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RipTide Bar Restaurant
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Avenida Norte over the water | Behind Mondo Taitu, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
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Avenida Norte over the water | Behind Mondo Taitu, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
6948-3762
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Dining options: Late Night
Description: A floating restaurant and bar on an old shrimp boat docked on the north...
A floating restaurant and bar on an old shrimp boat docked on the north shore of Bocas del Toro. Aboard the boat you will enjoy the cool ocean breeze and the best views in town.
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  • 26
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  • 30
    Very good
  • 7
    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
Most recent review
Sorry to say its gone

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 13, 2014
manakai
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Snohomish, WA
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Scenic view
  • Late Night
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66 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Snohomish, WA
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 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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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 8, 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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Winnipeg, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Winnipeg, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 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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Denver, Colorado
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47 reviews 47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

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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Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Situation on a large, docked boat, Rip Tide is a cool place with cheap drinks and good food. Cathy the owner is super interesting and most evening can me spent talking to expat 'locals' or jumping from the back of the boat into the pristine waters below.

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winnipeg
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46 reviews 46 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

A bit difficult to find - but if you know the wonderful owner - easy peasy! Great atmosphere being right on the water in an old boat... Lots of room for your friends to eat and drink... we had a table of about 12 of us and the service was very good. My meal was good, and the selection was... More 

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Lancaster, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Went to Rip Tide the day we arrived with friends for lunch, the food was good, reasonable, and the atmosphere was great. We visited Rip Tide many more times during our visit to hang out and have drinks.

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San Diego, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Service was lackluster and would have enjoyed a more generous pour (actually would have liked a Jameson's but had to go with Scotch). But it is a bar on a boat in Paradise. Can't go too wrong with that.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We went to dinner at Rip Tide on the night before a full moon. Sitting on the boat, eating dinner and watching the moon rise over the bay was amazing. I had the fish and chips and was very happy I did. The fish was done to perfection and the fries where perfect as well. Thankfully it wasn't all you... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Avenida Norte over the water | Behind Mondo Taitu, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Bocas del Toro Province  >  Isla Colon  >  Bocas Town
  • Phone Number: 6948-3762

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view

Description

A floating restaurant and bar on an old shrimp boat docked on the north shore of Bocas del Toro. Aboard the boat you will enjoy the cool ocean breeze and the best views in town.

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