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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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Sun - Sat 07:30 - 21:30
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Panama City, Panama
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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
Level Contributor
12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago 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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95 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

The food here was really good. We tried the cheddar bacon burger and it was very good. Happy hour was a few hours long with $1 local beers and $2.50 mixed drinks. We had a nice long evening here.

Thank Dan H
Ottawa, Canada
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

We went there for breakfast. It was very good. The service was great. They used real potatoes for the home fries, not the normal frozen kind. Freshly blended fruit smoothie was also good. Overall it was a wonderful experience with a great view.

Thank Dave_SHP1313
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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46 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

We had breakfast here every morning during our stay in Bocas. They open early and the view of the sun rising over the water while eating your breakfast was amazing. They have a good choice of breakfast to satisfy everyone. The staff are friendly and professional. A great way to start your day.

Thank Plotte

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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, 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
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Romantic, View, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine
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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