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Restaurants in Panama City

Casco Viejo is home to some of the city's best international restaurants, like S'cena. High-end and mid-range options, such as Madame Chang and S'cena, cluster around El Cangrejo, Obarrio, and the Amador Causeway. There are budget eateries serving typical almuerzos corrientes (daily menus) throughout the city, but they tend to close early. Most restaurants are open until at least 10pm on weekdays and later on weekends. A 10% service charge is generally included.

Mercado de Mariscos Restaurant, Panama City. Courtesy of Cooking Diva

Top-end

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  1. 1. S'cena - Top-end: (More than US$35 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    S'cena, Panama City. Courtesy of Bar Platea

    For a high-end dining experience, Casco Antiguo's S'cena is a good bet. The restaurant offers understated elegance, excellent service, and some of the best seafood and beef dishes in a renovated colonial building in Panama City. For dessert, there's delicious banana cream pie. Platea, its sister club downstairs, is great for live music and dancing.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 12pm-4pm & 7.30pm-11pm; Sun 12pm-4pm (bar until 1am on weekends)

    Address

    In front of Old Club Union, Casco Antiguo, Panama City

    Telephone

    +507 228 4011

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    S'cena Website

  2. 2. Miraflores Restaurant - Top-end: (More than US$35 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Miraflores Restaurant, Panama City. Photo by Gilberto Alemancia

    Overlooking the Miraflores Locks on the Panama Canal, the Miraflores Restaurant is popular not only for its excellent cuisine, but for its up-close views of massive cargo ships transiting the Canal. Lunch is the busiest time and advance reservations are necessary. Diners should try for a table near the railing for the best views.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 12pm-10.30pm

    Address

    Miraflores Visitor Center, Miraflores Locks, Panama City

    Telephone

    +507 276 8325

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Miraflores Restaurant Website

Mid-range

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  1. 3. Market - Mid-range: (US$20-US$35 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Market is one of Panama City's newest and hippest restaurants, and this smart, contemporary spot serves some of the best burgers and steaks in the city's Bella Vista area. Always popular, the Sunday brunch is said to be so good that one of Panama's vice-presidents allegedly has a permanent table reserved.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Wed 12pm-2.30pm & 6.30pm-11pm; Thu & Fri 11am-11pm; Sat & Sun 10.30am-11pm

    Address

    Corner of Calle Uruguay and Calle 47, Area Bancaria, Panama City

    Telephone

    +507 264 9401

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Market Website

  2. 4. Madame Chang - Mid-range: (US$20-US$35 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    There are lots of Chinese restaurants in Panama City, but Madame Chang in the El Cangrejo district is far above the majority of the pack. The exquisite Peking duck keeps regulars coming back time and time again, as does the elegant ambience. It's safe to be adventurous - everything on the menu is delicious.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 12pm-3pm & 6pm-11pm

    Address

    Avenida 5A and Calle Uruguay, El Cangrejo, Panama City

    Telephone

    +507 269 1313

    Transport

    Taxi

Budget

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  1. 5. Mercado de Mariscos Restaurant - Budget: (Less than US$20 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Mercado de Mariscos Restaurant, Panama City. Courtesy of Cooking Diva

    Seafood doesn't get better than this. Housed above the Mercado de Mariscos, Panama City's fish market in Calidonia, it serves specialities such as grilled octopus, ceviche (raw fish marinated in lemon juice), squid, and seafood soup. There's nothing fancy about the Mercado de Mariscos Restaurant, but it's impossible to find anything fresher.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 10am-5pm

    Address

    Avenida Balboa and Calle 15 Este, Calidonia, Panama City

    Transport

    Taxi

  2. 6. Mi Ranchito - Budget: (Less than US$20 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    A perennial favourite, Mi Ranchito is always bustling, thanks to the phenomenal views of the Panama City skyline from its prime location on the Amador Causeway. The sea bass in garlic sauce and the coconut rice are recommended, or hungry diners can order the huge combinación appetiser plate, featuring fried plantain, yucca and empanadas.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11.30am-11pm

    Address

    Amador Causeway, Panama City

    Telephone

    +507 228 4909

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Mi Ranchito Website

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