New England Culinary School graduate and cookbook author Executive Chef Craig Jacobs has brought his extensive experience with restaurants in New York, New Orleans & Florida (including his work as Sous Chef at Ritz-Carlton Hotels) to Boquete by opening Restaurante Las Ruinas, across from Las Brisas Boquetena subdivision, and just past Papa Ricco’s on the road to David. The location (previously a Colombian restaurant), is greatly improved by Craig’s facelift of the facility, which includes enclosing the big Tiki Hut dining room in glass, to protect diners against the rain and wind, a freshening up of the swimming pool and soon a new covered area will provide staging for live music! New Rock walls are abundant and strikingly beautiful…hence the name “Las Ruinas”! Come for lunch and spend the afternoon by the pool in the comfortable lounge chairs, made more comfortable with one of Craig’s special Margaritas, Fresh Fruit Daiquiris or Pina Coladas! Dinner is a real treat and the portions are Huge! Craig comes from a food family….his father has won several awards, including the Julia Childs and James Beard awards, for his work. Together, they have written several cookbooks including a 3 piece series called “Spirit of the Earth, Spirit of the West and Spirit of the Harvest” and even one about Cuban cooking called “Eating Cuba”. Daily, Craig serves up tender Fire Roasted baby back ribs, pork loin and chicken which come with a Great Barbecue sauce or homemade Chimichuri Sauce (you’ll be asking for refills of this delicious condiment). His Las Ruinas Hamburger is big and the Best in Panama! Every Monday Craig visits Port Pedregal to select the freshest seafood right off the boat……ask him what’s fresh and you may get the mouthwatering lobster or tuna and his outstanding Fish & Chips are always available and by far the best in Panama! Restaurante Las Ruinas only serves the freshest produce and fruits from the area. The full bar offers excellent Margaritas, Daiquiris and Pina Coladas, which are made with 100% natural ingredients. Or, try one of his fresh fruit smoothies…..you’ll come back for more. Chef Craig caters to your groups and special celebrations with flair and individuality! Why not let him create a memorable occasion for your next special occasion? Craig has lived in Panama for 4 years and operates Las Ruinas with his lovely wife…they have 2 beautiful children, and are on site to greet you daily. They are here to stay! Don’t delay….stop in soon and say hi! Finally……a casual dining experience with food you can count on to be consistently the BEST!
Favorite Dish: Baby Back Ribs, Fish & Chips. Spicy Peanut Shrimp, The Burgers....
Mmmm! Delicious, succulent, alluring chocolate strawberries. Unforgetably delicious! Skewers with pieces of marshmallow, brownies or strawberries dipped into chocolate and putting on a yummy yummy coat of it!!! My steps always took me to the shop without even thinking of it. Then I brought my friends, too, and was really happy to initiate them to the passion of chocolate and strawberries! Try it even if you are not very interested in sweets. Well, I am a chocomaniac, anyway...
One stick 2$ or 2.50$. Strawberries with cream or icecream 2.5$.
It has some simple dishes for real food, like soups, meat delicacies, chicken, nice salads, fresh fruit juices, coffee and tea, children menus. But the best is the strawberries, prepared in the most imaginative ways to please the eye and the palate!
Frequented by young locals and tourists. Pleasant Retro Modern ambience.
The name? Choco Chettas ! Close on Mondays. Opening hours: 10.30am – 9.30pm
There is also one in Albrook Mall Plaza in Panama city...Of course I went...
[Centro Comercial Albrook Mall Plaza de la Fuente, Pasillo del Hipopotamo (507) 390 8834 cel (507) 6618 5870 / firstname.lastname@example.org / Panama, Rep. De Panama]
El Sabroson is the most popular restaurant in Boquete is very cheap and very tasty. It is a canteen-style restaurant where food is exceptionally good. Don't be deterred by the general looking of the service area. The food is worthy more than you will pay for it! Every dish I tried was delicious. There is meat, chicken, excellent trout, great salads, rice, potatoes , eggs, coffee and tea, empanadas, fresh fruit juices, and the list goes on with almost any kind of food available.. You can fill up your plate and not pay more than 5$. People working there are very friendly.
No wonder why it is so popular with locals and tourists.
It is open from very early in the morning.
Deli Baru is actually a quality super market where you can find wines, delicacies, good coffee and more. Next to it is the Cafeteria - Restaurant where the food is tasty, light and special. The owner comes from Greece and has settled in Panama where he has set two Deli Baru, the other is in David. Besides coffee there is very good ice cream, several main dishes, pizzas and other tasty desserts. What I was attracted to in the first place was the tasty moussaka, which I had missed a lot being away from Greece. It's not exactly the genuine recipe but it is very successfully close to it in taste. The chicken or turkey with potatoes in the oven is also cooked in the Greek style which is light and savoury. It is open from 9am to 8pm. Prices are very good at 3$-4$ for mains, 1-2.5$ for salads and 1.5$ for good desserts.
The atmosphere in the restaurant is obviously a reflection of its owner's personality. Lauretta Bonfiglio is a dynamic, pleasant Italian lady who captures her guests by her genuine attention! Many of her paintings are hung on the walls.
The food is excellently cooked and elaborately decorated so that it pleases the eye, too. There is Italian influenced Western food with local touches. The dishes are a perfect combination of fine tastes. All the food is organic and the service is excellent. There are even Kalamata olives which are the best olives in Greece and my favourite of course! Breakfast is also served. I had muesli with natural yogurt and fruits(3$) !
But helpings are small and it is expensive by Boquete standards.
Mains are about 12$, Appetizers about 4$, sandwiches about 5$ salads about 7$.
(507) 720 1017 (507) 720 2596 cel: (5070 66786017
I feel travel book reviews of this restaurant to be slightly wrong and misleading. The proprietor is from Aspen, but this place feels like upscale Panama. The dining area and bar feel great, and it feels to have a little of a Spanish air about it. When it's warm the windows are open and it feels great. Here you'll find quesadillas, steak, fish, sandwiches, and chicken, all of which is good. Boquete Bistro was the only 'upscale' dining experience I enjoyed while in Panama.
Favorite Dish: Wild salmon with pesto and garlic mashed potatoes, it's a mouthful of flavor. The sandwiches are made really well also.
This Peruvian restaurant, opened last year, is hailed in most guide books. However, it is not nearly as good as it is made out to be. The food here isn't bad, but it does lack alot of flavor, and it is fairly expensive, especially for Panama. The dishes were described quite lavishly on the menu, but the food delivered to your table tells a different story.
Just ask the people that run your hostel/pension/hotel and they'll say "half of the people hate it, and half like it).
In my opinion, skip this place, there are much better dining choices in Boquete.
We ate at this restaurant in May of 2006, having actively seeked it out after reading many fine reviews on it. I had the Trout almondine. It was delicious. Patty had some type of shrimp dish in a red sauce which looked and tasted just like canned tomato sauce, only thinner. Not good. She refused to eat it. Another person with us had the same dish, he ate it but thought it not very good, especially for the price. When it came time to leave we had a hard time getting them to remove the price of the returned dish from our bill. We will not return.
the next day I fell ill with the oturistas for about 3 days. Maybe the trout, maybe not....
Considering the very high price of this establishment, it is not very service oriented. The decor is very nice but not of a Panamanian nature, a bit odd considering the surroundings.
Favorite Dish: None
We ate at this restaurant in May of 2006. Food, presentation as well as the service were all excellent. It is very pricey by Panama standards, but most of the 'finer dining' restaurants in Boquete are.
Very nice atmosphere.
For some of the best food in Boquete, you can dine in your own cabin.
If you stay at The coffee state inn, Jane and Berry will prepare your meal and deliver it to your cabin.
We had several meals there, all with homemade bread and delicious.
Inside of this old blue hotel, many fine meals have been served.Many naturalists have eaten here over the years.
It was close to our cabin and looked inviting so we stopped for dinner one evening.
Favorite Dish: We had a fresh trout dinner that was very good.