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Nelvis

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On the River, Center of Town, Boquete 0413, Panama
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British Virgin Islands
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54 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2012

Asked a local where locals eat, and he pointed us in the direction of Nelvis. You can get a selection of different meat dishes, pastas, soups and rice and beans. Simple food, great prices. We ordered two heaping plates of food and paid only $6.00. And that included two bottles of water.

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Thank hopemiles
Omaha, Nebraska
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2012

We had lunch at Nelvis and this was an excellent choice. We had the fish platter with rice/beans and salad. The quality and price were by far the best value in Boquete. The service was great. The facility was clean and comfortable. A must stop if your in Boquete for lunch.

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Thank TonyRegier
Boquete, Panama
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2012

Very cheap prices, good value. This is a tipico restaurant which features local tastes. Most days there is a mix of Panamanians and gringos. Lunch is about $3.

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Thank Mary L
boquete,
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81 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2012

good home cooking by senora nelvis herself. friendly, clean, fresh local food. try the lengua, they only have it on thursdays (i think) they are also known for their fried chicken.

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Portland, Oregon
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44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2012

Nelvis is one of the best kept secrets in Boquete...from some people, at least. It's local neighborhood Panamanian cuisine at its best--cheap, fast, authentic, and fun. The ratio of locals to travelers is usually 8 to 1 or so, and if you want to see what residents of Boquete typically have for lunch, this is the place. You'll find instructors... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2012 via mobile

This place is a locals spot that welcomes everyone! The prices are awesome and the food is as well. Big portions, very fresh. The juices are great, very fresh. If you like fried chicken (even if you don't) you will be in heaven! Perfectly seasoned, plump and local. Check this out for sure!

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Thank joeshaus
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2012

Popular with locals and in-the-know visitors. Plate lunches served on premises or take-away. Good, down-home dishes (e.g. fried chicken) that is both satisfying and inexpensive.

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San Francisco, California
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2012

looks divey but oh so good. the most authentic dining experience i had in boquete. Il sambrosa was a close second but Nevis just feels like you're at someone's house.

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Thank raymullen
Poutopolis
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2012

El Sabroson aint got [--] on Nelvis. This is a no BS, what you see is what you get local restaurant. Cheap and tasty Panamanian style cuisine. Simple, comfortable, good service. An eat and roll out type of place.

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Thank GFunk27
California City, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2012

the food is cheap and you get a big portion. Great service and excellent service.

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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
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?