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Punta Lava Beach Bar and Grill

$$ - $$$
Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Central American, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly
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East end of Red Frog Beach, Isla Bastimentos 00000, Panama
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Orleans, France
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We ordered an hamburger form the menu, it was awful... The meat was so overcooked that I bent my fork trying to cut it!!! Nothing was fresh and I am pretty sure that the meat had been previously cooked and they just re-heated it for me... The staff was slow and they just didn't care for the custumer...

Thank acmpirex
Calgary, Canada
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Breakfast was included in our stay so we ate here every morning and it was lovely to be on the beach. Lunch was ok, a little pricey and limited menu, but the service was excellent.

Thank midcentury2014
Medicine Hat, Canada
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72 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had chicken nachos here that were not good, very bland, hardly any toppings, and way overpriced for what the dish was. It was a disappointing lunch on a beautiful beach. I would not return here for food.

Thank Blaxton
Cambridge, England
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54 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

The food was good, although the menu was a little restrictive if you didn't like fish. The staff were friendly although at times service was a little slow.

Thank KymH
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

The staff were VERY friendly and accommodating. The food is very good to good depending on what you choose. Breakfast that came with the villa was outstanding. Fresh eggs made to order, fruit plater, yogurt, granola...probably something for everyone and very good. Lunch and dinner menu were pretty similar but more appetizers at lunch. I was surprised at how quiet... More 

Thank drdave02118
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Here is one of the places we have on our screensaver. On the beach, pina colada and food grilled out. The staff is great they are working had to keep you in the ahhh moment. Food is a cut above what you would expect. Sunsets and windy days are the best. Relax.

Thank Andrew W
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Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

Jorge, the manager has been the most hospitable during our stay. We had our wedding/honeymoon at Red Frog Beach Resort. We loved the food and they were the most accommodating for my 20 plus guests. The breakfast is on point! The scenery is breathtaking!

Thank ValerieRoseRivera
Vero Beach, Florida
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62 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

Just a small open bar on the beach. If you're near there, worth a try. We went twice during our stay at Red Frog Resort. Fresh fish tacos, good hummus, other bar type food. Beautiful location. Once we were there for sunset which was breathtaking.

Thank Ebb2885
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 January 2017

It's a semi-remote island so the food is not going to be amazing, but the view of the ocean was awesome.

Thank Emily T
Camrose, Canada
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

Loved the food, loved the staff...it was fantastic! Jordano, Delmira and Sergio served us regularly, but all the staff there are great! Right on a beautiful beach! Great drinks! Had breakfast, dinner and drinks...all delicious!

Thank June C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Central American, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: East end of Red Frog Beach, Isla Bastimentos 00000, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Bocas del Toro Province  >  Isla Bastimentos
  • Phone Number: 507-6747-6442
Punta Lava is true beach bar and grill. Located on famous Red Frog Beach on Isla Bastimentos. We are a two level ocean view restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. We work with local fisherman who bring us fresh seafood daily. We also have growers who supply the restaurant with the freshest local vegetables, fruits and herbs that the local jungle and farms produce. Our menu is latin fusion-Caribbean style where we serve only the best meats, seafood and vegetarian entrees! Come and enjoy!

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