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Casa Tortuga

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Calle Urraca, Panama Province, Panama
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Syracuse, Utah
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2016

We were just on Contadora for the day and this is where we ate. Incredible and fresh seafood prepared promptly to order. Solo estuvimos en la isla por una solo dia y aqui fue donde decidimos almorzar. Muy buena y fresca la comida. La preparan a la orden con rapidez.

Thank Scott S
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016

Very nice outside decoration in a splendid garden. The chief welcomes you and take your order. No choice, just one menu. Excellent. Very good prices. They opnly open for dinner, Wednesday to Sunday.

Thank descastors3403
Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Excellent food! We are both vegetarian and the owner cooked a vegetarian version of what the other people got! Great homemade digestive!

Thank hvanschuerbeek
Salt Lake City, Utah
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91 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016

We read good things about this restaurant and it didn't disappoint. Chef creates and cooks in an open-air kitchen you can see from your table. The night we dined there was a fixed menu and we opted to share the three-course dinner and a small pizza. My husband and I love creative and interesting food and Casa Tortuga didn't disappoint.... More 

Thank MsBoice
Los Angeles, California
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2016

Great place very down to earth. Owner comes and tells you daily menu. the Pizza is a must. We were so excited we ordered too much food. they are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. but if you can you should go there. I found it a bit over priced, but since we were on vacation it did not matter.

Thank ipanemanica
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

The restaurant is very nice, pretty romantic atmosphere. The Italian chef cooks a few dishes every night all of them excellent. The pizza crust was very thin and crispy and absolutely tasty. The dessert was panna cota with passion fruit, one of the best things I've ever eaten. It's really worth to go there.

Thank angivila
Galveston Island, Texas
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45 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016

It has everything you want in a fabulous restaurant: Ambience, friendly and efficient staff, fresh made pasta and breads, flavorful food and owner Piero greeted us with genuine enthusiasm. The selections are served family style, perfecto. Margherita pizza perfect, best crust ever.... tuna carpaccio appetizer, the best dish I have ever had. Oh wait, then we had the fettuccine langosta,... More 

Thank islanders2015
Panama City, Panama, Panama
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36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2016

Contadora doesn't have all that many dining options, but Casa Tortuga is hands down the best and stands above the rest. Piero (the chef) is super personable and will most likely great you at the table to introduce the menu and take your order. The menu typically consists of fresh fish carpaccio, pasta with seafood or fish, and a small... More 

Thank Danny L
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

One should not have high expectations for variety of food or some wine & dine in Isla Contadora... Yet, Casa Tortuga is a pleasant surprise and one that makes an exception. Run by an Italian chef, this place is mesmerizing at night, with a tiny cosy garden, colorful ornaments and lots of great smelling food in a casual and comfortable... More 

Thank i_segul
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148 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2016

There are not many places to eat in Contadora. Casa Tortuga is your best bet! IGood, fresh food, and great environment. You do need to reserve in advance. The food is a bit pricey, but so is everything in the island. the pizza is superb!

Thank PTYTraveler

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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
Italian, Pizza, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Urraca, Panama Province, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Panama Province  >  Pearl Islands  >  Contadora Island
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.

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