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Buena Vista Bar & Grill

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American, Seafood, International, Vegetarian
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Calle Segunda, Isla Colon, Panama
+507 757-9035
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Dining options: Lunch, Quick Bites, Drinks, Dinner, Breakfast, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The Buena Vista Bar & Grill is located over the water in downtown Bocas...
The Buena Vista Bar & Grill is located over the water in downtown Bocas (Isla Colon) serving drinks, starters, sandwiches, burgers, and wraps. An additional dinner menu including seafood, steaks, international fare, and house specialties is available after 5:00pm (and often earlier, just ask!). The BV has been serving up food and drinks in a laid-back atmosphere since 1997. Our outdoor seating with plenty o' ceiling fans is a great way to enjoy the gorgeous view (vista). Whether your starvin', snacky, or just plain thirsty, come check us out! Here at the BV, we do our best to give you the prompt service you deserve! The majority of our all-Panamanian staff has been with us for over ten years. By coming in , you are helping to directly support ten local families.
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  • 35
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Amazing Lobster

I was looking for lobster and I found lobster!!! Even though the comments here weren't the best (and the service was a bit slow) the lobster was fresh and tasty! Recommendable!!!

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Scenic view
  • Families with children
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Oakville, Canada
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Nicely presented and had lots of meat and cheese hiding under the salad. This is when I discovered the waterfront restaurants all add a 10% service charge plus a 7% tax, after I had left a goo tip without paying attention to the bill. I learned to be more careful after this nights meal.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

I was looking for lobster and I found lobster!!! Even though the comments here weren't the best (and the service was a bit slow) the lobster was fresh and tasty! Recommendable!!!

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Cincinnati
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We ate lunch while awaiting our water taxi to Bastimentos. I had a Thai noodle dish that was very good and enjoyed a good cocktail. It was nice to watch the waterfront while dining. Service was a bit slow, but friendly and prices were decent.

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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

You can get good food at so many places in bocas, it's a shame to see an amazing location operating at a mediocre level. Stop by have a beer and ceviches, it's really good ceviche, but not enough for me to come back a second time

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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79 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The food at this place was very Nice. Generous portions and wonderful taste. However it took a long time before it finally arrived. Please Note tax and service are not included in the price.

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

It was my free afternoon from the tour that took me to Bocas and all I wanted was to sit down while I typed away answering some pending mail, Buena Vista was but just a couple of meters away from my hotel so I just went in to have a try. The great view was so refreshing even though it... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

The food is fresh, tasty, the service is good as well...It is also probably the best place for breakfast. It has a slightly Jamaican feel to it. If you had enough of the meat and fries then this is probably the place for you....

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Santa Catalina, Panama
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44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Wait staff was very nice. I think this place would have food most people from the states would like. I personally prefer the local food and there was nothing like that here. My kids loved it. They had great fries! I'm guessing the fish was some sort of frozen imported fish as my husband and I had never heard of... More 

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Carrollton, Texas
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32 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Good food with many more "American" selections. Location offers great views with easy access. Staff are all Panamanian, and supports local families. Service was fast and friendly.

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Corsham, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015 via mobile

We enjoyed breakfasts here with a lovely waterside view. Look over the railings to see large starfish hanging out. Fresh fruit plates are served with yoghurt & granola. Americano plates are large with eggs, bacon, toast and fried potato's. Service is friendly and the prices are very good value. Lovely way to start your day.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Calle Segunda, Isla Colon, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Bocas del Toro Province  >  Isla Colon
  • Phone Number: +507 757-9035

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 17
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, International, Vegetarian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children

Description

The Buena Vista Bar & Grill is located over the water in downtown Bocas (Isla Colon) serving drinks, starters, sandwiches, burgers, and wraps. An additional dinner menu including seafood, steaks, international fare, and house specialties is available after 5:00pm (and often earlier, just ask!). The BV has been serving up food and drinks in a laid-back atmosphere since 1997. Our outdoor seating with plenty o' ceiling fans is a great way to enjoy the gorgeous view (vista). Whether your starvin', snacky, or just plain thirsty, come check us out! Here at the BV, we do our best to give you the prompt service you deserve! The majority of our all-Panamanian staff has been with us for over ten years. By coming in , you are helping to directly support ten local families.

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