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“A slice of Provence in Boquete” 4 of 5 stars
Review of ART CAFE, Gallery, Wine, and Coffee Bar

ART CAFE, Gallery, Wine, and Coffee Bar
100 meters north of the Catholic church on your right hand side, Boquete, Panama
507 720 1821
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Ranked #16 of 61 Restaurants in Boquete
Price range: $6 - $13
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“A slice of Provence in Boquete”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

Boquete has one restaurant for every 500 inhabitants, but this is the only distinctly French restaurant I've found locally. Formerly owned by a Frenchman, it has recently changed hands and is operated by a friendly, outgoing couple from the American Southwest. The former chef and staff have been maintained, and therein lies the future prospects for this charming eatery.

I was drawn to the place by a menu listing of some of my favorite Provencal dishes (e.g., eggplant flan), but was discouraged from ordering them when the friendly owners seemed to be unfamiliar with either the name or the nature of the dishes in question. Reference to "confit de canard," for example, elicited blank stares. Only later did I realize that the kitchen had a full understanding of each dish offered, but I was already committed to my "safe" choice--"the daily special"--a very satisfying pork filet with mushrooms and accompanying vegetables. Another member of my party took the rabbit dish, which was very good. I would certainly return to this restaurant in the future with the intention of ordering the kind of dishes whose promise drew me there in the first place.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Round Rock, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Nice owners, good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

The new owners were very warm and welcoming. The food was very good and reasonably priced. I really enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere and would recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Boquete.

Visited June 2012
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“New Owners”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

Art Cafe was just taken over by new owners who are super nice, they came by each table to introduce themselves. The food was good. I especially recommend the dessert crepes.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Cozy, delicious, friendly, inexpensive.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

My husband and I enjoyed two light lunches here and were very impressed with the fresh goat cheese salad and flavorful chicken soup. The ambience is very casual and quaint and the service is friendly and efficient. We plan to return during our short stay here.

Visited June 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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208 reviews 208 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 110 cities Reviews in 110 cities
222 helpful votes 222 helpful votes
“Average restaurant, does the job if you're not looking for fancy”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2012

This is a cheerful little French place and a reasonable choice in central Boquete. It mostly sells crepes, but also salad and various meat dishes. The wine was dreadful, and the food average. It has cheerful French type decor. Not a bad choice for lunch.

Visited May 2012
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