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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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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

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Visitor rating
  • 256
    Excellent
  • 130
    Very good
  • 26
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 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
Amazing food and a good vibe

My boyfriend and I drove by this place on a Friday night on our ATV and just had to stop and check it out. It's tucked away in what seems like the residential side of the main island; everything around was dark. We walked into to the main area of warm lighting and lots of people, set right on the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
Missbond789
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

My boyfriend and I drove by this place on a Friday night on our ATV and just had to stop and check it out. It's tucked away in what seems like the residential side of the main island; everything around was dark. We walked into to the main area of warm lighting and lots of people, set right on the... More 

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Houston, Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

The eatery was recommended by the hotel staff. It is in walking distance. This restaurant is located on a wooden pier over water. We arrived around 7 pm and there were a few people eating already. After a few minutes of being ignored we asked if we could seat ourselves. A man in dreadlocks pointed to a table and we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

By far and away, the best calimari I have ever eaten! Normally, calimari is fried and served with a red sauce. Here, however, it is not fried and it is served with an amazing sauce. Fantastic food! My wife had sea bass and I only ate an appetizer. We were out for less than $30.

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Montreal, Canada
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4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

At first we weren't too sure about the place. But as we got in, the staff was very welcoming, the food was AMAZING! I had the cheapest fresh tuna tataki steak in my life, and soooo tasty. Great experience. Well priced... Would recommend going again and again!

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

It was our first night in Bocas, and had no idea what to expect at El Ultimo Refugio. We were there early enough to get the best table--right next to the water. The owner was also our server, and she took great care of us. Despite having no vegetarian meal on the menu, she quickly gave options for creating a... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Had a great experience watching the sunset and the crowd build throughout the evening. Overall food in Panama is just okay, but this was some of the best. Drinks were strong but not very tasty, but the food was really nice.

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Basel, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

El Ultimo Refugio has been recommended to us by locals. The "best food in town" tag is well deserved! Fresh local ingredients used by talented people make great food. The sesame seared tuna steak was our favorite!

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015 via mobile

Excellent food and atmosphere. Had the shrimp risotto and it was incredible! The gnocchi appetizer is delicious! We made reservations that we're somehow lost, but they graciously got us seated without much wait. Sitting on the water is lovely. A definite must when you're in Bocas.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Ordered the filet Mignon which was amazing, Tender and cooked to a Med. rare perfection. Our check was $68 including tip and we ordered 2 Filets, an appetizer and 5 glasses of wine between us. Very pleasantly surprised. Great atmosphere and wonderful service as well.

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Vancouver, BC
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4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

I'm torn about how to review this place. We enjoyed it, and the food was ok, but our server seemed a bit put out by our group of 10 - maybe because we had kids with us? Not sure. Gnocchi was excellent. Steak was way overcooked on steak and shrimp skewers - so chewy nobody could get though it. Fish... 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: 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?