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Casa Tortuga

Calle Urraca, Panama Province, Panama
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good23%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“pizza” (72 reviews)
“fixed menu” (10 reviews)
“carpaccio” (8 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Italian, Pizza, Seafood, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Calle Urraca, Panama Province, Panama
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11 - 20 of 176 reviews

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
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...More

Thank Melissa S
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
Reviewed 3 March 2017 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
Reviewed 28 February 2017 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
Reviewed 24 February 2017

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
Reviewed 19 February 2017 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....More

Thank MeandererEngland
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...More

Thank Cindyhayman
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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Questions & Answers
Phil S
12 June 2017|
Response from ChewelahBer | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure if they have a website. Gerald sub-leases the restaurant to some main land people. The food is very good. Order the corvina fish if available.
Eric M
9 February 2016|
Response from Don W |
Yes it does.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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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