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Buena Vista

Calle Segunda, Isla Colon, Panama
+507 757-9035
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good33%
  • Average15%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“fish tacos” (12 reviews)
“brownie” (10 reviews)
“burger” (29 reviews)
Open Now
7:30 am - 9:30 pmAll hours
Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Central American, American, Seafood, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Calle Segunda, Isla Colon, Panama
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51 - 60 of 206 reviews

Reviewed June 7, 2016

i had the garlic fish with coconut rice.... gosh it was so tasty. i was just saying mmm the whole time. service is a little slow but whatever, you're in the caribbean just relax and enjoy the setting! beautiful little place right on the water......More

Thank lauren p
Reviewed June 7, 2016

We began our exploration of Bocas with a breakfast at the Buena Vista, which featured the most attractive façade of the restaurants on the main drag. We liked the menu and had a hard time deciding what to select, The food was plentiful, savory and...More

Thank Sue D
Reviewed January 29, 2016

What attracted us most to this restaurant was 1) It was referred to us by locals who we were staying with, 2) The menu had a wide variety of items to choose from and 3) The ambiance was perfect. The staff was incredibly friendly! We...More

Thank OteroNewlyweds
Reviewed January 24, 2016

S.L.O.W. service, rough recipes, bland food with broccoli and carrots in the taco salad (what?). They recently relocated to a new spot downtown and I was going to cut them some slack because I thought they were new. Nope, they have been around for years...More

Thank Mara B
Buena_Vista_Bocas, Owner at Buena Vista, responded to this reviewResponded January 25, 2016

Slow yesterday? YES. I definitely apologize for the speed as it was day one re-open and we had a line out the door and were quite back in our groove. That being said we had TON of happy customers yesterday. Not all of our taco...More

Reviewed January 9, 2016 via mobile

after a full day on a boat we went to get some simple food and were very happily suprised the service was nice but the food was very good. We had the satay and the shrimps

Thank Jeffrey B
Reviewed January 5, 2016

We came for lunch as it is right on the water. We had fish tacos - the fish was just OK. The taco was pretty plain, but it did come with salsa and sour cream. We also ordered the shrimp in coconut curry. It was...More

Thank Jeannie G
Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

This is a great place for breakfast and diner. Whatever you pick from the menu it's delicious: the chicken satay, the chicken sesame salad, the burgers and the best: jambalaya! Also breakfast are great. Natural yoghurt with fresh fruit, granola while looking at the ocean,...More

Thank Sonja R
Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

Stumbled into this place to get out of the rain. Food was ok, but brownie dessert was really good. Tried to go back the next day but was full.

Thank Rakesh3792
Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

We went here because it looked nice from the street and weren't disappointed. The view was great looking out over the sea and the waitress was super friendly and helpful. We had the fish tacos and they were very nice. When we came to leave...More

Thank Rossland58
Reviewed December 18, 2015

Let me start by saying that I am a food snob, I know good food, I love good food and here at buena vista, we found good food! My boyfriend and I walked the length of the street to find somewhere to have dinner, we...More

Thank travelgem82
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$5 - $17
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Large groups, Scenic view, Special occasions, Bar scene, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
7:30 am - 9:30 pm
7:30 am - 9:30 pm
7:30 am - 9:30 pm
7:30 am - 9:30 pm
7:30 am - 9:30 pm
7:30 am - 9:30 pm
7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Segunda, Isla Colon, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Bocas del Toro Province  >  Isla Colon
  • Phone Number: +507 757-9035
  • E-mail
The Buena Vista Bar & Grill has been a staple in Bocas for over seventeen years. It is located over the water in downtown Bocas (Isla Colón). It is open daily from 7:30am until 9:30pm for breakfast, drinks, starters, sandwiches, burgers, salads, and wraps. An additional dinner menu including seafood, steaks, international and vegetarian fare, and house specialties is available after 5:00pm (and often earlier, just ask!). Although originally opened in 1997, Kelly and Juan Pablo De Caro have owned the Buena Vista Bar and Grill since 2005. They recently moved to a NEW location with an even better view and atmosphere. They only employ Panamanians, many of whom have been with them for over eleven years. By eating and drinking at the Buena Vista, you are helping to directly support ten local families. Here at the BV, we do our best to give you the prompt service you deserve! Thanks for coming!
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