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La Buguita Ocean Lounge

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$$ - $$$
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Main Street | Bocas Town, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
+507 757-9534
08:00 - 22:30
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The Hague
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62 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited a few times during our stay. The menu is inventive and the food very good, but the service is slow and a bit chaotic - the only place in town where we experienced this. But, if you have the time, it's worth a visit.

Thank MikeLTheHague
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Let me start with the positive... the coconut smoothie was amazing !! Really overpriced, but great ! At first we thought this place was very promising. Looking at the plates on everyone's tables... but it was one disappointment after another... I had the overpriced fish taco which I thought at first tasted good... but I started detected a fetid taste... More 

Thank Isa L
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Got coffee and did some work plugged into the charger in the front. Then got lunch, over all a cool vibe and a great place to kill time before your flight. It was quite busy and they have plenty of veggie friendly options. I got the chutney and the veggie crepe. The bruschetta was nicely toasted and the local bread... More 

Thank Lauren K
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

No cold beer, fish taco was disgusting, must have been the left overs from fish of the day as it was dried out and old and tough and even the taco was stale. The burger looked like it was frozen, disgusting dinner, lack lustre service, don't eat here.

Thank ClareBeard
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Just finished lunch here. The fish of the day, tuna, was well flavored but overcooked. We were never asked how we wanted the burger and it came well done and hard as a rock. The caramelized onions never made it to the plate but after waiting 30 min for our food with only 1 other couple in the restaurant we... More 

Thank Karen S
Bonn, Germany
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

The location is nice and the atmosphere cool. But, the service was terrible: - The coffee tasted of mold - There was a hair in my food when i received it - My friend asked for a burrito but he specified without bacon as he is vegetarian. When they brought the dish they realized they forgot and actually put bacon.... More 

Thank Ralucabrb
Montréal, Qc
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65 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

It's the first restaurant I try in Bocas. I was there because the view ans the music. The menu is fantastic, the drinks very good and the view amazing. You could ask for dive or surf lesson too. It's a very good place!

Thank Boo71
poncius, Propietario at La Buguita Ocean Lounge, responded to this review

Thank you ver y much...we work Every DAY w love and our costumers are the most important ...good to have you in home!! More 

Bozeman, Montana
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017

We had dinner and breakfast here. The curry for dinner was good and had lots of flavor. We also had octopus ceviche which was literally the best I have ever had!! For breakfast I had a beet/orange juice which I was so glad to find in Panama. Good spot.

Thank katiemonnin
poncius, Propietario at La Buguita Ocean Lounge, responded to this review

We are so Happy that you enjoy La Buguita experience...thanks For visiting More 

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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017

They have a lot of different things on their menu, but all food is very fresh. The fish of the day changes almost every day and they have great happy hour drink specials!

Thank Rachael M
poncius, Propietario at La Buguita Ocean Lounge, responded to this review

Yes!!!!! We are Happy that you enjoy our simply and fresh specials...thanks For visiting!!!! More 

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4 reviews
Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

Such a great food, close to the diving shop. Excelent smothies, burgers and salads. Had meals there every day....

Thank Marc P
poncius, Propietario at La Buguita Ocean Lounge, responded to this review

Our mission is give you an experience...simply fresh!..we are so happy yo read your opinion...thanks For visiting More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$3 - US$13
Bar, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Takeout
Good for
Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Street | Bocas Town, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Bocas del Toro Province  >  Isla Colon  >  Bocas Town
  • Phone Number: +507 757-9534
La Buguita is a waterfront restaurant located in Bocas Town. We are offering a great variety of healthy breakfast and lunch selections as well as fancy dinner options. Relish delightful, homemade dishes or simply pleasure in the stunning view over the ocean. In accordance with its attempt to support local businesses and prevent pollution, La Buguita is mainly processing local products.

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