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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
18:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 18:00 - 22:00
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Heredia, Costa Rica
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54 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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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6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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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107 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent food, choice of fish and starters. Good location - far from noisy traffic and view over the bay and sunset A bit expensive but still highly recommended

Thank Agnieszka K
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As soon as we arrived in Bocas Town, we began to hear from the local expats that the best food in town was at the Ultimo Refugio. When we finally tried it, we had to agree. Owned by a chef who had previously cooked at three different Seattle restaurants, it seems to quickly fill up as soon as it opens... More 

Thank Kari P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was the best meal we had while in Bocas Town by far. We had the Sesame Seared Tuna and the Lobster Risotto. Some of the best Tuna I've ever eaten in my life.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member

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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
USD 15 - USD 25
American, Caribbean, Seafood, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
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?