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If you are heading to Panama City on a holiday, you are probably looking forward to some delicious food tossed by great chefs. Although, the cuisine here takes tips from every nook & corner, the icing of the cake is the Panamanian food, which combines local traditions and ingredients. Dining in Panama is a remarkable experience since there are a wide variety of expensive, moderate and cheap restaurants. There is no guessing that seafood is the speciality as the word Panama translates into "abundance of fish".

Madame Chang's

If Panama City boasts of an authentic Chinese restaurant, then it has to be Madame Chang's. Staying true to its cuisine, the food served here blends the flavour of different regions of China. There couldn't be a better place in the city to savour Peking Duck and gulp down a few shots of martini.

Address : Calle 48, Casa 26B, Bella Vista, Panama City, Panama

Tel. No. : +507 269 1313

Opening Hours : Monday to Thursday: noon to 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm

Friday & Saturday: noon to 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Sunday: noon to 10:00 pm

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El Trapiche

Symbolizing the Panamanian name for old-world sugar mill, El Trapiche specializes in appetizing Panamanian cuisine. It is a highly recommended restaurant for food connoisseurs who are interested in knowing the local tastes and flavours. Try their zesty "Panamanian Fiesta", sandwiches en hojaldra and tropical smoothies.

Address : Vía Argentina, Avenida 2B north, Panama City, Panama

Tel. No. : +507 269 4353

Opening Hours : Daily 7:00 to 11:00 pm


Eurasia isone of the swankier restaurants in Panama City, sought by the rich Panamanians and wealthy tourists. The only restaurant in Central America to be awarded the American Academy of Hospitality "Five-Diamond Rating," Eurasia focuses on Asian influenced European cuisine. The work of talented chefs - Gloria and Kim Young, Eurasia offers a scrumptious range of seafood and dessert creations.

Address : Edificio La Trona, 1er alto, Calle 48, Bella Vista, Panama City, Panama

Tel. No. : +507 264 7859

Opening Hours : Monday to Friday: noon to 3:00 pm, 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm

Saturday: 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm

Miraflores Restaurant at the Panama Canal

If you want to enjoy fine dining at the waterfront, one should head straight to the restaurant at Miraflores visitor centre. View the ships transiting through Panama Canal Miraflores Locks as you savour succulent bites of shellfish and seafood. An ideal spot to lock eyes with your partner.

Address : Centro de Visitantes Miraflores 2000, Panama City, Panama

Tel. No. : +507 232 3120 / 3122

Opening Hours : Daily 11:00 am to 11:00 pm

Las Tinajas

Aptly named after the tinaja piece of pottery used in old days to keep water fresh, Las Tinajas showcases fresh flavours and ingredients of modern Panamanian cuisine. On certain days, the restaurants arranges for traditional dances in the national "pollera" dress featuring the local culture at its best. Book in advance if you want to enjoy the best view of the stage.

Address :, Panama City, Panama

Tel. No. : +507 269 3840

Opening Hours : Restaurant: Daily 11:00 am to 11:00 pm, Show: Tuesday to Saturday: 9:00 pm

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Restaurante 1985 y Rincón Suizo

One of the best restaurants in town, Chef Willy Diggelmann's two flagship restaurants neighbouring each other, have won many awards to date. Restaurante 1985 is the only restaurant in Panama to receive Wine Spectator's Best of Award of Excellence for one of the finest wine collection in the world. While Restaurante 1985 stays loyal to French cuisine, Rincon Suizo explores the Swiss alpine dishes. It's as French as you can get at Restaurante 1985 y Rincón Suizo with classic dishes like pâté, escargot, and coquilles St.- Jacques. A restaurant not to be missed while in Panama.

Address : Cl, Eusebio A. Morales, close to Hotel Suites Las Vegas and El Panama Hotel, Panama City, Panama

Tel. No. : +507 263 8571

Opening Hours : Monday to Friday: 11:00 am to midnight, Saturday & Sunday: 5:30 pm to midnight

Caffé Pomodoro

Chef Willy Diggelmann's Caffe Pomodoro is a trendy Italian restaurant specializing in pasta and Mediterranean cuisine. The tropical atmosphere relaxes us instantly for there are varieties of homemade pastas, seafood dishes, pizzas, focaccia sandwiches and desserts. The quality and price is both top notch.

Address : Cl. Eusebio A. Morales, Ground floor of the Hotel Suites Las Vegas and close to the El Panama Hotel, Panama City, Panama

Tel. No. : +507 269 5836

Opening Hours : Daily 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

La Posta

With 30 years of experience under the belt, it is no wonder that the HRG flagship Italian restaurant La Posta, has garnered rave reviews in such a less span of time. Inviting ambience and appetizing food waiting to be devoured, the place hits the mark with tourists and locals alike. To avoid the wait, reservation is a must. Try their starters, thin crust pizzas and seafood dishes.

Address : Calle 49 and Calle Uruguay, Bella Vista, Panama City, Panama

Tel. No. : +507 269 1076 / 6678 4052

Opening Hours : Monday to Saturday: noon to 2:30 pm, 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm, Sunday closed

Café René

Café René's success lies in its experience drawn from Manolo Caracol, a popular Panamanian restaurant of an international stature. Tweaking traditional Panamanian cuisine with Pan-Asian and Continental flavours, Café René satiates the quench for good food at the first bite. Its popularity is of course the everyday changing five or six course menu with at least a dozen items on the list. Café Rene is ideal for families since they also offer a children's menu.

Address : Plaza Catedral, Calle Pedro J. Sossa, Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama

Tel. No. : +507 262 3487

Opening Hours : Monday to Friday: noon to 3:00 pm, 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm (11:00 pm on Saturday)


Mario Castrellón's restaurant - Maito presents a rich blend of food & culture through its fusion cuisine amid the Panamanian tropical surroundings. This upscale eatery dishes out their take on local culinary traditions of Panama with fresh ingredients picked from their onsite garden. A great place to dine with your family & friends.

Address : At the end of 50 Street, crossing Vía Cincuentenario,

4th house on the right, Panama City, Panama

Tel. No. : +507 391 4657 / 8

Opening Hours : Monday to Saturday: noon to 3:00 pm, 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm


On the footsteps of La Posta, Chef David Henessy opened his second restaurant - Market, dedicated to delicious steaks and burgers. Set up in a lively location, Market addresses various flavours, rare to the Panamanian restaurants. Food fanatics crowd the place all day long for breakfast, lunch, and dinner to taste their unique pork chops, salads finished off with a bottle of wine.

Address : Corner of Calle Urugay and Calle 47, Bella Vista/Area Bancaria (Financial District), Panama City, Panama

Tel. No. : +507 264 9401

Opening Hours : Monday to Friday: 7:30 am to midnight, Saturday & Sunday: 11:30 am to midnight