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El Ultimo Refugio

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Avenida Sur | Isla Colon, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
+507 6726-9851
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We ate here based on Tripadvisor reviews and it did not disappoint! The salad and coconut shrimp as appetizers were amazing! I had the snapper and it had such a variety of flavors, it was divine! My husband had the vegetarian couscous and again, so flavorful and delicious! The homemade cilantro, basil lemonade was amazing and since we don't drink... More 

Thank Shelby M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great seafood and pasta. They accommodated our large party with no issues. The food was wonderful, all around. They also have good local beers on tap (Passionfruit Wheat "Ooooooooo, Maracuda") and a fun atmosphere with live music. The menu changes seasonally, so everything is always fresh. The staff was also very friendly, and recommended places for good nightlife.

Thank Darrin T
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Very rustic and not very comfortable. Live music with no cover charge.The neighborhood looks dicey and our waiter said he would call us a cab but they rather show up. The food was quite good, especially the langostino risotto and the ceviche. Pass on the pricey coconut shrimp-tiny flavorless shrimp in a great salsa.

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Heredia, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely a highlight of our trip and a place to remember. The lobster risotto was amazing and very reasonably priced. Menu changes according to what is available and thus fresh. If you stay in Bocas town do reserve an evening to eat in this place. Note the restaurant is closed in the weekend.

Thank Jan_melis
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We really appreciated the atmosphere of this restaurant. the food was very good and the music too. we have been there 2 times and always appreciated the food accuracy and taste.

Thank Emanuele F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There is a lot to love in Bocas and I'm sure some would say this place is a little pricey or precious and I suppose I could agree. However, there is always a night when you want a fine dining experience and the food, service and decor at Refugio is impeccable. An emphatic "Well Done" to the staff and management... More 

Thank thetoddbaker
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The place is awesome, a bit out of town but very nice, right at the seaside. The food is perfect, the drinks are very good (craft beer!) and the people are very nice. Totally recommend that place!

Thank Lummiii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a little walk away from the main stretch of the town. There's a great vibe and there was a live band on the night that we dinned. Menu was extensive and food and service was really good. I'd recommend this restaurant if you're not pushed for time in Bocas.

Thank MissA_1972
Billings, Montana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our dinner here was fabulous! The service was wonderful and the chef created amazing meals for each of us. We were very impressed at the entire facility. The fact that it is located directly on the ocean is another great plus. Definitely a great place to eat dinner!

Thank wirion
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came back twice to this place on back to back nights it was so good. Service was great and the food was excellent. Loved the passion fruit dessert!! Still dreaming about that!

Thank Bola2218

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $25
American, Caribbean, Seafood, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups, Scenic view, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Romantic
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?