Where to Eat in Penonome: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 13, 2017 Elouise Mccaul

Penonomé (Spanish pronunciation: [penonoˈme]) is the capital of the Panamanian province of Coclé. The town is located along the Inter-American Highway in the wide, flat lowlands of central Coclé.
Things to do in Penonome

1. Mezon de Santa Cruz

Ubicado en El Paseo Andaluz, Penonome 0229, Panama Reservations, Waitstaff, Seating Seafood, Spanish, South American, Central American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +507 908-5311
Excellent
68%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 38 reviews

Mezon de Santa Cruz

There is an article about it on the page: http://elarranque.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=509:inaugura-en-penonome-el-meson-de-santa-cruz-&catid=61:noti-actualidad&Itemid=147

Reviewed By lovebeaches08 - Philadelphia

Beautiful decor, fantastic meal, and service like what you've come to expect in fine dining establishments in the states (no offense to Panamanians, but restaurant service there leaves much to be desired in terms of attentiveness, promptness). The waiter spoke enough English to answer my questions about the menu. We ate in the softly lift courtyard, lulled by the chirping of crickets in a nearby blooming hedge. I started with the ceviche mixto, a blend of calamari, shrimp, corvina and mussels. A touch of fresh red onion and a nice spicy after bite. It was a generous portion, enough for two. Based on a recommendation from other Trip Advisor reviewers, my entree was the corvina in green sauce; a light, creamy sauce with fresh asparagus and peas. The fish was cooked perfectly; flaky and tender. Served with rice and on the side, a tomato slice with fresh lettuce, topped with a garlic vinaigrette. I am a huge fan of Chifa-style food (Peruvian Cantonese), and the chef here is from Peru...thank goodness my companion ordered the Chifa chicken rice. The best I've ever had! Think of Chinese style fried rice, only with huge chunks of roasted chicken, flavored with some amazing green herb (culantro? cilantro?)...I can only guess. Not your mamma's fried rice, I guarantee! If I had more time in Panama, I'd stay an extra day in Penonome just to eat here again. I understand the owners have another restaurant about 20 minutes way that also comes highly recommended by the locals (Mar del Sur, I believe). The entire bill, with one glass of wine, was under 40 dollars US!

2. Hotel La Pradera

Via Interamericana, Penonome 0229, Panama +507 991-0106
Excellent
15%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 20 reviews

Hotel La Pradera

Reviewed By k2rbw - Penonome, Panama

It was only a two day trip but we ate here 3 times. Meals were excellent. Good food, good prices, and good service. Good menu selection and can't say enough about the chocolate cake with marshmallow icing. Also spoke with the very friendly hotel staff and was shown a room. We plan to stay here on our next trip.

3. Luna Rossa Restorante & Pizzeriea

Avenida Eisenmann | Past the gate on the main road into Coronado, Playa Coronado, Panama Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +507 240-1455
Excellent
54%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 260 reviews

Luna Rossa Restorante & Pizzeriea

Reviewed By ImSolo777 - Vancouver Island, Canada

The fish is wonderful, we had sea bass with a romesco sauce, pizza, Greek salad, pasta Bolognese, and several other seafood dishes. Pasta al-dente. The fresh fish was very well cooked and fantastic. In 2 weeks we ate here about four times and were never disappointed. Order the fish! As an Italian pizza fanatic I would say it is difficult to find the proper flour here for a truly authentic pizza.
Great service, good food, the fresh fish is the best. A great ambience.

4. Gastronomia Mar Del Sur

El Coco, Penonome 0229, Panama Reservations Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
48%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 15 reviews

Gastronomia Mar Del Sur

Reviewed By richard b - Panama City, Panama

This is a very good restaurant. Located in the outskirts of Penonome, and kind like in the middle of nowhere, the place is nice, clean and the food is good. Lots of seafood and other plates, the kitchen is clearly Peru-oriented (which typically means, GOOD). I have been there several times and the food and service was always consistent and good. Do not expect "five stars service" but for the area is much more than acceptable. Portions are huge, so watch out with the orders. Prices are very reasonable and they even have a decent wine list. Certainly one of the best place in this area of the country. Will certainly be back.

5. Yukas Grill

Via Interamericana, Penonome 0229, Panama Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Takeout Lunch, Dinner +507 908-6030
Excellent
26%
Good
57%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 68 reviews

Yukas Grill

Reviewed By Chocolate666 - Santa Clara, Panama

Too bright, more of a cafeteria style - service was Ok - nice, friendly, and the food was OK - so all in all a pleasant meal for a family with kids - not very romantic, but serves its purpose.

6. Restaurante Gallo Pinto

Ave. Juan D. Arosemena | Plaza Esmeralda, Penonome 0229, Panama South American, Central American +507 908-6966
Excellent
38%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
11%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 17 reviews

Restaurante Gallo Pinto

Reviewed By milton v

They serve criolla type food. The place is very clean, the staff is friendly and the food was very good. It is across the street from Iguana Shopping Mall and Hotel Cocle. I will visit them again when we return to La Pintada at the end of 2017.

7. Jin Foon Restaurante

Via Interamericana, Penonome 0229, Panama Waitstaff, Reservations Chinese Lunch +507 997-9581
Excellent
30%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
10%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 20 reviews

Jin Foon Restaurante

Reviewed By BigDogPanama - Panama

I stopped midday to take a break from the trip from the city to Boquete. Very clean and authenic looking restaurant. Nice tables, pictures and even Chinese tv station plus Panamanian TV station on two other tvs. I ordered the grande shrimp with noodles soup. I was not disappointed. Next trip through I will select another dish.

8. RESTAURANTE RIO GRANDE

Hotel Cocle, Centro Comercial Iguana Mall, Penonome 0229, Panama South American, Central American +507 908-5039
Excellent
38%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
31%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 16 reviews

RESTAURANTE RIO GRANDE

Reviewed By frankdeurriola

Stopped by when traveling back to Panama City on business. It was lunch time and the restaurant was packed. However, service was not slow and the other customers also seemed to be having a good time.
The dishes had good portion/price ratios and had a variety of choices for different tastes.
Only drawback was when we asked for the check. Took a long time and we had to get up and walk to the counter to pay.

9. Los Faroles

Avenida Juan Demostenes Arosemena | Cocle, Penonome 0229, Panama Delivery, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Television, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Spanish Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$31 - HK$220 +507 991-0596
Excellent
27%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
27%
Poor
9%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 22 reviews

Los Faroles

Reviewed By Juan P - Panama City, Panama

I've been lot of times at Los Faroles in Aguadulce, so it was a pleasant surprise to find a new Los Faroles in Penonomé.
The food as good as always, I had the Filete "Los Faroles" it was delicious. The milk shake is good.
The service was OK.
They have limited parking but at nights there are lot of parking around.

10. Sabores del Peru

Via Interamericana, Penonome, Penonome 0229, Panama Peruvian, South American +507 908-5515
Excellent
41%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 32 reviews

Sabores del Peru

Reviewed By Nancy T - Baraboo, Wisconsin

We ate here for lunch. It was our first time to try a Peruvian restaurant. The mixed seafood rice my husband had was good. It had a lot of cilantro mixed in, which my daughter and I liked. The chicken pasta in Bernaise sauce had a lot of oregano, which I thought was really good. I ordered the mixed seafood yellow pepper and potato chef's recommendation. It was okay but not very flavorful. It came with a choice of sides. I chose the veggies which had a lot of variety but were a little greasy. Our son, who shared our entrees and didn't order one of his own, had a milk shake which turned out to be passion fruit flavored and was thin - not like an ice cream milk shake - more like a mango lassi. I liked it, but our son only drank half of it. I ordered the purple drink, which was delicious. The total bill with tip was $50. We were there about an hour - it took a long time to get out food, which seems to be common in Panama. The menu was pretty extensive but there was not one single vegetarian dish.

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