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Isla Bastimentos, Panama
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best. Chicken. Ever.

Isla Bastimientos does't offer a lot of restaurants so the choice is quite limited, nevertheless this is the best chicken we had within the whole stay. It's a very basic place and not very fancy, but the island is still very local so you get to know the real life :) I don't know about the rest of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 27, 2014
Sandra D
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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South Carolina, United States
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

The food was fabulous here! I had the Pattyfish... it was superb! A local fish that is very similar to Snapper... VERY delicious! Highly recommend this restaurant!

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Berlin, Germany
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40 reviews 40 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

as Janet L wrote before. It is a very simple Restaurant with a nice view over the bay. Mixed Fishplatter (what was a very small portion of the seafood): 18$ plus Tax.

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Isla Bastimientos does't offer a lot of restaurants so the choice is quite limited, nevertheless this is the best chicken we had within the whole stay. It's a very basic place and not very fancy, but the island is still very local so you get to know the real life :) I don't know about the rest of the food... More 

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Paris, France
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

The fresh food on the water. The lobster was delighted! The drink amazing before my Boat Limousine came to pick me up for the party in Bocas!

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Benicia, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

The location on a dock over the bay was perfect and the food was tasty enough. I just happened to arrive during the slow season when they were hosting a kid's birthday party and the service was beyond bad.

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SARATOGA
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We were told this was one of the best places to dine on the island. After paying for a boat ride to get here... We were able to dine on the deck which was enjoyable, however, at an old and not so clean plastic table and maybe the only "not broken" five plastic chairs available (just enough for the five... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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45 reviews 45 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

over the water, local atmosphere, good food but not amazing. Cold and cheap beer and funny people around. We went during a local Baseball match on the TV and it was great to be in a real local bar.

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Toronto, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

If you're looking for a cheap meal option on the island, Roots is a good place to go. We had their shrimp rice ($12) and it was more than enough food for two people. Also it seems like they're the only place on the island that's open for lunch.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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43 reviews 43 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Roots was sooo good! I had the chicken and also had the veggie and both were outstanding. I wait staff is so friendly, sweet and friendly. My husband had the fish and said it was very good. we went twice and were not disappointed either time!

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San Diego, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

We made the mistake of going to Roots twice. The first time we ordered the ceviche and the shrimp rice. Both items were just ok. It didn't really blow our mind either way. After all of the rave reviews on here we were expecting magic. Not so much. The second time we came we went to Roots we ordered the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Isla Bastimentos, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Bocas del Toro Province  >  Isla Bastimentos

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Salvadoran

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