Where to Eat in Boquete: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 7, 2017 Phylicia Berquist

You can easily fill a week with activities in and around the mountain village of Boquete. Tours of every sort—jungle tours, coffee estate tours, hiking tours. Adventures for every age—ATVs, zip lines, white water rafting. Or just relax and let your traveling companions do all the adventuring. Boquete's good for taking it easy, too.
Things to do in Boquete

1. El Oasis Hotel & Restaurant

Boquete, Panama Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +507 720-1586
Excellent
57%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 153 reviews

El Oasis Hotel & Restaurant

Reviewed By twodays2012 - San Carlos, Panama

My husband and I belong to the Rotary Club in Boquete, Panama and we have recently hosted 2 sizable luncheon events at this restaurant. We found the owner, Anayansi and her team members to all be easy to work with and extremely professional. Since we had to limit our menu choices I can only comment on 2 items but both the Chicken Neapolitan and Corvina au Grill were delicious and accompanied by mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables. The restaurant is located centrally and the grounds are especially lovely with lush vegetation and beautiful flowers all around. I recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting the area.

2. Hotel Panamonte

Av 11 de Abril | Hotel Panamonte, Boquete 0413, Panama Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi International, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$149 - HK$220
Excellent
56%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 606 reviews

Hotel Panamonte

Since 1914, the Hotel Panamonte has been the Old world charm in the enchanting highlands of Boquete luxurious rooms and indulgent culinary experience of choice for travelers from near and far. For more than 50 years, the Collins-Elliot family has blended their Old World Swedish tradition of hospitality with the friendliness of Panama in Boquete's extraordinary cloud forest setting of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and flowers. The result is the creation of a destination luxury hotel that combines the best of history with modern amenities. For three generations, families from Panama City, the United States and Europe have been coming to The Panamonte to celebrate weddings, honeymoons, christenings, family, and corporative reunions. Discover for yourself why staying at the Hotel Panamonte has become a tradition-it is so much more than just place to rest. It is a place from which to refresh the body, mind, and spirit and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Reviewed By DonnaNovi - Wapwallopen, Pennsylvania

A group of 7 of us dined here while traveling in Panama for business. The atmosphere was formal, yet comfortable. The food was memorable, but the grounds were breath-taking. One of our travel companions knew to arrive before our reservation to afford us time to enjoy the natural beauty of the property before dinner.

3. The Rock

Of 11th April Street | Palo Alto, Calle Principal, Boquete 0413, Panama Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, European, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$78 - HK$157 +507 720-2516
Excellent
63%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 909 reviews

The Rock

Panoramic views, a crackling fireplace and an outdoor wooden deck beside a garden overlooking the Palo Alto River, sets a cozy and uncomplicated atmosphere to enjoy a fabulous meal. We serve down to earth, bistro-style, comfort food! We believe the enjoyment of food is a fundamental part of life.

Reviewed By Larry A

Beautiful restaurant, excellent ambiance. We came on Monday when they had live music. We had the ribs, I'm not sure whether it's Panama or The Rock that has a strange perspective on ribs. They were tender, but if you want a fatty mess, have the...MoreDear Mr. Larry: Thank you very much for taking the time to send us your comments and recomnendations, we will share them with our chef and staff to ensure that both, our dishes and service, are always satisfactory. Kind regards,

4. Il Pianista

Palo Alto, Boquete 0413, Panama Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +507 720-2728
Excellent
54%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 261 reviews

Il Pianista

phone number 507 720 2728

Reviewed By Ankonagirl - Ft. Pierce, FL

Il Pianista looks a bit suspect from the outside. Located right next to farm-worker housing, and down a short rocky path, one might be tempted to drive on by, but that would be a mistake. Guests should park on the shoulder of the road and walk down the short slope to the entry stairs. Once inside, you will be transported to an idyllic spot with very fresh and well prepared food.There is a lovely waterfall, flanked by blooming flowers of every sort, right next to the restaurant. They have wisely taken advantage of the view with the table arrangement and even outdoor lighting for night time viewing.It is charming and adds a lovely and romantic component tot he dining experience.
The owners live above the restaurant. He is from Sicily and she, Brenda, is Panamanian. It is a family affair with their talented sons sharing duty between the kitchen and the wood-fired pizza oven.It is a warm and welcoming place. Return visitors are treated like long-lost friends.
On our last visit we devoured the excellent Ensalada Pianista and the Eggplant Rollatini appetizer. The salad's balsamic dressing, redolent of shallots and sun-dried tomatoes, i so good I was tempted to buy some to take back to our vacation house for later enjoyment. I ordered the Pasta with Camarones (Shrimp) and my only regret was that I could not eat it all. My sister ordered the fresh tuna special and it was without a doubt the best tuna I have ever eaten in a restaurant. The preparation was light and innovative, unlike anything I have ever eaten before. The tuna was cooked PERFECTLY and we quite literally wiped up every speck of sauce with our third basket of homemade bread.
The pizza, ordered with spinach, mushrooms, onions and olives, was also excellent. The crisp, wafer-thin crust was adorned with just a hint of tasty sauce and just the right amount of house made cheese. The fresh toppings were allowed to shine and we left not a single crumb.
There are less expensive places to dine in Boquete, but there are few that are any better.

5. Punta del Encuentra

Calle 6 a Sur, Boquete 0413, Panama Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +507 720-2123
Excellent
68%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 128 reviews

Punta del Encuentra

Reviewed By Sharna K - Boquete, Panama

The menu is extensive, the coffee great and Olga hugged us like we were family although this was our first visit. The portions are large. I had a cheese, tomato and spinach omelet made especially for me to avoid gluten in the kitchen. I'm not certain about the Panamanian tortillas. Although they are made from corn I was not able to get a clear answer on the oil used to fry them. I was concerned about cross contamination if the oil was used to fry other items. The inside of the cafe looks to be a cross between Swiss mountain and small town decor. Funky but comfortable with wood tables and wood plank ceiling in an outdoor covered patio setting. Good value.

6. Big Daddy's Grill

Downtown Main St | 1/2 Block Below Boquete's Central Park, Boquete 0413, Panama Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Wine and Beer Mexican, American, Bar, Seafood, Central American, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$16 - HK$102 +507 6250-1948
Excellent
59%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Big Daddy's Grill

Lunch and dinner! Featuring the freshest seafood in Boquete, with the best fish tacos, creative and fun cuisine. Have a hand crafted Margarita on our new back patio, the most laid back and fun place in town!!

Reviewed By russ3950 - Brooksville, Florida

We stopped in a couple of times in the last few days. Had a couple of burgers last time. Wonderful, tastes just as good as a great burger back in the states. The burgers have two good sized patties between fresh buns. Very friendly staff,who...MoreThanks for taking the time to review us!! We are so happy you enjoyed your experience with us!!!

7. Sugar & Spice Dulces Gourmet

7th & Main, Boquete 0413, Panama Parking Available, Street Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Mexican, American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options HK$24 - HK$47 +507 730-9376
Excellent
67%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Sugar & Spice Dulces Gourmet

Sugar and Spice is a gourmet bakery/cafe located on Main Street in beautiful Downtown Boquete Panama. The smells of baking bread and fresh brewed coffee welcomes guests to Sugar & Spice.S&S specializes in European Artesian Hand Crafted Breads, Cakes, Pies, Gourmet Muffins, Brownies, Cookies, Empanadas and savory Enchiladas. Specialty cakes and pies made upon request. Breakfast and lunch served daily with counter service available. CLOSED WEDNESDAY.

Reviewed By Randy K - Madison, Wisconsin

Wow, really perfect food and drink at lunchtime. And this place was really hopping, too. You order at the counter, then go find a place to eat inside or outside. Kinda funny because inside is pretty much outside, too. I had a chicken Sandwich that was done in a panini style and the chicken melted like butter. It was just phenomenal. I can't wait to get back to Boquete and visit again.

8. The Fish House

Avenida principal, frente a la panaderia Sugar & Spice | Frente a la Panaderia Sugar & Spice, Boquete 0413, Panama Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Seafood Dinner, Lunch, Late Night HK$39 - HK$141 +507 6521-2120
Excellent
56%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 241 reviews

The Fish House

We offer fresh seafood all the time, Good service, reasonable prices and comfortable atmosphere Monday to Thursday 11:00 AM- 9:00 PM

Reviewed By richard a - San Pantaleo, Italy

This small family restaurant on the main street serves tasty fish dishes at a very reasonable price,there are about 6 varieties of fish and chips with an excellent colslaw salad to Sau the portions are large would be an understatment and the portion of icecream is enormous
Thank you very much for 2 nice meals

9. Fire Side Inn - Georges' Grill

Boquete, Palo Alto, near Garden Inn, Boquete 0413, Panama Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Free Wifi Seafood, International, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +507 6510-4617
Excellent
60%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 381 reviews

Fire Side Inn - Georges' Grill

Reviewed By SebaekOfCPH - Copenhagen, Denmark

Doesn´t look much from the outside, but George is a fine host and chef.
Homemade food made on homegrown vegetables, home raised chicken, duck and Freshwater fish.
A lot of love is put into each dish, and the atmosphere is great.
Managed to take 3 meals within 48 hours and enjoyed them all.

10. Gelateria La Ghiotta Boquete

Avenida a Oeste, Bajo Boquete | en la Calle Principal, Despues de el Parque Antes de la Iglesia, Boquete 0413, Panama Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Gluten Free Options +507 730-1891
Excellent
82%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 335 reviews

Gelateria La Ghiotta Boquete

Reviewed By GeorgiaPatrice - Dawsonville, Georgia

True Italian gelato loved by both expats and the locals. I think they need a warning ⚠️
however, on the coffee gelato because for me it is addictive. If you prefer other flavors
they've got probably 9-10 flavors so you too can find one you love. Such a treat!

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