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Nelvis

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On the River, Center of Town, Boquete, Panama
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Dining options: Lunch

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
This is Eating Local - But they moved 20 min away

This is eating like a true local. However, my friend living in Boquete has informed me that rents got too high in Boquete and they have moved to a town 20 mins away in Dolega or Algorrobos. That is a real shame. Be sure to visit them in their new location and support the locales. There are many... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 16, 2015
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Santa Barbara, California
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Boquete, Panama
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44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Nelvis is back after a couple months of absence from the Boquete scene. The new location is on the 1st street east of the Town Park and about 1 ¾ blocks North of the Park; a few paces past Melo Store (a well known land mark). Nelvis is still cooking up great meals whilst Edwin and sons manage the shop.... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

This is eating like a true local. However, my friend living in Boquete has informed me that rents got too high in Boquete and they have moved to a town 20 mins away in Dolega or Algorrobos. That is a real shame. Be sure to visit them in their new location and support the locales. There are many great places... More 

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Red Lion, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We asked our tour guide, who has lived in Boquete all his life, where he would recommend we go for authentic, local cuisine. Without hesitation, he said, "Oh, Nelvis. Get their chicken. It is fantastic. I always eat their chicken. You can tell they cook it with care." Indeed. A wonderful experience. No frills, just good food for a fantastic... More 

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Went here on recommendation by rich (coffee tour). Good lunch for very good price. Very local cuisine but definitely worth the try

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Boquete, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Just 5 dollars for a wonderful hot meal. Lunch only! Not just American fast food. How do you beat that? For a lunch you can not beat this value.It does not matter if your looking for a hostal or you have a bigger budget,it's super.

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Saskatoon, Canada
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Had a quick lunch here; cafeteria style so no waiting! Great food and even better prices! Select from two rices, chicken, beef, pork, bean salad, potato salad, and mixed green salad. Simple and satisfying!

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Mukwonago, WI
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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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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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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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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190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: South American, Central American

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