Somebody Help This Poor Girl: Panama and Costa Rica

One lucky Disher is getting the puck out of cold dodge. She’s headed south and begs the question:

Dishers, do you have any good restaurants recommendations for  Panama City, Panama and/or San Jose, Costa Rica? I’m open to any kind of food and any price point.


  • m

    Which part of San Jose? Or, which hotel will you be staying at/near?

  • Panama City/ Casco Viejo:
    -S’cena: Spanish chef, great seafood
    -Granclement Ice Cream: Stayed above this shop when we went to Panama a few years back. I still crave the Honey ice cream.
    -Ego: Spanish/Portuguese

    Panama City/ In the city:
    -La Posta: International, some say the best restaurant in the city
    -Astrid y Gaston: Amazing Peruvian cuisine, with excellent service. Alo’ used to remind me of this.

    Panama/ Boquete:
    -Panamonte Inn: Great international food, and an even better bar. Coolest hotel in Panama.
    -Coffee Estate Inn / Boquete Hotel La Montana y El Valle: This is an Inn that’s located on a small coffee farm. Only way you can eat here is by staying here, but you should anyway. The owners cook dinner one night a week, and it was the best meal we had the entire trip.

  • And if you want really fresh seafood, charter a sailboat through the San Blas islands. Our captain hired Kuna Yala indians to dive down and grab us fresh langoustines. Will never forget that meal.

  • Laura

    M – we’re staying Hotel Meson del Angel in the “historic district” of San Jose.

    Stephen – Thanks, we’re staying in Casco Viejo so I’ll check those out. We are spending a few days in Bocas del Toro too, where apparently there’s a new place (Barnes & Dixon’s) that serves seafood similar to what you had in San Blas. I am a seafood fiend, so I’m thrilled!

  • Good call on Casco Viejo. Stayed there on our way in and out of Panama and loved it. Guessing your renting one of the renovated apartments?

    Also spent a few days in Bocas, at Eclypse de Mar. Didn’t find many good eats, but were happy to just spend the days snorkeling along the beaches.

    Checkout Boquete if you have time. It’s not too far from the border of Costa Rica and worth the trip. This and sailing San Blas were the highlights for us.

  • HottyToddy

    In San Jose, I would recommend Valle Azul. It is outside of the city up on top of a mountain. It gives a great view of San Jose in the valley below.

    I lived and worked in San Jose for six months, and overall, I didnt find the food that exciting. If you get outside of San Jose there is good seafood on the coast.