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Cosmic Crab Cafe

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Carenero Island, Panama
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Bend, Oregon, United States
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Met the owner on the street in Bocas, small island!! Taxi'd to her restaurant and Jo took great care of us and it was fun to get to know her story. The locals are wonderful people.Food was fabulous. Had a super fun night!!

Thank Tricia M
Columbia, Missouri
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

You must have their coconut shrimp. It is outstanding. Prices are very fair. It is a way cool place, good drinks, good food, great service. Do not miss this place & it's famous to see sunsets from. Is is a $1 pp water taxi from Bocas Town.

Thank Sheryl S
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

The view is wonderful but the food is even better. That pompano with passion fruit butter is a must. All the seafood is fresh & local & the wait staff is friendly & speak English. We had to take a water taxi out of Bocas to get there but that is part of the experience. Great eats & drinks.

Thank Scott J
Niagara Falls, ON
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92 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

We stayed at the Crab and were able to dine there on Valentines as well as a couple other meals - all the food was so fantastic! It's very close to town and worth the water taxi ride over! Fresh food, friendly staff

Thank pniag
Elora, Canada
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Went to Cosmic Crab for a drink. Took a water taxi from Bocas Town ($1). Unfortunately, there was a lot of rain and the water was very dirty looking. Otherwise it would be a great place to enjoy the views.

Thank C W
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

Was advised to try the Crab - looks great. But they had this blues band playing the most ridiculously loud and rubbish blues music I've ever heard. I couldn't wait for it to stop. Apparently the European chap loves the sound of his own voice. Pity because the Crab looks like great place.

Thank Ryan B
Edmonton, Canada
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138 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

Stayed at the bungalows for 3 nights and ate several meals here. The restaurant is beautiful on the ocean and you will want to hang out for hours. The hummus is delicious and the calamari is very fresh. The drinks are sooo yummy and great value for how strong they are ! Stunning sunset here and only a dollar taxi... More 

Thank RockPaperHairDesigns
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36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

The special of Fish pie with Caesar salad was particularly great. Snapper fillet was cooked to perfection and also came with great house salad. Margaritas definitely were delicious. The service was impeccable and the location is stunning

Thank Michael W
Coon Rapids, Minnesota
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

Great food and drinks. Make sure to have the tuna fillets and papas ( homemade French fries ). We have been here for a week and wanted to post .. great time with friends

Thank Castlebabe
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

We ate there several times, easy $1 water taxi from Bocas Town. Neat colors, excellent food and staff. Good drinks, local seafood. Right on the water, swimming hole in the restaurant!

Thank Julie C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Carenero Island, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Bocas del Toro Province  >  Carenero Island

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