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Roots

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Isla Bastimentos, Panama
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great food!

This place was recommended to is by friends and they were right! Great chicken and rice! My boyfriend said the octopus was really good too. Glad we went.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 23, 2015
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English first
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

A local spot - saying its the best local restaurant on that point, isnt saying much. It was an experience nonetheless. The bartender was great - social, spoke English. Make sure you order cocktails not month old wine (I asked before when it was opened before I ordered). Our chicken came in a bunch of bone filled nuggets. Not sure... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This place was recommended to is by friends and they were right! Great chicken and rice! My boyfriend said the octopus was really good too. Glad we went.

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South Carolina, United States
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

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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10 restaurant reviews
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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
3 restaurant reviews
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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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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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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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14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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9 restaurant reviews
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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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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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Address: Isla Bastimentos, Panama
Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Bocas del Toro Province  >  Isla Bastimentos
Cuisine: Salvadoran

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Salvadoran

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