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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 48 restaurants in Bocas Town
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $25
Cuisines: American, Caribbean, Seafood, Vegetarian
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Boquete, Panama
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

My friend and I went there for dinner. I had the mahi mahi and it was excellent. I had several vodkas with water and they did not skimp on the alcohol. There was a gentleman there playing some really good music on his guitar. The vocals were real good. It is a great atmosphere and a good place to go... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Once I discovered this place, I went many times more. The seared tuna was the all time best. Tucked away around the corner, past Palma Royal. The restaurant is on the water with great views. Opens at 6:00. Arrive earlier for more peace because the place fills up, so times with large parties. My second favorite is their salads. The... More

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New York City, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

You can't judge a book by its cover. Walking past ultimato Refugio-you would never know that this was an amazing restaurant. The service is stellar and the food is fresh and simply delicious. Highly recommend the tuna main course and the mahi ceviche and tuna cakes. Please save room for dessert-the key lime pie is amazing. Really you can't go... More

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This was one of my favorites in Bocas Town. The restaurant is a little hidden but worth the find. It sits over the water and is very romantic. Low lighting and the sound of the ocean make this a special night out. Our service was very attentive and fast. The food was outstanding. I ordered the tuna and I must... More

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GT
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Consistently great food and service. Kathy has a small menu, but the food is always great quality, using fresh local produce.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

The best aspects about our visit to this restaurant were the service, the atmosphere, and of course the food! First off, the waitress was so efficient and attentive that we spent half our meal discussing how she actually managed to be so good at multi-tasking. The atmosphere was cosy yet upbeat, and the restaurant overlooks the water. The food was... More

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Leipzig, Germany
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014 via mobile

A beautiful place, a little hidden, though. The service is excellent, there is a different menu of dishes every night, they do vegeterian options, too. The food is delicious, fresh and quickly served. I'd recommend this place to everyone!

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San Antonio De Belen, Costa Rica
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We visited this quaint little waterfront restaurant for dinner and had a great experience. Menu is a blackboard that the server brings to your table where they have the days options. Food was well worth the wait! Off the beaten path and easy to miss, it's a very short walk from the area where most restaurants and bars are located.... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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42 reviews 42 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I was only in Bocas 3 nights but this was my favorite meal I had while I was there. I imagine that the constantly changing menu would be a lifesaver during longer stays since there are only so many options on such a small island. The ocean breeze was divine, service was good and everything we ordered was great. I... More

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Bournemouth, England
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We ordered calamari to share to start and we both had the seared tuna with sesame seeds served on coconut rice. Every part of both dishes was cooked and seasoned to perfection. The flavours and texture combinations were well thought out. They really know what they're doing here. The location is also good with tables looking out over the sea... More

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