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.