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Barrio Marcos Sanchez Diaz, Livingston, Rio Dulce, Guatemala
+502 7947 0891
06:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 22:00
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Brisbane, Australia
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Great seafood and lovely cool breezes off the river. Even though the staff are trainees, they were great.

Thank pkinbne2016
Vancouver, Canada
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115 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

The restaurant has a great location on the water, you actually get a nice breeze in what is otherwise a paralyzingly hot town. They are part of a community organization that helps school kids and you are served by youth. I am vegetarian and there were a number of options on the menu. My fajitas were basically veggies cooked in... More 

Thank Tammy2124
San Diego, California
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46 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

The food was excellent and plentiful. My daughter had the seafood soup in coconut broth. I had the 1 pound whole fish. We shared the ceviche without conch. Everything was delicious. As with previous reviews, the service is sweet but not on point. Ceviche appetizer came with the meal. Despite only 2 tables occupied, it took forever to get our... More 

Thank Cyndi B
Chapin, South Carolina
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37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

I was expecting a little better dinner at this place. No rice only baked potato and I'm not particularly fond of potatoes. Plus we are in the Caribbean aren't we supposed to have rice. Garlic fish was over salted and the tempura shrimp was over fried. The staff was training so they weren't sure what to do and if you... More 

Thank LisaNord1
Oxford, New Jersey
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48 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

we did not like anything we ate. Hamburgers are different and not worth spending your $ on. The shrimp tacos things were soggy. The limonada was the only good thing. They talk about the view. It was ok but not the best. Much better view the restaurant in Villa Caribe. Service was terrible. It is a train restaurant so we... More 

Thank Peggy N
Copenhagen, Denmark
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30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

Ok food but nothing too exciting. I had a good curry with very little chicken. Clearly a place with a lack of professional service staff

Thank Birck
Cork, Ireland
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 February 2017

We were in a hurry to catch the boat so we spotted Buga Mama and went in. We were waiting a little longer than the normal time for our food to come but it was definitely one of the nicest breakfasts we've had in Guatemala. We ordered more coffee because it was so good. The staff all seem quite young... More 

Thank cccatronic
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

We went there for a drink. It was not busy but we were unable to order anything. So we were not impressed with the service.

Thank Kalina T
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91 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2016

Our expectations of the food were quite high after reading the reviews. The location is very nice, right by the water. But the food left a lot to be desired. We ordered the local coconut milk based seafood and fish stew called Tapado. There was no flavour as such, seemed like plain coconut milk based broth. The seafood and fish... More 

Thank tellatraveltale
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149 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2016

We went to this restaurant to try the tapado, the local fish soup/stew. I didn't fancy it and had Pad Thai instead. My mistake. It was like something I would knock up for lunch on a Monday. My friends, however, quite enjoyed the tapado, that had an entire locally caught fish in it. The setting is nice, with a nice... More 

Thank julietyjuan

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$3 - US$10
Seafood, Guatemalan, Thai, Healthy, South American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Barrio Marcos Sanchez Diaz, Livingston, Rio Dulce, Guatemala
  • Location: Central America  >  Guatemala  >  Izabal Department  >  Rio Dulce  >  Livingston
  • Phone Number: +502 7947 0891

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