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Casa Tortuga

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Calle Urraca, Panama Province, Panama
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful dinner on Contadora! Our group of 7 (5 adults and 2 kids) ate here and had a fantastic evening. We had a vegetarian in the group and a picky child, and the restaurant was able to accommodate all diets while maintaining the "family style" dinner they serve. It was a carb-heavy meal between the bread, pizza and pasta, but... More 

Thank Rebecca R
Toronto, Canada
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is only open Thursdays through Sundays and you will need a reservation during busy season, and it's quite pricey...but the food makes up for it all! Amazing Italian food, served by the chef himself, we licked our fingers after each course. There is no menu here, what he cooks is what you eat and it never fails. Would... More 

Thank SneakyTravelKitty
São Paulo
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7 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a reservation but they said they could not find it They simply sent us back home - they didn't apologize, they didn't try to solve the case neither gave us any alternatives If it was not the staff of our hotel we would have missed dinner :/ - it was holiday and the few restaurants of the island... More 

Thank nob07
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Although there are only a few options on the island, I would skip this one. Rude service. They had many open tables, yet they turned us away (party of 2) saying they didn't have any tables available without reservation. Clearly they had many open tables. They not only turned us away, but they did so in a very rude way.... More 

Thank Josh P
Orange County, California
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant has a set menu that is passionately prepared by the owner and staff. Reservations are recommended. We lucked out and went early enough to get a seat. The pizza is divine!

Thank Lynnsfunny
Chandler, Arizona
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Casa Tortuga, a restaurant with amazing food, in a small island out of the Pacific coast of Panamá, Isla Contadora host this place that will satisfy any sea food and Italian food lovers. If you ever stop by Contadora, Panamá you should go visit Casa Tortuga and his owner Piero.

Thank sm0917
Boston, United States
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 March 2017 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 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

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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94 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

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
Reviewed 6 March 2017

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 Timothy R

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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
Child-friendly, Romantic, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
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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Nampa, Idaho, Usa
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?