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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good41%
  • Average21%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
20 Feb 2018
“Good food in reasonable price”
8 Mar 2018
“Brilliant Seafood”
Restaurant Hours
Caribbean, Seafood
Isla Bastimentos, Panama
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Reviewed 8 March 2018 via mobile

At the roots you can enjoy really good and fresh caught seafood. Went there twice and was both times very delighted. Fish and seafood is well prepared and the sides are simple but good either. If there are many people you can not expect good...More

Thank mktorres
Reviewed 20 February 2018

We had supper at the Roots. The jack fish we eaten was delicious, with lot of spices, and well-prepared. It was funny as it was evening and we were sitting there alone, it looked like they just opened the kitchen. Only waiting time was quite...More

Thank Michał R
Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

My girlfriend got chicken fried rice, I had chicken with a crazy Caribbean curry sauce. It was all super tasty. Menu send to change day by day depending on what's available so just show up and try something out.

Thank Erik F
Reviewed 2 October 2016

Delicious food and great service, we had delightful chats with the chef about local football and life in Bocas del Toro. Really enjoyed this place which is far from touristy but instead has the real authentic feel that we were looking for.

Thank Christian V
Reviewed 18 May 2016

One of the only places open late for food and drinks on the island. Hungout here on our last night with a bunch of friends we met that day. Good drinks on a large outdoor covered deck.

Thank M4128MEmichaelv
Reviewed 21 March 2016 via mobile

Got a prawn dish which was $14 USD, prawns were small and it came with dry beans and rice and a very boring cold pasta salad. The place is run down and not very clean or nice. Wouldn't recommend it.

Thank Laura G
Reviewed 24 February 2016 via mobile

The restaurant is not really pretty although it could be. The food is average. I had fish in coconut sauce and I couldn't taste any coconut unfortunately. My boyfriend had fish in the peanut sauce and it wad average as well. It's a place that...More

Thank Marta P
Reviewed 4 January 2016 via mobile

We tried the lobster tails and piña colada! THE HEAVEN! the order was taken/served really fast. It's a place in front of the beach easy to access. If you are in Bastimentos do not hesitate!

Thank Cesar R
Reviewed 29 December 2015 via mobile

On the waterfront in Basimentos, you can get a water taxi to drop you and collect you from their own dock. The staff were friendly and cheerful and the Caribbean style food is decent but not amazing. Possibly a little over-priced - mains around 12...More

1  Thank la_viajera_constanta
Reviewed 17 August 2015 via mobile

Got a boat ride over to this little island. Had read previous reviews I thought why don't we give it a try. Easy to find walked nobody there knocked on kitchen door out popped Isidro lovely chap. Grabbed us a couple of beers told us...More

1  Thank Susan P
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Isla Bastimentos, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Bocas del Toro Province  >  Isla Bastimentos
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