• Market (Panama City; tel. 264-9401): This snazzy new restaurant is one of the most popular dining spots in Panama City, and it's easy to see why. Contemporary, yet classy, Market serves up some of the best burgers and steaks in Panama City.
  • La Casa de Lourdes (El Valle de Antón; tel. 387-5120): The cuisine is so to-die-for good that some residents of Panama City endure the 4-hour round-trip to El Valle de Antón just to have Sunday lunch. Ultra-fresh ingredients and exotic fruits are used to create updated takes on Panamanian and Latin American fare. Dining is alfresco: under the archways of a Tuscan-style manor house, next to an outdoor swimming pool.



  • Restaurant Vista Mar (Vista Mar; tel. 215-1111): This restaurant is run by a renowned French chef, and sports a chic Moroccan decor, plus outdoor dining with ocean views. The Mediterranean-style seafood is well-conceived and bursting with flavor. The restaurant is within the Vista Mar residential community, on the Pacific Coast.



  • Panamonte Inn Restaurant (Boquete; tel. 720-1324): This sanctuary of gourmet cuisine is located within the clapboard walls of the oldest hotel in Boquete. The food is inventive and consistently good, and service is attentive and courteous. You can bypass their more formal dining area for a comfy seat in their fireside bar and still order off the main menu.


Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.