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Local cuisine, Bar, Central American, South American, Vegetarian Friendly
Special occasions, Scenic view, Bar scene
La Buguita is a waterfront restaurant located in Bocas Town. we use local and seasoning products, we are offering breakfast, lunch and dinner fresh options, a touch of caribe and panamenian fresh ingredients Relish delightful, homemade dishes or simply pleasure in the stunning view over the ocean. In accordance with its attempt to support local businesses and prevent pollution, La Buguita is mainly processing local products. our happy hour 5 to 7 pm and live music... enjoy BOCAS DEL TORO here my friend!
$3 - $17
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Bar, Central American, South American
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed July 20, 2021 via mobile

Very good food! A place to chill, to have healthy, special foods and to enjoy the surfer vibe. Also for vegetarians! They serve coffee too! And cocktails! And they have a happy hour. Loved it, recommend it.

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed July 18, 2021

Awesome place... Good customer service, excellent view and The Bailey's Frozen was delicious. Amazing host (Nico)

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed July 16, 2021

One of the best in Bocas Town! First, the place is beautiful- over the water with beautiful views. Also, the food is delicious with lots of great vegetarian options, seafood, and much more. My favorites were the "Little Veggies" and yucca fries. Finally, their prices...are really reasonable (especially during happy hour). Highly recommend La Buguita!More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed April 15, 2021

We love this restaurant and I feel bad leaving a so-so review. The food and atmosphere are great! The breakfast sandwich, tuna burger and smoothies are delicious. Great location and great atmosphere too! The service is pretty bad. It was so bad that last time...we were there, we got up and left after not being waited on. If you're on any kind of a time schedule, this probably isn't the place for you...otherwise, good restaurant.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed March 29, 2021 via mobile

Atmosphere is great stop by for late lunch we oder octopus ceviche and hamburger, service was fair and so far best food and service! But is our 2nd day so will see will check the other options! comming back again for sure, i asked for...a spicy sauce and it was delicious!!More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed March 16, 2021

Let me just start by saying... You have to visit if you haven't already! You won't regret it, I promise. My partner and I was in Bocas del Toro for a week, and found ourself at La Buguita daily - Initially for the atmosphere and...drinks, then for the activities, but what took us to the moon and back was the staff! Let's dive into all of the details.. Atmosphere: Such a chill vibe - There's an indoor and outdoor area filled with a tropical bar, colorful chairs, grass hut tables, and good music. We were able to even bring work with us to this waterfront location because they offered great wifi, while being able to enjoy a cold beer and local company - How much better can this get? Food & Drinks: We've tried the buga burger & yucas, pulpo may buoy, tuna burger & yucas, sashimi, and fish tacos! The sashiimi would have to be our favorite - it's like a tartare, soy, ginger mix atop fried plantains - Delicious!! Drinks were also great, I really enjoyed their coffees and cocktails. Not to mention, they have a great happy hour, so definitely take advantage of that! Scuba Dive & Surf: We took the opportunity to dive recreationally with the La Buga team, and it was an experience to remember. It was our first time - Although we were both nervous, Ivan (our instructor, and now friend!) made sure that we were taken care of and having fun. When showing up to our scheduled session - we went through some paperwork then learned a bit about the equipment, techniques, and underwater communication - then we were good to go. We had two dives (a shallow dive to get acclimated, then a deeper one where we explored a sunken ship). There were all kinds of marine life - sharks included!!! Ivan captured the whole experience on his GoPro and provided us the footage (Huge thanks!). Aside from our diving experience, we dropped by almost every day for the surfboard rental as the team has been so great to us from beginning to end. All in all, La Buga was truly a gem. :)More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed February 24, 2021 via mobile

We always look forward to returning to La Bugita. The Buga burger is amazing as is the Tuna burger. Actually you really cannot go wrong with anything on the menu. And let's not forget the drinks! They remember you as soon as you walk in....Try the spicy margarita. You will not forget it!More

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed February 15, 2021

A great place to hang out. Very friendly & accommodating. Great wifi. They make the best ice teas! Allowed my 3 boys to do there school work there which was amazing!

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed January 16, 2021 via mobile

What an awesome spot to come and chill!I Cold beer and amazing food with the most perfect views! This is also a dive school where you can get Padi certification and if diving isn't for you they also offer rentals of paddle boards and kayaks.

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed March 13, 2020 via mobile

Best place to have a nice time good food and friendly staff specially Majo who was such a nice girl with the service to our table, if you are in bocas don’t miss this place.

Date of visit: March 2020
labuguitaoceanlounge, Propietario at La Buguita Ocean Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded March 15, 2020

Thank you for your rating friends! Majo is an excellent partner too! We hope to see you soon at La Buguita!

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Yes, La Buguita Ocean Lounge offers takeout services.

La Buguita Ocean Lounge is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5