TOP 10 RESTAURANTS IN BOCAS DEL TORO, PANAMA

I’ve been living in Bocas Del Toro for a few months now and everyone knows how big of a foodie I am, so of course, I had to check out at the best places to eat here. Bocas has been my pescatarian heaven! Because it is an island there are MANY restaurants that serve fish and different types of seafood. There are many different restaurant options from fish burgers to tacos and everything in between. There is something here to fit everyone’s liking, no matter your dietary preferences. Another thing that is pretty cool about the dining experience in Bocas is that it's an island, so most of the restaurants are located on the water, which makes for a fun afternoon out in a relaxing environment. So let’s take a look at the top restaurants in Bocas Del Toro, Panama.

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Octo

The first time that I came to this restaurant I came at lunch time only to find out that they don’t open till 5pm. But the owners were there and said they would make me food either way. Ummmm can you say amazing customer service? I was sold with this place at that moment only to find out moments later that they offer the best local flavors too!!! Octo is the perfect restaurant if you’re looking for a quick meal at an affordable price without sacrificing flavor. Don’t be deceived by their small menu, I promise everything is super fresh with incredible herbs and spices. The atmosphere of this place is also perfect to come hang out at later in the evening. Nice local music, friendly service with a calm chill design.

Octo Bocas Del Toro

 

Capitan Caribe

Hands down the best ceviche on the island. Captain Caribe is the perfect mix of Caribbean style and good vibes. The second you walk into this place you will be welcomed by the friendly staff or the owner himself. The owner is super friendly and loves to chat with you. The service is extremely prompt and the food is even better. It’s a great place to come hang on picnic tables, enjoy a couple beers or smoothie with a shot of rum and relax with your friends.

Capitan Caribe Bocas Del Toro
Photo taken from Capitan Caribe Facebook page.

Leaf Eaters (Vegan)

Located on the island of Carenero this restaurant is perfect for those that are looking for a healthy option. It’s pretty much the only vegan place around Bocas and it really is worth all the hype. I’m a pretty healthy eater and choose to eat veggie most of the time, so having a veggie/vegan restaurant around is really important to me when I travel. Leaf Eaters has a great selection of salads and sandwiches, and their desserts are out of this world. The chocolate zucchini cake is to die for.

Leaf Eaters Bocas Del Toro

 

La Buguita

This is a fun colorful restaurant/lounge where you can come, relax and enjoy the beautiful views of Bocas. La Buguita has a wide selection of breakfast, lunch, and dinner items, but I loved coming here for lunch. They have a great mix of foods ranging from burritos to burgers but my favorite are the mini veggie sliders. The environment is extremely colorful and will put you in a good mood from the second you walk in. The delicious coffee and drinks will keep you there for longer.

La Buga Bocas Del Toro

 

Toms

This is the best budget restaurant I have ever been to. Not only is the food quality very good but they have a lunch special where you can get an entire meal (chicken, fish, etc.) with rice, beans and a drink for $5. The portions are extremely big and the food is even better. This restaurant is also on the water so the views are perfect to head there for lunch and relax.

Toms Restaurant Bocas Del Toro

 

Hungry Monkey

A fun restaurant environment, which is also a surf school. Great place to come, relax, then book some surf lessons. The people at Hungry Monkey will make you feel welcomed from the second you walk in. The staff is extremely friendly with their extensive knowledge and island vibes make you want to stay there all day. The fish tacos here are phenomenal!

Mono Loco Bocas Del Toro

 

Cosmic Crab

So I’ve eaten at this restaurant a couple of times, but I’ve only had one thing on the menu. Every time I’ve eaten there I had the lionfish, and here’s why. In the early 90's there was an unfortunate release of lionfish into the Atlantic Ocean causing an invasion of the species till this day. Since the lionfish has no natural predator in the Caribbean waters they have been observed consuming 20 fish per feeding causing harm to our fragile ecosystem. So order the lionfish! Lionfish is extremely tasty, light and flaky. It can be prepared many different ways, I love mine prepared with passion fruit. Cosmic crab is one of the only restaurants in Bocas that offer lionfish, so be sure to check it out, you are helping out the ecosystem by eating it.

Cosmic Crab Bocas Del Toro

 

RAW Fusion

For those that enjoy the Japanese cuisines, RAW Fusion is the place to be. I was a little skeptical about trying sushi on an island in Panama but RAW Fusion did not disappoint. They don’t have an extensive sushi menu to choose from but everything they do have is beyond delicious. From their appetizers to their mixed drinks this is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the beautiful ocean views of Bocas.

RAW Fusion Bocas Del Toro

 

OM Café

For the slightly adventurous eaters, this Indian Restaurant will make you want to eat there every day. Filled with many different food options, oriental flavors along with a beautiful Indian décor this restaurant will transport you to another continent. OM Café is the perfect place to relax and dine after a long day of tours and activities. Their sangria is incredible and every food item they have is absolutely divine.

OM Cafe Bocas Del Toro
Photo taken from OM Cafe Facebook page.

 

Azul

And I saved the best for last, if you are in Bocas you NEED to dine at this place. It is my absolute favorite restaurant in Bocas, I “splurged” and ate here quite often. I promise you, you will not be disappointed. Everything about this place is amazing, from the décor inside, the customer service, to the mouthwatering phenomenal cuisine. Azul is a contemporary restaurant that focuses on fresh in-season products. Azul offers a 6 course meal at a price that is unbelievable, you have the option to choose between a vegetarian menu or a regular (seafood/meat) menu. The food is absolutely phenomenal and they are the perfect portions so you don’t feel stuffed when leaving the restaurant. The best part about Azul, you get 3 starters, 1 main dish, and 2 desserts for only $20. You really can’t beat that ANYWHERE!!!

Azul Restaurant Bocas Del Toro
Photo taken from Azul Facebook Page.

As you can see there are many different food options perfect to fit anyone’s diet while on the island and these are just my favorite top restaurants in Bocas Del Toro. It’s safe to say that I have not been starving while living here. I hope this post made you hungry and you’re ready to book a flight to Bocas now.

Traveling to Bocas soon? Look for flights here, and hotels here.

Xoxo Ania Travels 💜


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  • Dalene Ekirapa

    I’m a Hungry Monkey! Beach vibes will kill me one day for sure! I’ve heard of fish tacos in movies and soaps though but hope to actually eat them someday when I visit Hungry Monkey hopefully!

    • Ania Ewelina

      Fish tacos are the best!!!! The ones at Hungry Monkey were amazing!!!!

  • Aditya Tiwari

    Don’t have anything for vegetarian like me? But still if I was open minded I would have only selected first and RAW Fusion. Wondering when will you do veg section?

    • aniahalama

      Bocas was actually difficult to eat as a vegetarian. I only found 3 full veggie/vegan restaurants during my time there (and one I included in my list) and other places offered veggie meals (see azul). A lot of places you can substitute but they did lack on full veggie restaurants/menus. I do hope they get more spins

    • Ania Ewelina

      I actually don’t eat meat so the options I present are pescatarian/veggie focused. There’s tons of vegetarian options listed. Leaf eaters is completely vegan, and I mentioned other places that serve veggie burgers and great salads as well.

  • Style Over Coffee

    I am a huge foodie too and check out the restaurants first after arriving at a new place. Oh wait, I do it even before arriving at a new destination with the help of an app! 🙂 The food pics in your post looks sinful! 🙂

    • Ania Ewelina

      They really were, hope this post helped you plan a future vacation 😉

  • Laura Dove

    These all look amazing and so much choice! LA Buguita would be my favourite, I love a burger!

  • Elena Toma

    The food looks absolutely amazing, so I am sure I am not going to starve when I will be there. I will save up your article for my next trip there !

    • Ania Ewelina

      Definitly hope you can make it to Bocas one day and try these places.

  • Jhilmil Mommyinme

    Noted as a great list for Panama, Toms seems a great option with just a whole meal at $5, way too cheap when it has some amazing views as well.

    • Ania Ewelina

      RIGHT!!! I was totally shocked about that one as well, good food, great view, at an even better price? YES PLEASE

  • Soon Joo Uh

    Never been to Panama. But these are great selections of restaurants including vegetarian!

  • I actually going to Panama and this list is very helpful! Will definitely save it for a future ;)) And I also like these photos, make me a little hungry!

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    • Ania Ewelina

      I’m glad you enjoyed it. Hope you can get to try the local flavors at all of these restaurants.

  • Bump n Mum

    this list is really great and mouth watering. I like the Hungry Monkey, really fun place to eat, relax. I have bookmarked this list for a future trip.

    • Ania Ewelina

      Hope you make it to Bocas one day to try the food there 🙂

  • I am so glad that you are enjoying your time so far in Bocas and have found some perfect restaurants to suit your tastes. As a vegetarian I really love the sound of Leaf Eaters Cafe. I checked out the menu and I really liked the sound of the ‘Killer Burrito’ and the Greek Burger! yum x

    • Ania Ewelina

      I actually did try their greek burger once, it was delicious!!!!!

  • Eloise Maoudj Riley

    love the playful plates of amazing food! the star shaped rice looked super tasty on the side! I’ll keep these places to eat in mind for my travels to Panama ; )

    • Ania Ewelina

      It was coconut rice!!!! Even better than it looks.

  • Vasundhra Singh

    I am a vegetarian and was happy to see a vegan restaurant on the list. It is great that you managed to try some great food in Bocas Del Toro.

    • Ania Ewelina

      Yes they definitly had some great food options for how small the island really is.

  • Stephanie Sherlock

    Wow, wow, and wow. The food, the views, the star shaped rice… everything looks so picture perfect. I am adding Panama to my bucket list.

    • Ania Ewelina

      Yes you need to, the food really was incredible!!!

  • Maro Akamatra

    I need to stop reading posts like this one when I am hungry! I almost jumped into the screen with such yummy suggestions!

    • Ania Ewelina

      They were even better in real life, you need to make it to Panama one day.

  • LAUREN STEWART

    K this just made me need food yet again and i totally just finished lunch. This sushi would really hit the spot! Such a great round up of food joints!

    • Ania Ewelina

      Yes sushi always gets me as well. Thanks girl 🙂

  • David E

    The food at all of those places looks so amazing. I would love to try out the Cosmic Crab and Captain Caribe looks pretty amazing as well. Great list of spots I would love to visit.

    • Ania Ewelina

      Hope you can make it to Bocas one day and try them 🙂