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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: Dinner, Quick Bites, Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Quick and easy

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2015
Tara B
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Santa Catalina, Panama
Good for:
  • Scenic view
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 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 28 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 20 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 16 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
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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Tried a few places I in bocas town. This became my hangout. Great food prices reasonable. Clean. Beer $2...can't be bad. Try the chicken satay....Very good.

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Playa Marsella, Nicaragua
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

After a long day under the sun, swimming with multicolour fish and discovering corals, nothing like a good bacon and cheddar burger!

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Bocas del Toro Province, Panama
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Fast reliable and great! The food is great and diverse the drinks are cold and tropical. My favorite lunch spot in Bocas! Over the water and central location this is a must stop when visiting Bocas!

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Bonn, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Very good burger (the meat was tasty and juicy), strong cocktails (try the giant pina colada served in a pineapple), awesome warm chocolate pie. The restaurant is right on the water (as most places in Bocas anyway). The service was much friendlier than in many other places in Bocas.

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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, International, Vegetarian

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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
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, International, Vegetarian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view, Local cuisine, 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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