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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, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 264
    Excellent
  • 131
    Very good
  • 27
    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
hidden gem

A little further away from main street, hidden behind some strange parts of town, but it was worth it. Small, nice deck and simply excellent food! In taste and decoration it by far exceeds any other restaurant in town. Surprising flavour combinations and ingredients. Save room for desert!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
giseladagmar
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Oisterwijk, The Netherlands
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Scenic view
  • Families with children
  • Romantic
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Oisterwijk, The Netherlands
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

A little further away from main street, hidden behind some strange parts of town, but it was worth it. Small, nice deck and simply excellent food! In taste and decoration it by far exceeds any other restaurant in town. Surprising flavour combinations and ingredients. Save room for desert!

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North Bend, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

After trying to find fresh and healthy food in Bocas town, we were overwhelmed with the experience this restaurant offered. The dishes were exquisitely prepared and delicious beyond compare. And the drinks were awesome, my favorite the Pina Colada on the rocks with two kinds of rum, definitely not for the timid.

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Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 via mobile

This was our favorite place to eat in Bocas. 6 of us went out to dinner and ordered several different dishes off their (hand written, reader board type) fresh menu and we all loved everything! I was really disappointed when we tried to return to eat there our last night and they were closed- I think they may be closed... More 

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Calgary
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Really nice people and great food. Had a sesame crusted tuna that is one of the best tuna steaks I have ever had. Sitting on a restaurant over the water with a view wasn't too shabby either. Obviously we went back a few more times while in Bocas Town and were not disappointed once!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Great vibe and good food - probably the best we found in Bocas Town. Their home-made, exotic cocktails are definitely worth trying!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

The food here is amazing! We would have gone back two or more times, but they are unfortunately closed on weekends. Definitely a must if you find yourself in Bocas Town on a weeknight!

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Midland, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Amazing menu! Delicious! Fun atmosphere! Best in Bocas!. Start with a mojito - they have real mint. For an unforgettable meal, try the Tuna or Shrimp Risotto!

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Panama City, Panama
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

This has been the best place in Bocas for a while now, and it's only getting better. The staff is incredible, the food is top notch, great waterfront seating, and you can even pop in to the bar for a drink! Often times there is live music and always a favorite for local ex-pats. The menu is 100% delicious, I... More 

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Trego, Montana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Mojitos, and the Ahi Tuna were excellent along with the wait staff - they were friendly and timely....just a perfect setting on the water - don't let the outside entrance fool you - I'd go back in a heart-beat!

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 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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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: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children, Romantic
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?