Ambergris Caye is Belize’s most popular tourist destination and a culinary Caribbean hotspot in Belize. In San Pedro Town, you will find a multitude of diverse restaurants and street vendors along the three main avenues, Barrier Reef Drive, Pescador Drive and Angelo Coral Drive, hidden gems down the side streets and award-winning beach bars, palapas and seafood havens, as you head North or South along the scenic coastline.
Here’s our guide to the best restaurants and food stops in San Pedro Town:
BEST RESTAURANTS & FOOD STOPS: SAN PEDRO TOWN
Annie’s Pastries Cart & Bakery
Listen for the bike horn honking and the smell of fresh baked pastries and you’ll find Annie’s Pastries Cart, a pastry haven in San Pedro with a mobile cart cruising the streets selling sweet and savory pastries and Belizean sweets and treats.
Ideal for those afternoon cravings! If you happen to be on Laguna Drive, stop in to handpick your favorites; you surely can’t miss the candy pink exterior of the bakery.
Palapa Bar & Grill
The Palapa Bar & Grill offers the perfect island experience just North of The Landings.
It’s the one place in San Pedro you can drink ice cold Belikin while floating in the Caribbean sea, sip signature cocktails (anyone for a Watermelon Whatchamacalit?), snack on the best fish tacos and write your name on the walls to make sure you’re not forgotten.
You get the vibe! It’s awesome.
Estel’s Dine by the Sea
This laidback eatery is literally on the sand and serves up the best breakfast in Belize on the island, only steps from the water’s edge. Known for their beach BBQs and live blues, it’s a busy spot so there may be a wait.
Serving up a great combo of Caribbean and Mexican food, Caliente’s vibrant murals, oceanfront location and awesome vibes are inviting. With large freshly made margaritas and food that looks as good as it tastes, this is a local favorite.
Caramba Restaurant & Bar
They say the food speaks for itself at Caramba and that’s the truth! Pick your own seafood outside or bring your own and sip on a Strawberry Beerita or fresh fruit smoothie in a tropical environment. Excellent food, welcoming service, fun vibe!
Elvi’s Kitchen is San Pedro’s oldest local restaurant ‘where something good is always cooking”. This award-winning restaurant is the most famous restaurant on Ambergris Caye and offers a true Belizean dining experience with Mayan buffets, live music, Caribbean nights, warm hospitality and Elvi’s famous desserts.
Step off the sands to Wild Mango, an open-air restaurant serving up a blend of Caribbean and Mexican dishes overlooking the Caribbean seas. A perfect setting and great daily specials but get there early, it gets busy fast.
Blue Water Grill
With sushi nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays (the best on the island), live music on a Friday, an extensive menu, oceanfront patio dining and a “I ♥ Belize” sign that warms your heart, Blue Water Grill is a San Pedro favorite and proudly “Fish Right, Eat Right” certified! A great stop on your dining journey.
El Fogon Restaurant
Old style Authentic Belizean cuisine slow cooked in big pots over an open fire! Sound good? El Fogon (meaning “The Fire Hearth”) represents the diversity of authentic Belizean culture with a traditional menu in an old-fashioned kitchen environment!
Stemming from the streets of San Francisco, Origin serves an all plant based international menu of vegan and vegetarian enchiladas, cauliflower tacos and chickpea burgers.
Hidden Treasure Restaurant & Lounge
A hidden treasure indeed! Located South of town in a residential area, this once family backyard has been converted into an award-winning fine dining restaurant in a rustic yet elegant and romantic setting.
With renowned Belizean musicians entertaining every Thursday, an extensive Latin American and Caribbean inspired menu and a free shuttle to get you there, Hidden Treasure is well worth the trip.
This may be one of San Pedro’s priciest restaurants but if you are looking for culinary excellence, world-class cuisine and fine dining, Palmilla delivers.
Set in the beautiful Victoria House Resort & Spa, the neighboring Admiral Nelson’s Palapa Beach Bar offers something a little more laid-back with tasty cocktails and appetizers.
BEST RESTAURANTS: NORTH OF SAN PEDRO
The Truck Stop
Welcome to Belize’s first shipping container food truck park and beer garden, a San Pedro landmark! One mile north of the bridge, the Truck Stop has exciting and diverse food options with 4 food trucks serving up Asian, Latin American, Pizza and Ice-cream. But there’s more – live music, a swimming pool with swim-up bar, outdoor games area, movie screen and a scenic sunset deck on the water. Don’t leave town without a visit.
Aji Tapa Lounge & Restaurant
This idyllic and romantic restaurant sits on the white sands overlooking the ocean. Dine on outstanding seafood tapas in a romantic setting under the stars and fairy lights and drink exotic cocktails in the Palapa bar. Reservations recommended.
Rain Restaurant and Rooftop Terrace
For unmatched views, excellent service and the finest local cuisine by a team of Belizean chefs, make your way to Rain Restaurant. The only rooftop bar and restaurant on the island, Rain is the ideal way to end the day with local seafood, fresh mojitos, live acoustic tunes and 360° barrier reef and sunset views. A must during your stay in Belize! Reservations recommended.
Enjoy a true island experience at this rustic beach restaurant and bar. A laid-back atmosphere with live music and dancing, beach volleyball, fresh coconut mojitos and the best ceviche in town.
John’s Escape Bar & Grill
John’s Escape offers a true casual Caribbean beach vibe! Play some beach games, listen to good tunes and enjoy fresh seafood and a great pizza menu.
Rojo Beach Bar & Lounge
An absolute gem slightly off the beaten path, Rojo Beach Bar is a true Caribbean beach bar, chic yet casual with an infinity pool, comfy loungers in the shade, hammocks in the trees, and an iconic beach bar on the water. With a menu of tapas style food, pizzas and unique signature cocktails, Rojo Beach Bar is a slow afternoon affair in paradise.
Mambo’s & Danny’s Tree Bar
North of town in the Matachica Resort & Spa is Mambos Restaurant and Danny’s Tree Bar. The diverse seafood menu, with a touch of Mediterranean inspiration and extensive wine and cocktail list is perfectly complemented by the incredible ocean views and crashing waves in a relaxed atmosphere.
The options are indeed endless! But … before you get your hands on a menu learn how to “Eat Like a Local in Belize” as we take a look into the freshest, finest and most bizarre Belizean foods.