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“Great Amberjack sandwich” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Big Daddy's Grill

Big Daddy's Grill
Ranked #7 of 102 Restaurants in Boquete
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $2 - $13
Cuisines: Mexican, American, Bar, Seafood, Central American, Grill
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: Breakfast , lunch and dinner! Featuring the freshest seafood in boquete, with the best fish tacos, creative and fun cuisine. Have a hand crafted Margarita on our new back patio, the most laid back and fun place in town!!
houston
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31 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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“Great Amberjack sandwich”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

This was the only reastraunt we returned to in 3 weeks in Panama.The service was good but the Grilled Amberjack was GREAT!!
I would highly recommend it.

Visited March 2013
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1 Thank jLpriceHouston
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ElizaSlagle, Owner at Big Daddy's Grill, responded to this review, March 25, 2013
Thank you for the recommendation! Amberjack is one of Big Daddy's favorite "eatin'" fishes. White, firm, great as a sandwich or all by itself, on a platter. We are flattered you returned and we would be happy to serve you once again! Yours, Mrs. Big Daddy
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Anthony, Texas, United States
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“Fresh Amberjack on the Backyard Patio!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

Our friend/guide for the day Magda Crespo recommended and took us to Big Daddy´s after we finished a hike in Boquete....and what a find!

Magda took us to the back patio, where she was greeted by the owner, Elizabeth. Elizabeth then asked us about our day, etc, then gave us all recommendations, including my 10 yr old son. The Amberjack was fresh and I could argue the best fish that I ever had. It came with homemade coleslaw and fried plantains, all for $8.50. I washed it down with a pineapple smoothie. It was delicious.

My wife and Magda also had the Amberjack, along with lemonades. My son had fish sticks and french fries. They all enjoyed their meals.

While on the patio, we saw chickens in the yard behind, as well as many other birds, including hummingbirds. It was a covered patio, that was very shaded and comfortable.

I also saw a local come in, who was greeted by Elizabeth. She knew it was his birthday, asked him if he got a birthday margarita. He said he got a birthday beer instead. A while later, she came and gave him a small, wrapped box and wished him a Happy Birthday!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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ElizaSlagle, Owner at Big Daddy's Grill, responded to this review, March 24, 2013
Oh ...My ... Gosh! I can't believe how lovely & gracious your words are. Your son was adorable and YAY... he loved the fish! We are just overjoyed that your entire experience with us was a happy one. More than that, it is warm & generous people like you who help to make Big Daddy's Grill a place where only the best people get together. Thank you so very much! Looking forward to when you can return with your friends and family! Most sincerely, Elizabeth
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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“Great veggie options”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

It can be hard to get a good veggie meal in Central America and this place had about 3 great options. Nice atmosphere, on the main road and lovely food!

Visited March 2013
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Thank Ellie T
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ElizaSlagle, Owner at Big Daddy's Grill, responded to this review, March 24, 2013
Thank you! Yes, we have several vegetarian & vegan options + options for the Gluten-Free. If you have a big group,then, we can satisfy you plus the fish & burger lovers, gluten lovers (or not), salad eaters, & the fry-babies! A little something special for everyone. Most important, youfound something to satisfjy your appetite & pallet which that what counts, in this case! Hope you can return! Thank you so much for writing in. Yours, Elizabeth
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“Good but smokey”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

Here we got the best Margarita ever! The fish tacos were very good and the staff was excellent. But they need better ventilation in the kitchen! The whole place was filled with fumes from there.

Visited February 2013
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ElizaSlagle, Owner at Big Daddy's Grill, responded to this review, March 24, 2013
Oh yes, and oh dear... you were sitting in the front and, that day, we did indeed have an issue with our ventilation, which we have since fixed. Of course we are happy you enjoyed the meal ... but.... if you can return, we will seat you out back, in the open-air patio. I do believe it was full that day. Thanks for your comments. They help us to stay on top of our game! Yours truly, Elizabeth
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Austin, Texas, United States
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“One of my favorite places.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

I can't say enough good things about Big Daddy's. Forget the previous tasteless review. This place rocks! It's one of my favorite places to eat as soon as I get into Boquete to visit friends. Sweet, comfortable, back patio to enjoy conversation and relax with a top notch Margarita. Owner Larry selects only the freshest fish. My fresh grilled fish tacos were outstanding with the guacamole chipolte sauce and the fresh pico de gallo with the fresh mango was an added plus. Couple days later, I tried the grilled blackened tuna on a bed of organic greens. It was delightful, as was visiting with the other owner, Elizabeth and some of her staff. Genuine, nice people, going the extra mile. They also have menu selections for vegans and folks who are gluten free. Fresh veggie tacos, burgers and black beans made daily (not canned). Always a pleasure.
Thanks Big Daddy's, I'll be back ! ~ Robbin Voight, Austin Texas

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ElizaSlagle, Owner at Big Daddy's Grill, responded to this review, March 24, 2013
Wow, thank you so much! I remember you because you came in often with your fantastically fun group during the Boquete Jazz Festival! I have photos of you all on the back patio, including that happy guy holding up his umbrella! (I might post it to our FB page.) Can't tell you how please Larry and I are that you all came in so often -- it was an honor and super fun. We hope you can return soon and thank you for the very lovely review! Yours truly, Elizabeth
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