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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
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Scenic view

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  • 249
    Excellent
  • 127
    Very good
  • 24
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  • 16
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  • 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
Delicious!

Best food on the island, and well worth the price tag. Try the jungle juice, it doesn't disappoint! Live music at night, and sitting seaside is so romantic!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
TeenahRay
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Best food on the island, and well worth the price tag. Try the jungle juice, it doesn't disappoint! Live music at night, and sitting seaside is so romantic!

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Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Coming from NY, I always expect to be disappointed in food whenever I travel. However, this restaurant knocked it out of the park! Everything was super tasty and the presentation was gorgeous. The chef ran out of the fish I ordered and gave us some complimentary gnocchi to compensate while I waited for my new dish to be brought out,... More 

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New Orleans
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

The staff is about as friendly and funny as you can get. The food is absolutely delicious. I had the seared, sesame crusted ahi tuna twice and it was so fresh, it was squirming in my mouth. The tuna tartare was as fresh as it could ever be, swam in the Caribbean the night before. The waiters, Roderick and Fulo... More 

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United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Took forever, no bread, munchies or comforting words but when our food finally arrived it was good for here standards. Took about 1.5 hours. Nice view, energy, and menu but they need to speed it up (to make a living) and/or provide something to entertain/compensate. Would definitely go back however.

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Fall River
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Best food on the island. Great atmosphere and service. Passion fruit Margs are a must. A favorite of expats and tourist.

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GLENWOOD
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60 reviews 60 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

A bit out of the way so you'll have to ask the location. Its over the water overlooking the marina. Sometimes there's live music. The food is great and they offer vegi selections too. Reasonably priced, we really like this place. I'm taking my wife here for her birthday.

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BALTIMORE
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83 reviews 83 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This really is the Ultimate Refuge. we had dinner here late, so I didn't get that much to eat. I had the appetizer gnocchi and split the appetizer surf and turf. They even shaped the rice into a lobster. The surf was little better than the turf; as the beef was a little over cooked. I was lucky enough to... More 

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McLean, Virginia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

This is a great spot over the water from which to watch the sunset. I cannot say the same about the food. The trout dish was above average and came with rice and veggies, but $16 is a bit expensive. The other dishes were noticeably salty and average in taste and quality.

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New York City, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

This was a nice and cozy place in Bocas..Food was good. I thought it was a little expensive considering the region. I am from New York and prices were as high or higher. I guess the cater to turist because the locals would NEVER be able to eat here.

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Stockholm
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015 via mobile

Very good restaurant, not least for a small place like Bocas! Rough but cool and friendly "island style" decor on the water at the calm outer edge of town (but dont worry its still less than 5 min walk from anywhere in Bocas Town). Nice and creative menu well cooked - a little bit toward fine dining type dishes but... 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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