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The Firefly Restaurant & Bar

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Old Bank | Oceanside, Isla Bastimentos, Panama
+507 6524-4809
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05:00 - 09:00
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Columbia, Missouri
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A bit pricey but worth it. Getting there is half the fun! Atmosphere was lovely & in a beautiful setting. Cool decor.

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West Bath, Maine
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Firefly is one of those spots that you should at least go check out for just the view. You need reservations if you are going to eat here. The food is Tapas style, small plates. The quality of the food is excellent, but it isn't cheap. By far the most expensive place on the island. Great place to splurge... More 

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Thank Steve K
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Eating at the Firefly Restaurant is something for a special night out. Food is delicious and its fun to share the different tapas. Atmosphere and staff is great - thank you so much for great memories, Heather, Sean and Jessica

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Chitre, Panama
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49 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a great time at Firefly. Picturesque setting, we were able to get a reservation right at sunset, which is highly recommended. Great drink selection and an eclectic menu. We all ordered different dishes and sampled off each other's plates. All the food was excellent. After dinner there are hammocks and places to lounge to just relax and enjoy... More 

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Boston
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An absolutely beautiful spot overlooking the sea. The staff were fantastic. Heather could not have been nicer. The food was nicely prepared with wonderful flavors and local food. Quiet comfortable setting. Will definitely be back. We took a boat over from Red Frog. Driver dropped us off at the dock and waited a few hours for us to eat and... More 

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San Francisco, California, United States
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The place is beautiful! The food was great! But it's more of a foodie place, reminds me of city, hip, cool restaurants and foodie culture. The items are tapas style, everything was really tasty, the staff was great! Heather was awesome, she's a source of great recommendations for things to do/see and restaurants to try on the island. She is... More 

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TheFireflyBocas, Owner at The Firefly Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the kind words! More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you want to spend money, get very small plates, good food, bad service go here... For the Birthday of my wife we wanted to dine in ´Firefly´. A day in advance I went there mentioning that if possible a nice setup of the table would nice to give it a ´special´ touch... Obviousely the staff was not very interested... More 

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Thank Gernot F
TheFireflyBocas, Owner at The Firefly Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us! We are sorry we didn't live up to your expectations, however we did add some extra touches for you. There was a sign greeting you and wishing your wife a happy birthday, we set you up with the nicest table with extra candles and did indeed include special flowers on the table. We mentioned... More 

England
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80 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

The dishes were exquisite and very good for sharing. We ate here twice, the first time sharing fish ceviche and tuna tartare, followed by very tasty chicken satay and fish. The next time we tried the octopus and two chicken curries. All were full of creative flavours and fresh and local. Eating in the outdoor restaurant with the background noise... More 

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TheFireflyBocas, Owner at The Firefly Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thnak you for joining us not once but twice! We really appreciate the support and love! More 

2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

This is hands-down the best food we had during our trip, which included Panama City and Bocas del Toro. Good, local food is important to me on vacation, so we made sure to try out lots of restaurants, but the Firefly was in a league of it's own.

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Thank wandereatsleep
TheFireflyBocas, Owner at The Firefly Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Wow! Thank you for such high praise. It means the world to us! More 

Isla Bastimentos, Panama
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

Excellent location and excellent service! We enjoyed our dinner at the firefly. Prices are a little higher than we would have liked but overall the food was high quality and we had a great night out.

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TheFireflyBocas, Owner at The Firefly Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for joining us! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Cuisine
Caribbean, Asian, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Cash Only, Reservations, Takeout
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, View, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
05:00 - 09:00
Monday
05:00 - 09:00
Thursday
05:00 - 09:00
Friday
05:00 - 09:00
Saturday
05:00 - 09:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Old Bank | Oceanside, Isla Bastimentos, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Bocas del Toro Province  >  Isla Bastimentos
  • Phone Number: +507 6524-4809
Description
The Firefly serves Thai/Caribbean food in an open air, outdoor setting directly on the Caribbean Ocean. We source locally and organically whenever possible and believe in using ingredients readily available to make up our menu. Because of this philosophy, our menu items may change daily. Contact us for special Occasion or private dining! We can create an amazing atmosphere! Contact at least 24 hours in advance if you wish to do a tasting menu, starting at 5 courses. Full bar, Cash only and reservations required. CLOSED TUES/WED

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