You Can’t Leave Panama City Without Trying These 5 Restaurants

BY KEVIN O’BRIEN, Founder of Barefoot Panama (Panama City, Panama)

Panama City’s culinary scene is on the rise. Thanks to its geographic location as the bridge between Central to South America, Panama welcomes an abundance of travelers particularly during winter season where the local weather is warm but kind while rainstorms aren’t as spontaneous as they would be during spring or summer.

SEE ALSO: 9 Ways To See Panama The Right Way

Travelers may often find themselves sipping on a glass of good wine at a modern and sophisticated restaurant opened by groups such as Henesy-Rodriguez who has introduced the idea of “farm-to-table” to Panama City’s growing food scene. Although, what may further intrigue most travelers are local eats. For this, we had to ask the man who doesn’t merely know all, but knows Panama well.

As the founder of Barefoot Panama – a leading tour company in Panama – Kevin O’Brien has made the country his home. A native Bostonian, O’Brien fell in love with Panama City in a way that you may too, by the kindness of locals and the potential of possibilities in a land boasting unscathed nature swooning travelers who often arrive from the U.S. When it came to top 5 restaurants in Panama City, we had to get his take. We’re pretty sure you’ll find his list deliciously awesome too.

1. Mi Ranchito

Amador Causeway, Av Punta Culebra, Panamà City, Panamà (map, website)

Call: +507.228.4909

We go to Mi Ranchito on our City Tour! Amazing location, service, price and, of course, food (mainly the seafood). Good views of the city and a nice breeze make this one of our favorites.

Facebook Mi Ranchito restaurant Panama City exterior

Facebook Mi Ranchito restaurant Panama City

Facebook/Mi Ranchito

2. Super Gourmet 

Avenida A, between Calle 6 & 7, Casco Viejo, Panamà City, Casco Viejo, Panamà (map, website)

Call: +507.212.3487

Super G is a landmark in the old town! Located next to our office, you can find freshly squeezed juices, good coffee, great breakfast/lunch and some hard to find ‘specialty items’, like organic chocolate and imported beers!

Facebook SUPER GOURMET, CASCO VIEJO restaurant Panama City exterior

Facebook SUPER GOURMET, CASCO VIEJO restaurant Panama City


3. Mostaza

Avenida A & Calle 3, Casco Viejo, Panamà City, Panamà (map, website)

Call: +507.228.3341

Location location location! Sit outside in front of the famous flat arch in the old town and enjoy a good steak, jumbo prawns and a nice glass of wine at Mostaza.

Facebook Mostaza restaurant Panama City

Facebook Mostaza Panama City restaurant

Photo: Facebook

4. Casa Blanca 

Calle 4a Este & Av B, Casco Viejo, Panamà City, Panamà (map, website)

Call: +507.214.0040

Plaza Bolivar is a wonderful place to enjoy an afternoon Mojito! Casa Blanca offers good value, a wide selection and it is open everyday!

Facebook Restaurant Casa Blanca Panama City restaurant

Facebook Restaurant Casa Blanca Panama City

Facebook/Restaurant Casa Blanca

5. Caliope 

Avenida Central, between Calle 11 & 13, inside Amador Theatre, Casco Viejo, Panamaà City, Panamà (map, website)

Call: +507.212.1565

This new restaurant is easily top five in Panama! Not cheap, but it just might be the best!

Facebook Caliope Panama City restaurant

Facebook Caliope restaurant Panama City


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Jerry Alonzo Leon


Jerry's favorite country to travel to is Spain. When he's on the road, he keeps it real simple with a pen and a pad. His travel style is spontaneous, easygoing, and always in search of a great adventure.

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