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“Possibly the best tuna I've ever had!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of El Ultimo Refugio

El Ultimo Refugio
Ranked #3 of 69 Restaurants in Bocas Town
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$25
Cuisines: American, Caribbean, Seafood, Central American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Bournemouth, England
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Possibly the best tuna I've ever had!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2014 via mobile

We ordered calamari to share to start and we both had the seared tuna with sesame seeds served on coconut rice. Every part of both dishes was cooked and seasoned to perfection. The flavours and texture combinations were well thought out. They really know what they're doing here. The location is also good with tables looking out over the sea and the staff were also very friendly. I would strongly recommend it. Not the cheapest place around but for us it was a treat on out last night and I thoroughly believe it was worth every penny and more.

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London
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58 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Fantastic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

The restaurant was well run and the food divine. There was a power cut for most of the evening but it didn't effect the service. All of the food was excellent. It's a must do when you go to Bocas!

Visited March 2014
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Maryland, USA
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great food, Great service, Live entertainment... a perfect evening!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2014

El Ultimo Refugio is a very unassuming place when you first walk in. Right on the water a couple of hundred meters off the main drag, it feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the Calle Principal. Frankly, we went based on the excellent TripAdvisor reviews and loved everything about the place. The service is uncharacteristically (for Panama) efficient and swift as you are quickly shown a large whiteboard with the day's menu. The food was really amazing! I had a phenomenal Grouper ceviche that was so good that I had to order a second! It cones with the best homemade tostones you have ever had in your life. My wife and I both had the red curry calamari which was outstanding! The squid was perfectly grilled and was sooooo tender! Our daughter had the pesto gnocci which she loved. There was also live entertainment which made for a great ambiance. Definitely recommended!!

  • Visited May 2014
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Portland, Oregon
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3 reviews
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“BEST DINNER IN BOCAS”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

We tried a handful of restaurants during our 10 day stay in Bocas and this was hands down the best. The menu changes frequently. The atmosphere was great, service was wonderful, and food was absolutely delicious. Our only regret was that we waited until the last night to try this place and didn't have time to go back!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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CONNECTICUT
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“terrific tuna!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2014

usually i have the filet at this restaurant ,,tonight i thoroughly enjoyed the fresh seared tuna with mangos,,crispy rice noodles,beautiful sunset,,live music,,it was filled with folks of all ages ,,the chef is fabulous,,i will be back for more!!!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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