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Buena Vista

) #16 of 75 Restaurants in Isla Colon €€ - €€€ Caribbean, Latin,
Calle Segunda, Isla Colon, Panama
+507 757-9035
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good33%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“fish tacos” (12 reviews)
“brownie” (10 reviews)
“burger” (29 reviews)
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Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Central American, American, Seafood, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
€€ - €€€
Calle Segunda, Isla Colon, Panama
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Buena Vista was by far my favorite place for meals and drinks in Bocas Town. The main reason was the friendly staff who all delivered excellent service. But the food was also consistently delicious (huge portions!) and attractively presented while being very reasonably priced. The...More

Thank DiveDiva21
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Should have turned around and left when we were not greeted upon entering. The "waitress" reluctantly left the bar to come over and seat us. She was more interested in playing with the drunk regulars then waiting on dining customers. Seemed like half the menu...More

Thank Juliegtravels
Reviewed 6 days ago

We at breakfast here twice. It was great food at a reasonable price. We loved relaxing and watching all of the morning activity and boats each morning.

Thank 2princessestx
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Very friendly owner. Incredible ocean view. The food we ordered overall and the burger i ordered were great. The nachos were delicious.

Thank isaac d
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

Our second night we came for dinner the food was unbelievable because we are vegetarians...their menu was able to accommodate, and it was awesome. Our last full day, we decided to take breakfast what a pleasant surprise...it too was great.

Thank 990sheliam
Reviewed 11 May 2017

Our group had limited time before catching our flight, so we had someone from our lodge call the order in ahead of time. With 14 people they got everything perfect, and served us within a few minutes of our arrival. Good burgers, wraps, fries, etc.

Thank OutandAbouttheWorld
Reviewed 7 May 2017

Place was fantastic for lunch by the water. Corvina was spectacular. A couple of the specialty of the house cocktails and the day was off to a great start

Thank Jim S
Reviewed 28 April 2017

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
Reviewed 17 April 2017

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 +...More

Thank Cristina T
Reviewed 16 April 2017

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...More

Thank Scarlett1700
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$17
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
Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, View, Bar Scene, 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
  • 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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