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RipTide Bar Restaurant - CLOSED

Calle 2, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
+507 760-8131
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good47%
  • Average10%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible5%
5 Sep 2015
“Better than the boat”
25 Jun 2015
“Ok the ship sank, but the food got better!”
Restaurant Hours Closed
American, Bar, International, Grill, Pub
Calle 2, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
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1 - 10 of 66 reviews

Reviewed 5 September 2015

The food is much better, though the view is not the same. The patio is comfortable as is the inside. Drink specials and drinks are very good, and the service is much improved over the boat. We went with a three generation group and everyone...More

Thank PanamaDon
Reviewed 25 June 2015 via mobile

We were sad to see that the ship is gone and the atmosphere that it provided, but the upside is the food and presentation are WAY better! The fish and chips used to be good but now they are great, and the grilled fish in...More

Thank Tybeeite
Reviewed 23 April 2015

We ate lunch here on our last day in Bocas town. We found it just by walking through town. It is located on the second floor of a building. The menu is slightly limited but contained good items for lunch. We ordered the fried fish...More

Thank Larry W
Reviewed 13 April 2015 via mobile

The food here is absolutely fantastic fresh and the kitchen is sparkling clean. I had the grilled fish dinner my friend ate the seafood soup which was also delicious. The original rip tide was on a boat and sank but now is on the second...More

Thank Michelle W
Reviewed 6 January 2015

Was closed this december. The boat is now underwater. Last time i ate there was may 2014. Food and service was decent, was just cool to eat on a old commercial fishing vessel.

Thank anatourino84
Sct2hty02, Owner at RipTide Bar Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2015

Yes, it's true, the ship sank on November 17, 2014. But, we have re-opened in a new location serving the same great food in a new cleaner, crisper atmosphere. You can now find us on Calle 2da across from the government building.

Reviewed 13 December 2014

The RIP Tide was a great floating restaurant / bar that attracted a lot of ex pats so there was always a bunch of crusty Gringo's hanging around swapping lies. Unfortunately a storm sank her in November and she is no more. I hope she...More

Thank manakai
Reviewed 8 December 2014

sadly this boat just sank, but i hope they rebuild soon because it was on the best places on the water to relax, have a drink & meet new people. The food was always consistently good.

Thank TropicalOutside
Reviewed 25 July 2014

The Riptide has the best cool breezes on those hot days, the best fish and chips and cold beer all at a surprisingly economical price. Could not get enough of this place and the ultra colourful bar patrons that frequent the place. Lots of water...More

Thank Beavis14
Reviewed 11 June 2014

Very delicious fish and chips on the boat, great people, great service, quiet location away from main street but still easy to find.

Thank Olessa_T
Reviewed 3 June 2014 via mobile

Cool spot on an old boat. Has a great breeze on a hot day and very few bugs (chitre). Make sure to check out the roof top. Cheapest drinks we enjoyed in Bocas! We didn't eat but the food looked really good. Good service too.

1  Thank MaggieLHarrington
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$5 - US$12
American, Bar, International, Grill, Pub
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle 2, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Bocas del Toro Province  >  Isla Colon  >  Bocas Town
  • Phone Number: +507 760-8131
A cool and clean bar & grill located in the heart of downtown Bocas. We serve classic American bar food along with a full menu including both classic and modern twists on seafood. A great place to come mingle with the expats and the locals.
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