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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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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

The new building is an excellent place to eat. Very open and breezy, and the food is excellent. Also has beer on tap from Bocas Brewery, a big plus for me. Highly recommended restaurant!

Thank tom j
San José, San Jose, Costa Rica
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

I really hope I had discovered this place sooner. Amazing food, great cocktails and a really nice view during the day. The restaurant is really new, plus while in the restaurant we found out it helps Panamanian 10 families since 1997. So good food + good impact. We had fish taco, burgers and ceviche, good portions and good price. Service... More 

Thank Cristina T
Sydney, Australia
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed the fish taco, chicken enchiladas (big meal) and cucumber chicken a la vivi (mild, refreshing flavour). The service was friendly and the food was reasonable price. Nice view across the water and you could walk down the jetty as well. The banana milkshakes were overpriced and did not have very string banana flavour, but the chocolate brownie,... More 

Thank Scarlett1700
Banos, Ecuador
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here with a friend for dinner. The restaurant is in a lovely location overlooking the water and has a really nice vibe to it. Upon arrival, the waiter and waitress made us feel extremely welcome. We shared the calamari to start which was a really good serving and more than enough for two people! I then got the chicken... More 

Thank Elise902013
The Hague
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62 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great informal waterfront dining and atmosphere. We were there several times, mainly for breakfast and lunch, though the filet mignon in the evening was also excellent. Great fries.

Thank MikeLTheHague
Madison, Wisconsin
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44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visit to Bocas and met friends for breakfast. Good enough selection, everyone like their food and beverages and prices okay too! Absolutely beautiful site, very nice staff and a few trinkets to take home. Brownies were good-rare form of chocolate in this melty area of the world.

Thank Melissa R
Medicine Hat, Canada
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72 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had lunch here and the food was very average, my dish was below average (fish tacos). My husband had a burger that was very bland. The service was good and the location is nice but we wouldn't return for the food.

Thank Blaxton
Billings, Montana
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 March 2017

This is a great open air restaurant with delicious food and great drinks. We spent many hours here over our trip. They also have free wifi

Thank lizzystears
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

Vegetarian enchilladas was amazing. The staff were so nice, asked several times if we were happy with the food. They were quick serving our food, even though 20 people just arrived before us and had their food first. Best food experience so far in Panama!

Thank Daniel I
Columbia, Missouri
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

We ate and drank here often. Prices are fair & nachos are the best I've ever ate anywhere in the world. It's very relaxing, right over the water so a great view, good choice daytime or nightitme.

Thank Sheryl S

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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
USD 5 - USD 17
American, Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Central American, Seafood, International, 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, Groups, Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly
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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