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Review of Buena Vista

Buena Vista
Ranked #19 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: Families with children, Scenic view, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, 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!
Tampa, Florida
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed July 20, 2014

The food here is amazing, and the local staff is very nice! Get the brownie!! This became the "home base" of our trip! The Kelly and Juan Pablo were incredibly helpful, and were kind enough to point us in the right direction whenever we had questions. I highly recommend Buena Vista!

  • Visited July 2014
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Over priced and small portions”
Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

We went to Buena Vista for lunch. We got a calamari appetizer and that was $8 dollars and included 8 calamari. We counted!!!

Thank Ali_rodriguez
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Panama City, Panama
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Food rocks!”
Reviewed June 21, 2014

The nachos and brownies are my personal favorite … best ever (anywhere I've been in the world) … This is a must! (specially the brownies, which are made with locally produced cacao).

Visited June 2014
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“Nice but just nice”
Reviewed May 13, 2014 via mobile

Stopped for dinner and ordered grilled Mahi Mahi , came with a scoop of rice and a couple of veggies, small portion of a salad on same plate.
A nice place larger then most on main street but on par with the hotel next door. Of course a beatiful view. Happy Hour 5 - 7 pm 2/1 tequila sunrises. Service was great and friendly. Chips and salsa someone raved about, $5 and is there a Costco around here cause I could swear the chips are from a large Costco bag and the salsa is from a jar but may be I'm spoiled I had a good time and appreciated the service . Try it

Thank Badmedicine
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Grand Cayman
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95 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Great Salsa!”
Reviewed April 25, 2014

We recently went to the Buena Vista for Happy Hour. The homemade salsa and tortilla chips were delicious! Lively patio on the waterfront. Good service. Reasonably priced.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank caymansky
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