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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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Hours:
Mon - Fri 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 307
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  • 142
    Very good
  • 30
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  • 17
    Poor
  • 5
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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
One of our best two meals

On a two week trip this is tied for our best meal. The food was great, the location on the water was wonderful and the atmosphere was fantastic. But don't be in a hurry. They are definitely on Caribbean time.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
JennaFletcher
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Adana, Turkey
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Scenic view
  • Romantic
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Adana, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

On a two week trip this is tied for our best meal. The food was great, the location on the water was wonderful and the atmosphere was fantastic. But don't be in a hurry. They are definitely on Caribbean time.

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North Attleboro, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

My favorite restaurant in Bocas! Beautiful on the water location with amazing food. My absolute favorites are the lobster risotto & seared sesame ahi tuna!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Great vibe as we walked in to live music playing near the bar. Short wait, but wasn't a problem because of the bar. Food was very tasty. Not huge portions, but enough to fill you. I would say it is one of the better restaurants in Bocas, definitely worth stopping by for a music filled dinner.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

It's a nice restaurant on the water. The food was fresh and excellent as well as the service. You have to try it during your Bocas visit.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015 via mobile

We stumbled upon this place off the Main Street around the corner from the main dock. We were actually trying to go to a place called raw fusion but the taxi driver heard "Refugio" so we ended up there by chance. We were happy with this "mistake"'since we discovered live music, many island drinks - mojitos and margueritas were excellent... More 

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Turrialba, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Extremely happy with my meal at El Ultimo Refugio!!!! I had the snapper and we tried the beet salad with goat cheese- YUM. The atmosphere is very Caribbean, right on the water, great music and a very friendly staff. Check it out!

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Turrialba, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We went to this restaurant while on vacation in Bocas and we were not dissapointed. There was good food, great service, and a fun crowd with awesome live music. We were happy to just be there and we really enjoyed it!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

A very unique bohemian restaurant over the water ( a big wave can splash thru the floor boards). we had a great ceviche appetizer, fresh seafood and delicious desserts. A bit more high end food and charming hip ambiance.

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Round Hill, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

This place is a gem. Great service combined with fantastic food. It would be a sin to dine here without trying the peanut butter pie. I wasn't a fan of ceviche until this place. My mouth is watering just writing this review.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This place is awesome. The food is fantastic and very well priced (soy americano). Do not miss this place, it's crawling distance from Hotel Olas, you'll be very happy!!!!

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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: American, Caribbean, Seafood, Vegetarian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Scenic view, Romantic
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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