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5.0
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Travellers' Choice 2023

RATINGS
Food
4.9 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.9 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.9 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Can a gluten free person get a good meal at this restaurant?
About
We are Arboloco, a funky outdoor restaurant under the (Bocas) trees. Our concept is Afro-Caribbean dining. Bringing back foods and flavors that have largely disappeared from most tables. All of our meats, fish and seafood are slow grilled over craft charcoal. You will find many vegetarian options as well. Our dining room features an eclectic mix of driftwood and recycled materials.
CUISINES
Caribbean, Seafood, International, Grill, Healthy, Central American
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Table Service, Live Music, Beach
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oceanladynow
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 friends
I came to Arboloco with some friends and was absolutely blown away by the open fire grilled food and amazing atmosphere! The restaurant itself is so charming, with lots of different seating nooks and everything made with local and recycled materials. The food and drinks were super flavorful - you could literally taste the love. We shared the mixed grill platter (generous portions of to die for grilled jerk chicken, pork, and chorizo with sides) and the two specialty appetizers with lobster and shrimp and loved it all. Very reasonably priced as well. There’s also a fantastic artisan shop next door loaded with high quality gifts from all over Central America - definitely worth checking out. I’ve eaten almost everywhere in Bocas and Arboloco is definitely at the top of my list now!
Written 7 February 2021
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Liby Ch
Panama City13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 couples
Location: Arboloco is located 2km from bocas town, surrounded by trees and nature. It has the best eco friendly concept in Bocas del Toro. Each detail in the property was made thinking of the environment. For example, recycled tires, coconuts, bamboos, trees, etc. Ambiance: the theme is really cool, surround yourself with the nature while having a nice lunch or dinner. Nice and slow music to go with it. They dont use any plastic cups, straws, or bottles. Service: Stacey and the staff are very friendly, they even have small alcohol spray bottles on each table. Great service overall. I admire the kitchen staff for working under pressure and under high temperatures due to the firewood. Food: almost 90% of the food on the menu is smoked. Which gives it a delicious smokey flavor. My gf had the vegan plate which included tofu, rice and smoke veggies. Everything was so tasty. Stacey’s lemon pie is awesome!! Made from scratch, giving it the perfect and balanced taste. I love how Arboloco’s menu is different from the rest of the restaurants in town. I fully recomend this place, you would not regret it. Dont forget to visit the souvenir shop!!
Written 15 February 2021
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Gracielouwho
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 family
This place is spectaclar in every way possible. The food, service, atmosphere and physical stucture with the attention to detail andbcreativity are sure to make you feel like you are in a magicalnjungle. The gift shopnos well stocked with items to suit everyone's needs and the staff are absolutely lovely.
Written 14 February 2022
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nicolemcr14
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 none
I would highly recommend this restaurant. A bit off the main path and downtown of Bocas, but worth the visit. The ambiance was romantic, eclectic, yet modern and homey. The servers were friendly and welcoming, and attentive during the meal. The food selections were diverse from other local restaurants I had visited. The server even asked how/when we would like our food to come out (as some of the guests ordered appetizers for their eentres). It was clear that the servers knew the locals by name, but treated tourists just as kindly and friendly . The food flavors and quality were a 5/5, portion sizes were perfect. but could also be sharable if you got an eentre and an appetizer. It was very close to the beach but also tucked away so it stayed quiet enough. I would highly recommend this restaurant for families, couples, romantic, business meetings, or for an overall good meal and great ambiance. The servers even helped us get a taxi back to the main center of town.
Written 3 May 2022
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CarlottaCrump
Bocas del Toro Province12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 none
This unique, artistic restaurant offers both food and design in an open air with a jungle vibe. The food is exquisite, cocktails tropical, loved my tamarindo margarita, and the food is fresh, healthy and spicy if you like. Love the grilled meat and seafood dishes or salads, eggplant salad with Miso dressing. There is something for everyone to make your taste buds explode, while taking in the tropics. Great gift store to indulge in too. The owners who are extremely hospitable will arrange for a taxi to pick you up at a minimal fee. It is located 15 minutes by car outside of Bocas town with a nice drive along the beach. Dont miss this unique dining experience!
Written 17 February 2022
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C G
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 none
A group of friends and I arrived at Arboloco on a rainy afternoon and were immediately welcomed by the lovely scent of hardwood smoke wafting through the open-air art gallery of a restaurant. The charming owner Stacy greeted us and made us delicious drinks as we explored and admired the handcrafted furniture and décor. Every bite of food that came out of the kitchen was a heavenly explosion of flavors in our mouths . . . lobster fritters, coconut shrimp, Thai cauliflower, calamari, salads, sandwiches, lobster and shrimp pasta . . . everything was cooked to perfection and her sauces were divine. We shared one of each dessert, and each one was rich, silky blissfulness that sent us on our way walking in the clouds. We stopped in the cute gift shop on the way out and bought something special for family back home. The whole experience was outstanding and a great way to spend a rainy afternoon in Bocas.
Written 6 September 2022
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Yvette D
Botrivier12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 friends
OK, so I'm really picky when going out, but this place ticked all the boxes! Not only does the venue make you feel like you walking into another magical world of nature surround by magestic pieces of beautiful wooden decor that one can feel has been made with the love and care mother nature has intended. The menu offers you an array of different dishes however should feel like adapting your meal the chef is open and happy to assist. But BEWARE, the food is delicious with loads of exotic flavors just suited for the carribean lifestyle! Owners and staff are can not do enough for you, to make your experience be special. The best was, they allowed me to bring my travel companion with... Of course on a leash and a well behaved pup. Make a date to visit these amazing people who love what they do and enjoy good food, good company and good vibes!
Written 15 October 2022
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Nikki Beach
St. Thomas7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 couples
My husband, who is a chef, had the absolute pleasure of enjoying the 5 course meal offered at Arboloco! Everything from the flavor to the service was 5 stars. The portions were more than generous & we left soooo full with a doggy bag that we ate later that night. We also stopped by the shop on the way into the restaurant and we were taken back at the beauty of every piece! Thank you, thank you Stacey, Clem, & the team at Arboloco for the best Bocas style date night on the island! If you find yourself in Bocas make it a point to check these guys out! We’ll see you next time!!
Written 8 February 2022
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Laura & Chad Kays
Bocas del Toro4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 friends
A culinary experience! A trip out to beautiful Paunch beach and dining at Arboloco is more than a meal, it's an experience! Hop in a taxi or pedal out on a bike to this spectacular creation in the jungle. Clem, one of the owners, has built a charming outdoor dining garden with stones, local woods & branches, and even old car tires for the roof. Make sure you arrive in the daylight to get the whole visual experience. Then sit back on a colorful cushion while Stacey, Clem and their smiling staff serve you a custom cocktail bursting with local flavors. Take your time here, there is so much to see and taste. Order anything and everything from the menu! You will not be disappointed in their creative caribbean use of local seafood, meats and vegetables on a charcoal grill. Arboloco is a true Bocas experience that you should not miss! Don't forget to do a little bit of gift shopping in their colorful world market next to the restaurant, it's another sensory experience of colors and fun finds! Reserve a table today and let Arboloco treat you to a culinary experience on any occasion!
Written 26 December 2022
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B.
Toronto283 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 friends
This is definitely a “don’t miss” dining experience while in Bocas. The ambiance here is stunning, the food is excellent, & the service is top notch. We were a walk-in for an early dinner & they very graciously fit us in, despite being booked solid with reservations for the remainder of the evening. Just walking in to the space is an experience in and of itself. From the stone columns clearly crafted with care to the unique tables, chairs, & lighting, all set in the gorgeous jungle gardens with the sound of the ocean in the background, every item has clearly been planned with careful consideration. The service was unmatched from start to finish. (In addition to the excellent server assisting us, we also observed the owner handle, with exceeding grace, a particularly rude table that was clearly just trying to get something free). Everyone was so kind, friendly, & clearly happy to be there; it made the experience even that much more excellent. We ordered several seafood appetizers to share (lobster fritters, calamari, & coconut shrimp), all of which were generous portions bursting with flavour. The drink specials of the day included a hibiscus margarita, which was superb. To cap it off, at the end of the meal we were treated with shots of their house-spiced rum & a homemade chocolate treat. 100% will be returning. (This was my third trip to Isla Colon in the last ten years & one of my favourite dining experiences of all of them!) Don’t miss out on this!
Written 29 December 2022
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Chris S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 couples
If you are in Bocas and want to go to a restaurant, you have to go to Arbo Loco ! Missing that experience would be a shame. The location is perfect, far from the noises of town, all wood and stones, super decorations, really nice site. But this is nothing compared to the quality of food there, all dishes are extremely elaborated, incredibly tasty and not more expensive than what you can find in town. Service is perfect, you will feel like your are the only client, they are all always smiling and super chill. And I appreciated the choice of wines, very good and not that expensive. Restautant is Beautiful +++, Food is unbelievably tasty +++ and service is at his best +++. You won't regret it.
Written 9 April 2022
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Oatgirl12
New Berlin346 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 none
I almost skipped Arboloco because it was only open one night (without reservations) during our stay and we had a tasty meal at another restaurant I would have been happy with again. However, our host said we HAD to come here, and boy were we glad we did! The marlin was excellent, and the sides that come with it are expertly prepared and much different than what you receive elsewhere. Our drinks were delicious, and the walnut torte was decadent. The outdoor dining has seating that feels private and secluded from other tables. Despite not being on the ocean, it was awesome! And, Karen, our server was one of our favorites! She was so friendly, attentive, and was just the cherry on top for this meal!
Written 11 January 2022
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Elyce2b
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 family
Hands down the BEST dining experience I or my father has had on Bocas. I moved here 6months ago he has been here 6 years!!! From the moment we arrived we were greeted with warm smiles, love, and generosity … it was lovely. The food is soul satisfying, ample portions, and left me feeling inspired. I cannot say enough good things about this dining experience! I felt like I was at my cool auntie and Unc spot who know how to throw down in the kitchen. The ambience, the service, the vibe is simply divine and we could feel the love in every bite. My dad said he hasn’t had sausage like this since leaving the states, he didn’t finish his mixed meat plate just so he could take home and savor it again. And I can still taste the rundon soup which was incredibly complex yet overwhelmingly comforting and I wished it never ended. We be back we’ll definitely bring more friends and family for true!!!
Written 1 July 2022
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travelingmadre
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 none
Last night we and a private party of about 20 had an enchanting meal at Arboloco. I cannot recommend this place enough. The food and drinks alone were fantastic but the owners/hosts were extremely attentive, generous, and welcoming. My husband and I are vegetarian and we left with our bellies contentedly full. The meat/fish eaters in our party were equally pleased. It is a super romantic place for a special date night meal or if you want to feel like you are eating a meal cooked by a highly skilled friend or family member. The restaurant itself is a work of art with hidden details in every corner and beautiful handmade lighting. Make your way out to Paunch; it is definitely worth the effort. This is our new favorite place. Sorry folks, I was so focused on eating that I forgot to take photos of the food. YUM!
Written 12 November 2022
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L. Thomas
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 friends
Entering Bocas is like stepping back in time to the hustle and bustle of the old pirate days. Follow the road past the jostle of town; to where the jungle meets the ocean, and feel your vibration slow and deepen. Here you can breathe deeper and soak in the true magic of the jungle. Situated in the midst of this paradise you will find a piece of heaven; an independently owned culinary anomoly...Arboloco. When you step into Arboloco you will be whisked away to a magical land where the natural world meets the mystical. You will be greeted by hummingbirds whilst sharing the canopies with sloths. Oropendolas and parrots will pass by singing and you will swear the faeries are nearby. If you're lucky a gecko may stop to say hello. The dishes served at Arboloco are fit for royalty with their deeply complex flavors rooted in Carribean tradition. Sugar cane is freshly pressed daily for simple syrups for extravagant cocktails and the Sunday Ron-Don is utterly decadent. On top of the magical atmosphere of hand crafted architecture, the array of splendidly flavored dishes, and the magical wildlife, is the utterly splendid staff. Be prepared to be met with a smile and instantly become a local. Visiting Arboloco is not just "dining at a restaurant", it is truly an experience; where one passes into the realm of "La Selva" and meets family amidst fantasy realm.
Written 16 July 2023
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