My favorite place for seafood is Siete Mares (Calle Guatemala near Vía Argentina, tel. 264-0144 or 264-32032, 11:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m. daily, under US$15). One of the most consistent and consistently popular restaurants in Panama City, it’s a cozy, tranquil place and the service is good. An unusual house specialty is fried ceviche, a light and tangy appetizer. The fish is so tasty you won’t need to order anything fancier than corvina a la plancha (grilled corvina).
The restaurant has a modern look reminiscent of an upscale hotel lobby, including an artificial waterfall near the entrance. It does have one peculiar touch: chairs on rollers, like those you might find in a plush conference room. A pianist performs in the evening.
© William Friar from Moon Panama, 3rd Edition