Restaurants in Belize
There's always something new to try at Belize restaurants, and the cuisine runs the gamut from American and Caribbean classics to South American foods that are all about cheese, rice, and beans. Restaurants in Belize often serve dishes influenced by the country's many different cultures.
In the north, you’ll find traditional Maya cuisine, which features dishes based largely on corn and cassava, a root vegetable that's popular in South American cuisine. A signature Mayan dish is caldo, a soup containing whole pieces of chicken, large chunks of vegetables, lemon juice, and hot corn tortillas. Another noteworthy dish is the "Bile Up," or "Boil Up." It's made of boiled eggs, fish, pigtail, and ground legumes such as cassava, plantains, yams, and cocoa. Of course, we'd be remiss not to mention the bounty of fresh seafood that's available all over the country.
One noteworthy Belize restaurant is the Riverside Tavern in Belize City, which has the best burgers in town. If you find yourself in San Pedro, meanwhile, check out The Lazy Croc BBQ; not only is their barbecue finger-licking good, but they also offer access to the beach. In the mood for some jerk chicken? Then make sure to head over to Robin's Kitchen in San Pedro.
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).
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.
Located at the Matachica Resort and Spa on Ambergris Caye's North End, this thatch-roofed restaurant uses fresh ingredients to add local flavor to classic European dishes such as penne a la carbonara and seafood fettuccine.
Menus were once nonexistent at this restaurant; fried chicken and snacks were sold deli-style when it opened in 2002. From there, Wendy's Creole Restaurant & Bar has grown into a full-service location with air-conditioning (a blessing in Belize,) a full menu, and 100 seats.