Panama City Restaurant Picks

1.Sal Si Puedes

A gourmet Panamanian restaurant with cuisine by Cuquita Arias, Panama's most lauded chef. Called the "Martha Stewart of Panama", Cuquita has a way of combining fresh local ingredients into the most mouthwatering dishes anywhere.
If you're a dessert lover, her desserts are the best- you're in for a very sweet treat. The ambiance is elegant-this is a good place for romance or your last special dinner in Panama.
At the Bristol Hotel. Read more

2. La Posta

A popular gourmet bistro with local elite recommended by the New York Times, La Posta has a tropical classic menu with a wide variety of dishes. Housed in an airy, turn-of-century Panamanian house with a 1950s Havana-style feel, the atmosphere is fresh and relaxing. The cuisine is creative and takes good advantage of Panama's exotic variety of local ingredients. There's a full bar and an excellent wine list including Napa Valley selections. La Posta is often full-reservations are a must.
Tel: 269-1076. Read more

3. Las Clementina's

Step back in time to the 1920's at this glamorous cafe with old fashioned French decor. The cuisine is Panamanian/Caribbean -with both original and traditional dishes. The menu's mixture of Panamanian staples and exotic influences reflect Panama's history as an international crossroads- African, Indian, French...
The seafood dishes are popular- very fresh as Clementina's is just blocks from the city fish market. Only fresh local ingredients are used including some from Clementina's own tropical garden. Everything is homemade including the ice cream. You can also dine in the peaceful backyard garden-the walls that are ruins from centuries old buildings.The Clementina's Sunday Brunch is famous -$34 per adult - a reservation is recommended. Read more

4. Maito

Prepare yourself for a food adventure—Maito specializes in innovative fusion cuisine based on the culinary traditions of Panama--the bridge of the world. Local ingredients (there's an onsite herb and vegetable garden) fresh modern decor and a helpful staff add to the mix. Tel: 391-4657 Read more

5. Market Steakhouse

The most popular restaurant in Panama City, Market specializes in burgers and steaks and American comfort food done well. Tt has a fresh selection of other dishes for a wide variety of tastes. Choose from a quick business lunch of hamburgers or wraps to a night out for premium grade steak and a bottle of wine. Beef is the main attraction, but there are plenty of fish and other menu choices. You'll have a delicious meal in a lively setting surrounded by lots of locals- good place to Panama-people watch. Tel: 264-9401
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6. Las Tinajas

This is the best place to try typical Panamanian cuisine. Recommended by the New York Times. Las Tinajas' other popular attraction is Panamanian folkloric dance shows, presented Tuesday, Thursday Friday and Saturday night at 9pm. This is great place to get acquainted with Panamanian cuisine and culture. The "pollera"-the national costume worn by the women dancers is considered one of the most beautiful national costumes in the world. Conveniently located in the business district. Tel: 263-7890 Read More

7. Miraflores Restaurant at the Panama Canal

Called by Lonely Plant one of the top 5 places to dine in Panama and recommended by the New York Times, the Miraflores Restaurant is the only place in the world where you can dine and watch 4 million ton vessels pass silently by through Canal locks. Offering excellent seafood and international dishes, the restaurant is also is part of the Panama Canal Visitors Center- that means you can combine seeing the Panama Canal Museum with an unforgettable lunch. Or dine at night when night views of the lit up locks and ships are no less stunning.

Tel: 232/3120 Located just 20 minutes from downtown Panama City, serving 11am to 11pm. Read more

Amador Causeway is a restaurant mecca and have views of the Panama City skyline and the Panama Canal. The views are great both by day and night. You can rent a bike to cruise the causeway and afterwards choose from many outdoor restaurants with reasonable prices.Read more

Also, check out our article on the best restaurants outside Panama City.