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Cosmic Crab Cafe

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Carenero Island, Panama
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 April 2015

Fun, quick boat ride that cost $2, cool open air restaurant on the water with a great breakfast buffet! We happened to meet some really cool people while there and I owe that to the great energy the owner and staff have. You definitely don't want to miss this treat while in Bocas!!!

Thank Reneenkurt
Eugene, Oregon
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2015

A beautiful setting for a sunset dinner. Fresh, nicely prepared food and creative cocktails. Friendly staff. An easy 5 minute boat ride from Bocas town.

1 Thank julienbruce
Nueva Gorgona, Panama
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153 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2015

We went to the Cosmic Crab for Sunday brunch and were not disappointed. The omelette bar was excellent with numerous fresh offerings. There was a large variety of food it was hard to decide what to eat. Fresh ham, loaded pancakes, deviled eggs, bagels with an awesome cream cheese-fish patè, fresh fruit, salad, French toast, even Pizza!! We visited and... More 

Thank Suzi J
San Antonio De Belen, Costa Rica
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2015

Very relaxing atmosphere, the owner made you feel right at home. I enjoyed lobster tails, my wife coconut shrimp. The hickory hamburger was also very good. They offer ice cream for desert, among other things.

Thank Jay_Schoonmake
Barnstable, Massachusetts
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68 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2015

Sit overlooking the water as you dine on Carenero Island. The owners are always around with interesting local lore and conversation. Good bar offerings and the menu is varied and well-prepared. There is nothing like a sunset from the Cosmic Crab and the Sunday brunch is outstanding. Don't miss it.

Thank Marcia B
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2015

Love it. great cocktails over the water. Fresh seafood and great food Restaurant closed on Monday. Short boat ride to Bocus Town and airport

Thank Suzi A
Saskatchewan, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 February 2015

after a 45 minute wait for a margarita, very long wait for 1st course of 3 course Valentine's Day special, only to be told they had run out of items for the special. Total wait time 4 hours without main course and very crappy drink service, our table of ten left!!.. Would not recommend this place to anyone.

1 Thank G P
JoanCrabtree, Owner at Cosmic Crab Cafe, responded to this review

I am truly sorry that you were not as happy as the 75 OTHER DELIGHTED GUESTS who enjoyed a leisurely Valentine’s Day 3 Course Dinner, great drinks and fabulous music by the Andy Egret Blues Band. Let’s put perspective on the evening….. We expected and prepped for a big crowd, however The Cosmic Crab became completely full, every seat was... More 

Allegan, Michigan
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51 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2015

The Cosmic Crab is quite attractive and we were initially quite drawn to the place. However, the food is average at best, the owners are almost rude (drinking and smoking, and abrupt and agitated when you ask a question). The Sunday brunch is awful, and should be avoided. The wait staff is very friendly, and more attentive than average for... More 

Thank LakeLady49010
JoanCrabtree, Owner at Cosmic Crab Cafe, responded to this review

I just read your review, and I am ………...........ASTOUNDED. I met you and your beau your first day in Bocas, and sat with you multiple times during your visits. I enjoyed your company, many laughs, and we shared history including our teaching experiences. I also took the time to share a plethora of information about what to do/where to go... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2015

We stayed at the cosmic crabs on two occasions in the same trip We had the privilege to have one of the cabins on the water They were tiny but had everything you would need including a comfortable bed and clean fresh water showers Breakfast was always a treat with different styles of pancakes everyday. It's just very cool to... More 

Thank Chuchocolombia
San Diego, California
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64 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2015

The Crab has a HUGE drink menu, if you want a Caribbean blended drink, then this is your spot. Take the $1 boat ride from Bocas town to the docks out front and enjoy the best sunset view in the area! The menu is huge as well with a great selection of fresh fish. I had the grilled lobster with... More 

Thank VonBlanco

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Pub, South American, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, View, Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Carenero Island, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Bocas del Toro Province  >  Carenero Island

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?