Where to Eat in Santiago de Veraguas: The Best Restaurants and Bars

July 21, 2017 Leonardo Torrence

Santiago de Veraguas (Spanish pronunciation: [sanˈtja.ɣo ðe βeˈɾa.ɣwas]) is the capital of the province of Veraguas, in the Republic of Panama, and the district or municipality of the same name. Located in the countryside on the banks of the Pan American Highway. Bounded on the north by San Francisco District, south with the District of Montijo, east District of Atalaya and west by the District of La Mesa.
Things to do in Santiago de Veraguas

1. Vista Lago Ecoresort

Panamerican Highway km 258, Santiago de Veraguas 0923, Panama Reservations, Waitstaff Italian, Barbecue, South American, Central American
Excellent
40%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 20 reviews

Local, Barbecue, Italian and international delicatessen. Italian pastry chef in house

Reviewed By mdfloyd322 - Denver, Colorado

The dining area of the hotel was spacious with nice views of the lake and the beautiful swimming pool.
The menu was varied and the service was the best of the trip. The fresh fruit was incredible and the coffee was very good and refills quickly taken care of.
Nice quiet oasis along the Pan American Highway.

2. Charlie Restaurant

Next door east of the Santiago Mosque | On Pan American Highway, Santiago de Veraguas 0923, Panama Latin, Spanish
Excellent
34%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
11%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 9 reviews

Charlie Restaurant

I've seen it called the Charlie Shop because there's a gift shop next to it. The menu says Charlie Restaurant. It was in one of our Panama guide books.

Reviewed By BigDogPanama - Panama

I have passed this restaurant for several years and made the decision to stop. The restaurant has an extensive menu. Some of the meals seem pricey but without trying am not sure of the value. I ordered the corvina grilled accompanied with fresh vegetables. The restaurant was busy and I had a wait of about 20 minutes. There were two TVs to help pass the time. The meal was as ordered but the corvina was not hot. The vegetable were hot. Rather than wait another 20 minutes I chose to eat the cold fish. I will give the restaurant another try on a future trip thru Santiago.
The restaurant was very clean with nice large wood tables and cushioned wooden chairs. Also outside Seating.

3. Hotel Mykonos

Interamericana Hwy, Santiago de Veraguas 0923, Panama Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Greek Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast +507 933-2000
Excellent
36%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
7%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 55 reviews

Hotel Mykonos

Reviewed By Brian J - San Salvador

This restaurant is part of the Hotel Mykonos. Hotel guests can have their breakfasts here in the morning and it’s delicious and filling.
Then there is the interesting and extensive a la carte menu which is great during the week. Unfortunately on Friday and Saturday evenings they only offered a buffet and we could not order of the menu. We went somewhere else for dinner on those nights.
I would dine here again…..Monday through Thursday.

4. McDonald's

Via interamericana, Santiago de Veraguas 0923, Panama American
Excellent
28%
Good
58%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 14 reviews

McDonald's

Reviewed By tarzantheman - David, Panama

Good McDonalds. The play area for kids is always in good condition, the food is fine, the place is always clean and everything is stocked or full at the table with napkins and ketchup etc. Usually they also have newspapers one can read if they like. Lots of parking at the McDonalds and easy access to the InterAmericana Highway.

5. Leonardos

Pan american highway, Santiago de Veraguas 0923, Panama Italian, Pizza Lunch
Excellent
12%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
37%
Poor
12%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 16 reviews

Leonardos

Reviewed By Sean H - Santiago de Veraguas, Panama

This is a fast food Italian place that's not that fast and not really sure if you would consider some of it food. I had the lasagna. It came in the foil package - which seemed to be microwaved. The garlic bread was chewy. There were screaming kids everywhere. The only reason I am rating it a 2 instead of a 1 is because my partner said his food was OK and our friend said hers was decent.

6. Restaurante Daytona's

Via Interamericana | Kilometro 238.4, Santiago de Veraguas 0923, Panama Mediterranean, Greek, International Lunch, Dinner +507 933-1050
Excellent
36%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 22 reviews

Restaurante Daytona's

Reviewed By gazoonc - Greensboro, North Carolina

My wife and I have dined at Restaurante Daytona's over several years when we visit Santiago. They used to be next to the Hotel Gran David many years ago and have been reviewed by a number of Panama travel guides in the past. The owner is a Greek immigrant, Don Antonio who in addition to Spanish also speaks English. This family restaurant is located in the outskirts of Santiago off the Pan-American highway (Interamericana) near the public hospital in the community of San Antonio. The building where the restaurant resides is decorated with a tasteful sailor/marine theme, starting at the driveway's entrance with a lighthouse structure. Our favorite dishes tend to be Greek including Greek salad, keftedes, hummus, pita bread, gyros & mousaka; although we have also tried steaks and pizza. Everything is absolutely delicious. Sometimes the service can be a bit slow, but it was worth the wait everytime. Another thing you must now is that they do not serve any alcoholic beverages, and they are only open for dinner. This is our favorite spot to eat in Santiago, and we look forward to our next visit!

7. Cheesecake Plus

Santiago de Veraguas, Santiago de Veraguas 0923, Panama Seating Lunch +507 998-6438
Excellent
57%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 16 reviews

Cheesecake Plus

Reviewed By danielr886 - David, Panama

We make this trip fairly often and finally decided to try something new other then KFC, Pizza Hut & McDonald's off the Interamericana. We were pleasantly surprised by this hidden gem just by the Subway. They have a changing lunch menu but also have pre-made sealed bags of their great bbq including brisket, ribs & pulled pork. And of course as you can tell by the name of the place they also always have a great selection of desserts from cookies to pies…etc.

8. fonda la reinas de las corvinas

Esquina Alto El Hatillo, Santiago de Veraguas 0923, Panama Cajun & Creole +507 6715-0903
Excellent
79%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 14 reviews

fonda la reinas de las corvinas

Reviewed By harrysford - Los Molinos Boquete

I enjoyed the most delicious fried corvina last Saturday night at this delightful restaurant. The staff is friendly, the food delicious, tartar sauce amazing and everything is home made. The fish is fresh daily and never frozen. And the "chicha" (fruit drink) was incredible. What a wonderful gem this place is!

9. Annisa Deli Store

Detras the Casa Gala | Next to the Uninversity, Santiago de Veraguas 0923, Panama International Dinner +507 933-1133
Excellent
33%
Good
58%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 21 reviews

Annisa Deli Store

Reviewed By Whither-Fate-Leads - Penonome, Panama

A diverse menu (sushi, wings, pasta) with a global beer selection. Surely the most hip place in this simple town. About one klik south of McDonalds on Hwy. 1. Use caution with the sushi since we think its from imitation fish; fine for me but my wife had a reaction.

10. Restaurante y Cafe Victoria Isabel

Avenida Sur, Santiago de Veraguas 0923, Panama +507 6527-5560
Excellent
84%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 6 reviews

Restaurante y Cafe Victoria Isabel

Reviewed By konahome

We happened upon this great little new restaurant just off the main square in Santiago, Panama. What a wonderful surprise ! I had jambalaya that was absolutely wonderful.
The Owners both speak english and we had a wonderful meal and great conversation. We told everyone we met during our travels in Panama about the great food and if you are in Santiago DO NOT MISS this little slice of food heaven.
Fresh seafood and fruits and vegetables and homemade Deserts.
I believe open only for lunch and dinner at this point.

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