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El Ultimo Refugio

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Avenida Sur | Isla Colon, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
+507 6726-9851
Mon - Fri 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great tuna And camarones, music Nice. Good location And atmosphere. Mojito Like in more places is not so good. All green leaves were so small the clocks the strak And came into your mouth. More places serve m Like that. Not a perfect mojito met yet. Choose the tuna.

Thank MausHelm
Panama City, Panama
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Not only they use the local ingredients to make amazing dishes, but the overall "experience" is just original and refreshing! El ultimo Refugio go far beyond eating and provides a complete experiencie. One of those place I will never forget! Every single dish was just autentique but the desserts blowed my brains! Well done people! My third visit already and... More 

Thank Panabirds
Livermore, CO
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Service was good, prices were high, staff was friendly - it was so highly recommended to us that I think it set us up for expecting too much! We felt that they charged two or three times more than other restaurants in town for the same type of meal.

Thank Beachlover49
meencantacomida, Owner at El Ultimo Refugio, responded to this review

I'm often a bit confused about people complaining the restaurant is too expensive. Our prices are clearly stated on the menu, so instead of eating and complaining later that it was too expensive, why not just choose a restaurant better suited to your budget? Also, our prices are very on par with the other 'good' restaurants in Bocas, CERTAINLY not... More 

Bocas del Toro Province, Panama
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is one of the best restaurants in Bocas. I am never disappointed and always bring friends and family here whenever they come to town. They change up the menu depending on what is fresh and there are always many choices to try. Best thing is for everyone to get different dishes and try them all!

Thank Aaron J
Bocas del Toro Province, Panama
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Outstanding restaurant with a pleasant atmosphere over the water. The menu is excellent. I loved the shrimp and the seared tuna at different times. Service was good. This is one of the more expensive restaurants in town but it is worth it. We are cruisers with our boat in the marina across from El Ultimo Refugio.

Thank Lorraine A
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The restaurant is a little bit far from the center. Despite that, the food was really good. I ate the rissotto and I really enjoyed it. I just found it a little bit expensive (17USD for a rissotto).

Thank Vmartimarti
Los Angeles, California
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There is a reason why El Ultimo Refugio is a top-ranked restaurant on tripadvisor; the chef does an incredible job of awakening your palate with a variety of taste experiences. We had the tuna duo (tuna tartare + tuna cakes), the beetroot salad, the coconut shrimp, and the lobster roll. Everything was delightfully tasty--with each dish having its unique flavor... More 

Thank ChristinaN8
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have now been to ultimo twice in two days for dinner and are so happy we found this spot. A bit off the main drag (though not by much- still walkable) this restaurant is definitely worth stopping for. Both nights we ordered the gnocchi to start as well as a duo of tuna on our second visit. The flavour... More 

Thank Lavoiela
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been to Ulimate Refuge 3 times within the past year while visiting family in Bocas. Each time the food has been great & the drinks delicious. The one thing that has ruined each of our meals is the volume of the bands playing. I LOVE live music but when every patron is having to shout to be heard... More 

Thank Robyn B
Marathon, Florida
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87 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great service, friendly staff. English speaking American owners who can cook and provide good customer service. We had cocktails then the octopus with spicy chorizo appetizer, incredibly tasty. We followed with the lobster risotto, delicious. The chef knows how to mix various flavors resulting in mouthwatering dishes. Absolutely recommend this place. We were not disappointed and glad to continue following... More 

Thank jckeys

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $25
American, Caribbean, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly, Central American, Seafood
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Families with children, Scenic view, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?