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El Ultimo Refugio (The Ultimate Refuge)

Avenida Sur | Isla Colon, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
6726.9851
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Ranked #1 of 46 restaurants in Bocas Town
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $15 - $25
Cuisines: American, Caribbean, Seafood, Vegetarian
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night
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Flagstaff, Arizona
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

The food was extremely good, but past reviewers had warned how long it took the food to come. Our experience was 3 meals came in a timely way, 1 came a good 15 min later. It is pricy by really good places we dinned at earlier, but it was a nice last night treat.

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Toledo, Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We found this gem on our last night in Bocas. Excellent service. Clean water safe for drinking. Each person in our party ordered something different and we all enjoyed our meals. Interesting open-air decor, on the water, clean and well kept. Nice portion sizes. Would certainly eat there again.

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Bocas Town, Panama
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Sitting over the water and enjoying a fabulously prepared fish dinner and a passion fruit margarita is one of my favorite things to do in Bocas and Refugio fill the bill. We always have a good time going there whether it is with friends or just with my sweetie,. My only suggestion would be not to have the music so... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

very good food and service,one off the best Restaurants in town,there open at night not on the daytime.......

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Warrington, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We had been to the restaurant a few nights before this visit and they had forgotten to put in our dinner orders. Mistakes happen and the food there did look really good so we decided to give the restaurant a second try. We had asked our hotel to make us a reservation so we would have no problem but were... More

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Lincoln, NE
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54 reviews 54 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Three us us had dinner at the Refugio one night, each ordering a different seafood dinner. Each of us said it was the best meal we had ever had--absolutely stunning flavors, presentation, everything about the meal was delicious. Now, its not a super fancy place, for the most part, its an open air dining room looking out across the water.... More

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Warrington, Pennsylvania
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56 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We had read the reviews and really were excited to eat here. On our first night of the trip we went thinking from the reviews we would be back more than once. When we arrived there were a few open tables. Our server was very pleasant and friendly. We ordered a bottle of wine, beet salad, & tuna appetizer along... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We had dinner here on our first night in Bocas. The view is cool. They've got live music and awesome food. We started with mahi mahi ceviche. I had filet mignon. Husband had lobster risotto and my mama had seared tuna. We finished off with a frozen snicker pie. We went back and got dessert to go on the following... More

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Ephraim, Wisconsin
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Wow, Dinner at the Refugio was such a treat. Ceviche the best in Bocas. The ambiance of this little jewel reflects on the work of the staff and chief. Friendly service and exceptional food. Fresh local flowers on the tables,Caribbean sunsets from the open air deck enhances your dining experience. Many nights local music playing during dinner [Not too loud... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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14 reviews 14 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

We had fantastic ceviche here, but found the rest of the food to be average. We ordered lobster risotto and ahi tuna - they were good, I would give it a four star if I were served the same dish in the United States. Biggest disappointment was that the menu was/is advertised as Carribean but the flavors of the dishes... More

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