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“Avoid This Place Like the Plague”
Review of El Pirata

El Pirata
Ranked #20 of 71 Restaurants in Bocas Town
Cuisines: Caribbean
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Avoid This Place Like the Plague”
Reviewed March 17, 2012

Horrible, Horrible, Horrible. We ordered lunch and then were told a full 20 minutes later that this restaurant on the water had no fish to serve. The smoked turkey sandwiches were a joke, all bread and one slice of processed turkey sandwich meat. The Buffalo wings I think were frozen, fried and had BBQ sauce poured over them, and that was cold. The Cesar salad that replaced the fish was in reality a lettuce, tomato and cucumber salad, did not even have Cesar dressing on it. Worst dining experience in many years, would starve before going back.

  • Visited March 2012
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1 Thank Larry K
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
Level 6 Contributor
123 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Go Elsewhere”
Reviewed March 9, 2012

I swear everyone on the island has stock in this place because anyone you ask will say to go here. It's not worth it. The prices are too high for the food. Drinks...don't waste your money. They tasted awful and there was very little alcohol in them. Overall, there have to be much better places.

  • Visited December 2011
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Thank CarrieAnneSutton
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Panama
Level 5 Contributor
40 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Tourist trap”
Reviewed March 8, 2012

Just went there to lunch because some local recommended it. Im from Panama and for the big prices I expected more. For the many options you have at Bocas, its way to expensive. The food was ok, but not recommended.

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Thank FARI_PTY
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Portland, Oregon
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Best Piña Coladas in Bocas”
Reviewed March 5, 2012

Good people watching, great fried shrimp, and piña coladas that make your want to go OMG all the way to the bottom.

Visited December 2011
Helpful?
Thank John J
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Oregon
Level 4 Contributor
47 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Average is a bit of a stretch.”
Reviewed February 27, 2012

We found the service a bit lacking. The food was just passable.

Visited February 2012
Helpful?
Thank suhzee
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