Belize City

Restaurants in Belize City

Fresh seafood and harbor views are two of the main draws at many Belize City restaurants. Dining options in the area include some sophisticated offerings. For the most part, casual, unpretentious spots are the norm, where the main goal is simply serving great food. Don’t skip local ingredients like coconut, yams, passion fruit and cassava roots.

Celebrity Restaurant & Bar is a favorite among locals, a casual spot where the extensive menu includes everything from grilled lobster tail and Belizean curry shrimp to BBQ burgers and curry chicken. Like many restaurants in Belize City, Celebrity boasts a great view of the Caribbean.

The most fun you can have at Belize City restaurants is at the Wet Lizard, a colorful shack overlooking the harbor where you can feast on fresh lobster, throw back a few cocktails and (why not?) bust a few dance moves, too.

Inside the Great House, a colonial-style guesthouse, find the Smoky Mermaid, where you can dine in the courtyard or under a mango tree in the deck. This Belize City mainstay features all kinds of specials throughout the week, such as 2-for-1 drinks and free appetizers.

Occupying the Old Customs House, a clapboard building surrounded by hibiscus bushes and palm trees, this restaurant is the most sophisticated in town. The Asian-inflected dishes include shrimp ceviche and coconut crème brûlée, and are prepared with local ingredients.

Eating lunch at this sweet, simple café (floral-patterned place mats, cups of milky tea) feels like being in your grandmother's kitchen. The chalkboard menu highlights fried chicken, tamales, and daily specials such as conch soup.

The bustling buffet-lunch spot on the central market's second floor serves Belizean staples such as stewed pork and duccunu (grated, steamed corn), plus fresh juices (the watermelon is delicious). The local crowd knows to grab an upper-level table for the prime views of Haul Over Creek.

This courtyard restaurant, in a grand former mansion, is popular for its relaxed garden setting and Caribbean-accented food (cassava-crusted snapper, piña colada pie).