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Roots

Isla Bastimentos, Panama
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Cuisines: Salvadoran
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Benicia, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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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London, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

We went here for dinner after reading about Roots in our guidebook. The waiter was great and the atmosphere was fine but the food wasn't anything special. The menu was small and the fish was a little chewy. There was a meeting going on while we were there and it got quite heated at times.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014 via mobile

We went to Roots for a late lunch. Nothing much to tell about this place: it has basic places to sit and a big tv screen. People are friendly and the food is good.

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Seattle, WA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

You've got to traverse an informal "path" to get to the place, but it's worth it. Look for the red, yellow, and green sign (that may or may not say "Roots"...) and then double back down the stone steps toward the house on the water. The woman serving/cooking the food was rather neutral towards us at first, but her face... More

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San Francisco, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

The first night we went to Roots we arrived by water taxi which Docks right next to the dance floor where a calypso band was playing and swaying to the music. The whole restaurant literally rocked with their steps as they danced and people listened and cheered. We sat at a simple plastic table and had some great fish rice... More

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