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Isla Bastimentos, Panama
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Cuisines: Salvadoran
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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
3 helpful votes 3 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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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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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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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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41 reviews 41 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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London, United Kingdom
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64 reviews 64 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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70 reviews 70 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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Address: Isla Bastimentos, Panama
Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Bocas del Toro Province  >  Isla Bastimentos
Cuisine: Salvadoran

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