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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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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

We tried breakfast, dinner, and happy hour at Buena Vista. Attentive staff, delicious food, great drinks, and amazing brownie! Want some more!

Thank BrownEyesPanama
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

Chicken pesto sandwich is my personal fav. This place looks and feels very upscale, but it's cost is right along with the rest of the options in bocas. They also have a long history in bocas and only employee Panamanians, support this local business!

Thank Brittanie W
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26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016

i had the garlic fish with coconut rice.... gosh it was so tasty. i was just saying mmm the whole time. service is a little slow but whatever, you're in the caribbean just relax and enjoy the setting! beautiful little place right on the water... we went twice in 4 days!

Thank lauren p
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016

We began our exploration of Bocas with a breakfast at the Buena Vista, which featured the most attractive façade of the restaurants on the main drag. We liked the menu and had a hard time deciding what to select, The food was plentiful, savory and well-priced. The service was excellent and the view of the boat traffic in Bocas harbor... More 

Thank Sue D
Austin, Texas
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51 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2016

What attracted us most to this restaurant was 1) It was referred to us by locals who we were staying with, 2) The menu had a wide variety of items to choose from and 3) The ambiance was perfect. The staff was incredibly friendly! We loved our waitress and yes, service may be a little slow but that's to be... More 

Thank OteroNewlyweds
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2016

S.L.O.W. service, rough recipes, bland food with broccoli and carrots in the taco salad (what?). They recently relocated to a new spot downtown and I was going to cut them some slack because I thought they were new. Nope, they have been around for years (at a different location) and I am shocked that they have survived. As their name... More 

Thank Mara B
Buena_Vista_Bocas, Owner at Buena Vista, responded to this review

Slow yesterday? YES. I definitely apologize for the speed as it was day one re-open and we had a line out the door and were quite back in our groove. That being said we had TON of happy customers yesterday. Not all of our taco salads have brokoli and carrots... The chicken and beef salads have all the usual taco... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2016 via mobile

after a full day on a boat we went to get some simple food and were very happily suprised the service was nice but the food was very good. We had the satay and the shrimps

Thank Jeffrey B
Boulder, Colorado
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110 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2016

We came for lunch as it is right on the water. We had fish tacos - the fish was just OK. The taco was pretty plain, but it did come with salsa and sour cream. We also ordered the shrimp in coconut curry. It was good but the portion was quite small and the price was $13. Seemed over priced... More 

Thank Jeannie G
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2016 via mobile

This is a great place for breakfast and diner. Whatever you pick from the menu it's delicious: the chicken satay, the chicken sesame salad, the burgers and the best: jambalaya! Also breakfast are great. Natural yoghurt with fresh fruit, granola while looking at the ocean, what a way to start your day!

Thank Sonja R
San Diego, California
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33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2015 via mobile

Stumbled into this place to get out of the rain. Food was ok, but brownie dessert was really good. Tried to go back the next day but was full.

Thank Rakesh3792

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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, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Brunch
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
Romantic, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, View
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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