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Casa Tortuga

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Calle Urraca, Panama Province, Panama
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Boston, United States
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Be sure to make a reservation in advance so you can this whimsical place. When we went the chef offered one complete meal. It was superb.

Thank Lindsay M
Des Moines, Iowa
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My sister traveled to Contadora 2 years ago first describing of this 'gem'. On our Panama vacation, met a woman who is a resident at Contadora and she echoed the praise. Sunday was the first day on the Island, and hearing they would be open we sought out Casa Tortuga and booked a table for that evening We were on... More 

Thank Melissa S
Seattle, Washington
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93 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

No menu... no prices.... everything is fresh and it was very good with an romantic night time setting. The Italian chef/owner creates a wonderful meal. He even gave us a ride back to our hotel. It was just way too expensive.

Thank ChewelahBer
Mt. Vernon
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52 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is not open every day, so check..food is good and owners service oriented and smiling. It has a variety of food to chose, but pizza was good.

Thank AnnMt_Vernon
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The most friendly team around, great food and quite reasonable pricing. We stayed on Contadora for 5 days and this is by far the best place for dinner than the rest on the island. Really delicious menu offering different dishes every day

Thank Valentin P
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Superb pizza, lovely carpaccio and genuine pasta. Watch out for the beverage prices. Desserts are good. The owner, very attentive.

Thank Chef Carolina G... L
Lakeside, Montana
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90 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our third time back to Isla Contadora, and Casa Tortuga continues to be the best spot to eat on the island!

Thank Montanaboysmom
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80 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had been told that this restaurant did excellent food but was pricey. The restricted choice of dish of the day or pizza is fine but it really would have benefitted from a priced menu - as a blackboard maybe - to confirm the cost. We enquired about the cost of a glass of wine and were told $7. However,... More 

Thank MeandererEngland
Charlotte, Vermont
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8 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

My husband and I enjoyed our best meal on Contadora at Casa Tortuga. The setting is eclectic and cozy. There is no menu so the choice is pizza or chefs dish of the night. It includes a delicious salad and dessert and everything was very high quality. The prices are high in general on this Island but this meal felt... More 

Thank Cindyhayman
Panama City, Panama
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

This is probably the best place on the island. This family owned restaurant is cozy has has great food.

Thank dariom606

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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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
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?