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Santa Rita - Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama

Santa Rita - Casco Viejo

4.6
4.6
194 Reviews
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Fusionamos lo mejor de la gastronomía Española y Argentina, con una propuesta exclusiva para ti! Visitanos en la entrada del Casco Viejo

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Argentinean, Spanish
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 1:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    6629-6315
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Nino Muñoz
  • Neighborhood
    Panama City
  • Cross street
    calle 11 este
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 194 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Panama

    Best Overall

  • Panama

    Best Food

  • Panama

    Best Service

  • Panama

    Best Ambiance

  • Panama

    Best Value

  • Panama

    Good for groups

  • Panama

    Healthy

  • Panama

    Hot spot

  • Panama

    Neighborhood gem

  • Panama

    Great for fine wines

  • Panama

    Lively

  • Panama City

    Best Overall

  • Panama City

    Best Food

  • Panama City

    Best Service

  • Panama City

    Best Ambiance

  • Panama City

    Best Value

  • Panama City

    Good for groups

  • Panama City

    Healthy

  • Panama City

    Hot spot

  • Panama City

    Neighborhood gem

  • Panama City

    Great for fine wines

  • Panama City

    Lively

194 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service overall. Would definitely recommend to someone looking for a good steak meal in Casco Viejo.

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  2. Nabira

    San Francisco

    38 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The beef stew and ceviche were disappointingly chewy, and to top it off, they didn't even acknowledge that it was my birthday. The grilled artichoke was drowned in oil- very average restaurant.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, wines,cocktails, and food. Churrasco, pulpo a la parrilla, and Spanish omeletts awesome. Owner came to our table to introduce himself, nice detailed.

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  4. CathrynR

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful restaurant - amazing ambience, wide choice of foods. Will definitely go there again!

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  5. TheBlackTruth

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    This was an unenjoyable experience. Our waiter knew nothing about the menu and had to leave and go ask someone every time we had a question. The steaks ordered medium arrived rare - and visibly so since it came pre-sliced. The flavors were mediocre at best. Overall, I would suggest walking past their door and dining elsewhere.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and ambiance, the restaurant is an argentinian/ spanish combination, live music and a lively room conversation made it fun. The owner Geraldine is lovely and was on top of everything despite being a very busy night.

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  7. Goldfrog

    Miami

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    El lugar es muy bonito dada la arquitectura del Casco Viejo. No obstante, habia una espera de 40 minutos aun con una reservacion y sin lugar para sentarse. El area de espera era la misma entrada del local en una rampa que hacia estar ahi sumamente incomodo. La dueña o hostess fue muy agradable y trato de llevar la situacion de la mejor manera, sin embargo no quita el mal rato que pasamos al tener que esperar tanto tiempo de pie. La comida estaba bien, sin embargo no fue nada del otro mundo.

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  8. BestyetDC

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed a very good meal and experience on Valentine’s Day 2024. Without a doubt the best filet mignon ever. Will make sure and return next time I visit the Old Town in Panama City.

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  9. KarenC

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Each dish was very good and portions were more than enough. Had portabello mushroom appetizer, local beef fillet and tagliatelle with lobster bisque sauce mains and a crème brûlée dessert. Service was a little slow and we would have enjoyed a glass of wine while waiting to order. But it was Valentine’s Day and the restaurant was extremely busy, so we understood the delay. Would go back on a different night

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  10. AlanS

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The restaurant was closed and dark. We received no warning about the closure and no sign was posted on the outside door . nothing on restaurant website either. Who knows if restaurants is still open?

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  11. JRamos

    Chicago

    50 reviews

    3.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Friendly staff and good selection of wine. However that’s where it ends. Unfortunately, the food is average

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  12. RoyG

    Atlanta Metro

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A fantastic choice for our final dinner in Casco Viejo! Anyone who visits Panama City should dine here.

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  13. keyboardbarbie

    Milwaukee

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We visited here twice because of the singer who was there the first time! He was wonderful and we love music! Went back for a second time to hear him again and the food, drinks, and service were wonderful!

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  14. SueB

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super little place with terrific seasonal menu, unique dishes and terrific service!

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  15. EC6440

    Toronto

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a very nice dinner. This was our second time visiting the restaurant. We'll make it a must whenever we are visiting Panama. Food, Service, Ambience, everything we're perfect, except it gets very noisy when restaurant is busy.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was incredibly good - food, service and atmosphere!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Coastal Georgia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant was so excellent the first time we went back a second time during our short stay in Panama City. This is an outstanding restaurant full of amazing people and award worthy food. If you do not visit this restaurant during your stay in Panama City, you will have missed, something very special I’m sure. Oh you guys are so sweet right there. Thank you.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were late due to a concert going past the end time but the staff were able to fit us in a very busy night. The staff was attentive and friendly but efficient. The meal and drinks were excellent.

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  19. BrentH

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I ate here 3 times in 10 days. They have another restaurant i was not able to discover but Santa Rita was delicious and my favorite dinner spot. I tried new dishes every night and every night it was delicious. My server was the same for all my nights as she also was very helpful and the passion fruit shot she provided on the second night after the meal was perfect! Gracias for your help. If anyone is looking for a perfect dinner and open to new meals and flavor filled dinner this is the spot.

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  20. AlbertoA

    Panama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very friendly and attentive staff. Good food and nice Ambience. Would definitely recommend it.

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  21. TheJenMoody

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful place! We had 3 tapas ( sea bass carpaccio, shrimp, ham croquettes), salad, special risotto and stuffed pasta. Then tres leche cake for dessert. Everything was delicious. Service was very friendly. Great ambience.

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  22. marlak

    Richmond

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very much enjoyed the tapas style menu. There were 4 of us and we were able to try so many wonderful dishes by choosing theri small plates. Great experience!

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  23. LillieJ

    Panama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant has a comfortable cozy feel. The food/drinks were very good. This is a great spot for solo/couple/group dining.

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  24. Steven

    New York City

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Santa Rita is a gem. We are from New York and we’re told not to miss this restaurant. Best meal of the year! 6 of us ate together, and we did not have a bad dish. The octopus , clams, Langostino special, black seafood rice, pasta, steak entrente were all excellent. Not good, excellent. And the staff and owners could not have been warmer and attentive. The only bad thing I can say about the restaurant, I wish it was in New York so we could eat there often!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible dining experience with food choices for all dietary needs. The restaurant is run impeccably.

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  26. SylvieP

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Un repas exceptionnel dans un ambiance très agréable. Le décor est chaleureux, le restaurant n'est pas trop grand. On a presque l'impression de manger à la maison. En arrivant là propriétaire est venue nous saluer et nous souhaiter la bienvenue. Le service est exceptionnel, on s'occupe de vous du début à la fin. Nous avons pris en entrée le tataki de thon, ça fond dans la bouche, pour le plat principal nous avons choisis des langoustes qui étaient sur l'ardoise. Tout était réalisé avec beaucoup de finesse. C'est notre choix numéro 1. Je vous recommande ce restaurant. Nous Y retournerons lors de notre prochain voyage.

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  27. SteffenS

    RP

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had dinner here during our last evening in Panama. The service was perfect, the waiters friendly and supportive. We had 8 different tapas to share, all of them excellent!

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  28. ChrisO

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fabulous meal, and the service was fantastic. We would highly recommend Santa Rita.

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  29. IdaR

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome experience and great service, we enjoyed the ambiance and great quality of food.

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  30. JimmC

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful place and view. We arrived and were escorted upstairs to a beautiful rooftop restaurant with excellent service and food. When we left, we realized the person took us to a different restaurant that uses the same entrance lol

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Coastal Georgia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best Spanish Dining experiences I’ve ever had. We went 2 times in 1 week and shared a variety of tapas and main courses, including langostinos with coconut rice, pan con tomate, pulpo a la gallega, chuletón de cerdo. The wine list was extensive with good Tempranillo and albariños. The staff was amazing. Beatriz, Jonathan and Luis were very attentive and detail oriented. The owners came and greeted us at our table. Very cordial and engaging. I would recommend this place to anyone visiting Panama City.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great anniversary dinner my wife and I had. Santa Rita when you walk in is a very well decorated restaurant right by the presidents home, and waterfront. The appetizers were all excellent. We had the manchengo cheese, iberico ham, and bruschetta to start with. Each was on the larger side of portions, but plated beautifully. For dinner my wife went with a vegetable pasta that had a pesto sauce. I had the Santa Rite Tour of Meats, which included their steak, sausage, blood sausage, and chicken… each piece had amazing flavor. Finally, we wrapped up dinner with a piece of their cheesecake… and my oh my, was it good. I come from the east coast (NY/NJ and this may have compared to Juniors in Brooklyn which I frequented as a kid/adult They made us feel appreciated with a glass of bubbles to wrap up the night… and Frances, our waitress provided us an excellent experience!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    13 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Made a reservation and they didn’t honor it ! Period . I had to go elsewhere . They had a private event but they don’t locked it . So, suggest calling first

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  34. klbster

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Santa Rita was fabulous! Delicious food, amazing service and wonderful ambiance. Highly recommend if you are visiting Casco Viejo in Panamá City.

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  35. JaneR

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been coming to Panama annually since 2021 and each time manage to eat multiple times at Santa Rita. It never disappoints. People, food, service, decor, ambiance & value all on point! This time we have been in town for a week and managed 3 visits. Excellent🙌

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Cancun

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a very nice restaurant with very low lighting which creates a romantic environment. I ordered the Chuletón de cerdo!! The sauce was absolutely AWESOME!!!!!!!!

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  37. Mary

    Phoenix

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed the food and drinks here, and the location is great. They could not find our reservation but served a complimentary glass of bubbly while we waited for a table. Service wasn't the fastest but was pleasant. Food met but did not exceed our expectations. The restaurant came highly recommended by two locals, overall it was worth going to once but is not a place to note as remarkable based on the price.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Super noisy …. But the live music was great, and the food was excellent !!!!

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  39. ErinS

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Impeccable service, tasty food - we enjoyed the ceviche, roasted vegetables, lobster tagliatelle, and tuna risotto. Henry was attentive and friendly. Recommend!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Key West

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had Etta & Jonathan serving us tonight, they were very attentive to us and our orders and made our overall experience really enjoyable. The empanadas & sevechi was really great, I enjoyed the complimentary shots, very tasty. Will be back soon, thank you!

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FAQs

Santa Rita - Casco Viejo offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 6629-6315.

Santa Rita - Casco Viejo is rated 4.6 stars by 194 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Santa Rita - Casco Viejo

Avenida Eloy Alfaro 11San Felipe, Panama City, Panama 0801

Additional information

  • Cross street
    calle 11 este
  • Neighborhood
    Panama City
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 1:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Argentinean, Spanish
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Nino Muñoz
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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