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In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this financially independent lifestyle, they invite you to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.

The Rock Restaurant

Boquete, Panama

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

"Everyone" was talking about The Rock Restaurant, so we simply had to go and find out for ourselves.

We tend to enjoy our largest meal at lunch time, so we took a little walk from our hotel in Boquete town, up the hill to this locally famous dining establishment. The walk was much longer than either of us thought it would be, but at least the weather was fresh and cool. We decided right then to take it easy after lunch and hire a taxi back home.

Entrance sign

We anticipated a delicious meal and were looking forward to the experience.

The Rock restaurant with the ever-present hillsides behind it

The restaurant was attractive and had views available to diners from windows all around. The colorful gardens were beautiful and beckoned us.


Indoor and outdoor eating areas

As we walked into the spacious dining area, we decided to sit outside in the garden section which was completely open air.

We imagined this place to look so lovely in evening light with the fireplace lit. It was easy to envision diners quietly chatting away in the softened light, drinking wine and enjoying each other's company.

The appetizer menu

The appetizer menu was appealing and it took a while to decide what we might want to try out for our lunch. All prices are in US Dollars.

Dinner menu

Even though we eat our large meal midday, these portions seemed big to us. We might have been able to share a meal and an appetizer together, but instead, we chose something lighter for each of us.

Fresh strawberry lemonade

This drink was scrumptious. Fresh, tangy and thirst quenching, my strawberry lemonade hit the spot.

Hot bread and olive oil

First to arrive was a bread board with hot sourdough bread and olive oil for dipping.

A little balsamic vinegar was the right touch

The waiter asked us if we would like some balsamic vinegar for our olive oil dip and we eagerly agreed. We added some salt and pepper to the mix, and it was just right.


The Bouillabaisse

Billy ordered the Bouillabaisse and the flavor was remarkable.

The presentation was simple and perfect.

Crispy fish tacos wrapped in soft tortillas

My crispy fish tacos were also wonderful, but I felt the plate needed some color. White on white isn't always appealing to the eyes, so I figured some garnish of red bell pepper (grilled would have been lovely!) and maybe a slice of lime.

Lime often brings out the best flavor in fish, so I took the one off my strawberry lemonade and squirted the tacos with that.


Yes! It was the right touch.

Wanting some greens after eating his Bouilliabasse, Billy ordered a mixed salad and we shared it.

Our bill

Here you see our itemized bill. Notice the Jubilado discount, then tax. We added extra for the tip.

Activity board

Monday is Jazz Night, and that sounded like an excellent idea. The Thursday All You Can Eat Rib Night is famous around town.


Walking out the door

The meal was delicious, we were gratified, and the atmosphere was pleasant.

I asked the waiter to call us a cab to take us home. There is $1USD charge for the restaurant to call a cab, and the ride itself back to our hotel was $2.

Cabs around town and to locations several miles away usually ran about $0.60 to $0.75, so we figured we were charged a bit extra because we were eating at The Rock upscale restaurant. If you can afford to eat here, so the thinking goes, you can pay extra for the cab home!

If you visit Boquete, Panama, make it a point to come here for a meal.

The Rock

11th of April Street, Palo Alto, Boquete, Chiriqui Province

Tele: 507. 720. 2516

Hours Noon to 9pm daily

Food without Pretenses, great wines, and artisan beers

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Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their award winning website, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website bookstore or on

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