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The Firefly Restaurant & Bar

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Old Bank | Oceanside, Isla Bastimentos, Panama
+507 6025-4039
Mon 18:00 - 20:00
Wed - Sun 17:00 - 21:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Love the food and the setting here. (And the Rum Punch!) I love to eat and am lucky enough to have traveled quite a bit. This place is top notch.

Thank Devin E
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Best food in Bastimentos by far! Thai influenced Caribbean with fresh local ingredients. Between the two of us, my fiancé and I had everything on the menu during our time here. Nothing disappointed. I wish I could transport this place back home to NYC. Also, the setting is flipping GORGEOUS.

Thank Judith B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We dined at the Firefly a half-dozen times while staying at Bocas... the food was simply top-notch. Combined with an amazing atmosphere and view and extraordinary service, we ended up coming here again and again. The food is Thai and Caribbean dishes that are prepared once you order. Come here if you want to spend an evening on the beach... More 

Thank Ryan H
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Maybe we went with too high expectations after all the good reviews here but we were disappointed for the value for money, the experience and definately the attitude. The food is better than average no doubt and the Thai-inspired flavours are a welcome change to what's generally available in Bocas. We were also aware of the prices and were prepared... More 

Thank Pedro D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

My wife and I spent a week at The Firefly and in addition to the wonderful bnb side of it, the food was exquisite. The fried calamari was amazing and the bread pudding was legendary. We sampled many dishes during our stay and each and every one of them was an experience. There were numerous drinks that have become my... More 

Thank Matthew T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Me and a friend had heard about this restaurant from others but were nonetheless surprised when we turned up at sunset to see an open view out to the atlantic and then given the most amazing food - i had the gnocchi to start (gluten free) which was stunning and ended with a prawn green thai curry Incredible meal with... More 

Thank Charlie S
Santa Ana, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

Had dinner here two nights in a row. The experience start to finish was sublime but above all else the food and the setting could not be more exquisite. On the second night, I stayed a bit later and enjoyed my wine while listening to Calypso Joe on the guitar. Joe chose to sing Stand By Me, one of my... More 

Thank Kathleen C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

My husband and another couple ventured from Paunch in Bocas for dinner at firefly in Bastimentos. You get off at the main dock turn left down a path through the village. A bit scary at night. There is a drop off to the left! Previous review suggested it was adventurous. I and friends totally agreed. Certainly off the beaten path.... More 

Thank summerpatti33
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

What's more to add? Food is outstanding ... Didn't stay there but the place looks wonderful and the owners are charming. Like everywhere else the traveller" intern" staff are only really interested in how little work they can do but please don't be put off by this as its worth it for a fabulous dining experience

Thank Livenet
Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

This restaurant was great. We ordered the Penang curry and the ceviche and we're not disappointed. The Penang curry was deliciously spicy and was a large portion. It was filled with different seafood, fish, squid and shrimp, which were all delicious. The ceviche was ridiculously good. It had a slight spice to it which in my opinion really filled out... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Caribbean, Seafood, Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Cash Only, Reservations, Takeout
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
18:00 - 20:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Old Bank | Oceanside, Isla Bastimentos, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Bocas del Toro Province  >  Isla Bastimentos
  • Phone Number: +507 6025-4039
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.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?