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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 50 Restaurants in Bocas Town
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $25
Hours:
Mon - Fri 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Kelowna, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

Family of four our first night in Boca and tripadvisor did not disappoint! Fantastic ceviche and beet salad for appetizers. The filet mignon was the best cut of meat I had over my 3 week holiday. The lobster rissotto my daughter had was to die for. Finished it all off with peanut butter pie. What a great treat to start... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Are here last night while on vacation in Panama from the US. So tasty. Good vibe, on the water, great food. I had lobster risotto with the octopus appetizer, the Snickers pie dessert and some nice Malbec. All was great. For Panama it might be a bit pricier than other options, but this food is worth it. And if you're... More 

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 via mobile

This place is an absolute must for travelers. My girlfriend and I ordered the octopus, bacon wrapped shrimp, and fish with coconut rice - every bite was delicious. We also got the frozen peanut butter pie which is possibly one of the best desserts I've ever had. Prices are higher than other restaurants in town, say $7-$10 for appetizer and... More 

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Bocas del Toro, Bocas del Toro, Panama
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Great selection with fair prices and on the water. Loved the drink specialty. Closed on odd days. Very small and yet private feeling.

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Richmond, Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Good food & location. Disliked locals hawking their wares table side. The overall experience was very good but not great. Service slower than I would have expected. It did not meet my expectations based on the rave reviews I thought it had.

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Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

So yummy, it was a rainy day and just what we needed. The bacon and maize appetizer was also delish.

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San Diego, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Delicious meal in Bocas! Great ambiance and tasty food. Not inexpensive by Panama standards, but nice for a "fancier" night out in Bocas

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Chicago, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

This restaurant was probably my favorite in Bocas-- the best way I can describe it is "refined". The food was cooked and presented with a lot of attention to detail, with garnishes and more subtle flavors. The portion sizes were a bit smaller than some other heartier restaurants, but the quality was higher. It's also on the pricier side of... More 

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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

We ate there last night. The Mahi Mahi ceviche was the best I have had in a really long time (I try it everywhere). We had the Mahi Mahi, the filet mignon and the lobster risotto. It was all melt in your mouth wonderful. I highly recommend.

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Willemstad, Curacao
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

The place looks cosy, though chairs are rather uncomfortable A bit complicated is ordering. There are only 2 white-boards, which suggests daily changing menues Wittesses don't really seem to care to let you have a reasonably quick service Food was good, Californian type of fusion food, partly with quite rsiky mixtures (blue swiss cheese, peanutbutter-bases sauce on a Beerroot Capaccio.... More 

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Additional Information about El Ultimo Refugio (The Ultimate Refuge)

Address: Avenida Sur | Isla Colon, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
Phone Number: 6726.9851
Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Bocas del Toro Province  >  Isla Colon  >  Bocas Town
Open Hours:
Monday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 15 - 25
Cuisine: American, Caribbean, Seafood, Vegetarian

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