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El Ultimo Refugio (The Ultimate Refuge)

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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, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Scenic view
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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    Very good
  • 23
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  • 16
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  • 4
    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
Most recent review
Fresh fish, friendly service

For a country with two long coastlines on the Pacific and the Caribbean, it's surprising how many restaurants in Panama serve fish that isn't fresh. El Ultimo Refugio is NOT one of them. We ate here twice, enjoying the fresh tuna, red snapper, ceviche and sea bass.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
slim_dusty
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toronto
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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406 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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toronto
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

For a country with two long coastlines on the Pacific and the Caribbean, it's surprising how many restaurants in Panama serve fish that isn't fresh. El Ultimo Refugio is NOT one of them. We ate here twice, enjoying the fresh tuna, red snapper, ceviche and sea bass.

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Bocas Town, Panama
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

The atmosphere was nice, the hostesses very professional, the food was served attractively. However, the calamari with red chili's was extremely spicy although when we ordered, we were told that it was mildly hot. The tuna with sesame was good.

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Chilliwack, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

This restaurant was excellent. We ate there twice, and it was great both times. I would highly recommend trying it out.

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Edmonton, AB, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

We really never had a bad meal anywhere but this outshines most. Simple short menu that slowly changes. Closed for half the week like others too.

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Edmonton, Canada
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40 reviews 40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

We only ate here once and had hoped to return for our last night however it was closed on a Saturday so do check hours so you aren't disappointed. We are foodies and have eaten at many great restaurants worldwide and while the food was not the most elaborate it was so well executed that it rates right up there... More 

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McLean, Virginia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This is a great spot over the water from which to watch the sunset. I cannot say the same about the food. The trout dish was above average and came with rice and veggies, but $16 is a bit expensive. The other dishes were noticeably salty. They also charge tax on the tip. This is extremely minor, but doesn't seem... More 

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Barnstable, Massachusetts
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

An open air, over-the_water dining experience in Bocas. Delicious fresh foods, outstanding service and a fantastic view. Don't miss this restaurant when visiting Bocas. Our favorite!

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New York
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65 reviews 65 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Though this restaurant is rated # 1 by TA, my meals was only so so. I had snapper and never had such a tough piece of fish. They should have been embarrassed to serve it, considering their reputation. One can please everyone all the time, but they should have tried harder. Good live music though.

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This was by far the best meal we had in Bocas. The service was excellent, the ambiance was great, and the food is awesome. The seared tuna was fantastic! If you are in Bocas, don't miss this place.

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Beaufort, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The menu was imaginative and the food was fantastic! Very peaceful views of the water. Friendly staff. Loved it!

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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: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view
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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