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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Panama

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems in Panama? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Krume Bäcker restaurant
4.9
4.9 (110)
$30 and under
Organic
Panama City
About the restaurant
Somos la primera panadería tradicional austriaca en Centroamérica, pioneros en la producción artesanal de panes de masa madre con centenos waldstaude, emmer y espelta de Niederösterreich una provincia boscosa al norte de Austria. Todos los panes y dulces que preparamos son de masa madre, la cual tiene múltiples beneficios para el organismo y un alto valor nutricional.

Buscando maridar nuestros panes con ingredientes igualmente excepcionales, desarrollamos un menú bistro en conjunto con el chef Alfonso de La Espriella, de Restaurante Casa Escondida, una propuesta purista, orgánica y saludables que va desde tostadas francesas, ensaladas, sopas, “tostas” y “pastries” de masa madre.

Nuestra fundadora y “head backer”, Natalie Salzman, proviene de una familia dedicada a la panadería tradicional en la antigua aldea de Pfunds, en la región de Tirol, en Austria. Queremos honrar su herencia culinaria y a la vez celebrar la variedad de productos y sabores que ofrecen los suelos panameños.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
I love eating there, Yari and Ashley are the best. The flavours are unique. Everything you eat is really amazing.
A photo of Mahalo Cocina y Jardin restaurant
4.8
4.8 (56)
$30 and under
International
Panama City
About the restaurant
Welcome to Mahalo, created by Canadian sisters Emma & Brit, located in the heart of Casco Viejo, what began as a dream, became a reality. Mahalo Panama, opened July 1st 2016, and the concept was simple, healthy food, promoting healthy living, and providing a space for people to feel comfortable, as if in your own backyard. Mahalo has since branched into two locations, maintaining the original location as a juice bar under the name of Snack Shack, and the new Mahalo Cocina y Jardin with a slightly more intimate cozy setting offering an international menu with the same healthy base. Since opening Mahalo has been seen in Vogue, GQ, Conde Naste Traveler, Lonely Planet and more.
Top review
AnnabellaV
Dined on Apr 28, 2024
Very nice friendly staff in a very welcoming setting. Food was very good and I would recommend the restaurant.
A photo of La Vespa Vistamare restaurant
4.8
4.8 (190)
$30 and under
Italian
Panama City
About the restaurant
Coming Soon!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
This restaurant did not disappoint. It exceeded our expectations! The waiter service was phenomenal. A great place to go with someone special. The views were beautiful.
A photo of Intimo Restaurante restaurant
4.7
4.7 (27)
$31 to $50
Panamanian
Panama City
About the restaurant
Intimo Restaurant is a dining experience that takes local cuisine and traditions combined with a full beverage program. In the heart of the culinary neighborhood of San Francisco you can enjoy the small intimate mess hall with an open kitchen or enjoy the outside cozy dining experience by our outdoor garden.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on May 25, 2024
Very intimate dining experience. Great food, all dishes were delicious. Standout’s were clams, fish, octopus rice, and prawns. Great service and great food. Wine by the glass selection could be improved
A photo of Santa Rita - Casco Viejo restaurant
4.7
4.7 (200)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Panama City
About the restaurant
Fusionamos lo mejor de la gastronomía Española y Argentina, con una propuesta exclusiva para ti! Visitanos en la entrada del Casco Viejo
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MicheleKvip
Dined 4 days ago
We loved our dinner here, food and service were both amazing!
A photo of Maito restaurant
4.7
4.7 (54)
$31 to $50
Panamanian
Panama City
About the restaurant
Maito celebra la rica identidad culinaria multicultural de Panamá, donde la fusión de influencias afro, asiáticas y caribeñas se traduce en un menú que refleja la diversidad de sabores criollos, inspirados en el mar, la montaña y la tierra panameña. Maito ha mantenido su prominencia en la escena gastronómica, logrando durante siete años consecutivos un lugar destacado en Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants, llegando al impresionante puesto número 6. Además, ha sido reconocido internacionalmente al figurar en la prestigiosa lista The World's 50 Best Restaurants, ocupando la posición número 100.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent service. Food was delicious as always. Mocktail of passion fruit with local cilantro leaf was really good.
A photo of Atope restaurant
4.7
4.7 (8)
$31 to $50
International
Panama City
About the restaurant
Atope comienza con un concepto de menú español, que con el tiempo, fue fusionando sabores de la riqueza gastronómica panameña. Así nace su identidad, una fusión de tradición española con los sabores frescos y vibrantes de Panamá.

En nuestro restaurante, cada plato es una celebración de la diversidad de ingredientes locales y del mundo, combinados para despertar tus sentidos. Nuestro equipo se enorgullece de innovar constantemente, creando platos que sorprenden y deleitan a nuestros comensales.
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CarlosL
Dined on Apr 18, 2024
great place for business entertainment the berenjena appetizers and all the food was delicious.
A photo of Caleta restaurant
4.5
4.5 (122)
$31 to $50
International
Panama City
About the restaurant
Neo-Brasserie style restaurant with a local flare by Michelin starred chef Lorenzo Di Gravio.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
We had an amazing experience at Caleta. We had a few dietary restrictions that we accommodated beautifully. The meal used several unique local ingredients (eg tree tomatoes filled with cobia and coconut cream). Everything was beautifully presented from the burrata in a sofrito sauce topped with shaved asparagus to the fish and lamb cooked in clay shaped like a fish and lamb respectively. The cacao dessert is outstanding and also a work of art. We were also celebrating a birthday and they baked a small almond flour cake which was delicious. Service with Wilson was outstanding- he knows everything about each dish and describes it perfectly.
A photo of Tantalo restaurant
4.4
4.4 (85)
$30 and under
International
Panama City
About the restaurant
Tantalo Hotel has a casually elegant food and beverage program under the supervision of Chef Gabriel Rodríguez. Chef Gabriel brings his global experiences to the Tantalo menu, fusing flavors from around the world while honoring the local dishes that are distinct to Panama.

Tantalo Roofbar is the pulsating heart of Panama City’s social life. Open 7 days a week, featuring musical performances from around the globe, the bar is an inviting space to mingle with locals and guests alike. With the sparkling Panama City skyline as the backdrop and panoramic views over the Old Quarter’s architectural gems, you’ll soon see why this is THE place to be.
Top review
carolsuevip
Dined on Mar 7, 2024
Four of us — two senior couples — discovered Tantalo during our visit to Casco Viejo and agreed it was a terrific experience. My meal was among the best I’ve ever had. The Cabra and Berries salad is a must; I’m not sure I left a leaf on my plate. And the Cashew-Encrusted Salmon was perfect. There are many good restaurants in Casco, but this one should top your list!
A photo of Francis Rasenna restaurant
4.3
4.3 (41)
$30 and under
Italian
Panama City
About the restaurant
Bienvenido a "Francis Rasenna: Un Viaje a Través del Tiempo y el Sabor" – un lugar conceptualizado para aquellos que buscan la calidez de sabores italianos cocinados en casa y el encanto de la cultura etrusca. Ubicado en el corazón de Panama, nuestro íntimo refugio de pasta hechas en casa es más que un simple restaurante; es una exploración de una cocina italiana simple pero apasionada, abrazada por la atracción de excelentes vinos y cócteles, todo ello en el cálido abrazo de una terraza inspirada en trattorias de todo el mundo.

Welcome to "Francis Rasenna: A Journey Through Time and Taste" – a haven for those seeking the warmth of home-cooked Italian flavors and the charm of the Etruscan culture. Nestled in the heart of Panama, our intimate pasta haven is more than just a restaurant; it's an exploration of simple yet passionate Italian cuisine, embraced by the allure of great wines and cocktails, all in the cozy embrace of a terrace inspired by trattorias from around the world.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
Food was amazing. It was incredible. The service was impecable. Portions were perfect to order several and share
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