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“Skip this one.”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Buena Vista

Buena Vista
Ranked #22 of 104 Restaurants in Isla Colon
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $17
Cuisines: American, Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Central American, Seafood, International
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Scenic view, Romantic, Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, 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!
Panama City, Panama
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10 reviews
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“Skip this one.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

Avoid this place. Having lived in Panama City, Panama for 5+ years, we were amazed at how great the service was everywhere in Bocas. The service in this town was always friendly and courteous. This was the one exception. The server was rude, as was the cashier.

The food was "just ok". The big pina colada in the pineapple was good, but overpriced. Still i understand the gimmick, and it's a fun purchase. The brownie that the every t-shirt said to try was HORRIBLE. Microwaved nonsense with some of the cheapest vanilla ice cream we've had.

Again, with so many nice restaurants on the water on Bocas, you'd do well to avoid this place.

  • Visited April 2013
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Maria Chiquita, Panama
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“Beautiful sea/island view from the dock Restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2013

Having traveled through Bocas del Toro for business a number of times, we have always tried to visit the Buena Vista Bar & Grill for a quick midday burger. The food and service are good, serving hearty Caribbean fare with a smile and a dash of salsa picante.

The major selling point of this restaurant is the incredible view though. Looking out over the Caribbean from a picturesque wooden dock, fish swimming through the supporting struts, is a wonderful feeling. Taking your meals out here and watching the sun set or the boats pass by is a real pleasure.

We can heartily recommend the burgers here too.

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank BalaBeach
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Just ok...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013

Went in for lunch...burger and some quesadillas. Burger was a bit mushy...quesadillas were decent. If it was dinner I'd have given two stars but for lunch it was fine..pretty cheap as well.

Visited March 2013
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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“good deal”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2013

Fish tacos were excellent. Cheapest place to get a good burger we found in Bocas. Service was slow but that is Bocas - it's nice to sit out on the dock and relax

Visited April 2013
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Denver, Colorado
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3 reviews
“decent food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013

Nice location, right on the water. The food was decent, really nothing special. I was hoping for more.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank 30David_2013
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