Boquete’s Best Eats: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
My husband and I have been living part-time in Boquete, Panama for 5 1/2 years now. When we first started coming to the beautiful mountain town, there were 43 restaurants available. Though I am not sure of the exact number now, new dining options are springing up all of the time.
For a small town like Boquete, there are plenty of tasty restaurants that will satisfy your palate. Here is my list of Boquete’s Best Eats for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Boquete’s Best Eats for Breakfast
#1 Panamonte Restaurant
The Panamonte is in a class all of its own. This 100+-year-old inn delivers fabulous food, great service, and a hospitable and gorgeous setting. I recommend the Swedish Pancakes, stacked high, served with maple syrup and a scrumptious strawberry topping. Another great choice are the Eggs Benedict, topped with a delicate hollandaise sauce. Freshly squeezed juices are available, as well as smoothies.
#2 Boquete Sandwich Shop
The Boquete Sandwich Shop serves breakfast all day so no matter when you are craving some breakfast food, they’ve got you covered. The waitstaff always strives to please the customers and the meals are affordable and well prepared. I like the Egg and Cheese Burrito, served with salsa and sour cream, with a slice of papaya and pineapple. My husband prefers the omelets or Eggs Benedicts. Meals run $5-6.
#3 Mike’s Global Grill
This is a popular gringo spot that makes a quick and tasty breakfast, with the best prices in town. My go-to meal at Mike’s is the Denver Omelet, served with flavorful roasted potatoes and toast. They also do excellent eggs over easy. Burgers may be the most popular item on the menu, along with yummy, crispy fries.
#4 La Brulerie at Finca Lerida
La Brulerie is “the” place to go in Boquete for the most attractive restaurant and views. Early morning offers the best clear views of all of the beautiful flower gardens. You may even see some rare birds on the property. The breakfast dishes are typical Panamanian. I love the Vegetarian Omelet (onions, mushrooms, and Muenster cheese), served with holjadres (Panamanian fry bread). La Brulerie has the most beautiful food presentation in Boquete, often with fresh flowers. Order a coffee; they use their own beans!
#5 El Oasis
The El Oasis Hotel restaurant offers fast service and impressive dishes for a decent price. The Ham and Cheese Omelet was served with holjadres (again, Panamanian fry bread). It was delicious, though not very visually appealing. The setting of the El Oasis restaurant is comfy and relaxed, plus a gorgeous toucan that loves attention lives there. The staff does not speak or understand much English, so please be patient and clear with your requests.
Boquete’s Best Eats for Lunch
#1 Boquete Fish House
Boquete Fish House is my new favorite place to go for a tasty and quick meal that will not break the bank. I love their beer-battered Fried Fish Sandwich, served with creamy Southern style coleslaw and french fries for a whopping $5.99. The Fish House’s tartar sauce is perfect and goes nicely with the fresh fish that is never greasy. You can opt for grilled fish instead of fried or have it Cajun-style or blackened.
#2 Sugar & Spice
I would have to say that Sugar & Spice is the most popular restaurant in Boquete, offering breakfast (all day) and lunch, as well as takeaway items such as pastries, fresh bread, pies, soups, quiche, and desserts. Sugar & Spice’s sandwiches are the best in town. They always have a couple of fresh soups to choose from and they toss impressive fresh salads. I love that the workers are always friendly, plus the restaurant has free WiFi. If you crave dessert, look for passionfruit pie. It is darned tasty!
#3 Toco Madera Restaurant
Yet another great Boquete hotel restaurant. Dine on the cute outdoor patio and enjoy their tasty frozen drinks as well. Burgers are highly rated and the Mexican choices are more than satisfactory. Toco Madera is a nice restaurant and located off of the beaten path.
#4 Sabor Escondido
Sabor is located inside the Valle Escondido gated community. When you arrive, just tell the security guard at the gate that you are going to the restaurant. Sabor’s Tomato Soup is super fresh and tasty. Try it with the Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwich, layered with fresh, yummy tomato slices. The service is incredibly slow but the food is worth the wait.
#5 Senior Gyro
Located in the heart of downtown, this cute little sandwich shop has counter service, but the food is delivered to your table. The gyros are really good and include chips for $7.25. The menu features salads, sandwiches, and quite a lot of other choices. The service gets a thumbs up.
Boquete’s Best Eats for Dinner
#1 Panamonte Restaurant
This jewel makes the list twice because it is the best and most delicious restaurant in town. Panamonte has outdoor deck seating, a large restaurant, and a cozy bar in the back which is where we prefer to sit. Huge couches and fireplaces welcome guests and you feel right at home. My favorite Panamonte dishes are the Beef Carpaccio to start with and either the Langoustine Risotto or the Short Rib Fettuccini for entrees. A Caesar Salad is a great choice if you want something not so heavy (add a protein to it for a few dollars more).
#2 El Oasis
El Oasis is making the list twice, too, because it is the best value for good dinner entrees in Boquete. The lunch/dinner seating is in a different location than the breakfast, in the midst of impressive gardens, full of lovely blooms and hand-painted art. El Oasis has two fabulous soups, Roasted Pepper, and Cream of Corn that are priced just right. For dinner, my husband likes the Chicken Roulade (stuffed with spinach and goat cheese) and I like the Grilled Vegetables over Polenta.
#3 Restaurante Baru
Located in the center of town, Baru is a place for the backpacker crowds and tourists, but they have very good food and free WIFI. There is a huge outdoor patio and if you want to see sporting events, this is a good place to go. Baru has live music quite often as well. My favorite dishes there are the burgers or the Chicken & Rice Bowl. Baru has a full-service bar and servers who aim to please.
#4 Art Cafe
The Art Cafe is a neat eatery that has an interesting menu, themed dinners from time to time, and local artwork on the walls that you may purchase. A cute bar is located in the back of the restaurant and they often have live music. Art Cafe has a great vibe. I usually have the Beef Stroganoff and my friends always pick the Filet Mignon. **As of summer 2017, this restaurant is closed.
#5 La Posada Boquetena
La Posada is recently expanded and redecorated, sitting at the end of downtown Boquete. They serve great grilled meats and brick oven pizzas, even to go. It is a popular place for happy hour. Warning: this is one of the more pricey restaurants in town, but their food is unlike anyone else and a nice change of scenery.
Boquete’s Best Miscellaneous Noteworthy Places
#1 Los Molinas
Though it is about 15 minutes outside of town, Los Molinas has has a great Friday evening happy hour, starting at 5. This is a great place to invite friends for cheap eats, good drinks, impressive service, and nice music. The restaurant overlooks a gorgeous canyon and several waterfalls, so bring your camera. Order the Mango Ceviche or the Chicken Quesadilla; both are perfect choices and only $6 each.
#2 The Boquete Visitor Center
This is my favorite coffee shop, probably because I am not a real coffee drinker, but sometimes like having the blended, full of calories, frou-frou coffee beverage. The staff at the Boquete Visitor Center is quick at filling orders. There are pastries and pies for purchase, too. Not a coffee drinker? Try the iced chai.
Where are your favorite restaurants to eat at in Boquete, Panama?