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Nelvis

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On the River, Center of Town, Boquete 0413, Panama
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Saskatoon, Canada
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2015 via mobile

Had a quick lunch here; cafeteria style so no waiting! Great food and even better prices! Select from two rices, chicken, beef, pork, bean salad, potato salad, and mixed green salad. Simple and satisfying!

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Thank Michelle S
Mukwonago, WI
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237 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2015

The food is buffet style. I had beans & rice with my fried fish. My wife had the fried chicken with beans & rice. We both had a glass of Passion fruit drink with our meal. There is inside & outside seating. Our meal was under $10. I would go back. The owners are very nice.

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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2014 via mobile

Highly recommend if you want a very good, cheap plate of panamanian food. For $3-4 you get rice, a meat choice, and salad. Great juices too. Better than many panamanian places that ive eaten at. Its a little hidden behind the office/store complex but quiet and with outdoor seating. They are friendly anv speak english.

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Thank vamospues
Medellin, Colombia
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2014

I ate here 5 years ago, the first time I came to Boquete and Nelvis was recommended by the people who worked in the area and Habla Ya,where I was taking Spanish lessons. I asked where to eat lunch one day and several nice upscale restaurants were suggested. I asked " where do you eat"? Oh,we go to Nelvis,just around... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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401 reviews
230 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2014 via mobile

I love this place. We went there three times for lunch during our four day stay in Boquete. The food is really tasty. You have your choice between a few meats(all great) and two different rices. The beans are great and the prices are unbeatable!

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Thank Snipperton
Madrid
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545 reviews
275 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 236 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2013

Looks like a canteen : you seem to enter through the back door, pick the food you want to eat, they serve it on a plate, and off you go to find a place somewhere inside or outside to enjoy it. For 7.5$ we had a huge lunch for 2 and could eat it outside far away from traffic or... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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246 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2013

This is a great, cheap place to grab some lunch. The portions make it good value for money and the chichas are good too. This is a good option for local Panamanian food and it's lovely to be able to sit outside on a sunny day.

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Thank Colite1990
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2013

When I travel, I like to eat in locally owned and run restaurants, and I also like a good value. Nelvis was recommended to me, but I was quite disappointed. My husband and I went for breakfast, and we had no complaints about the food. But the place was like a cafeteria, the server was not at all friendly (he... More 

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Thank Linda N
Los Angeles, California
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187 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2013

Quick, steam table comida tipica in a small house with some indoor and outdoor tables. They are supposed ot have some of the best fried chicken in Boquete. My husband had the fried chicken and liked it. I thought it a bit dry and didn't have enough spicing. I had soup, which was flavorful but had a lot of chicken... More 

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Lansing, Michigan
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2013

Try this Typcio restaurant behind Habla ya and Big Daddy's if you want reasonably priced, freshly cooked local food. You may not LOVE it but then again, you might want to go back 4 times a week. Give it a try. When in Boquete....

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
South American, Central American
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: On the River, Center of Town, Boquete 0413, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Chiriqui Province  >  Boquete

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?