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Review of Casa Tortuga

Casa Tortuga
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: It is a new restaurant on the Island of Contadora - much needed to expand the choices. I would like to share this gem as it is tucked away in the residential neighborhood and new.
Reviewed March 28, 2013

The food just kept coming. $30 per person for a 5-6 course meal prepared by an Italian guy who knows his way around a kitchen. Ceviche, then pasta salad with corvina, then grilled grouper. Holy flying fish, it was all so good. We had a bottle of wine with, and it was a very very nice meal. We were so full we walked back to the ferry beach.

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Thank treeshaker
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

My husband & I live on Contadora (a three mile Island ) so we know, because of logistics how hard & how much work it is to serve fresh food, all we can say is that it's one of the best meals we have had not just on the Island, but in all of Panama, from the first course Ceviche, to mixed fresh greens with mozzarella cheese, to the pasta al dente with clams, to the fish that was cooked to perfection to the final course off three different exquisite desserts, tiramisu, creamy coffee mousse & lemon tart.
The service was not just impecable but at he same time very personable.
Definitely a MUST when in Contadora.

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Thank Jerry H
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

We read the great reviews on Trip Advisor about Casa Tortuga and decided to drop by - we ended up eating there all 3 nights that we were on the Island and were never disappointed.

The 2 options are pizza (several different toppings) or the fixed price dinner. The pizza is DELICIOUS. We had it twice. It was amazing - thin crust. You can tell the ingredients used are fresh. Pizza can sound kind of boring but this was above and beyond expectations. And we had the fixed price dinner one night and it was also amazing. 3 courses plus dessert. Ceviche was great (and I'm not usually a fan) and we also had a great salad. The dinner changes every night so it's a pleasant surprise what he will be serving each night. No matter what, the Chef clearly pours love and expertise into his dishes. We loved Casa Tortuga and recommended it to everyone we encountered.

The staff was also very welcoming and courteous. The chef came around several times to check in on the meal and how things were going. It's definitely an experience you wouldn't expect on a small island in Panama. His wife also works at the restaurant (which is located at their home) and she was equally friendly and warm - as was the other server who attended us. Great people to be around...again, we ate there for all 3 nights for a reason.

They typically serve dinner Thursday to Sunday night. Sometimes Wednesdays night but not always - depends on if they have enough reservations. They're not open for lunch. If you're staying at Casa del Sol, Contadora Island Inn or Perla Real, the restaurant is a 2 minute walk away. Just take a left after passing those inns and it's 2 houses down. You should make a reservation...you can make one at the tourist info center (right next to Coral Dreams).

Go if you can...you won't regret it!

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Reviewed March 6, 2013

Piero, the Italian chef and owner, is amazing and the food is awesome!

They generally have one seating per night around 7ish. Each night they'll serve one prix fixe menu and/or your choice of pizzas. Reservations are recommended (you can make them at the tourist office next to the the Coral Dreams shop in "downtown" Contoaura) Also, note that they serve wine and beer but will happily allow you to BYO. The three of us (all girls) shared one pizza ($15-$20) and one $27 prix fixe menu (appetizer, main, dessert) and had more than enough food. The pizza is fantastic!

Come ready to have a good time. Get to know your fellow diners if you end up sitting at the main table, and you'll probably have one of your best nights at Contadura.

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Reviewed March 4, 2013 via mobile

Casa Tortuga is a charming small Italian restaurant on Isla Contadora. The owner is Italian and his wife is Panamanian. They are charming and fun hosts. The food is unbelievably delicious. The entire dining experience is absolutely wonderful. After our first meal there, we didn't eat anywhere else.

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