Restaurants in Belize

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.