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“Great fish, great views and great drinks”
Review of Buena Vista

Buena Vista
Ranked #19 of 104 Restaurants in Isla Colon
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $17
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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!
New York
Level 6 Contributor
295 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 252 helpful votes
“Great fish, great views and great drinks”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

If you go there and you're ordering drinks, try the Vanilla Avalanche. My husband said it was one ot the best drinks he ever had (although you have to like drinks that are on the sweet side). The margueritas are also great (I had one). Many of the restaurants were closed on Christmas so when we returned from our rainforest tour in Soposo, there wasn't much to choose from. And, some of the restaurants had fixed Christmas dinner menus so you couldn't choose from the a la carte menu. The women working in this restaurant were the hardest working women I had ever seen. The place was packed (we had to wait a half hour for a table located outside on the deck) so we had drinks by the bar - and they were hustling from one table to the other all night. Once we got seated, we relaxed and enjoyed the beautiful views over the water. The fish is so good in Bocas that we pretty much stuck to fish dishes the whole time we were there. I had the Ceviche al limon for my appetizer (really delicious) and the Sea Bass (Corvina) in Garlic Sauce. The fish was incredibly fresh and well prepared.

  • Visited December 2012
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Panama City, Panama
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“Great food, service and atmosphere!”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

We had lunch and dinner at Buena Vista and had great meals (HUGE portions) both visits. Our dinner was on New Years Day and even though the place was absolutely slammed, the service and food was great and the owners and staff SO friendly.

  • Visited January 2013
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Toronto, ON
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“Amazing food, great location, great value”
Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

Great view overlooking the water, food was amazing and the prices were great!!! One of our top meals in Bocas.
Definitely somewhere to check out on your trip!

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NEW GERMANY (JERSEY)
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Best Naco's ever!”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

Visited back in 2008 and my wife and I ate there about 8 times in our 12 day visit. Great veiws and service. Master P look alike took great care of his customers and made the best Pina Coladas! Would definately go back.

  • Visited December 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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“Great burgers!”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

We ate here twice. The first time was our first dinner. We wanted something casual and decided on burgers at Buena Vista. For $6 we got a HUGE burger and delicious fries. My daughter 15 year old could only finish half of her dinner and I could barely finish mine. Great deal!

The second time my daughter and I went for lunch and I enjoyed a margarita (strong and delicious) and we shared nachos and an BLT. Again, we couldn't finish all the food.

Visited October 2012
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