Restaurants & Nightlife in Bocas del Toro 2024

Restaurants & Nightlife in Bocas del Toro, Panama

Restaurants in Bocas del Toro (and nightlife too!) – On this page you will find an updated list of Bocas del Toro restaurants in 2024. Bocas del Toro’s notorious nightlife is also represented here with Bocas del Toro bars, night clubs and restaurants that often turn into a party after dinner. Have fun!

Amaranto

A spot for coffee lovers (and fans of healthy, delicious eating). Specialty coffee drinks, fresh & healthy breakfast & lunch options, cold-pressed juices, smoothies, buddha bowls and more. Street side cafe located in the heart of Bocas Town.

IG @amaranto.bocas
Mon-Sat 8am-8pm
Isla Colon, Calle 1ra, in front of the police station (Google Maps)

Aqua Lounge – Restaurant, Bar, Events Venue

Water playground by day and premiere events venue by night; Aqua Lounge is a legendary Bocas del Toro hang out spot. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; featuring  specialty plates from Chef Ezeiza, snacks, fast food and full bar with cocktails.

Weekly events will keep you entertained at night: beer pong tournament Mondays, live piano singalongs, bands, DJs, Safari Thursdays and Domingo Paraiso electronic pool party on Sundays. Stay at Aqua to be even closer to the action! Book direct for best price: https://bocasaqualounge.com/

IG: @bocasaqualounge
Restaurant hours: Mon-Sun 8am-9pm (closed 11am-12pm and 1-5pm Fridays)
Bar open later than 9pm, with popular weekly events
Isla Carenero, 1 minute boat ride from Bocas Town Google Maps

Calypso Cantina at the Bocas Marina

Unwind with a cold beer & delicious food relaxing on the water at the beautiful Bocas Marina featuring the flavors of Chef Mo, utilizing only the freshest, local and all-natural ingredients. Wood-fire pizza, Wednesday Chinese night (from an authentic Chinese chef), the classic Friday live music BBQ and different comfort food specials daily (Guinness lamb stew, chicken parmasen, lasagna, cowboy ribeye steaks, to name a few). For reservations or to arrange special boat transport (groups of 4+ ride free): +507 6716-7778

Tuesday-Sunday 8am-10am and 4:o0-9pm
South side of Isla Colon (accessed by boat) Google maps.

Coco Fastronomy

From our modest beginnings as a one-woman venture, Coco Fastronomy has grown to encompass two town-based restaurants: La Casa del Bapé and La Pescaderia, both graced with waterfront terraces.

Embark on a culinary journey and savor our unique creation, the BAPÉ – a homemade, one-of-a-kind stuffed bread. Explore our fusion cuisine that spans a wide spectrum, offering everything from crisp salads and seafood bowls to zesty ceviches, mouthwatering fish, lobsters, tender octopus, and more. For those with dietary preferences, we have a dedicated vegetarian and vegan menu available.  Take-out and delivery as well.

This journey is a testament to our owner and French chef’s unwavering culinary passion, amidst stunning Bocas del Toro’s natural beauty.

Menus: www.cocofastronomy.com
Local food special: 12:00-2:30pm
La Casa del Bapé is open every day 10am-10pm, located on Calle 1a, Hotel Bocas del Toro
La Pescaderia is open every day 3-10pm, located on Calle 3a (main street), next to Rush Bocas
Phone: (507) 6871-2323
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cocofastronomy/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cocofastronomy/

Pier 19 Restaurant

Caribbean food delights served over the water at Divers Paradise Boutique Hotel. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A great place to enjoy a cocktail and watch the sun set. Regular wine tastings, wine pairings and food & beverage themed evenings. Check the current menu and reserve for their events on www.pier19restaurant.com

On Instagram: @pier19bocasdeltoro
Mon-Sun 7:30am-10pm
Isla Colon, Avenida Sur & Calle 4ta
Near the ferry dock (On Google Maps)

The Firefly

Outdoor ocean-side dining amid the jungle in the charming Caribbean village of Old Bank, Bastimentos: The Firefly is an absolute hidden gem in the Bocas del Toro restaurant scene. It’s an amazing eco surf B & B and the restaurant is open for dinner to the public with reservations only. Enjoy Asian-style tapas inspired by the Caribbean. The menu is ever-changing depending on what is local/fresh/in season. The islands of Bocas are plentiful with fruit, seafood & spices and that is reflected on The Firefly’s menu. The dinner menu is made up of small plates, encouraging you to taste as much as you want- the best way to eat!

Cash only. Reservations are essential: +507 6524-4809 or www.thefireflybocasdeltoro.com

Open Wednesday-Monday 5 to 9pm (Closed Tuesdays)
Instagram @thefireflybocasdeltoro
Located in Old Bank, Bastimentos Island  (Google Maps)

 

The Floating Bar

Only the Fodor’s #1 rated floating bar in the world!  Your ideal spot for jumping into the Caribbean Sea off the top of a barge, floating around, snorkeling mangroves islands. TFB is rocked by a different local band every Music Monday at 4:20pm. Also weekly: $6 for 2 tacos for Taco Tuesdays (and Taco Thursdays). Float & Flow Yoga on Saturday mornings at 10:30am. Happy hour is every day 12-2pm (and tends to be the chillest time to visit). Located a $2 / 2 minute boat ride from Bocas Town.

Monday-Sunday 12pm- 7 sunset
FB: The Floating Bar | IG: @the.floating.bar
Located floating off the south side of Isla Colon  (Google Maps)

 

Tiki Bar Eckl’s Bocas (Hotel Bocas Town)

Take in the waterfront views on the back deck at Hotel Bocas Town. The full service bar and restaurant is for hotel guests and the general public alike, serving up tropical cocktails and a mix fresh local seafood and North American specialties from a 100 year old run family business: the roast beef on weck and the chicken wings (Buffalo, New York style!) NEW! Executive lunch available 12-2pm; big servings of Creole-style seafood specialties ranging from $5-$8.

Open Monday-Saturday 12pm-9:30pm.
Calle 1, on the water, on the back pack patio of Hotel Bocas Town, Isla Colon
On Google Maps

Banana Mama

At Banana Mama, you can make your own waffle and ice cream flavor, choosing from a wide range of toppings and add-ons.It’s the perfect spot for ready-to-go goodies: ice cream, waffles, sandwiches, coffee and other sweet treats!
Have you ever tried a pizza waffle? Well, now you can! At Banana Mama…What are you waiting for? Discover this fresh concept for yourself!

Check their Instagram for 2 x 1 promos…! @bananamama.bocas

Monday-Sunday 7:30am-9pm
Located in the front entrance of the Bocas Paradise Hotel
Calle 1ra / 1st Street, Isla Colon On Google Maps

Bibi’s On The Beach

Locally owned and operated with 100% authentic Caribbean island vibes.  Bibi’s is known for its classic Bocas del Toro Creole style cooking, seafood specialties, locally-famous passion fruit margaritas, generous happy hour prices and their vivacious Sunday Funday parties with live bands and DJs.  The music starts at 4pm, same time as their daily 4-7pm happy hour.

Aside from the Sunday party, its normally a mellow spot for families and groups of friends to enjoy a beach day with refreshments served with local smiles. There are spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding islands that will likely end up on your Instagram grid.  Bibi’s a must-visit for any Carenero beach day.  You can find it on the beach path around the island (all roads lead to Bibi’s) or get dropped off at the closest dock, a 2 minute, $1.50-$2 boat ride to Carenero Island from Bocas Town.

Tuesday-Sunday 12pm-9pm
Located on the east side of Carenero Island On Google Maps
IG: @bibisonthebeach

Bocas Paradise Cafe

Experience the perfect combination of amazing ocean views, good food, and comfort at a one-of-a-kind restaurant. The menu is carefully crafted to ensure that the food is as enjoyable as the view. Air conditioned, with floor to ceiling glass windows, with sweet (silent) views of the bustling Bocas Town-Carenero channel.

The perfect place to meet for brunch, drinks, meetings, work sessions; you name it! Whether you’re in the mood for something light or something more substantial, their menu offers a variety of delicious options for you to enjoy while you relax or work.

Bocas Paradise Cafe is open every day from 7am to 10pm, located in the Bocas Paradise Hotel on Calle 1ra / 1st Street, Isla Colon  Google Maps

 

Buena Vista

A Bocas del Toro staple serving up local smiles since 1997. Open every day for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks (happy hour every day 4-7pm). Located in a beautiful modern built version of a classic Bocas del Toro wooden home. Boat access, over the water, on the main street in the heart of Bocas Town. Eating and drinking at Buena Vista directly supports 10 Bocatoreño families; many of whom have worked at the restaurant for over 15 years.

Monday-Sunday 7:30am-9:30pm
Isla Colon, Bocas Town, Calle 3a (main street)
IG: @buenavistabocas

Chili House

Passion for grilling and big burgers done right!  Chili House is a place for lovers of quality meat, BBQ and locally hand-made pastas. Open for breakfast every day at Skully’s. Try the huevos pirata! Recommended.  The main Chili House is located at the Skully’s food court, where you can enjoy your meal poolside, ocean-side or at one of Bocas’ liveliest bars.  Also recommended: the big burgers, quesadillas, burritos and all the barbecue (with creamy, cheesy baked potato).  The BBQ is available  Saturday and Sundays at Skully’s.

Chili House is now rockin’ with THREE LOCATIONS.  You can find information on the original Skully’s location is below and the team is also working their late night magic 6pm to 2am in two Bocas Town locations: Chili Street (between Selina & Barco Hundido – Google Maps) and Chili Space, one of the food trucks at Space Bar & Food Court (Google Maps).

Monday-Sunday 8am-10pm
Located at Skully’s food court
Isla Colon, Big Creek, where the pavement ends Google Maps
IG: @chili.h0use (the “o” in house is a zero)

Cosmic Crab Café

This over the water restaurant boasts exceptional food, exotic frozen drinks, friendly service and a gorgeous sunset view. They buy their fish and seafood from local fishermen and Crab and Lobster divers who stop at their dock to sell them the day’s catch, enabling them to serve the freshest quality, deliciously prepared food right to your table. Open daily for breakfast 8-11:30; Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays ALL DAY til 9pm

Stay on-site with air conditioned over-the-water mini cabins and large garden cabins. Check out the Treasures of the Turquoise Crab gift & jewelry shop while you’re there! Conveniently located $1 / one minute ride from Bocas Town. Reservations: +507 6399-2330 | info@cosmiccrabresort.com

Monday-Thursday 8am-11:30am, Friday-Sunday 8am-9pm
Carenero Island
www.cosmiccrabresort.com

El Ulitmo Refugio 

Caribbean-fusion style with an ever changing menu that is seasonally steered by the availability of fresh local ingredients. Enjoy killer cocktails and sweeping ocean views on their breezy back deck. Live music Saturdays 7pm. For reservations, contact +507 6726-9851.

Tuesday-Saturday 4:30pm-10pm
Located on Isla Colon, Avenida Norte & Calle 4ra
IG: @ultimorefugio

 

 

La Neta Caribe

La Neta burger, ceviche, fried fish Caribbean-style & more… Breakfast, lunch, dinner & cocktails on the water at Selena. DJs, live music, karaoke, pool tournaments, bingo, workshops and lots activities to enjoy. Corriente Latina live band with instructor giving salsa lessons! Check @lanetacaribe on Instagram for daily updates on activities and parties.

Monday-Thursday 7am-10:30pm kitchen, 7am-1am bar
Friday-Saturday 7am-1am kitchen, 7am-2:30am bar
Located on Isla Colon, Calle 1a & Avenida Luis Russell (Ave E)

Merén Pool Club & Restaurant 

Over-the-ocean pool and restaurant with a swim-up bar. The gorgeous seaside views give you a front-row seat of the life beat of Bocas, looking out across the archipelago and mountains of the mainland. Latin-American Caribbean fusion cuisine combining exotic flavors from all over the globe. A wide selection of cocktails and boutique coffees. Monday free access to the pool and happy hour all day long, Wednesday & Friday chef’s special and wine pairings, Saturday brunch with DJ set with bottomless mimosas! Check their Instagram @merenbocas for special offers. Located in the back of Tropical Suites Hotel.

View their menu here!

Mon-Sun 7:30am-11pm
Isla Colon, Calle 1ra
Tropical Suites Hotel

Om Cafe

There’s no place like OM. Funky over-the-water restaurant with authentic Indian and Asian cuisine. Happy hour 5pm-6:30pm. Home of “Fancy Friday!”

Monday-Friday 5pm-10:30pm
Located on Isla Colon, Calle 3a & Ave B Google Maps
IG: @omcafebocas

Pane E Vino

Casual Italian dining in an adorable 2nd story location overlooking the Bocas Town center. Authentic Italian cuisine, cooked with love, at affordable prices and served with a smile.

Tuesday-Saturday 12pm-9pm
Isla Colon, Calle 2a & Avenida Luis Russell (Ave E)
Google Maps

Playa Tortuga Hotel & Beach Resort

Beautiful on-the-water dining and drinks, with an amazing view of Bocas Town.  A swimming pool, frozen cocktails and Caribbean-inspired delights await you at Playa Tortuga. A perfect place to bring the family or gather with friends for a unique experience that is available not only just to the resort guests!

For reservations: +507 757-9050 | +507 6151-0149 (WhatsApp) | reservations@playatortugaresort.com

Website: www.playatortugaresort.com
Instagram @hotelplayatortuga
Located on Isla Colon, just before the Y (Google Maps)

Raw Fusion

A breezy oceanfront lounge in the heart of Bocas Town, serving up the freshest sushi and Asian fusion. The perfect place to unwind and take in beautiful island views.

Tuesday-Sunday 4:30pm-10pm
Isla Colon, Calle 1ra, next to Hotel Bocas del Toro
IG: @rawfusionbocas

Reggae Bites

Taste Jamaica on Bastimentos Island!

From salt fish balls and mofongo, to ox tail with rice and peas, you’re in for an authentic locally sourced Caribbean style culinary experience. Fresh salads, new statement cocktails, juices, and specialty coffee from different countries are a must!

Oceanside so you can enjoy the symphony of waves, good music, and the enchanting and unique Basti nature.

Contact for reservations: +507 6123-0385 (Cash Only)

Open Wednesday to Saturday, 5 pm to 9 pm
Old Bank, Bastimentos Island at the Birdsong Villa (Google Maps)
WhatsApp/Cell:+507 6123-0385

Salsa Bocas Cocina Pana Mex

Fresh island-style Mexican food. Tacos, nachos and burritos inspired by Baja Norte Mexico with a Caribbean twist. Fresh guacamole and chips, baja fish tacos, “Lionfish” tacos. Carne asada Tacos, California burritos, and dangerously good margaritas. The hibiscus and passion fruit margaritas are a MUST TRY!

Indoor and outdoor seating in the center of Bocas Town.  Follow their Facebook and Instagram pages for special events: Lazy Saturday live music nights and Sunday Mexican Brunch. Having your own event? Catering orders are very welcome!

Open 5-10pm Thursday-Monday (closed Tues & Wed)
Located on Calle 3ra / 3rd Street (main street), Isla Colon
Next to the Cristina Supermarket & Pizzeria Rosa Blanca (look for the “Tacos de Salsa” neon sign!)
On Google Maps

Skully’s

Beach bar and restaurant located at the end of the paved road just before Paunch Beach where you can spend the day with your toes in the sand, floating in the oceanfront swimming pool or  in one of the hammocks or beach beds. Do it all with delicious food and drinks. There are plenty of activities too like pool tournaments, karaoke (with free shots!) and live music. Relaxation and fun is all in one place at Skullys.

IG: @skullysbocas

 

Super Gourmet

Super deli & specialty grocer. Plenty of keto and vegan options. Quality meats and cheeses. Locally famous for Super G in-house products; sauces, dips, trail mixes, salads, deli sandwiches and frozen to-go meals. Wide variety of locally-crafted and specialty products. Tuesday is delivery day for organic fruits/veggies and Morton’s Bake House artisanal breads! “A STORE in a cool place…”

Monday-Saturday 8:30am-6pm
Isla Colon, Calle 3ra (main street)
Near the ferry dock. Google Maps

Instagram: @super.gourmet
www.supergourmetbocas.com

 

Tao Bocas

Tao Bocas is that Korean food truck for your soul, featuring flavors from streets of Seoul, available in the heart of Bocas Town…!!!

Sweet & spicy Korean chicken, Bulgogi beef, Bulgogi veggie, Japchae glass noodles, pork dumplings, spring rolls…and no no dish is more than $10! The prices are comfortable as the sweet people watching spot right next to the park at Mono Loco Surf School.

Open Wednesday-Monday 2pm-10pm (Closed Tuesdays)
WhatsApp: +507 6404-4375
IG: www.instagram.com/taobocas/
Located on Calle 2da (2nd Street), behind the park
At Mono Loco Surf School (Google Maps)