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On the River, Center of Town, Boquete, Panama
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Ranked #24 of 57 Restaurants in Boquete
Cuisines: Central American
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English first
Mukwonago, WI
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173 reviews 173 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

The food is buffet style. I had beans & rice with my fried fish. My wife had the fried chicken with beans & rice. We both had a glass of Passion fruit drink with our meal. There is inside & outside seating. Our meal was under $10. I would go back. The owners are very nice.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Highly recommend if you want a very good, cheap plate of panamanian food. For $3-4 you get rice, a meat choice, and salad. Great juices too. Better than many panamanian places that ive eaten at. Its a little hidden behind the office/store complex but quiet and with outdoor seating. They are friendly anv speak english.

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Boquete, Panama
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I ate here 5 years ago, the first time I came to Boquete and Nelvis was recommended by the people who worked in the area and Habla Ya,where I was taking Spanish lessons. I asked where to eat lunch one day and several nice upscale restaurants were suggested. I asked " where do you eat"? Oh,we go to Nelvis,just around... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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211 reviews 211 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

I love this place. We went there three times for lunch during our four day stay in Boquete. The food is really tasty. You have your choice between a few meats(all great) and two different rices. The beans are great and the prices are unbeatable!

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396 reviews 396 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
221 helpful votes 221 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

Looks like a canteen : you seem to enter through the back door, pick the food you want to eat, they serve it on a plate, and off you go to find a place somewhere inside or outside to enjoy it. For 7.5$ we had a huge lunch for 2 and could eat it outside far away from traffic or... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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233 reviews 233 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

This is a great, cheap place to grab some lunch. The portions make it good value for money and the chichas are good too. This is a good option for local Panamanian food and it's lovely to be able to sit outside on a sunny day.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

When I travel, I like to eat in locally owned and run restaurants, and I also like a good value. Nelvis was recommended to me, but I was quite disappointed. My husband and I went for breakfast, and we had no complaints about the food. But the place was like a cafeteria, the server was not at all friendly (he... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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176 reviews 176 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

Quick, steam table comida tipica in a small house with some indoor and outdoor tables. They are supposed ot have some of the best fried chicken in Boquete. My husband had the fried chicken and liked it. I thought it a bit dry and didn't have enough spicing. I had soup, which was flavorful but had a lot of chicken... More 

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Lansing, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

Try this Typcio restaurant behind Habla ya and Big Daddy's if you want reasonably priced, freshly cooked local food. You may not LOVE it but then again, you might want to go back 4 times a week. Give it a try. When in Boquete....

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85 reviews 85 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013 via mobile

All the locals recommend this place for breakfast. We went there at 9am and there was not a soul in sight to serve us. We even went into the kitchen. The food looked old and dry like it was yesterdays dinner...

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Address: On the River, Center of Town, Boquete, Panama
Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Chiriqui Province  >  Boquete
Cuisine: Central American

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