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“A small menu with food that can´t be beat”

El Oasis Hotel & Restaurant
Ranked #24 of 103 Restaurants in Boquete
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
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63 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“A small menu with food that can´t be beat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

The restaurant that is attached to the El Oasis Botique Hotel is a local favorite with the cinema and ex pat set. It offers linen service and the chef has created a small, but exciting menu.

We started with the sweet red pepper soup with basil cream and it was wonderful. I had slurped mine down before my wife knew what was happening. For main courses, my wife ordered the local mountain spring trout and I had a fillet of beef.

The trout was delicious, cooked perfectly and the beef fillet was one of the most flavorful and tender pieces I have ever had. It was also the biggest I have had so far in Panama, but very very tender, as you would expect from grass fed beef.

They also offer a rack of pork loin, sea bass and even the ubiquitous Hamburger all of which are presented with expert hands and friendly service.

We have been staying at El Oasis and will be returning to this restaurant again before we leave.

Visited January 2013
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English first
Boquete, Panama
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75 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Owner Pursuing More Money?”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2013

Two recent experiences:
(1) One of the appealing characteristics of Oasis was its reasonable prices. Those days may be over. A hamburger with fries, until recently, cost $5.50. Now it's gone up to $8.00, almost a 50% price increase.
(2) A local, gringo-established, Boquete charity, a recycling center, published a book of coupons that could be used at local merchants, including one for the Oasis. However, after offering a half-off-on-a-meal coupon, the management retroactively refused to accept the coupons for its more expensive dishes. We understand also that Oasis declined to take part in this program for 2013.
We recognize that businesses are free to go "upscale" for bigger profits. However, happily, there are more great restaurants in Boquete, and we'll continue to favor those who haven't.
: )

Visited January 2013
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Thank mtnmarathoner
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Nueva Gorgona, Panama
2 reviews
“Good Eats”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2013

Nice atmosphere. Close to river. Need transportation to get there from Casa Abuela or it's a long walk.

Visited January 2013
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Fine meals at a reasonable price”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

You may be surprised that a hotel restaurant can bring out a classy meal for a very reasonable price even if you happen to be the only guest. I have been there several times, and once I was the only one seated and I thought it was a sign that the food would be disappointing. But I was wrong. I ate the veggie option they had. Everything in my plate was fresh, tasty and the sauce was excellent, giving the vegetables that additional flavor. On another occasion, there were quite a few guests, so I assume they have busy and quiet evenings there. The hotel restaurant is located in a lovely spot by the major river in Boquete village, right across the bridge from the town center. You can sit inside or outside. There is even a special area for a small group or just a couple who want the romantic gas fireplace next to their table.

Visited December 2012
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Thank Juergen D
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Sapphire, North Carolina
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Complete package”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2012

We only stayed one night but could have stayed here a week!! Very nice people at checkin and out. Room was nice and clean. The bathroom was small but it served its purpose. The breakfast was absolutely the best. There is an adjoining little house where they served the complimentary breakfast. This was a very nice touch-service was performed with a smile and the veranda was quaint and afforded the guests a wonderful view of the gardens. Dinner was excellent. We ate in an outside gazebo where there was a fireplace blazing - what atmosphere!! I certainly recommend the Hotel Oasis.

Visited December 2012
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