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El Pirata

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Calle 3 | @ the intersection of Calle 3 & Calle 1, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
+507 757-9088
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Seattle,WA
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24 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We enjoyed a decent lunch at El Pirata served by a very attentive wait staff which made it enjoyable.

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Thank ChrisFSeattle_WA
London, United Kingdom
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370 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 393 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My deep fried whole fish (16 dollars) was so over cooked that much of the flesh was rendered unbearable. The same went for 2 friends who ate the same thing

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Thank NLR
Knoxville, Tennessee
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27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

El Pirata has terrific pineapple and banana pancakes. You gotta try them. You'd better be hungry because portions are big.

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Thank savvywomentravel
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Today our first day in Bocas with a lot of expectations of the vacation ahead we decided or better said poorly choice a good looking venue to have breakfast. Definately dont judge the book by its cover! The waitress was extremely rude and uncomfortable about an unknown situation to us, resulting on taking the order wrong and after inquiring about... More 

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Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful place by the sea! Of course the traditional seafood, but it was delicious. We were 6 people, each one ordered something different, and all was good. Mosquitos!

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Thank Lobelia R
Vacaville, California
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87 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our hotel recommended this place for dinner. Bocas town is full of dining options. My husband had a pasta dish and my meal was so forgettable that I don't recall what I ordered,but we both didn't care for our meal. Try Buena Vista a few doors down if you want a decent meal.

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Thank Mauibird
Panama City, Panama
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33 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Poor quality food, bad experience... We just arrived from a long journey and the hotel recommended us this restaurant, I had ran out of battery on my phone so I could not check TripAdvisor and we were hungry... Bad move... Had I seen the 3.5 stars or read reviews I would have definitely passed on that restaurant! The fresh fruit... More 

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Thank chrisrob1234
Province of Vicenza, Italy
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I ate lunch at the Pirate ... bad experience. The very rude and slow service..il almost inedible food

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Thank cimbarle
Syney
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67 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Pro's: Great location on the waters edge. Loved watching the Frigate birds circling around on the open waters of the Caribbean Sea. Long list of food & drinks. They accept credit cards and have free wifi. Con's: Some of the staff seemed to be in the very relaxed Caribbean mode. The free wifi doesn't work.

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Thank OzTrottingGlobe
Mijdrecht, The Netherlands
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Order their specialty; the whole fish. The service was incredible, given the fact that this big place was full all evening. They run around as mad and make sure you leave happy. We did!

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Thank arnoldkoek

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Caribbean, Bar, Seafood
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle 3 | @ the intersection of Calle 3 & Calle 1, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Bocas del Toro Province  >  Isla Colon  >  Bocas Town
  • Phone Number: +507 757-9088

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