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“An excellent joint!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of RipTide Bar Restaurant - CLOSED

RipTide Bar Restaurant
Price range: $5 - $12
Cuisines: American, Bar, International, Grill, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff
Description: A cool and clean bar & grill located in the heart of downtown Bocas. We serve classic American bar food along with a full menu including both classic and modern twists on seafood. A great place to come mingle with the expats and the locals.
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49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“An excellent joint!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2014

The food at RipTide is, quite simply, damned good joint food! Make no mistake, the Tide is a joint that makes no pretense about being a fine restaurant... simply serving very good food. You're not in Chicago, Miami, or Boston, you're in remote Panama and getting very good food for a reasonable price.

The Tide is an old Shrimper that leaks, the bilge pumps run 24/7, and at one time had a 'bra' to cover the leaking spots, but it is gone. There is a canopy over the patrons seating, as well as the bar and you must go up to the bow if you wish to smoke (stiff fines for the owners of Bocas establishments if patrons are caught smoking under an awning, canopy, roofed patio etc.).

I have eaten at RipTide many times over the years and recommend any of their breakfasts (good food and fair prices). I've eaten lunches there and think the burgers are the best or second best in Bocas (if you consider the best being from the dining room at the new Hotel Bocas, next to the police station).

I have never been disappointed in a meal at the Tide and have to say that the young lady who waited on me makes the best pineapple water in town.

Finally, I have to say that the place is jammed on Fridays when the new specialty of the house Chicken Fried Chicken & Gravy is served. The ex-pats in the area seem to like to congregate there late Saturday morning to visit and enjoy the chicken and gravy left over from Friday night. It's quite a place with really good food and frequented by English-speaking folks who have spent years in the area.

  • Visited February 2014
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  • English first
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English first
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39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Riptide....”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2014 via mobile

Ha,ha,ha like the name Rib,if you like to get see sick that the way to go...I called the submerged ship never saw a boat were the bilge is running 24/7...,there profit goes the the Power bill .....

Visited January 2014
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1 Thank C J P
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Apollo Beach, Florida
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63 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Retired commercial boat from Key West”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2014

converted sea -worthy boat that is now a restaurant and bar. Directly on the water. Food is good, service excellent and beer is cold

Visited January 2014
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Thank denise4946
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Great views, not the best food, but the service was a killer...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2013

If you are going to rip people off, and they are in a group - at least rip all of them off and not just the ones you feel like ripping off. It is ILLEGAL for you to just add on 17% - 7% yes but it should be printed on your menu OR the waitress should let you know in advance. The bottled blondes attitude from the start was ugly, as was she. She was more interested in the old Americanos at the bar - I'm guessing they get more bang for their buck. Also, why were some of us charged 17% but the guy at the bar just paid the prices on the menu? Cocktails were horrendous - because the blondie doesn't know that a daiquiri has rum and not tequila in it, so stick with wine and beer. Food was average but it's cheap enough (until they put on the taxes and tip). For the record when I argued the point in Spanish, the charges were taken off. I used to take groups here all the time, but I'm guessing the owner prefers his clientele of the ex pat boaters who spend not much...

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank becn
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Markham, Canada
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70 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Yummmo”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2013

Best onion rings in town! Cheap beer! This place is pretty rad, the servers are local and they are just awesome. Super friendly. Great food, great prices. It's definitely a pretty unique place being that it's on a boat. We've been a few times already and I'm sure we'll be going a few more times before we leave!

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank RawrrItsssAlexx
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