BOCAS DEL TORO RESTAURANTS
Listed below is a sampling of local Bocas del Toro restaurants, with the caveat that there are too many good local restaurants to be able to list them all. Try some not listed here and we know you will find some more winners!
Bocas Town and Isla Colon
Visit 9 degrees for fine dining. You will find a relaxing waterfront atmosphere, elegant patio dining, and Caribbean cuisine prepared with the freshest ingredients available. Located behind Tropical Market, El Reloj Building , Calle Primera. 507.757.9400.
Bocas Bambu Beach
This open-air restaurant in Bocas del Toro serves burgers, pastas, and pizzas. This is a good place to relax and grab a few drinks with friends. Calle 3.
Buena Vista Bar & Grill
Located on the waterfront in Bocas, this bar and grill serves American, Caribbean and seafood. The menu ranges from salads, burgers, and sandwiches to the more daring jambalaya, enchiladas, and ginger-orange shrimp. Calle 2. 507.757.9035.
This restaurant is located inside of El Limbo, a popular Bocas hotel. They offer Italian and International cuisine. Located right on the water, you will be able to enjoy pizzas and pastas with the serenity of a calm breeze in a relaxed atmosphere. Calle 2.
El Ultimo Refugio
Right on the water with a beautiful sunset view from Bocas town. El Ultimo Refugio has fresh seafood, salads, nightly specials, and an ever-changing menu. This restaurant is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. Located just off Calle 3 on Avenida Sur, 100 yards down from the Ferry Dock.
La Casbah offers a Mediterranean-inspired menu. Start with a half-liter of sangria and a bowl of gazpacho before moving on to goat-cheese-stuffed chicken, falafel, and tapas. Locals say they serve some of the best steaks in town. Avenida Norte near Calle 4. 507.6486.5558.
This restaurant's location on the second floor of an old wooden building over the water gives it a great view of the turquoise sea and nearby Bocas islands. Their specialty is Asian fusion. Calle 2.
A local Bocas favorite, this restaurant is well known for their "Killin" Me Man" hot sauce. For a spicy, tangy Caribbean dish this is the spot. They also serve sandwiches made on homemade breads. Breakfast is served all day. Calle Primera. 507.6560.8777.
You can get authentic Indian cuisine at this cozy cafe atop a bar. They offer dishes such as prawn vindaloo, palaak paneer (fresh cheese in a spinach sauce), chicken tandoori, or any of half-dozen vegetable dishes. Breakfast, lunch, & dinner. Avenida F at Calle 2. 507.6624.0898.
Restaurante Guari Guari
A Spanish chef works wonders with local ingredients while her German partner provides excellent service in the open-air dining room, enveloped by banana trees and within earshot of the sea. The restaurant features a six-course pre-fixed menu. If you have special dietary needs, call a day ahead. Guari Guari sits on the main road leading out of Bocas Town by the only gas station here. The cab drivers know where to go. Reservations recommended. 507.6627.1825.
Overlooking the water in Bocas, this is a great place to grab a cup of coffee or stop off while exploring Bocas Town. They have magazines and books for you to peruse while enjoying your refreshments. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Calle 3. 507.6621.4108.
For a truly local experience, the community of Bahia Honda has a small restaurant. The food is some of the freshest in town, as local fishermen often catch fish in the same day and collect natural foods straight from the forests of Bastimentos Island.
Palma de Roca
Located at the eastern end of Red Frog Beach, this restaurant has an amazing beach setting with a wooden boardwalk that hangs out at the end of an island peninsula. The restaurant currently serves grilled food.
This restaurant is located on a hilltop with some views of the bayside of Bastimentos. The restaurant serves a variety of things for breakfast, lunch and dinner. What makes this restaurant unique is that it also serves as an covered island activity center with wifi, giant chess, pool, and ping pong. 507- 6949-0330
The Thai Restaurant
A fifteen minute walk up the hill from the dock at Bastimentos Town you will find authentic Thai food at very reasonable prices. The owner is from Thailand and is an accomplished chef, producing delicious curries and other specialties, including Pad Thai. For dessert, sample homemade chocolate truffles from the nearby organic chocolate farm. Open seasonally, check before going.
Cayo Coral is a Bocas icon as it is built on stilts over the water and serves a combination of seafood with traditional Caribbean side preparations. There is a great atmosphere and it is possible to snorkel right off the dock in this tropical location. You can relax in a hammock or snorkel while you wait for your food to arrive.
This Caribbean restaurant over the water serves the best "rice & beans" in the entire area. Try the whole "pargo rojo" (red snapper), a local specialty around the islands, with coconut rice, beans and salad. Roots is located in the town of Old Bank and is only a five-minute water-taxi ride away from Red Frog Marina or Bocas Town.
Cosmic Crab Cafe
This restaurant on the water is located between Bastimentos and Bocas town. It serves fresh seafood, burgers, salads, and frozen drinks. Seafood is purchased from local fishermen/crab and lobster divers who come by to sell the day's catch. There are 3 "ranchos" alongside the main dining area for a more private dining experience and smaller parties. 507.757.9157.