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RipTide Bar Restaurant

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Calle 2, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
+507 760-8131
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff
Good for: Bar scene
Description: A cool and clean bar & grill located in the heart of downtown Bocas....
A cool and clean bar & grill located in the heart of downtown Bocas. We serve classic American bar food along with a full menu including both classic and modern twists on seafood. A great place to come mingle with the expats and the locals.
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  • 28
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 0
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  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Better than the boat

The food is much better, though the view is not the same. The patio is comfortable as is the inside. Drink specials and drinks are very good, and the service is much improved over the boat. We went with a three generation group and everyone was happy with what they ate. Do give this place a try!!!!

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 5, 2015
PanamaDon
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Kailua, Hawaii
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Kailua, Hawaii
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128 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

The food is much better, though the view is not the same. The patio is comfortable as is the inside. Drink specials and drinks are very good, and the service is much improved over the boat. We went with a three generation group and everyone was happy with what they ate. Do give this place a try!!!!

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Thank PanamaDon
Tybee Island, Georgia
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196 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 via mobile

We were sad to see that the ship is gone and the atmosphere that it provided, but the upside is the food and presentation are WAY better! The fish and chips used to be good but now they are great, and the grilled fish in wine sauce is phenomenal! We also had the shrimp ceviche as an appetizer, and it... More 

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Thank Tybeeite
Houston, Texas
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37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We ate lunch here on our last day in Bocas town. We found it just by walking through town. It is located on the second floor of a building. The menu is slightly limited but contained good items for lunch. We ordered the fried fish fillet with cole slaw and fish and chips. The cole slaw was the best we... More 

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Thank Larry W
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 via mobile

The food here is absolutely fantastic fresh and the kitchen is sparkling clean. I had the grilled fish dinner my friend ate the seafood soup which was also delicious. The original rip tide was on a boat and sank but now is on the second floor and amazing.

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Thank Michelle W
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62 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Was closed this december. The boat is now underwater. Last time i ate there was may 2014. Food and service was decent, was just cool to eat on a old commercial fishing vessel.

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Thank anatourino84
Sct2hty02, Owner at RipTide Bar Restaurant, responded to this review

Yes, it's true, the ship sank on November 17, 2014. But, we have re-opened in a new location serving the same great food in a new cleaner, crisper atmosphere. You can now find us on Calle 2da across from the government building. More 

Snohomish, WA
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

The RIP Tide was a great floating restaurant / bar that attracted a lot of ex pats so there was always a bunch of crusty Gringo's hanging around swapping lies. Unfortunately a storm sank her in November and she is no more. I hope she gets re-floated and taken to a bit deeper water to become an artificial reef and... More 

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Thank manakai
George Town, Cayman Islands
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103 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

sadly this boat just sank, but i hope they rebuild soon because it was on the best places on the water to relax, have a drink & meet new people. The food was always consistently good.

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Thank TropicalOutside
Winnipeg, Canada
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

The Riptide has the best cool breezes on those hot days, the best fish and chips and cold beer all at a surprisingly economical price. Could not get enough of this place and the ultra colourful bar patrons that frequent the place. Lots of water action to watch too!

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Thank Beavis14
Winnipeg, Canada
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Very delicious fish and chips on the boat, great people, great service, quiet location away from main street but still easy to find.

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Thank Olessa_T
Denver, Colorado
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56 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 via mobile

Cool spot on an old boat. Has a great breeze on a hot day and very few bugs (chitre). Make sure to check out the roof top. Cheapest drinks we enjoyed in Bocas! We didn't eat but the food looked really good. Good service too.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Calle 2, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Bocas del Toro Province  >  Isla Colon  >  Bocas Town
  • Phone Number: +507 760-8131

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 12
  • Cuisine: American, Bar, International, Grill, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene

Description

A cool and clean bar & grill located in the heart of downtown Bocas. We serve classic American bar food along with a full menu including both classic and modern twists on seafood. A great place to come mingle with the expats and the locals.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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