We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

El Ultimo Refugio

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Avenida Sur | Isla Colon, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
+507 6726-9851
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Mon - Fri 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

889 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 710: English reviews
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
55 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Fresh fish prepared to perfection with great sides. I had also lobster risotto-perfect. Very friendly service, felt like i was in some cozy Key West excellent bar.

Thank Alex B
Level Contributor
68 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Put a great chalkboard menu together with wonderful serving staff and a great overwater venue and you have El Ultimo Refugio. Bit of a walk down a dark road but well worth the effort. Can't wait to go back. Highly recommended.

Thank intrepidtraveller100
Buffalo, New York
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Had to wait for a table but was worth it! Live music a plus, lobster risotto, fish fillet excellent. Staff very friendly and courteous. Put it on your 'must do' list

Thank Cecilia1751
La Pine, Oregon
Level Contributor
118 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Very busy. Had good live music while we were there. Good bar tender and servers. Tuna entree was excellent - skip coconut shrimp appetizer (not good value).

Thank richard s
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our group is from South florida, and we are surrounded by amazing restaruants. This was blew us away. Exrtremely nice place, and staff. The food was ridiculous. I think we ordered everything they had on the menu!

Thank Dennis E
Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a great meal and overall experience. Great place, live music and the food was simply amazing!!!

Thank CSMarx
Panama City, Panama
Level Contributor
19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You should come in early for dinner as the quantities are limited. in our visit we tried the pargo ceviche one of the best and the stuffed chicken served over steamed vegetables and smashd potatoes. Highly creative menu, Don't miss this place on your visit.

Thank PerriBerto
Level Contributor
24 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were fortunate enough to run across an ex-pat who directed us to Refugio on our last night in Bocas. The food was easily the best we had on the two-week trip. My wife had lobster risotto and I enjoyed the crusted tuna. Both meals were excellent and we thought very reasonable considering the quality. We thought we had made... More 

Thank ChrisFSeattle_WA
Level Contributor
12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is a little out of the way around the bend and so worth the extra 5 minute walk!! The food, all the food is delicious, fresh, and unique! Cool vibe with live music and super relaxed staff! You should definitely try their sangria!!

Thank Lori Q
Bocas del Toro Province, Panama
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food has always been good here. On the ocean with the cooling winds. Overlooking the marina. Live music at various times.

Thank sszukics

Travelers who viewed El Ultimo Refugio also viewed

Bocas Town, Isla Colon
Bocas Town, Isla Colon
Bocas Town, Isla Colon
Isla Colon, Bocas del Toro Province

Been to El Ultimo Refugio? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Scenic view, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Large groups, Families with children
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

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of El Ultimo Refugio and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (3)

Questions? Get answers from El Ultimo Refugio staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?