I had a gentleman recommend the Siete Mares when I was going up in the elevator to my room at the Toscana Inn. He stated it was the best seafood restaurant in Panama City and always ate there when he came in from Tampa, Florida.
The Siete Mares was two blocks from my hotel. The lunch hours were from 11-3. I arrived at the restaurant at 1:30. When I entered I told the Maitre D' that I understood it was the best seafood restaurant in Panama City. He said, "Of Course," and laughed. The staff were very attentive but not pushy. I hate it when someone comes over to my table and asks continuously, "Is everything allright."
After ordering, a bread basket was placed on the table - it had four slices of warm baguette, toasted with a thin coating of butter and garlic. Delicious!
Service was quick and attentive. I had the Crema de Congrejo (crab) soup and grilled Corvina (sea bass) Saltada, plus I ordered 1/2 bottle of white Spanish wine. The wine list had only two white wines in 1/2 bottles. The Congrejo soup was soooo delicious with a small cup of fresh croutons placed on the table. I am not a fan of croutons, so I did not place any in my soup. After practically scraping the bottom of the soup bowl, I finally put three croutons in to get the last drop. The Corvina was large and about 3/4 inch thick, grilled to perfection. There were sauted onions, cut into triangles, broccoli, spinach and tomatoes cut in strips on top the Corvina. As a small side, there was also about two tablespoons of mashed potatoes piped into a swirl and topped with two fried plantains, standing like skyscrapers. Beautiful presentation. I did not have any dessert, although the dessert cart looked wonderful.
The other restaurant guests were eating a very leisurely lunch. In fact, with the exception of one couple, they were still there when I left at 2:30.
When I was presented the check (they do not add a tip into the bill) I told the Maitre D' it was Numero Uno and made the OK sign with my fingers. He laughed!
It is expensive. The lunch menu is the same as the dinner menu. But I was so full I didn't eat any dinner that evening.
I will surely go back the next time I visit Panama City.
Pat, the San Antonio Foodie