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Panama restaurants

Dining well in Panama is easy—at least in Panama City. Visitors to the capital never have to travel far for a good meal of chicken sancocho (a stew with lots of vegetables), or seafood sautéed Creole-style (a la criolla) with tomatoes and onions. Neighborhoods like Casco Viejo, once deserted after dark, are now dotted with restaurants; and just outside the city is the Amador Causeway, where the many casual eateries have skyline views. Outside the city, though, even in touristy areas, the pickings are slim. In places like Bocas del Toro and Boquete, the best bet is to eat at one of the higher-end hotels.

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Panamonte Inn & Spa, Boquete

Forget this hotel's dowdy dining room; the best place to eat in the old-fashioned clapboard building is the open-air bar. Wrought-iron tables are scattered...more

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La Casa del Marisco, Panama City

Politicians and rich businessmen tend to congregate beneath the beamed ceiling of this formal-ish dining room—which may explain the extortionately high...more

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Eurasia, Panama City

While many of Panama City's restaurants try to out-modern one another, Eurasia embraces a traditional sort of elegance. In a 1936 building on a quiet block in...more

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El Trapiche, Panama City

Big portions of authentic local fare, cheap prices, and a lively atmosphere greet visitors to El Trapiche. Here, in the residential and commercial district of...more

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El Limbo on the Sea, Bocas del Toro

Nobody goes to Bocas del Toro for the cuisine. Most of the storefront restaurants in the archipelago's only town make no greater claim than having the island's...more

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