. The fish in coconut curry and the lobster are divine. And bring yo…
International in The Sunset Coast

La Chantin

Run by a young Panamanian–French Canadian couple, this lively cafe with open decks and hammocks is the spot to be after sundown. A varied menu offers up portobello goat cheese sandwiches, burritos, and watercress sa…
Cafe in Santiago

Cheesecake

This bakery and cafe is a popular local lunch spot. Think fast casual, with thick deli sandwiches made to order and healthy Buddha bowls with your choice of grain, protein and veggies. Don't skip dessert. The chocol…
Seafood 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 M…