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El Ultimo Refugio

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Avenida Sur | Isla Colon, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
+507 6726-9851
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6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff

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  • 372
    Excellent
  • 165
    Very good
  • 41
    Average
  • 18
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best food of the trip

We went two nights in a row and got the seared tuna, gnocchi, lobster risotto, and shrimp curry. All were incredible. We also tried the ceviche, and the seared wahoo which was incredible. It's right on the water and had live music both nights.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Rakia R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went two nights in a row and got the seared tuna, gnocchi, lobster risotto, and shrimp curry. All were incredible. We also tried the ceviche, and the seared wahoo which was incredible. It's right on the water and had live music both nights.

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Thank Rakia R
Herk-de-Stad, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very nice atmosphere! Real tropical, live music, nice to sit next to the water and very friendly service. The food was also amazing. A Lot of flavors, nicely presented and portions were perfecto. Drinks were also very good! Lots of variety on the menu. Definitely a must go!

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Thank Kristof_Ge
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We stayed in Bocas for three nights, and two of those nights we ate at Ultimo Refugio. The menu is refined, the drinks are tropical but not saccharine sweet, the food would be considered exceptional in any city, and especially so for Bocas. The seared tuna, lobster risotto and--my absolute favorite--green curry shrimp are not to be missed. Highly recommend... More 

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Thank Sarah C
Panama City, Panama
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I did not think i could eat so well for that price.food,service,kindness:.......thank you i will come again for sure

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Thank Pierre H
London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We dined here our first evening in Bocas and had a lovely evening. The service was friendly, the food fresh, healthy and colourful, and sitting out over the water with a live band, beautiful sunset and pina colada colada in hand, really set the scene and had us buzzing to be in Bocas!

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Thank meazle
London
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22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved the food and atmosphere. We all had the seared tuna and shared a selection of starters. Staff all obliging and helpful. Overlooking the water at the edge of town - can't fault anything.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Basically everything my group ordered was good! Great variety and excellent drinks. A tip of the hat to the service also! I really liked the dark and stormy!

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Thank Chophel N
Scottsdale, Arizona
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Nice atmosphere, live music. Watching patron on adjoining dock relieving himself off the deck entertaining. Final bill included a charge for two glasses of water with tip and tax added. I think they rarely answer their telephone. Lots of seating

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Thank Tom G
meencantacomida, Owner at El Ultimo Refugio, responded to this review

Hi. Thanks for the review. I'd like to address the issue of the water for you and any other perspective client. Yes, we charge for bottled water, just like every other establishment on the island and most places in the world. However, we do not use wasteful single use disposable water bottles as we already have huge garbage problem here... More 

Denver, Colorado
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very popular place. We enjoyed our food and there was live music. Service was pretty good for the most part. Nice atmosphere.

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Thank cofloater
Portland, Oregon
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21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We chose this restaurant for a birthday celebration during our trip after having it recommended by several people as their “favorite” in Bocas Town. It lived up to its reputation well. I love the cozy waterfront atmosphere, the live Reggae music (just pick your seat accordingly if you don’t want to be too close to the big speaker!). We started... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Avenida Sur | Isla Colon, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Bocas del Toro Province  >  Isla Colon  >  Bocas Town
  • Phone Number: +507 6726-9851

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 25
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Caribbean, Vegetarian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children
Open Hours
Monday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?