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Buena Vista Bar & Grill

Calle Segunda, Isla Colon, Panama
+507 757-9035
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Ranked #31 of 71 Restaurants in Isla Colon
Price range: $5 - $17
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Vegetarian, International
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Scenic view
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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 nine years. By coming in , you are helping to directly support ten local families.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Stopped in for a quick lunch on our first day in town and ordered the teriyaki and BBQ burgers, which were standard delish, but the gigantic Thaigirita in a full sized pineapple was what sealed the deal for me. They also had Blue Moon, which was a nice change from the various local swills we've been drinking in Latin America.... More 

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George Town, Cayman Islands
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92 reviews 92 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

It's great in bocas to see a place like this consistently provide quality service & just good selection of both food & service. Tried this place several times & always happy. Check it out & enjoy.

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Shutesbury, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Super friendly staff and great Caribbean atmospherre. The Ginger Shrimp was excellent. Don't skip dessert - the Brownie with ice cream was wondrous!

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We had two lunches here, one with a group of college students and the other with just my son. Both times we were very happy with the choice and quality of the food, and the laid back vibe of the place. We liked the shrimp ceviche so much that we ordered it the next day. One big plus for us... More 

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Orange County, CA
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83 reviews 83 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

The place is nice and the food was good. Cold beer and good staff. Would recommend for a stop by when in Bocas.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

This was right next to our hotel and it was delicious. I had the fried fish sandwich and the brownie with ice cream. Even with waitress in training the service great!

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East Brunswick, New Jersey, United States
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41 reviews 41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Not sure that is a word but it describes kelly and juan pablo to a tee. The food is great the view is spectacular and the location can't be beat. Not saying they are the best - but let's just say no one else had strawberry smoothies for a while. But even if they did we would have been at... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Very nice place to have some drinks, listen good music and eat nachos (big enough for 2) You have to try Tequila Sunrise and local beers. Free Wi-fi available

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San Salvador, San Salvador, El Salvador
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Try the calamary with garlic sauce and another good option would be a Jambalaya, a local dish. Service is nice and it has a spectacular sight!

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Panama City, Panama
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7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I can heartily recommend both staying at and eating in the Buena Vista Bar & Grill in Bocas del Toro. Located right on the main drag of Isla Colon, Bocas del Toro's de facto capital Island, the place serves as a hub for local life at certain times of the year - especially during Halloween, where the owners, Kelly and... More 

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Additional Information about Buena Vista Bar & Grill

Address: Calle Segunda, Isla Colon, Panama
Phone Number: +507 757-9035
Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Bocas del Toro Province  >  Isla Colon
Average Prices: USD 5 - 17
Cuisine: American, Seafood, Vegetarian, International

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