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Casa Tortuga

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Calle Urraca, Panama Province, Panama
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Galveston Island, Texas
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45 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

It has everything you want in a fabulous restaurant: Ambience, friendly and efficient staff, fresh made pasta and breads, flavorful food and owner Piero greeted us with genuine enthusiasm. The selections are served family style, perfecto. Margherita pizza perfect, best crust ever.... tuna carpaccio appetizer, the best dish I have ever had. Oh wait, then we had the fettuccine langosta,... More 

Thank islanders2015
Panama City, Panama, Panama
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

Contadora doesn't have all that many dining options, but Casa Tortuga is hands down the best and stands above the rest. Piero (the chef) is super personable and will most likely great you at the table to introduce the menu and take your order. The menu typically consists of fresh fish carpaccio, pasta with seafood or fish, and a small... More 

Thank Danny L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

One should not have high expectations for variety of food or some wine & dine in Isla Contadora... Yet, Casa Tortuga is a pleasant surprise and one that makes an exception. Run by an Italian chef, this place is mesmerizing at night, with a tiny cosy garden, colorful ornaments and lots of great smelling food in a casual and comfortable... More 

Thank i_segul
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44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

There are not many places to eat in Contadora. Casa Tortuga is your best bet! IGood, fresh food, and great environment. You do need to reserve in advance. The food is a bit pricey, but so is everything in the island. the pizza is superb!

Thank PTYTraveler
Katonah, New York
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44 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

From the handwritten messages on the walls, to the hand printed tablecloths, to the Italian pressed coffee and the pet turtles to the great food - this is a wonderful experience on Contadora. There is thin crust pizza plus a Prix fix menu each night (starter, main course and dessert - for $35 a person the night we went). The... More 

Thank cew2A
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

No need to write a lot. Just go and try the pizza, It is unbelievably good. Clearly number one in the island. I wish they had a branch in the city. It is a good reason to go to Contadora again.

Thank Mustafa K
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

We had pizza, prix fixe menu, 2 glasses wine and large bottle water and bill came out to $80. The pizza was very good - thin crust with tomatoes, prosciutto, lettuce, eggplant and few sliced mushrooms. The menu consisted of salad with shrimps as starter; this was pretty good. The main course was pasta with chicken and vegetables (asparagus, tomatoes).... More 

Thank Tam P
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

Showed up her at 6:15 and was told they opened at 7 and would need a reservation. Made the reservation and returned. Beautiful outdoor (simple) seating area. Very interesting chef. They do have a set menu-this isn't the big city-but the chef was happy to accommodate my vegan diet (I had pasta-not the fresh pasta he makes as that has... More 

Thank TravelingFamily20102
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

Dinner at Casa Tortuga was recommended to me by the owner of Casa Del Sol. He called in advance to make a reservation for me. Highly recommended you do the same! They fill up fast. When I arrived at Casa Tortuga I was surprised by the incredibly warm and intimate atmosphere. Writing from thousands of guests decorates the walls as... More 

Thank Nkechi N
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

I would go back to this place every week if i could great food wow! Best pizza ever and I live in nyc! The owner and staff were great too!

Thank Gferr

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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?