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“Great food, great atmosphere” 5 of 5 stars
Review of El Ultimo Refugio (The Ultimate Refuge)

El Ultimo Refugio (The Ultimate Refuge)
Avenida Sur | Isla Colon, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
+507 6726-9851
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Ranked #3 of 54 Restaurants in Bocas Town
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $25
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Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Great food, great atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2011

The restaurant is VERY charming, right out on the water with a few tables (make a reservation)
We went the night before Christmas Eve (23rd) and they seated us right away. The mixed drinks were great and they brought a large black board with the daily menu (small but with variety) We ordered the fish spread which was so good we immediately ordered a second bowl. Our main courses were composed of fish and tenderloin (all fantastic)

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New York City
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4 restaurant reviews
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“Fantastic!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2011

My two friends and I had some of the best fish and pork we've eaten. Service was incredible warm! And you can't beat the intimate setting and view of the water.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bocas Town, Panama
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Great appetizers and quiet ambiance”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2011

Although a little out of the way, the food is good and the drinks compliment it well. I will definitely be back here again!

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Ko Tao, Thailand
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8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Caribbean Chill”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2011

Funky atmosphere, a bit away from the busy-ness of Main Street, great home-style fare and reasonably priced. The dining area sits on stilts over the immaculate water and the views are gorgeous.

Service is typical tranquilo - so don't be in a hurry. But then, why would you be if you are here? Sit back, relax wit a passion fruit marg and just breathe in the beauty of the surroundings and the smells of delicious wafting out of the kitchen...

Visited December 2011
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39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
“Fresh and Delicious Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2011

El Ultimo Regugio has been serving locals and tourists for years and has a solid menu, offering everything from seafood, meat and vegetarian. Open air, located over the ocean in a funky wood building, its not just the great flavor of the food, but the great ambiance of Bocas del Toro!

Visited October 2011
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