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Roddrigo Sidney Whalesharkdaddy  of Cancun Whale Shark Tours – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
One of the newest restaurant / coffee shops just opened in Boquete. Its called the Perfect Pair. It's a chic coffee shop serving specialty coffees grown in Boquete matched with artisan Chocolate (Cacao) they farm in nearby Belize.
 
The combination of a tasty cappuccino paired with really yummy 72% cacao deserts and treats made a great combination. Its on the main street on the corner. Sorry, the pictures got locked in my phone.
 
Just GO!
Rommel H. Troetsch of Arquitectura Axioma – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Greetings expats community.

Food in Boquete is getting better day by day. Gastronomically, Boquete is a landmark of good quality of food. Many of the ingredients and products of the restaurants are harvested just a few miles away so fresh food is always going to be available. 

In terms of types of restaurants there is a big variety of what you can have. The most common are Italian and American restaurants hosted by both Italian and American people which are very good quality. Some of them have good food and very good service but some others don't so you have to keep an eye on the service. 

We also have restaurants run by Panamanians that have very good food and service, too. Some of them have live music performed by very good artists so you know what to do when you are feeling hungry and bored.

The prices are a big thing to take in consideration. My best advice is to check on the menu first because you can have a VERY good meal for 7 USD (and in different types of restaurants) or you can have another very good meal for 40 USD.

There are also small typical Panamanian food restaurants which we call "fondas or fonditas" where you can get very good and traditional Panamanian food for 2-5 USD. 
 
The best advice that I can give you is to take your time and rate the restaurants your own way.  There is no better surprise than to find a good place to eat. In Panama we have a saying that goes: Full tummy means a happy heart, so with that said I wish you all to get your tummies completely full.

Regards 
Arch Rommel Troetsch   
Lola Braxton of Services Toby – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The restaurants in Boquete are great.
 
There are so many to choose from,ranging from typical Panamanian food, Mexican, Peruvian, Italian, organic (Mango Restaurant ), to a very nice bakery / sandwich shop called Sugar & Spice.  (I love the Hot Volcano chicken sandwich at Sugar & Spice and I also had a very good creamy chicken and veggie soup there.)
 
I truly recommend pretty much all the restaurants in Boquete!
John Derry of Serenity Vista Alcohol & Drug Addiction Rehab Retreat – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
There are many and varied restaurants in Boquete, Panama. Just to name a few favorites....
 
Top end, fine dining. Classy places. Nice ambiance, excellent food, good service. For those more special occasions
  • Mangos
  • The Rock
  • The Oasis
Great family- style restaurants
  • Big Daddy's - the best fish tacos ever
  • Posada - a bit of everything. Amazing grill fired chicken and pizzas
  • The Fish House - great seafood ; best onion rings in town
Bakery / Deli
  • Sugar N Spice - great baking, great breakfasts and lunches (soups, salads, sandwiches). A popular expat meeting spot
  • The German Bakery - fresh pies and cakes
Breakfast
  • Sugar N Spice
  • Olga's (homestyle full breakfasts) , good food, very friendly
On the run
  • Senor Gyros - new to Boquete, fast becoming popular for great gyros
Local Panamanian low- cost cafeteria style
  • Sabrason - a couple of locations.  Inexpensive, ok food, part of experiencing local traditions
  • There are a few others. Ask around for what is good at the time
 
 
Mike Vuytowecz of Inside Panama Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
fried covina fish, Boquete, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingOver the last few years, several quality restaurants have come onto the Boquete food scene. Fine dining is an option, as well as affordable foods from around the world.  With so many foreigners living in Boquete, it is only natural that we have seen an increase in eclectic dining options.  At the moment, there is a bar and grill serving world cuisine from a professionally trained chef, three Peruvian restaurants, Mexican, Italian, two bakeries that serve excellent sandwiches, an Argentinean steak restaurant, daily-caught fish with hydroponic salads, an Italian gelato place, and most recently, a gyro stand!  In addition, many hotels offer fantastic meals in-house and open to the public.  If you want to go really fancy, you can have a top-notch meal with a cocktail for around US $25 to $35, considerably less expensive than in any US metro area for comparable food.
Paul McBride – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Mango Restaurant Boquete, street view – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingBy last count, there were over 40 restaurants serving the Boquete area.  These eating establishments range from small “tipico” Panamanian cafes where you can buy lunch for less than US $3 to elegant and sophisticated restaurants serving fine cuisine in beautiful surroundings.
 
There are Italian restaurants, pizza places, Chinese food, Mexican restaurants, contemporary dining, and just about any type of food you want served up in little hole-in-the-wall spots or in restaurants with incredible views and refined atmospheres.
 
Mike's Global Grill Boquete – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingDining out is one of Boquete’s major social activities and you’ll see groups of expats enjoying breakfasts, lunches and dinners at their favorite locations.
 
In Panama City, people tend to eat diner very late (which is typical for Latin America).  In Boquete, you’ll find most restaurants closing their doors at 9 PM. 
 
So, you have a lot of restaurant choices in Boquete but plan to dine early.
Rebeca Astorga Rodriguez of Volcancito Village – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account

In Boquete we can find many restaurants where you can enjoy a good meal.   Here are some of the recommended gourmet restaurants:
 
The Rock Restaurant in Boquete Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe Rock
 
In this restaurant you can enjoy a delicious hamburger and other dishes, all while enjoying the view and the good weather.  My favorite dish at The Rock is a very tasteful sandwich that is made with different vegetables and delicious cheese.
 
 
 
 
 Finca Lerida restaurant in Boquete, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingFinca Lerida
 
This is a different environment were you can find a peaceful place.  Finca Lerida has beautiful views where you can enjoy a meal made with the organic vegetables they produce on their own land.  My favorite dish at Finca Lerida is ravioli with prawns.
 
Panamonte restaurant in Boquete Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingPanamonte
 
Panamonte is a very beautiful boutique hotel were you find a delicious dishes and enjoy all the comfort it can bring you.  At Panamonte I refer the breakfast, where they make my favorite-- Eggs Benedict.  It’s just delicious.
 
 

Lola Braxton of Services Toby – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Many of the restaurants in Boquete are very good. You can find anything from inexpensive buffets of Panamanian food  to an excellent gourmet dinner.
 
One of my favorites even just for lunch (and I think they have the best soup and especially sandwiches) is the Sugar and Spice bakery. Many expats go there to have an excellent lunch. 
Allen Rosen – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
My two favorite restaurants in Boquete are Mango in Hotel Isla Verde and Mike's Global Grill. Craig Miller is the chef at Mango -- and a genius with food. Mike's Grill is more informal, but the food is excellent. Make sure to chat with Heidi, Mike's wife, who is a gracious hostess. 
Elizabeth Worley of Cloud Forest Botanicals – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
There are a lot of restaurants in Boquete. There are some really good restaurants. There are some very mediocre restaurants...and there are some that are just bad, which is hard to understand, given that we live in a place where fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and fish are available year round.
 
The biggest challenges, in my opinion, that keep Boquete from being an epicurean paradise are: the differences in expectations of North Americans and Europeans regarding service (Panamanians are not big on this...); and second, while Panama has a widely diverse multi-culturalism going, it does NOT have a history of fine cuisine. Chicken (stewed or roasted), pork chops (stewed or fried), beef (yep...), rice--LOTS of rice!--lentils, and a spot of shredded cabbage form the basic diet of the majority. It's called typica--and make no mistake, some places serve really excellent typica menus. I eat it at least twice a week. Good, cheap lunch, fast. And, there are too many places serving hamburgers, fried fish, and sandwiches, most of it all very similar and with little flare.
 
All that being said, there are  exceptions--and in the 10 years I've been living here, the dining scene has undergone LOTs of changes and some improvements. The most recent reason to celebrate Food! is the opening of Mango's at Isla Verde. Great service, eclectic, ethnic menu prepared with flare and FLAVOR, warm ambience.
 
George's Fireside Grill, while constantly under construction, consistently serves excellent seafood in creative sauces in an ambience that is a bit chaotic, but always friendly.wine tasting at the Panamonte – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Living
 
The most elegant venue is The Panamonte Inn, which dates back to 1914. The El Salto Lounge, with its dual fireplaces, is the coziest spot in Boquete. Special wine tastings and food extravaganzas at the Panamonte are special treats.
 
Albert Obbens – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
There are indeed restaurants for all tastes in Boquete, some good, some less good, They also seem to change owners regularly. For most users it is a good thing that they can choose from over 45 restaurants now.  Just 6 years ago, there were only a handful. But for the owners its is less, as Boquete has only 15.000 people. However most of them never go to a restaurant. The Panamanian community goes to Sabroson, a buffet restaurant with good food and low prices. But almost all other restaurants suffer to keep the doors open. The competition keeps the prices too low, so a profit is difficult.
 
Even the expat community does not frequently go to eat "out". Just to mention some super restaurants, at least in my eyes, Big Daddy's Grill, Machu Picchu, La Posada and for the lunch, fresh bread or cakes, Sugar & Spice Dulces Gourmet.
 

 
GISELLE SOCARRAZ of Real Estate Chiriqui – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
In a word? Excellent. In six words? Like Nothing You Have Ever Seen. In two words and a conjunction? Varied And Delicious.

But in all seriousness, Boquete is a gourmet's paradise. There are virtually no communities of its size that still manage to have the kind of ethnic/style variety insofar as cuisine available.

There are many places to choose from but I would be remiss if I did not speak up for my favorite artisan sandwich spot: The Sugar And Spice Bakery.

If you want sandwiches that are made with love and care, on fresh baked bread by a chef who combines a painter's flair with a scientist's precision, this is your Canaan, your promised land.







I mean just look at this. Perfect balance of fresh cut meats, gourmet cheeses, house sauces, and did I mention the fact that the bread is fresh baked and all are unique recipes from Chef Meyer (the genius behind the bakery) himself?
Every time I bite into a sandwich from this place it feels like a new euphoric experience. I actually feel myself rising out of my chair and floating to towards the proverbial Elysian Fields.

Don't even get me started on their pastry! My husband and I often have to draw straws when I bring home one of Sugar and Spice's DELECTABLE Chocolate Pies because we know that otherwise we will end up having an argument over who ate the last slice.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ah.....wha-what was I talking about? Oh right: restaurants.  In short, a lot of places to choose from, but you really oughta make sure to put "Sugar and Spice Bakery" on your checklist. You can't leave Boquete without taking home a sandwich (or two!) from them.
Eva Kipp of Hotel Isla Verde – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
There are a lot of restaurants in Boquete, some with local food, some have less quality and there are also restaurants with good, healthy food.
Howard Jones of The Haven Hotel and Health Spa, Boquete, Chiriqui, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Boquete restaurants cater for all tastes and over the nine years I have been here it just gets better and better. Only this past few weeks we have had another great addition to what is on offer. Once you arrive here it won't take a few minutes to get to know where the best places are to eat. People in Boquete always seems so helpful to new arrivals.
Linda Jensen – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
I would challenge most Americans to find a town the size of Boqete with this many restaurants, cafes, bistros, and menu selections. While we don't have any fast food places, you can get  pizza to go or take out from almost any place in town. There is always David (the closest bigger city) for the typical American Fast food: TGI Friday's, McDonald's, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Subway and others are just a 45 minute drive from Boquete.
 
Some of the upscale hotels in Boquete offer charming settings. Beautiful tables, plenty of ambience and the food is usually quite good. Some of the nicer restaurants here have comfortable, clean and attractive dining rooms that invite you to linger after dinner for conversation, coffee or an after dinner drink.
 
We have enjoyed many different cafes and restaurants in Boquete and today we enjoyed some modestly priced but very flavorful Italian food for lunch at the San Francisco Plaza in Alto Boquete. Papa Rico's Little Italy offers a diverse menu selection and some very delicious breakfasts, lunch and dinner favorites. They are open from 8:00 am to 8:30 pm.
German restaurant in Boquete Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Living
Other places we have enjoyed are: The Baru, Macchu Pichu, The Bistro,Amigos, Sugar and Spice, and so many more that I can't remember the names or in some cases I can't spell them!  There is a German restaurant in the same San Francisco Plaza as the Italian Cafe. They have the most wonderful German menu, and cakes to die for!
                                                            
This photo is of the German restaurant in San Francisco Plaza. There are some very good menu selections here. Also they a brunch on Saturdays.
                                                                           
Restaurant in Boquete, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingPorch at Los Molinas restaurant near Boquete, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Living
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The following picture is of the porch area at La Risca's in Los Molinas about 15 minutes from Boquete on the Highway to David. This beautiful restaurant offers a view of the deep river canyon, the Baru Volcano, and the hotel is quite beautiful and decorated very tastefully. The food is always good and that have a bar with a breathtaking view of the canyon. These are some of the places we have enjoyed. There are many more we have yet to enjoy.
             
Neil Stein of Panama Paraiso – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
There is no shortage of restaurants in Boquete, this mountain town of 15,000 residents.  From the fancier restaurants in the resorts to the small cafes in the heart of town, you will not be disappointed!
 
A few of my favorites (in no particular order):
 
Olga's: Great breakfast and you'll love Olga as well.
 
Machu Picchu: Wonderful Peruvian seafood and other choices.
 
Restaurant Baru: Sports bar & restaurant with excellent pizza.
 
Central Park: In the town square - great for people watching!
 
El Sabroson: Cafeteria style - cheap and good!
 
Shalom Bakery Cafe: Bagels in Panama?
 
There are many other places you'll enjoy as well - Buen Provecho!

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