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Buena Vista

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Calle Segunda, Isla Colon, Panama
+507 757-9035
07:30 - 21:30
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Sun - Sat 07:30 - 21:30
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Bath, United Kingdom
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103 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One of the many restaurants along the shoreline in Bocas town. This one stood out though, for the quality and taste of the food served and the excellent staff. Their vanilla icecream milkshake is not to be missed.

Thank Mark_Bath_UK
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The restaurant has a good business model, supporting local families. Also has great fresh food and unique presentation. Great breakfast (try the Caribbean scramble) with large portions and yummy dinners (shrimp and philly really good). A little on the pricier side of restaurants in town. But you get what you pay for. Recommend.

Thank Sydney T
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24 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped in Buena Vista when we first arrived in Bocas and had a nice lunch overlooking the water. The food is decent and the service very good. I would go again.

Thank ChrisFSeattle_WA
Milan, Italy
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really good food and goo atmosphere! The burrito salad was simply aamazing! and cheap! Service was fast and gentle

Thank paolo_verr
Vacaville, California
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87 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It looks like there are two pages/sites for this establishment? Regardless, we were referred to BV by our hotel. It was one of several restaurants where we could redeem our breakfast vouchers. They provide a variety of choices and we enjoyed several of them. The "healthy" breakfast was generous with fresh fruit, granola, yogurt and toast. The pancakes were yummy,... More 

Thank Mauibird
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125 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our hotel recommended BV for lunch after we arrived from the mainland in the rain. We were pleased with the cold beer and good food. Beef nachos and fish tacos were good choices. Kelly, the owner, made sure to come over and check on our meals. When she is in house, food is excellent.

Thank CanadianTraveller48
Frisco, Colorado
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When my family and I were in Bocas recently, we stopped into what appeared to be a charming little restaurant on the main drag. Their boast was that they employed Panamanians from the area and that some of the employees had been with them for 11 years. That is a great thing. What is not a great thing is the... More 

Thank Norma B
Heredia, Costa Rica
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56 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

All three of us had a great meal at Buena Vista. With a splendid view on the water and sea stars just when looking over the edge. Prices are reasonable and the place looks very nicely renovated and decorated. Recommended.

Thank Jan_melis
Billings, Montana
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

This restaurant was very enjoyable for us. We loved the food and the view of the ocean is a great touch. It was a very nice place and the service was very good. We would highly recommend eating a meal or two here!

Thank wirion
San Francisco, California
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

Looks like a cool place from the outside... but really bad food ( super simple stuff.. burger and taco salad). Would not recommend.

Thank quesocharlie
Buena_Vista_Bocas, Owner at Buena Vista, responded to this review

Not sure that serving simple food means it's bad? We do have a menu of very simple yummy food. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 17
American, Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Central American, Seafood, International, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Romantic, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
07:30 - 21:30
07:30 - 21:30
07:30 - 21:30
07:30 - 21:30
07:30 - 21:30
07:30 - 21:30
07:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Segunda, Isla Colon, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Bocas del Toro Province  >  Isla Colon
  • Phone Number: +507 757-9035
The Buena Vista Bar & Grill has been a staple in Bocas for over seventeen years. It is located over the water in downtown Bocas (Isla Colón). It is open daily from 7:30am until 9:30pm for breakfast, drinks, starters, sandwiches, burgers, salads, and wraps. An additional dinner menu including seafood, steaks, international and vegetarian fare, and house specialties is available after 5:00pm (and often earlier, just ask!). Although originally opened in 1997, Kelly and Juan Pablo De Caro have owned the Buena Vista Bar and Grill since 2005. They recently moved to a NEW location with an even better view and atmosphere. They only employ Panamanians, many of whom have been with them for over eleven years. By eating and drinking at the Buena Vista, you are helping to directly support ten local families. Here at the BV, we do our best to give you the prompt service you deserve! Thanks for coming!

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