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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
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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6 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I had the lobster risotto and my husband had a steak. It was so so. The lobster was way to far cooked and didn't really looked appetizing. Because of all the high rates I expected it to be better so I was a bit disappointed. It's good food, really! But don't go here with to high expectations.

Thank Malou v
St. John
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The atmosphere is right on the water-great views-we had a light show from a thunderstorm. The meals were fantastic-Two of us had Grilled Grouper Filet which was excellent-just the perfect blend of herbs and spices. One person had Filet Mignon and another had organic local lamb-all the meals were excellent. We shared a coconut shrimp appetizer-again excellent. For dessert we... More 

Thank cptfredandrenee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Best dinner in the island. It is a must go if you visit Bocas. Please stop here for dinners wait staff was great.

Thank Steve G
London, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Best food on the island and fantastic service. A must. Great for vegetarians also. Slightly out of the way but worth the extra few minutes walk.

Thank SEG186338
New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I are vacationing to celebrate our anniversary. So the actual night of we went to El Ultimo Refugio. This was the perfect decision in every way. It is casual which makes me very comfortable, but the service is attentive with out hovering- the menu had a good variety of choices. They were accommodating about leaving the chorizo... More 

Thank Whitney B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best place to eat in Bocas. Service was great and food was spectacular. The beet salad was creative and fun; and the gnocchi, which seemed to have been fried, was exquisite. We tried to return again the following night though they were closed. Highly recommended.

Thank EVPanama
Annapolis, Maryland
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stayed on Bastimentos but made the smart choice to hop to Bocas one evening for dinner at El Ultimo Refugio. We had a large group of 14 and they were super-attentive and quick. Highlights were the gnocchi as an appetizer, and the seared tuna or lobster risotto or grouper w pesto & wild rice for main courses. Excellent view and... More 

Thank pframe231
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You can't go to Bocas and not eat at Ultimo Refugio. The atmosphere is great and the staff awesome. As for the food, simply delicious.

Thank Plotte
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The lobster risotto was the best I have ever tasted! The drinks, the service and the atmosphere....all wonderful!

Thank Lara P
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15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Gnocchi is outstanding- seared tuna with pineapple sauce and mashed potatoes was awesome. A hidden gem on the water, but not right in Bocas Centro.

Thank noahjerome

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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
Romantic, Scenic view, Families with children, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids
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?