After ten years in operation El Ultimo Refugio remains one of the most popular restaurants in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Set over the ocean with open air seating, diners can relax and enjoy the Caribbean breezes and sweeping views while dining on international cuisine. Tropical plants, whimsical lighting and works of local artists adorn El Ultimo Refugio, creating a unique and comfortable atmosphere. El Ultimo Refugio is a true tropical dining experience in Bocas del Toro.
Best food I've had in a very long time.
The staff is bilingual and extremely friendly. The chef is incredible. The menu changes daily which in my opinion is a really good thing because it forced me to try new things. If it didn't I'd have ordered the pork risotto every night. We were tipped off to El Ultimo Refuge by a local dive shop. Guy said that's where he'd take his family if they were there. We were so very pleased. Atmosphere was excellent.
Refugio Ultimo lived up to its reputation
Our boat captain from Red Frog dropped the six of us off right at the restaurant dock, saving us from wandering around in an unfamiliar town after dark. It is a very cute place: rustic, comfortable, with an interesting menu and well trained servers. A nice low key local band played after 7. I had the special app, pumpkin gnocchi with toasted pumpkin seeds and goat cheese (yum!), sesame crusted tuna, perfectly cooked, and shared a panne cota for dessert. Others had the filet mignon w/ blue cheese, shrimp curry and apps. We were all pleased and will surely return on our next trip to the area. I never regret paying a bit more for an exceptionally good meal and a good time.