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Buena Vista

Calle Segunda, Isla Colon, Panama
+507 757-9035
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good33%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • 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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81 - 90 of 203 reviews

Reviewed July 8, 2015

Wait staff was very nice. I think this place would have food most people from the states would like. I personally prefer the local food and there was nothing like that here. My kids loved it. They had great fries! I'm guessing the fish was...More

Thank Tara B
Reviewed July 6, 2015

Good food with many more "American" selections. Location offers great views with easy access. Staff are all Panamanian, and supports local families. Service was fast and friendly.

Thank v4auCarrollton_TX
Reviewed June 18, 2015

We enjoyed breakfasts here with a lovely waterside view. Look over the railings to see large starfish hanging out. Fresh fruit plates are served with yoghurt & granola. Americano plates are large with eggs, bacon, toast and fried potato's. Service is friendly and the prices...More

Thank SunforSarah
Reviewed June 11, 2015 via mobile

Tried a few places I in bocas town. This became my hangout. Great food prices reasonable. Clean. Beer $2...can't be bad. Try the chicken satay....Very good.

Thank Warren C
Reviewed June 10, 2015

After a long day under the sun, swimming with multicolour fish and discovering corals, nothing like a good bacon and cheddar burger!

Thank ltch2015
Reviewed June 7, 2015 via mobile

Fast reliable and great! The food is great and diverse the drinks are cold and tropical. My favorite lunch spot in Bocas! Over the water and central location this is a must stop when visiting Bocas!

Thank AngieBocas
Reviewed June 6, 2015

Very good burger (the meat was tasty and juicy), strong cocktails (try the giant pina colada served in a pineapple), awesome warm chocolate pie. The restaurant is right on the water (as most places in Bocas anyway). The service was much friendlier than in many...More

Thank davidefiedler
Reviewed June 6, 2015

The presentation of the meal was beautiful. It had many local ingredients in lovely proportions. The restaurant hires only local people who are extremely pleasant and helpful when you are trying to get on internet. This great restaurant supports 10 local families. The restaurant overlooks...More

Thank ptravelp
Reviewed May 12, 2015

We had two dinners and one failed attempt to get breakfast here on our stay at Bocas. The dinners were good, we liked the food and noticed the prices were a little higher compared to the other restaurants nearby, but we thought it was fair...More

Thank Ronald P
Buena_Vista_Bocas, Owner at Buena Vista, responded to this reviewResponded May 20, 2015

Hi, Ronald. We'd like to apologize again for your breakfast mishap. To be honest, although it should not have happened, that was only the third day that we'd been serving breakfast. We believe we have all of this ironed out now and are offering quick...More

Reviewed April 17, 2015

We were here for the late happy hour, just enough for one drink so we ordered the Mojito del Sol (not a plain Mojito) which according to the bartender it is his own recipe. It is made with pineapple juice (not a Piña Colada!) which...More

Thank Panama V
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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
Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions
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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