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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Panama

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants 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
5.0
5 (114)
$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
MicheleKvip
Dined on Jun 15, 2024
This was an amazing find in Panama for lunch. The food and whole ambience was great, we bought 2 loaves of bread to take on the plane home tonight. If it wasn’t the last day we would have been back for sure!
A photo of La Vespa Vistamare restaurant
4.9
4.9 (191)
$30 and under
Italian
Panama City
About the restaurant
Coming Soon!
Top review
David
Dined on Jul 9, 2024
My family including a baby went for our last dinner before returning home and had an awesome experience. Eduardo gave us top notch service and made us feel like home. The views from this restaurant are amazing and the lobster al termidor was delicious. Highly recommend for a fun dinner for a special occasion!
A photo of Makoto Panamá restaurant
4.8
4.8 (510)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Panama City
About the restaurant
La oferta de Makoto son una verdadera delicia para los sentidos. Cada bocado es una experiencia que despierta tus papilas gustativas y te transporta a un mundo de sabores exquisitos. La cocina de Makoto es una sinfonía de ingredientes frescos y cuidadosamente seleccionados, combinados con maestría para crear una explosión de sabores inolvidables.
Los platos de Makoto son una celebración de la comida japonesa en su forma más auténtica y refinada. Desde el sushi fresco y delicadamente elaborado hasta las carnes a la parrilla con una capa crujiente y marinadas en sabores únicos, cada elección es un viaje culinario que te transporta a Japón sin tener que salir de tu asiento.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Excellent service by Laura. The food was espectacular. Amazing combination of flavors and techniques!
A photo of Mai Mai restaurant
4.8
4.8 (93)
$31 to $50
Panamanian
Panama City
About the restaurant
Rooftop Bar - Sushi Izakaya por Maido y Maito
Costa del Este, Panama Design Center, Piso 6.

Top review
TSan
Dined on Jul 4, 2024
I strongly recommend Mai Mai for a date or any occasion.
A photo of Azahar Panamá restaurant
4.7
4.7 (392)
$30 and under
Fusion / Eclectic
Panama City
About the restaurant
Un moderno y chic restaurant. Gastronomía única y servicio a la altura de nuestros más distinguidos y exigentes clientes. Entre la propuesta culinaria se encuentra una exquisita combinación de estilo fusión y cocina mediterránea clásica, siempre cuidando crear platillos de excelente calidad y brindar una gastronomía versátil. Se deleitará con pastas hechas en casa con los más finos rellenos, risottos, cortes de carnes, variedad de platillos a base de pescados y mariscos finamente preparados, ceviches, tiraditos, sushi, así como pastelería de primera, donde se conciben los más exquisitos postres que deleitan a nuestros comensales. Gozamos de una exclusiva bodega de vinos y espumantes con más de 90 etiquetas, permitiéndonos brindarle el maridaje perfecto para cada ocasión. Encontrará el perfecto equilibrio entre una cocina gourmet de altura, un servicio único y un selecto ambiente.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 22, 2024
Super dinner. Loved the Theatre room. Great service and food.
A photo of Mahalo Cocina y Jardin restaurant
4.7
4.7 (57)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 17, 2024
We reserved a table of six. They hosted us even though we arrived 15 minutes earlier. I love this restaurant. It is cozy and well maintained. The services are always top-notch, and the food and drinks are on point. I would recommend getting in here and trying all their specialties.
A photo of KAANDELA restaurant
4.7
4.7 (89)
$31 to $50
International
Panama City
About the restaurant
We invite you to join us for our playful exploration of flavour, that is equal parts: intuition and experience. With often primitive methods of concoction such as fermentation, smoking, raw dishes, curing, pickling and the magic and unpredictability of cooking over wood fire – all coming together with elegant execution in dishes designed for sharing and pairing. Purposefully a little disruptive, we take an approach to dining that is fun, and encourages looking at traditional ideas from a new angle. This can be anything from getting stuck in with your hands, to rehashing recipes with funky local produce. We never stand still and continue to evolve – just as fire refuses to hold a single form.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 7 days ago
This was by far the best meal we had on our two week trip traveling Panama and eating at some of the best restaurants. Food was excellent. This place meets my high NYC standards.
A photo of Santa Rita - Casco Viejo restaurant
4.6
4.6 (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
Top review
MicheleKvip
Dined on Jun 11, 2024
We loved our dinner here, food and service were both amazing!
A photo of Caleta restaurant
4.4
4.4 (123)
$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 Francis Rasenna restaurant
4.4
4.4 (48)
$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.

Top review
BarcleyM
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
I don’t say this lightly, this restaurant is one of the best restaurants I’ve ever been too. Everything is 1st class and that includes most importantly the food which is just ridiculous. Don’t over think, just go here and prepare to be very happy.
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