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“A must for Bocas Travelors”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Buena Vista

Buena Vista
Ranked #22 of 103 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, Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, 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!
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“A must for Bocas Travelors”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2010

Currently Staying in Bocas Del Toro. Tried the Buena Vista for my first meal and was hooked. The food is awesome with everything from Standard fare of Burgers to Local dishes such as the "Ceviche". Moderately priced and cooked too perferction. Located waterfront makes for a great atmosphere and fantastic views. The Owners Don Pablo and Kelli are usually around and take great pride in their service. The staff at the Buena Vista provide a level of service that I have yet see be duplicated in Panama. For comparison I tried a couple of other places but found myself returning to Buena Vista for the fresh Seafood and great service. I reccomend this place to everyone.

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“We hit Buena Vista every afternoon for...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2010

We hit Buena Vista every afternoon for Papaya con leche and brownies! Both were fantastic :)

The brownies are made with local Cerutti cocoa and so delicious!

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“Solid Choice - You will not be disappointed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2010

A solid choice if you are in Bocas town for a few days. A favorite for out teenage kids, we were required to return for a second visit.

While it will not knock you off your feet, the selections are solid and the prices are moderate.

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“Great place to watch the word go by with a beer and a snack”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2010

We ate here a couple of time, both at lunchtime, so I couldn't comment on breakfast/dinner. The food was well cooked and pretty much what you can expect from the area, with decent seafood/fish options as well as a couple of vegi and standard sandwiches.

The resurant has an open sided veranda (roof but no walls) looking out on to the bay. An additional bonus is that it has a resident humming bird that uses a hung-up tandem bike as a spot to guard the feeder in the adjacent restaurant/cafe. This allows close-up viewing of the humming bird and an occassional humming-bird-fight as it defends the feeder.

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“great place to have lunch!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2010

i had the fried calamari with homemade tartare sauce & it was fabulous! great seating on deck looking out to sea. menu is reasonbly priced with mix of fish, burgers, salads and sandwiches.

I will definitely go back!

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