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Buena Vista

Calle Segunda, Isla Colon, Panama
+507 757-9035
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good33%
  • Average15%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
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“burgers” (20 reviews)
“brownie” (11 reviews)
“jambalaya” (6 reviews)
Open Now
07:30 - 21:30All hours
Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Central American, American, Seafood, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
££ - £££
Calle Segunda, Isla Colon, Panama
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101 - 110 of 232 reviews

Reviewed 12 September 2015

Enjoyed an early evening meal on a Sunday night. A lot of places were closed, so we tried this because they were open. I'm so glad we did. The food was very tasty and well prepared. I was able to order a Blue Moon beer...More

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Reviewed 7 September 2015 via mobile

Was craving seafood since landing but especially a good lobster and this place knocked it out of the park!!! The view and atmosphere was great too!

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Reviewed 24 August 2015

Nicely presented and had lots of meat and cheese hiding under the salad. This is when I discovered the waterfront restaurants all add a 10% service charge plus a 7% tax, after I had left a goo tip without paying attention to the bill. I...More

Thank Trudy B
Reviewed 22 August 2015 via mobile

I was looking for lobster and I found lobster!!! Even though the comments here weren't the best (and the service was a bit slow) the lobster was fresh and tasty! Recommendable!!!

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Reviewed 13 August 2015

We ate lunch while awaiting our water taxi to Bastimentos. I had a Thai noodle dish that was very good and enjoyed a good cocktail. It was nice to watch the waterfront while dining. Service was a bit slow, but friendly and prices were decent.

Thank Frijol
Reviewed 5 August 2015 via mobile

You can get good food at so many places in bocas, it's a shame to see an amazing location operating at a mediocre level. Stop by have a beer and ceviches, it's really good ceviche, but not enough for me to come back a second...More

Thank David L
Reviewed 23 July 2015

The food at this place was very Nice. Generous portions and wonderful taste. However it took a long time before it finally arrived. Please Note tax and service are not included in the price.

Thank Saskia T
Reviewed 23 July 2015

It was my free afternoon from the tour that took me to Bocas and all I wanted was to sit down while I typed away answering some pending mail, Buena Vista was but just a couple of meters away from my hotel so I just...More

Thank Ming Ming C
Reviewed 14 July 2015

The food is fresh, tasty, the service is good as well...It is also probably the best place for breakfast. It has a slightly Jamaican feel to it. If you had enough of the meat and fries then this is probably the place for you....

Thank Suzanna765
Reviewed 8 July 2015

Wait staff was very nice. I think this place would have food most people from the states would like. I personally prefer the local food and there was nothing like that here. My kids loved it. They had great fries! I'm guessing the fish was...More

Thank Tara B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$17
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, View, Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
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
  • E-mail
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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