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Carlos' Steak House

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Avendia A and Calle 3, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
+507 6518 9627
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 28
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    Very good
  • 7
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  • 3
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great chef

One of the two restaurants in Bocas I really enjoyed, try the steak, taste it, close your eyes and your in a bistro in France, only it's warmer, friendlier and your sitting by the road, pure enjoyment.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2014
Jean S
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Sutton, Canada
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Panama
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

The owner called the police to give me $160 ticket because I didn't park in the exact spot - even though it wasn't marked. The owner sits in front of the restaurant 24/7 with a scowl on his face. Not very friendly.

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Victoria, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Trying to find Carlos', a local indicated it was no longer in operation... but i could get a steak over at the big green & white colonial house (restaurant & hotel).. nice of them to help.. but.... So i did, and it was the worst steak & tiny sides i have had in my life.. tasteless / off tasting sides... More 

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Boquete, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

I met the owner Carlos, he is a very nice guy. The steak was amazing and the atention from the staff is great.

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Sutton, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

One of the two restaurants in Bocas I really enjoyed, try the steak, taste it, close your eyes and your in a bistro in France, only it's warmer, friendlier and your sitting by the road, pure enjoyment.

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Lancaster, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Went out to dinner, there were 6 of us all eating steak and having drinks, food was great, the bill was very cheap, feed 6 for the price of 2 here in the USA. Carlos came in and he was very nice and friendly.

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Toluca Lake, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Carlos cures his own meat if I am not mistaken, and the flavor and texture are just outstanding. I have traveled the world and have never had a better steak. The ambience matches the food to a T.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

We visited this steak house during one of Isla Colon's infamous power outages, so a candlelight dinner was mandatory. The steak was grilled in the outdoor kitchen and was very good. However, the side dishes left much to be desired. The corn on-the-cob was completely overlooked to the point that it was mushy and their idea of "baked potato" are... More 

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Vegas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013 via mobile

What a great little place for patio dining to watch tourists and locals mingle! Let not forget about the food which was fabulous! Great bread and ceviche...before the steak! The filet and ribeye were good and the wine was awesome! Service was nice! The owner came over to see how the steak was and to top off my wine. Nice... More 

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Cahuita, Costa Rica
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Cannot believe this place ranks so low overall on TripAdvisor! This was the best steak we have had in YEARS, and Carlos was an absolute gentleman. Trying to get a half-decent steak anywhere in Central America is truly a challenge. Many places claim to be selling Argentine or USDA beef, but ours, locally produced but prepared by Carlos himself, was... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Carlos is an adorable man from Uruguay(i think) very friendly. The Wine and the STEAK was amazing...It is kind of romantic with candles and sometimes people play their music around. I definitely recommend to stop by. Thanks Carlos for an amazing dinner!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Avendia A and Calle 3, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Bocas del Toro Province  >  Isla Colon  >  Bocas Town
  • Phone Number: +507 6518 9627

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse

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