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The Wine Bar

The Wine Bar (Calle Eusebio Morales, Hotel Suites Las Vegas, east of Via Veneto, El Cangrejo, Panama City) – another establishment owned by (Swiss) chef and wine importer Willy Diggelmann, this bar has over 200 wines – available by the glass or bottle. Food options include cheeses , pizza, fine meats, and salads. Live music […]

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Vieja Habana

Vieja Habana (Avenida B y Calle 5, Casco Viejo, Panama City) – given its Casco Viejo location, this is a great place for a Cuban-themed bar. Patrons here can enjoy a Cuba Libre or a refreshing mojito, both made with real Havana Club rum, or a cold beer while you swing your hips to the […]

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La Rana Dorada

La Rana Dorada (Av. Eloy Alfaro y Calle 11, Casco Viejo, Panama City) – this old school section of Panama would be the ideal spot for a microbrewery, or so thought the owners. Visitors finding their way here will be pleasantly surprised to find this novel place, and enjoy its line of home brews. There’s […]

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Azul Bar & Grill

Azul Bar & Grill (Calle Punta Colón, Paitilla, Panama City) – located on the 13th floor of the Trump Hotel, this is both a restaurant (serving lean cuisine options, along with burgers), and a poolside lounge that fills up during the weekends. It already scores points with local and international patrons because of its bright, […]

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Puerta de Tierra

Puerta de Tierra (Calle 9, Edificio Montefiore, Casco Viejo, Panama City) – launched by Venezuelan entrepreneurs in 2009, this steakhouse is housed within a historic structure that recalls Panama’s boom years from the early Canal period. This restaurant has a diverse menu – ranging from BBQ steak dishes, to seafood, soups, salads, as well as […]

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Mi Ranchito

Mi Ranchito (Isla Naos, Calzada de Amador, Panama City) – diners here choose this restaurant for its view of the city across the bay. It is also a decent place to try local (Panamanian) cuisine. Dishes served are include orvina entera frita (a whole fried sea bass), rib-eye steak encebollado (smothered in onions), camarones a […]

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Mexicanita

Mexicanita (Calle 53 Este, Marbella, Panama City) – this is a Mexican restaurant which has received mostly positive reviews from international diners. The biggest plus is its reasonable prices for its dishes, be it the house-made tortillas and chips, the guacamole, enchiladas, or tostadas. Some say it can improve on the décor, but that’s a […]

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Market

Market (Calle 48 entre Calle Uruguay y Aquino de la Guardia, Bella Vista, Panama City) – USDA beef is a status symbol for top-quality beef among upscale Panamanian restaurants, which is a major selling point with this steakhouse.  This along with the organic chicken and pork items served here.  The décor is consistent with similar […]

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Manolo Caracol

Manolo Caracol (Av. Central y Calle 3 Este, Casco Viejo, Panama City) – this restaurant (with an accompanying art gallery) is housed in a renovated colonial building, and serves a variety of seafood and meat dishes.  Diners give this restaurant high marks for its large portions and natural ingredients.  

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Luna

Luna (Calle 53, Marbella, Central Comercial La Florida, Panama City) — In a city where the service can be questionable (even at high-end restaurants), this vegetarian-friendly fusion restaurant has gotten high marks from various diners for its impeccable service, as well as for its dishes – whether it was chicharrones, beef carpaccio, or Asian combos. […]