Bicycling back in the hot early afternoon sun from our unsuccessful attempt to get value out of the Banyan Bay Resort's 'time share' attack on us (see my 'Tourist Trap' tip), we soon discovered a restaurant that looked like it had something to offer us - Jerry's Crab Shack. After chaining our bicycles to a tree beside their front door, we only made it just in time, because the restaurant closes at 2 PM for an afternoon siesta, like many other restaurants on Ambergris Cay. Operated by a retired American entrepreneur for over 20 years, Jerry's was a great find for us!
Favorite Dish: To recover from the 'heat exhaustion' (hey, it works for me), we ordered two cold rum drinks, one with Lime and the other with Fruit Cocktail (US$2.50 each) while we had a closer look at the menu. This is a seafood restaurant, so we decided to continue with that theme: I had a Crab Cake Sandwich while Sue tried their Shrimp Sandwich, both served with French Fries and Coleslaw at US$6.50 apiece. It was quite an enjoyable meal, combined with a brief respite from the sun. However, with the staff waiting to close-up, we did not linger long, settling up the total bill of US$23, including a beer or two with the meal and a tip.
On our final evening in San Pedro, we rode our rented bicycles to the mid-town area to drop them off at Joe's before his 6 PM deadline, then continued on foot to the Water Taxi office, where I bought our tickets for the morning ride to Belize City. Next up was a stop at an internet cafe next to the Jambel Jerk Pit before we decided that we had better start looking for a place to eat.
Our first stop was at Mango's (closed on a Monday) then the ever-popular BCs on the beach (no food seemed to be available there and the bar was packed with people). We continued to head south now, past the airport where we noticed Ali Baba's, a Lebanese type restaurant. This had possibilities but we continued onward to the Jade Garden Chinese restaurant we had biked past during the afternoon (did not like their menu selections), kept going south toward a Thai restaurant and stopped in at Crazy Canucks Beach Bar along the way. It too was very busy but no sign of a restaurant and there were people sitting under tents as if a function of some sort was underway. It was fully dark when we finally reached the Tastes of Thai, but we were greeted by a large sign that said FULL. Oh well, we began the slog north again, heading for Ali Baba's, but had not gone too far when a passing American on a golf cart kindly offered us a drive! It was 7 PM by the time we were ushered into Ali Baba's dining room, and it was a relief to finally sit down to order something.
Favorite Dish: We had two dishes to share - big full-sized Chicken kebabs (US$9) and a Vegetarian dish of Homus, falaful & cilantro (US$10) as well as a couple of Belikin beers (US$5 for two) and a glass of white wine (US$6). Wow, this was really great food with a lovely flavour and cooked to perfection! Both before and during the meal we enjoyed interesting conversations with an American couple from New Hampshire (not far from where we live in Canada) and a guy sitting by himself, from Texas. This guy was a character, sleeping in the most basic of shelters even though he was in Belize looking to invest US$100,000 in some property he was interested in. Later in our travels on mainland Belize, we ran into other Americans also looking for investment opportunities - it seems that Belize is starting to be 'noticed'!
As we left, we congratulated the chef on our meal, one of the best we had so far had in Belize, and this place was not even mentioned in our guide book. With a tip, the total bill came to US$35 cash, No Credit Cards accepted.
Luna Restaurant is located at Journey's End Hotel turned out to be an excellent choice for our first meal here in Ambergris Cay. We had been traveling all day the other restaurant we had seleted hat no dinner reservations for that night. The good thing about this restuarant was that we didn't have to venture too far out of our way.
The restaurant is quite nice in an open air dinning setting. They have some nice tables or cozier booths where you can feel the cool breeze. We sat at a nice booth and proceeded to look at the menu amazed at being in such a beautiful place. We then ordered drinks followed by our appetizers then of course our main meal.
The wait staff were very nice and friendly to add to the good food. Prices are quoted in American dollars and although we didn't think it was too expensive, the meal definitely wasn't cheap by any standards. We each paid about $65 dollars for an appetizer, main dish and a drink. We skipped dessert we couldn't even finish our meal.
Favorite Dish: Miriam ordered a Rum Punch and I had a Margarita. We each ordered an appetizer, Miriam had the jerk shrimp while I ordered the crab cakes. For dinner I ordered the seafood linguine while Miriam had the fresh fish of the day a wonderful snapper. Our meal also came with a soup in a buttery cream sauce with hints of seafood, and wonderful spices.
The food here was excellent and we were quite happy we decided to have our last meal on the island here. The restaurant is located on the beach attached to a hotel (with only a few rooms) just a short ferry ride from our hotel. As we arrived we were greeted by the waiter (his name escapes me now) and seated at a nice table overlooking the beach and the ocean. The ambiance is upscale casual with nice lighting and wooden table and chairs.
There was a nice small bar in the back but it was the food that made a great impression, it was excellent and I would definitely return.
Miriam and I both wanted the lobster which was still in season for another 2 weeks (lucky us). We perused the menu, placed our drink order and decided on a few great choices for appetizers and main course.
Again, not a super expensive meal, but not cheap by any means. We each paid about $70 US. Please note that menu prices are in Belize dollars (can initially cause sticker shock). Divide the prices in half and you'll get your price in $US.
I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
Favorite Dish: We started our meal with a nice cool frozen drink. A basket of fresh warm bread was brought out and we then ordered our drinks. We both had the frozen Margarita. Next up appetizers. Miriam decided on the fresh mozzarella tomato and basil and I choose the crab cakes, they were both so yummy. For our main course I decided on the Caribbean spiny lobster which was served on the shell seasoned with lime & dusted with nutmeg, paprika, fennel, celery seed and dried onion with some garlic butter, garlic mashed potato and sauteed veggies. Miraim had the combination filet mignon and lobster with the same sides...we both raved how excellent the lobster was, not overcookded!! We then finished this fabulous meal with "Kim's dreamy rum chocolate cake.
It's amazing how we thought that every single one of our restaurant choices were excellent, but Rendevous was by far our favorite and best meal during our visit.
Again, the restaurant was located on the beach inside a wonderful looking chalet type home, right next door to our hotel. On our first night in Belize we had decided to try this restaurant out but there were no reservations to be had, so we made it a point to make reservations for the following night and were so happy that we did. The food and the service was beyond excellent.
We arrived and were greeted by our waiter and seated at a nice table in the corner close to a larger table with a group of about 5 people (later on we found out it was the chef's family visiting). The restaurant is quite nice with Asian fusion decorations with a bit of French tossed in.
This night the restaurant was a bit slower with only the three tables occuppied which we found strange since it was a Saturday night but we were happy to have the attention of the two waiters, who incidently invited us to the their Beach BBQ the following day. We also met up with them later on that evening at probably the only club in Ambergris Cay.
The food was amazing, one of the best I have had. Prices were even reasonable. Our dinner every night average more than $70 per night, but we didn't pay more than $55 (US) each including a drink and a shared dessert.
Favorite Dish: Wow, the food was excellent and even the other diners where raving to the chef about her wonderful sense of combining the different tastes of each dish.
Miriam and I started our evening with drink. I had a mojito she had a margarita on the rocks. We looked at the menu and made our choices. We decided to order an appetizer to share and we chose this wonderful salad which was a combination of chicken, pork with all sorts of seasonings and was excellent.
For our main meal I ordered the snapper (the catch of the day) which was excellent and was paired with a coconut cream sauce and saffron with an orange ginger rice, YUM! Miriam had the Thai Pepper Pork which were medallions of pork in a Thai garlic peppercorn sauce served with the orange ginger rice. OMG, what a wonderful meal experience and we couldn't stop talking about how excellent the food was. We even spoke to the Chef (Collen, a wonderful transplanted Canadian women) and thanked her for a wonderful meal. She reiterated the invitation to the Beach BBQ the next day.
We ended this fabulous meal with Colleen's Chocolate Truffle Cake, it taste as good as it sounds.
Of all our dinner experiences while visiting Ambergris Cay I would say that Portofino was our least favorite, mainly for two reasons. The food was good, but nothing inspiring and the time we waited for our meal was way too long and this definitely our feeling about this place.
We called and made reservations and were picked up by their private ferry. Upon arriving to the dock, the "guard" escorted us to the restaurant, just a few steps ahead of us. The restaurant is located in a hotel with very nice decorations and furnishings. We waited about 10 minutes before we were seated at a table close to the open air seating. There were quite a few tables occupied by diners and we realized that there was only one waitstaff and one bar tender taking drink orders. At least one more waiter was needed to efficiently bring the meals out in a timely fashion.
The meal was okay, nothing to rave about and the service was lacking. I didn't feel the warmness we had felt in our other dining experiences.
Favorite Dish: I ordered a class of white wine and so did Miriam. We then waited what seemed like 20 minutes to place our meal order.
Our waitress finally made her way to us and we placed our order. I ordered the coconut Caribbean Newburg which was quite yummy and Miriam ordered some type of shrimp. We each ordered the seafood platter a combination of lobster, fish fillet, shrimp and scallops sautéed and served with rice and vegetables, we decided to skip dessert as we had waited so long for our meal to arrive.
Considering what we paid for our meal I would have to say I don't think I would recommend this place to anyone. Although the meal itself wasn't bad, the service and higher prices than we had paid in other restuarnts would warrant us to definitely skip this place on our next visit.
Our meal with an appetizer each, glass of wine each and our main entree was over $75 (US).
Because we were in a resort with very few options of places to eat (unless we woke early and made a trek by ferry) we had our breakfast every morning at the Luna Restaurant located in the hotel.
The breakfast menu was quite nice with varing choices of eggs, omelets, waffles, french toast, pancakes and fruits. We ordered a different breakfast every morning with a cup of coffe and water.
The cost of breakfast was $15 US each.
Favorite Dish: I had the pancakes and ham, waffles and eggs over with their Johhny cakes, fuit and coffee during my stay. Miriam had a varing combination of the same items.
After having spent the day indoors due to rain we thought we would find a nice place to have dinner. We didn't want to go on our golf card though so we went to plan B.
My daughter found an ad that said if you dine at Victoria House they will sent transport for you.
She phoned them and they did come get us for dinner, in a limo. The restaurant was beautiful.
Everything on the menu was ala carte so it was a bit pricey but we enjoyed it.
Our very best food in Belize was found at Sweet Basil Restaurant.
The location was a little out of the way but it is well worth the extra effort to get there.
We dined up on the second floor on an open air balcony. There was a nice view of the sea from there.
Favorite Dish: Everything we tried was delicious.We especially liked the tabouli salad and fresh homemade bread
We really enjoyed our evenings spent here at El Patio Restaurant. They have a lovely patio for outdoor dining. The food is good and some evening we would eat elsewhere but stop by here for an drink or dessert.
The first night we arrived we ate here but we had to dine inside since it was raining.
Favorite Dish: Atmosphere.........
On our last night on the island we stopped by on our way home.
The patio was full with beauty contestants doing a photo shoot.
They were from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvadorhttp://ambergriscaye.com/elpatio/index.htmland were to be in the local La Costa Maya Pageant.
This is a nice place on the water on the north side of the spit.It sits about where the "Tres Cocos" snorkel site is on the reef which you can see from the bar . The main bar area is on the second floor giving you a nice breeze and view.There are real bathrooms(hooked to a septic system on land-Not just a hole in the dock!) on the first floor.Good place to stop if your taking a walk down that part of the island.
Favorite Dish: All we've had has been Beer and burgers but there's a full bar and a light menu
Pizza in Belize is an odd choice, I know, but if you are looking for a quick cheap bite you can't beat Paulys. The crust is incredible and you get free Kool-Aid. So tasty we ate here twice.
Favorite Dish: Garlic Shrimo Pizza
Without a doubt the best place in town to receive a tasty local meal for a budget price. I named this place the "local alley". I enjoyed a large plate of rice and beans with seasoned beef for my best lunch of my trip. Don't miss this place!
Favorite Dish: Rice and beans with beef with extra hot sauce.
Island Ice Cream was a great place to go when I craved ice cream. This is a common thing in this tropical climate so there tend to be a few good ice cream parlours around. The Island Ice Cream offered excellent ice cream however they did not have a great variety of flavours offered. I settled for plain old chocolate and it was great. Just what the doctor ordered on a hot day. My other complaint here was that the cost was a bit more expensive than you might of expected.
Basically a Caribbean restaurant. It was alright. It got very crowded during my visit and I had to sit at the end of the bar. They also serve Mexican and Argentinan food. The service here was very good and the cook charming. I was not knocked out by the quality of the food.