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On the River, Center of Town, Boquete 0413, Panama
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Berkeley, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Been coming to Nelvi's/Los Edwins for about 10 years. Best fried chicken other than my grandmother's (she was from Alabama). Inexpensive meal that guarantees you'll leave satisfied! Always my first stop in Boquete!

Thank 596matt
Park City, Utah
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016 via mobile

I arrived here around 12:30, which is apparently when the fried chicken is first available. It was excellent, as were the rice and beans. The gentleman who waited on me was very nice and patient with my slow Spanish.

Thank JenVenTor
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407 reviews
297 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2016

It took awhile to find this new location because it is no longer called Nelvis. He has changed the name to Los Edwins. This is his name and also his son's name. Still good typical lunchs for under $5.00 with drink.

Thank BigDogPanama
Boquete, Panama
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53 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2016

Nelvis is one of our favorite places in Boquete. The food is consistently very good, and the place is clean. There is no better fried chicken in Panama. The owners are terrific people and very friendly.

Thank Wildbst
Sun City West, Arizona
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221 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 384 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2015

My wife and I joined another couple for lunch at Nelvis' original location in Boquete. The food was delicious, fresh and very inexpensive. We had a big plate of baked chicken with a nice salad and a generous serving of plantains -- and the cost was under $4 each! We hear they have moved, but I'm sure they took their... More 

2 Thank NCWorldTraveler704
Boquete, Panama
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55 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2015

Nelvis is back after a couple months of absence from the Boquete scene. The new location is on the 1st street east of the Town Park and about 1 ¾ blocks North of the Park; a few paces past Melo Store (a well known land mark). Nelvis is still cooking up great meals whilst Edwin and sons manage the shop.... More 

Thank John_H_Chiriqui
Santa Barbara, California
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41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2015

This is eating like a true local. However, my friend living in Boquete has informed me that rents got too high in Boquete and they have moved to a town 20 mins away in Dolega or Algorrobos. That is a real shame. Be sure to visit them in their new location and support the locales. There are many great places... More 

Thank 3sbgirls
Red Lion, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2015

We asked our tour guide, who has lived in Boquete all his life, where he would recommend we go for authentic, local cuisine. Without hesitation, he said, "Oh, Nelvis. Get their chicken. It is fantastic. I always eat their chicken. You can tell they cook it with care." Indeed. A wonderful experience. No frills, just good food for a fantastic... More 

1 Thank Michael E
Utrecht, The Netherlands
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31 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2015 via mobile

Went here on recommendation by rich (coffee tour). Good lunch for very good price. Very local cuisine but definitely worth the try

Thank Sebo12
Boquete, Panama
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2015

Just 5 dollars for a wonderful hot meal. Lunch only! Not just American fast food. How do you beat that? For a lunch you can not beat this value.It does not matter if your looking for a hostal or you have a bigger budget,it's super.

Thank fharild1

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
South American, Central American
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?