Best restaurants in Archipiélago de Bocas del Toro

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Isla Bastimentos

    Firefly Restaurant

    A clutch of open-air tables facing rough surf, this reservation-only restaurant is the perfect sunset date. An American chef cooks up local and organic ingredients in Thai and Caribbean preparations. Think sweet chili calamari, coconut gnocchi and fresh seafood curries. The tapas menu allows you to sample a range of flavors. If taking a water taxi, ask to be dropped off at Cholo's dock, a five-minute walk away.

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    Om Café

    When you smell gorgeous aromas spilling out onto the sidewalk, you're at this welcoming Indian cafe serving classic curries, korma and thalis. Service can be slow, so pass the wait with an original cocktail, such as the Tipsy Turban (US$6), a dizzy mix of passionfruit or lime juice, rum and sugar. Good selection of vegetarian dishes.

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    El Último Refugio

    A favorite splurge of Bocas locals, this mellow North American–run place on the edge of the sea does date night right. Caribbean and seafood dishes include red curry calamari and miso-crusted grouper on the chalkboard. Service is friendly and the tranquil location makes it a great spot for a quiet, romantic dinner. Reserve ahead.

  • Restaurants in Bocas del Toro Town

    La Casbah

    Locals and travelers love this Mediterranean restaurant serving up gazpacho, goat's cheese salad, and seafood and meat dishes such as tabbouleh couscous salad with chicken. The fish of the day comes in cream or white-wine sauce, and there’s a nice veggie plate for noncarnivores.

  • Restaurants in Isla Colón

    Yarisnori Restaurant

    Overlooking the water and with hammocks strung between the palms on the beach, this open-air restaurant is a local favorite, due in large part to the warm hospitality of owners Juany and Willy. Grab a table on the sand and feast on the catch of the day, served with beans and coconut rice. Breakfast is good, too. Yarisnori also offers accommodations (double US$55) in three cramped rooms out the back looking out on some pretty gardens.

  • Restaurants in Bocas del Toro Town

    Azul Restaurant

    Come to Azul for excellent-value gourmet dining set on a lovely 2nd-floor balcony (there's also seating inside). There's no menu, just the option of a vegetarian or non-vegetarian (though heavy on seafood) set meal with six courses (including two desserts). Options range from sesame mango tuna tartare to beetroot carpaccio and squid-ink risotto. Impeccable service.

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    Raw

    It's just a little plank restaurant on the water, but the Asian-fusion offerings are spot on. Sake accompanies fresh tofu spring rolls and amazing tuna tapas. The salads are wonderful, and service is friendly and attentive. At night candles are lit and the full bar, specializing in original martinis (from US$7) and cocktails, starts humming.

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    Super Gourmet

    This treasure trove of a grocery store stocks special treats such as natural grass-fed meats and coveted imported items. It also has a section of sustainable local gifts, which include local hot sauce, handmade soaps and outstanding local Bocas chocolate, as well as kosher foodstuffs. Vegetables arrive on Tuesday and Friday.

  • Restaurants in Isla Bastimentos

    Chavela

    In an attractive little lime-green shack at the bottom of the landmark Hostel Bastimentos, a Panamanian-American couple serve cheap-as-chips burgers but emphasize seafood in all its guises, from ceviche de pulpo (octopus cured in lime juice) and fish tacos to barracuda steak. Locals say it's the best eats in town.

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    Sweet Love Bocas

    For top-notch crepes that come savory (with coconut curry) or sweet (honey cream) and a broad selection of teas, try this bohemian cafe, popular with locals in the know. With bench seating and an artsy crafts shop attached, it's more tranquil than spots on the main strip. You can also try some homemade ginger soda.

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    Cafe del Mar

    For all-natural wraps, sandwiches and burgers served with homemade hot sauce, duck into this tiny eatery. There's also all-day breakfast, smoothies and juices, including a watermelon ginger cooler that's to die for. Preservatives are banned, and vegetarian choices are legion. Eat in or take-out. Great coffee too.

  • Restaurants in Isla Bastimentos

    Sea Monkey

    In a simple over-the-water clapboard house, this breezy little restaurant churns out wonderful plates of Asian beer fish and local patuk greens with handmade cocktails (from US$5). Perfect for a sundowner. Moreover, the end-of-the-pier location provides a bit of peace and quiet in raucous Old Bank.

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    Pizzeria Alberto

    Sardinian-run Alberto’s is a favorite local haunt, where pizza with toppings such as artichokes, olives and Gorgonzola satisfies big appetites.

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    Buena Vista Bar & Grill

    This long-established but peripatetic establishment has had a sleek revamp with leather wall booths and imposing beams. It serves burgers, tacos and wraps in town, and dinner ups the ante with a surf-and-turf menu. Run by a welcoming Panamanian-American couple; the fare won't blow your mind but it is a decent bite with swift service.

  • Restaurants in Isla Bastimentos

    Coco Hill

    Close to the island’s highest point, Australian Michelle concocts some pretty exotic meatless dishes at her vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free restaurant and bar. Unfortunately it can be closed without warning and it's a long hike in. The blackboard menu changes daily. Cocktails are made with fresh fruit juices.

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    Tom's

    Locals of every stripe agree that Tom's is the spot for a tasty lunch of seafood or chicken paired with rice or fries (fixed menu US$6) that doesn't break the bank. Head upstairs in a concrete market building and you'll find it on a shaded 2nd-floor terrace overlooking the water. Great views!

  • Restaurants in Isla Bastimentos

    Nacho Mama's

    Pitched on the shifting sands of Red Frog Beach, this one-hit wonder does a thriving business dispensing tacos with fish, shrimp, ceviche (citrus-cured seafood) and chicken throughout the day. But never on a Monday. And never nachos.

  • Restaurants in Isla Colón

    Paki Point

    This outdoor open-deck restaurant with graffiti art and full views of the beach serves pizzas and seafood with cold beers and margaritas. For cyclists making the arduous trip to Playa Bluff, it's a godsend. You can also rent surfboards.

  • Restaurants in Bocas del Toro Town

    Panadería & Dulcería Alemana

    In addition to moist slabs of carrot cake and freshly baked wholegrain bread, this German bakery and patisserie also sells sandwiches, salads and pasta dishes.

  • Restaurants in Bocas del Toro Town

    El Chitré

    Patronized by locals and travelers alike, this no-frills cafeteria is the best spot in town for cheap but tasty grub. Soups are especially good.