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“Around the corner in Bocas - worth that little extra walk.” 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, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Around the corner in Bocas - worth that little extra walk.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

So it rates #1 in Bocas - so we had to try it.

If you walk there, you need to go past the Super Gourmet, turn right and keep going. Another 50 yards and you are there.

Ambience is good; the dining area overlooks the other side of the bay - not so many lights except for the small boats passing back and forth.

Excellent and attentive service.

We had salad and octopus to start, followed by shrimp risotto and snapper in pesto. Both were excellent.

With a cocktail to start, the bill came to around $56 for the two of us.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“What a chef with heart can do!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

If your in Bocas there are words you hear thrown around...cute..over the water..romantic..rustic..and above all fusion...what matters the most is what is my food going to taste like! An owner can spend a million bucks before the place opens but if there is no heart in the back of the house..order ANYTHING you like and you will fall in love...it's simply..the back of the house has heart!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Great flavor, small portion.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Five of us went to dinner and four of us went home hungry. The food tasted very good, but seemed a little pricey for the area. The service was ok. I don't know, but if I'm going to pay $16 for an entree in this area of $1.50 beers, I think I should be full when I leave.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Panama City, Panama
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Sophisticated food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Usually very good- small dinner menu. They use local ingredients and the combinations can be inspired.

Visited December 2013
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Seal Beach, SO CA USA
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90 reviews 90 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“Fine dining in Bocas, on the water!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

First rate cooking/food. Ambiance is amazing, right on the water. Service is first class. I suggest this is the very best restaurant in Bocas!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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