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“Good service and atmosphere, but food is just ok” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Buena Vista

Buena Vista
Ranked #22 of 99 Restaurants in Isla Colon
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $17
Cuisines: American, Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Central American, Seafood, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: 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!
Arlington, Virginia
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113 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Good service and atmosphere, but food is just ok”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2012

I really wanted to like this place. The atmosphere was very nice - cute tables overlooking the water. The staff was great, and we had the best service here that we had at any restaurant in Panama. However, the food wasn't that great. It wasn't terrible, just not really anything to write home about. I had the fish taco which was ok, but didn't have a great flavor.

I will also mention that they serve about the strongest margaritas I have ever tasted!!

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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136 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Good, fresh seafood in a beautiful setting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2012

We ate here for dinner last week. The food was good, I had the ceviche and the fish of the day (mahi mahi) in the curry coconut sauce. The food was fresh. It was pretty good, I think the Mahi Mahi would have tasted better with a lighter sauce, the sauce I had overpowered the fish underneath, but it was still tasty. The service was quicker than other places I ate at in Bocas (not saying a lot) and friendly. They take credit cards. The back deck is really nice. I would give three stars for the food and an extra star for the ambiance. It's a laid back, reasonably priced place to eat a nice dinner out.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Marie D
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Seattle
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44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Nice view, good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2012

My wife and I ate at BV twice during our stay in the archipelago. We found service to be prompt and courteous, the food to be tasty, and the view/atmosphere excellent.

We'd go back.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Tim L
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florida
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3 reviews
“we ate lunch there twice”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2012

very friendly an service a great. the food served was very good and the view of the water was relaxing

Visited April 2012
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Thank kAMFLORIDA
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Panama
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Nice!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2012

Riquisimas hamburguesas y Phillys cheestakes sandwich, like home

Visited April 2012
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