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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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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 nine years. By coming in , you are helping to directly support ten local families.
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Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Scenic view

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  • 52
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  • 45
    Very good
  • 28
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Mojito del Sol!

We were here for the late happy hour, just enough for one drink so we ordered the Mojito del Sol (not a plain Mojito) which according to the bartender it is his own recipe. It is made with pineapple juice (not a Piña Colada!) which is a different recipe than the one available on the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
Panama V
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Panama City, Panama
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Scenic view
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Panama City, Panama
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

We were here for the late happy hour, just enough for one drink so we ordered the Mojito del Sol (not a plain Mojito) which according to the bartender it is his own recipe. It is made with pineapple juice (not a Piña Colada!) which is a different recipe than the one available on the internet. Anyway, great Mojito del... More 

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Lima, Peru
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82 reviews 82 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Yeah that's right..best.fish.taco.ever. The ceviche was really good as well, quite different than what you get in Lima. Everything was delicious. Good beer selection. Highly recommend this place.

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Marquette, Michigan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The fish was prepared perfectly. It was fresh, moist, fat free with great flavor. The view is spectacular and eating over the water is one of the best experiences of Bocas Town. Dinner was so good we came back for two lunches and another dinner.

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San Diego, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

This place has the best service and menu in Bocas Town, plus it's right on the water so you can watch the endless stream of boats going by. Good burgers, ceviche, etc.

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Brooklyn, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Found the food average. Nothing stood out. I ordered the burger and it came out overcooked. I can usually handle an overdone burger but mine came to me charred and dry.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

We just got back from eating here and I immediately looked up the trip adviser reviews to see if it was just a bad night there or what. The reviews mostly give it a fairly good rating, however that was definitely not our experience. We were the only table aside from one other that was occupied in the restaurant. We... More 

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Germany
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Eat here if you want to vomit the whole night! On our vacation, we had one bad meal (chicken sandwich) that caused nausea and digestive problems and that was served at Buena Vista Bar & Grill. Back in Germany, the doctor gave us penecilline to fight the salmonella we brought back from our trip.

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

It is incredibly unfortunate that you got sick. However,salmonella symptoms develop 12-72 hours after contamination it is difficult to pinpoint the source. I can tell you that we have 10 employees as well as myself and we eat chicken everyday (boring, I realize) and that none of us has been sick in the past six months and never in ten... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I had lunch here with my partner today and the chicken pesto focaccia and Thai pasta were amazing! Great place for lunch.

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

Thanks for coming in, we're glad you enjoyed your visit! More 

Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

I came here looking for a ceviche and what I got in return was a terrible service and a frozen ceviche! Really frozen ceviche!? Also the beer option is limited at two and Panama beer is awful..

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

Hi, Elena P. I am surprised by your review and suspect that perhaps you have us confused with another restaurant? We make our ceviche fresh and it is NEVER frozen. We also carry 3 national beers as well as Corona, Blue Moon, and XX. We hope you had an overall good visit in Bocas and even if your bad experience... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Prices are fair, quality is good, service was fine. It was recommended to us and we got what we expected. All good

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

Thanks for taking a moment to wirte a review, Simon. We're pleased you enjoyed the Buena Vista! 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: Families with children, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Scenic view

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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