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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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11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Families with children
Description: The Buena Vista Bar & Grill has been a staple in Bocas for over...
The Buena Vista Bar & Grill has been a staple in Bocas for over seventeen years. It is located over the water in downtown Bocas (Isla Colón). It is open daily from 11:30am until 9:30pm for drinks, starters, sandwiches, burgers, salads, and wraps. An additional dinner menu including seafood, steaks, international and vegetarian fare, and house specialties is available after 5:00pm (and often earlier, just ask!). Although originally opened in 1997, Kelly and Juan Pablo De Caro have owned the Buena Vista Bar and Grill since 2005. They recently moved to a NEW location with an even better view and atmosphere. They only employ Panamanians, many of whom have been with them for over ten years. By eating and drinking at the Buena Vista, you are helping to directly support ten local families. Here at the BV, we do our best to give you the prompt service you deserve! Thanks for coming!
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  • 43
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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
Started with happy hour ended up having dinner

Stumbled into this place to get out of the rain. Food was ok, but brownie dessert was really good. Tried to go back the next day but was full.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 31, 2015
Rakesh3792
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San Diego, California
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Bogota, Colombia
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I'm surprised that a place with such a booming tourism industry lacks good places to eat. They are ok or too American. Nothing local. This place is a little overpriced and food is just ok. I guess for what Bocas has to offer this is probably the best one.

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Thank Juan G
San Francisco, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Islands are islands, they are slower paced. With that in mind keep a relaxed attitude and all will be well. However BV is an exception the the rule. The gals were so attentive and wonderful. The food was delicious and they have a beautiful veranda to enjoy your meal with a view of the other islands. Not to be missed!!!

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Thank raegan s
Austin, Texas
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42 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What attracted us most to this restaurant was 1) It was referred to us by locals who we were staying with, 2) The menu had a wide variety of items to choose from and 3) The ambiance was perfect. The staff was incredibly friendly! We loved our waitress and yes, service may be a little slow but that's to be... More 

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Thank OteroNewlyweds
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

S.L.O.W. service, rough recipes, bland food with broccoli and carrots in the taco salad (what?). They recently relocated to a new spot downtown and I was going to cut them some slack because I thought they were new. Nope, they have been around for years (at a different location) and I am shocked that they have survived. As their name... More 

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Thank Mara B
Buena_Vista_Bocas, Owner at Buena Vista Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Slow yesterday? YES. I definitely apologize for the speed as it was day one re-open and we had a line out the door and were quite back in our groove. That being said we had TON of happy customers yesterday. Not all of our taco salads have brokoli and carrots... The chicken and beef salads have all the usual taco... More 

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11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

after a full day on a boat we went to get some simple food and were very happily suprised the service was nice but the food was very good. We had the satay and the shrimps

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Thank Jeffrey B
Boulder, Colorado
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99 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came for lunch as it is right on the water. We had fish tacos - the fish was just OK. The taco was pretty plain, but it did come with salsa and sour cream. We also ordered the shrimp in coconut curry. It was good but the portion was quite small and the price was $13. Seemed over priced... More 

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Thank Jeannie G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great place for breakfast and diner. Whatever you pick from the menu it's delicious: the chicken satay, the chicken sesame salad, the burgers and the best: jambalaya! Also breakfast are great. Natural yoghurt with fresh fruit, granola while looking at the ocean, what a way to start your day!

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Thank Sonja R
San Diego, California
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

Stumbled into this place to get out of the rain. Food was ok, but brownie dessert was really good. Tried to go back the next day but was full.

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Thank Rakesh3792
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278 reviews
221 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

We went here because it looked nice from the street and weren't disappointed. The view was great looking out over the sea and the waitress was super friendly and helpful. We had the fish tacos and they were very nice. When we came to leave they even called a water taxi for us, which picked us up right at the... More 

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Thank Rossland58
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42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

Let me start by saying that I am a food snob, I know good food, I love good food and here at buena vista, we found good food! My boyfriend and I walked the length of the street to find somewhere to have dinner, we passed up several places with mediocre menus before we stopped here and we are so... More 

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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: Bar scene, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Families with children

Description

The Buena Vista Bar & Grill has been a staple in Bocas for over seventeen years. It is located over the water in downtown Bocas (Isla Colón). It is open daily from 11:30am until 9:30pm for drinks, starters, sandwiches, burgers, salads, and wraps. An additional dinner menu including seafood, steaks, international and vegetarian fare, and house specialties is available after 5:00pm (and often earlier, just ask!). Although originally opened in 1997, Kelly and Juan Pablo De Caro have owned the Buena Vista Bar and Grill since 2005. They recently moved to a NEW location with an even better view and atmosphere. They only employ Panamanians, many of whom have been with them for over ten years. By eating and drinking at the Buena Vista, you are helping to directly support ten local families. Here at the BV, we do our best to give you the prompt service you deserve! Thanks for coming!
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?