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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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Billings, Montana
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This restaurant was very enjoyable for us. We loved the food and the view of the ocean is a great touch. It was a very nice place and the service was very good. We would highly recommend eating a meal or two here!

Thank wirion
San Francisco, California
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Looks like a cool place from the outside... but really bad food ( super simple stuff.. burger and taco salad). Would not recommend.

Thank quesocharlie
Buena_Vista_Bocas, Owner at Buena Vista, responded to this review

Not sure that serving simple food means it's bad? We do have a menu of very simple yummy food. More 

Level Contributor
3 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place but not so nice food. Burgers tasted little bit poor and we waited long time. Would not go again.

Thank Miro M
Panama City, Panama
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

consistent quality in all aspects.food, service, friendliness. they became my base during my stay because they make you feel welcome. great view over the water. central enough to watch the locals go about their business.

Thank peterjupp1
bocas del toro
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

We had a lovely breakfast overlooking the beautiful blue sea while enjoying a welcome fresh cool breeze. My Canadian guests were impressed with the quality of the food and said they would definitely go back for dinner or lunch again. The restaurant is clean and the wait staff friendly. An all around positive experience.

Thank Heather G
Saratoga Springs, New York
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43 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

Right on the water, nice music, good vibe. We ended up here twice once for drinks, once for burgers. Enjoyed both, would go again.

Thank Parisleen
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

I went to Buena Vista for the first time last week with a friend. The place is along the sea shore with a view towards the closest islands of the archipelago. The place is extremely clean, nice design, and though it is an open space there is no feeling of humidity. The food is very good and prices are fair.... More 

Thank Alize B
Davis, California
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

We ate breakfast here and did not like it unfortunately. The exterior is very pretty, ocean view. I got the Caribbean breakfast sandwich which had bread, egg and Caribbean spices with sautéed vegetables. A little too overpowering on the warming spices in a breakfast sandwich. My fiancée got the American Breakfast and did not like it either, the eggs were... More 

Thank WanderlustWednesday
Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

The place is beautiful. The owners have great style. The food is also very good but the best thing on the menu is the Margarita Fuente... so darn good. Still, the coolest thing about this place is how the owners only hire locals and by patronizing this place, you're helping ten local Panamanian families. Cool place, great view... go!

Thank kcon777
Las Cumbres, Panama, Panama
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96 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

Went to dinner here during our trip to Bocas del Toro. Very nice place! The drinks were good. I had a chicken satay skewer with a peanut sauce. I found that it had too much peanut butter but the group I was with liked it. My bf had the quesadillas and they were very good as well. For main course,... More 

Thank Patricia L

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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
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
Cheap Eats, Groups, Romantic, View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, 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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