Friday, April 16, 2010

Dining in Ambergris Caye - an ecclectic dining Experience

Ambergris Caye has Belize's widest selection of restaurants of interest to visitors, ranging from inexpensive local spots and pizza joints to a few that are rated among the finest in the world. The emphasis is on seafood, of course, but many restaurants also serve chicken and pork. Lobster is usually the most-expensive item on the menu (in-season mid-July to mid-February), at around US$20. Pasta and Mexican-style dishes also are popular. After all that pricey seafood, an honest plate of Belizean beans and rice will taste real good. Dress is very casual, even at the spiffy places. Conch season is September 30-July 1st, and shrimp doesn't really have a season but very hard to get from June-August. Price ranges shown are for typical meals for one (usually dinner), not including tip, tax or alcoholic drinks. VAT of 15% may be charged at some restaurants, mainly higher volume places. Lobster season (when you can eat lobster, fresh or otherwise) starts June 15th. Prior to 2003, no lobsters at all was available in the off season.

CELI'S RESTAURANT ON THE BEACH- at the San Pedro Holiday Hotel, serves Great Fajitas, salads and local dishes for lunch. Delectable Seafood Speciaties for dinner. OUTDOOR & INDOOR DINING 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Beach barbeque every Wednesday night with live music.
HOLIDAY HOTEL- Every Wednesday, live music and a fabulous Beach Barbeque 6:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Barrier Reef Dr. 226-2014.
ROJO LOUNGE - "Tropical Lounge Cuisine", Come drink, linger and lounge beachside under a huge thatch palapa in one of the most beautiful beachfront settings in all of Belize - Azul Resort. Enjoy a fusion of fresh tropical delights and signature cocktails like our "Frozen Mojiotos". Up north at Azul Belize.

CALIENTE MEXICAN & CARIBBEAN CUISINE - Serving lunch and dinner daily from 11 am - 9:30 pm. On the beach in the Spindrift Hotel. Try one of Jennie Staines' original creations. Closed Mondays.
WINE DEVINE - Fine imported wines and cheeses. Olive oils, vinegars and specialty items. Located in the Vilma Linda Plaza on Tarpon St. Phone 226- 3430.
CELI'S DELI - at the San Pedro Holiday Hotel. Carry-out service; a variety of delicious sandwiches and local food. Fresh juices, coffee and other beverages. Open daily 6 to 6.
EL DIVINO at Banana Beach. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner from 6 a.m - 10 p.m. Book your party or banquet today! Phone 226-2444. The Martini Lounge is a full service bar, with a variety of choice drinks and well as imported wines. Phone 226-3890.
BLUE LOTUS - Come take a complimentary water shuttle to San Pedro's only luxury water top Indian restaurant. This is the place where luxury meets the layback way of Caribbean life with a sunset so stunning you will want to come back again and again.
EL FOGON - Dedicated to the home style cooking of Belizean Creole and Mestizo food all prepared in an open fire hearth (or ‘Fogon' in Spanish). We have recreated at an atmosphere typical of the old San Pedro Village kitchen 25 years ago with an outdoor fogon where all the food is cooked and prepared. On El Fogon's menu you can find any, if not all, of the typical home-cooked Creole and Mestizo foods that are typical to Belize, in particular San Pedro. Phone 206-2121.
EL PATIO - Right downtown, dine while you listen to our fountains in our lush tropical courtyard. Open for lunch from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm; dinner, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Reasonable prices, great food, daily specials. Phone 226-3063
RICO'S SURFSIDE RESTAURANT - A truly unique dining experience on the beach at Banyan Bay. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Phone 226-3739 ext. 135.
CAPRICORN RESTAURANT & BEACH BAR - is small and intimate and worth the boat, golf cart or bike ride! "Interesting" snacks and dishes are served at the friendly beach bar and restaurant. Phone 226-2809 for reservations or transportation options.
PORTOFINO RESTAURANT AND GREEN PARROT BEACH BAR - Meet our boat at 6:30 p.m. at Fido’s Dock for a complimentary ride to one of the best culinary experiences you will have while in paradise. For reservations, call 220-5096.
BUENA VISTA RESTAURANT - At Captain Morgan's Retreat. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner specials. Make your stay on the island much more memorable! Phone 226-2207.
MAMBO RESTAURANT - Mambo Cuisine - for food lovers. Homemade pasta, shrimp paté, bruschetta, charbroiled seafood and much more! Call 220- 5010/5011.
ELVI'S KITCHEN - serving the finest food since 1977. Daily Lunch and Dinner Specials. Caribbean Night on Thursday. Mayan Fiesta every Friday - come try our Maya Buffet. Open Monday - Saturday. Lunch: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Dinner: 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Call us for group reservations. Ph 226-2404/2176 "Where something good is always cooking!"
LILY'S TREASURE CHEST RESTAURANT- Serving beachside breakfast, lunch & din-ner. A true island dining experience. Get fresh seafood daily! Beachside at Lily’s Hotel. 226-2650.
RUBY'S CAFE- Right along Front Street, Ruby's opens early for breakfast and is ready to serve you all day long.
RENDEZVOUS RESTAURANT AND BAR- Unique Offerings... AND BAR - The most romantic spot in town featuring award winning chefs. Thai and French cuisine blended to make paradise taste like heaven, or so our customers say. Free Rendezvous Wine tasting from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Fermented, blended and bottled here on the property. Open for lunch and dinner. Call 226-3426 for reservations and transport options.
SEÑOR LOBSTERS RESTAURANT- A new Restaurant has opened at the Exotic Caye Beach "Playador" Resort. The Senor Lobsters is open for breakfast at 7 A.M. and lunch is served from 11 A.M. to 2 P.M. dinner starts at 5 P.M. until 11 P.M. A full menu is available, including fresh fish and lobster, steaks grilled to perfection, and local dishes.

BEAN RESTAURANT/SHADE BAR - @Ak’bol Resort- full service- awesome bartender! Local food @ Local prices on the beach $1-$15BZ + unique specials+desserts daily. Interesting pizzas $25BZ+up. Saturday
DandE's FROZEN CUSTARD and SORBET- If you like ice cream, you will Love DandE's Frozen Custard! Delicious cones, shakes, sundaes and splits. Located on Pescador Drive next to Caramba Restaurant. Closed Wednesday. Phone 608-9100.
ESTEL'S DINE BY THE SEA- Open at 6am, great food, right at the waters edge of the beautiful Caribbean.
HIDDEN TREASURE - Hidden Treasure Restaurant offers fine dining in a relaxing atmosphere of Caribbean breezes, mahogany tables and great Belizean food. Have a romantic candle lit dinner with your significant other while the soft Caribbean wind caresses or bring the entire family for a night out at one of our bigger tables. We cater to any group size and demographic and will ensure that your time at Hidden Treasure Restaurant is definitely one to remember. For Reservations, please call 226-4111.

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