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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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Hours:
Tue - Sun 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night
Description: A cool and clean bar & grill located in the heart of downtown Bocas. We...
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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Good for:
Bar scene

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  • 26
    Excellent
  • 30
    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
Different but great

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 11, 2014
Olessa_T
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Winnipeg, Canada
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Late Night
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67 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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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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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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96 reviews 96 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
29 helpful votes 29 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 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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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

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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?