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Balboa Yacht Club

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$$ - $$$
Bar, Seafood, American, South American, Central American
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Amador Causeway, Panama City, Panama
+507 314-0168
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Helena, Montana
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111 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Our 1st night in Panama we took a 5 minute walk from the Country Inn hotel, Amador, for dinner at Balboa. Dining on the deck offered a nice view of the western approach to the canal. Had some difficulty ordering dinner and staff did not understand the terms "gluten free or no gluten." So my wife tried the usually safe... More 

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Miami Beach, Florida
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52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have been there several times on our way to Tobago Island. Area is kind of rundown and parking is atrocious. We've never eaten there so can't speak to that.

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Chatham, Ontario
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38 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

We decided to eat here on a Monday night because we didn't want to risk the crazy traffic into Panama City. (or the crazy road closures) They had run out of pretty much everything over the weekend. Our server new a bit of English, I had Chicken Caesar Salad. The chicken part was not good and the salad part was... More 

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Thank Leonie K
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

This place is pleasant enough in terms of location being right by the canal, but the wait staff are so surly and unpleasant. A smile goes a long way and doesn't take too much effort. Food was poor quality. Would not return. Wifi was not working when we were there.

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Borden, Canada
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

Went on a Monday and had a very limited menu no seafood no nachos wings were decent and fries were good, service was suspect as there were only a 3 or 4 tables of customers,ceasar salad was no good!If I return I will have to pay more attention to tip included as the waiteress prompt me to add tip on... More 

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North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

Went there for a light dinner after a long day of touring. It was within walking distance of our condo and on the water, so we decided to give it a try. It was fairly busy which we thought was a good sign. I ordered the quesadilla (not available) so went with a fish soup with garlic bread. Fish soup... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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85 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

I have visited a few yacht clubs and this one is a bit rough around the edges! However, the food is very good and the service staff are excellent. You will have to be comfortable with the resident cats - although they do not bother the diners. The view is always interesting with the ferry crowd heading to the islands,... More 

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Rockwall, Texas, United States
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

I have eaten here many times over the years and it has great atmospheres Watching the ship pass into the canal should not be missed Scott

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Chilliwack, Canada
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191 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

We stayed at the Country Inn and Suites and this was very close. The ceviche was good but the Caesar salad needed work. Be aware that the tip is included on the bill.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Terrible service. I stayed there and I enjoyed a couple of beers. When I was about to pay, I had troubles with my credit card. I promptly reassured the manager of the place that a friend of mine was coming over with the cash to settle my $12 bill. Instead, this guy took my mobile $500 Iphone as collateral and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, Seafood, American, South American, Central American
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, View, Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Amador Causeway, Panama City, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Panama Province  >  Panama City
  • Phone Number: +507 314-0168
Description
Best place for casual dining in Panama City, Panama...located on the banks of the canal , always a great view, plenty of friendly expats and locals

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?