For such a small town, Boquete offers up some damn good choices in the dining world, and I am here to offer you my personal reviews. Whether you are in the mood for international fare, typical Panamanian food, or an impressive gourmet meal, you can find all the Boquete eats here. Two things to keep in mind is that the typical gratuity rate is 10% of the check and that tap water is safe to drink. Here is where I have been sinking my teeth into Boquete for great eats!
Sinking My Teeth Into Boquete Eats
- Restaurante Mango– Makes a tasty breakfast and has a cute outdoor patio. Dinners are always good and consistent with fresh ingredients, but pricey. Try the brick oven pizza. (closed as of 2016)
- La Posada– This is my husband’s favorite bar and pizza. Consider sitting at a table in the bar for faster service. Prices have risen tremendously.
- Sugar & Spice– Specializes in homemade muffins and heavenly varieties of bread Large selection of breakfast dishes, though for me they are too bland. Service is on point and the restaurant runs smoothly. Take home items available as well. Sugar & Spice is closed on Wednesday.
- Fire Side Inn (George’s Grill)– This is a mixed bag restaurant. The food is interesting, but the herbs in my soup did not go well with the overall taste. It was very bitter. The daily fish specials are worthwhile and service is just okay. Bring a cushion as the hard seats get rough after a short time.
- Paladar– Located inside the Hotel Valle del Rio Hotel, this took me by surprise. They feature a cooked to order pasta buffet on Wednesday nights for a decent price. Service was acceptable and the outdoor patio is the best in Boquete.
- Casona del Cuzco– NOM! Famous for Pisco Sours. Try the Peruvian Chicken with yellow pepper!
- El Alto– A decent breakfast and in a different part of town (San Francisco Plaza).
- Morton’s Bakehouse– Tasty bagels and flavored cream cheeses, but the bagels are chewy. Morton’s is usually set up at the Tuesday Morning Market in downtown Boquete.
- La Ceiba Bakery- Yummy and inexpensive Panamanian pastries and coffee.
- El Oasis Restaurante– A gorgeous dining spot in the midst of amazing gardens in the heart of downtown Boquete. El Oasis has the best soups in Boquete. Try the Roasted Red Pepper or Cream of Corn, both foodie-approved. The Polenta with Grilled Veggies is an inexpensive, delicious, and filling dinner choice, as is the Stuffed Chicken.
- El Sabroson– Wide variety of foods and affordable prices. Typical Panamanian fare that is worth trying.
- La Brülerie at Finca Lerida– An awesome dining option. La Brülerie has fantastic views during the daytime, interesting birds to watch, a fabulous new remodel, and quality food with lovely presentations, but extremely slow service.
- Sabor Escondido Restaurant- Located inside Valle Escondido. Lots of food and choices, but very slow service.
- Mike’s Global Grill- Fun little sports bar with outdoor seating along the creek bank and often live entertainment. This is the place for singles of Boquete. Mike’s has better-than-average food, especially burgers, wings, pizzas, and salads. Mike also serves a pretty noteworthy breakfast.
- Punto de Encuentro Cafe (Olga’s)– Huevos Rancheros for me, and the price is right! Pancakes and waffles are both on the menu as well. Olga knows no strangers and you will feel right at home.
- El Parador– Lovely mountain views and inexpensive breakfasts, pressed sandwiches, and luscious smoothies. (I prefer mine with milk)
- Cafe Duran– Good coffee but expensive specialty drinks. It does have a nice selection of sweets and pastries.
- Panamonte Inn Hotel Restaurant– My favorite restaurant in Boquete, hands down. The Pumpkin Soup or Beef Carpacchio are both great starters. My favorite dishes are the Braised Short Rib Pasta or the Mushroom Risotto. Choose a table in the bar, which features relaxed atmosphere and romantic fireplaces. Breakfast is delicious, no matter what you choose. Panamonte recently celebrated its 100th year in operation. I have yet to have anything less than spectacular at Panamonte.
- Big Daddy’s- New management has upped the ante on food quality, cleanliness, and friendliness of the staff. Colorful decor and fun atmosphere. Big Daddy’s is known for having the best fish tacos in Boquete.
- La Casona Mexicana– Attentive service, yummy Chorizo Queso Dip, and flavorful Chicken Fajitas. The sauce the restaurant offers you pairs nicely with the Queso Dip and tortilla chips.
- Art Cafe– Romantic and fancy place to dine with friends or for a special occasion. I like their non-typical Beef Stroganoff and decadent desserts. Salads are huge and the lamb is ranked superior. (closed as of 2018)
- The Rock– Beautiful location and setting, yet incredibly overpriced. The Rock offers a variety of soups and a delicious chicken curry meal. Service is slow, but the wine list is extensive and it has a full bar.
- The Ricos Little Italy Pizzeria- I have not eaten here, but have walked by and the smells from inside are mouthwatering.
- Il Barolo– New Italian restaurant located in the loop that features Northern Italian cuisine and interesting Salmon Rolls for an appetizer. I could have eaten them all! Try their daily pasta specials and enjoy a dip in their pool if you would like. (closed as of 2017)
- Toco Madera Restaurant– Nice little spot away from the busy downtown with a cute patio. Good drinks! The restaurant was out of many items when we dined there, but the food that we had was really delectable.
- Il Pianista– A little hard to find but a quaint location and relaxed ambiance. Service is good, and I recommend the Vegetable Lasagna or Cannelloni and pizza. This is an exceptional place for a special occasion with fine wine and beer choices as well.
- Restaurante Raices de la Casa del Risco- Located inside Los Molinas, this is the place for Friday evening happy hour, featuring live music and very inexpensive appetizers. Ceviche and Chicken Quesadillas are both spectacular and only $5.90 each.
- Central Park– The perfect choice for $2.50-$3.50 Panamanian meals or to just people watch. The meal includes a choice of meat, rice, beans, and a scoop of macaroni salad.
- Fresas Mary– Located near Volacancito, this is a popular choice for fruit sherbets and smoothies. I like the Strawberries and Cream.
- Baru Restaurant and Bar– Right in the heart of town with big screen TV’s outside and free WIFI, this is a busy place to be and a popular place to meet up. The food is tasty, above average, and offers gourmet burgers.
- Restaurante Bistro– Extremely good service, affordable prices, and a perfect Chicken Quesadilla. (closed and has changed hands in 2016)
Boquete Has Choices
I am quite impressed with the local Boquete eats and new restaurants are opening up often.
What is your favorite eatery in Boquete and did it make my list? I would love to hear from you.