Just returned from a few days in Belize and I thought I'd share our dining experiences on San Pedro (the main village on Ambergris Caye). We were there over Easter weekend, when the island was at its most crowded. Nevertheless, most restaurants had table either without reservations or with a quick call before arriving.
First-time visitors should be aware that 95% of the restaurants on Ambergris Caye are in San Pedro and most line Pescador St., which is called Center St. by most. There are a few on Front St., the street nearest the ocean and a few more actually on the beach. Menu prices are usually in $BZE ($1US=$2BZE). The style of cuisine known as Belizean is actually a melange of styles: Central American, featuring the cuisine of Mexico, Guatamala and El Salvador (tortillas, tacos, papusas, burritos, ceviche, rice and beans), Mayan cuisine, Creole cuisine (steam fish, steam chicken, usually with chopped onions, peppers and garlic) and Western cooking. In addition to restaurants, one can find plenty of interesting street foods, particularly in the evening in Central Park.
Here are a few of our experiences:
Carambas: extremely busy place serving passable Mexican food and fresh fish. Great place for kids. The wait staff can be very entertaining.
Elvi's Kitchen: probably one of the most popular San Pedro restaurants. Reservations a must. Even with a reservation, expect to wait on a busy night. Burgers and chicken, but excellent fresh fish. Whole snapper was delightful. Prices reasonable: expect to pay BZE$20-30 for a dinner here.
The Reef: locals were very excited about the Reef and we enjoyed fresh snapper, ceviche and rice and beans here. Very affordable. Very friendly owner.
Waraguma II: perhaps our favorite is this little joint, seating no more than eight people. The chef is a delightful woman who makes everything from scratch. Chicken, pork, burritos, shrimp, fish.
wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. Don't miss her fresh pupusas each evening. The servings here are immense, so think about splitting a dish. Very affordable.
Blue Water Grill: at the Sunbreeze Hotel, this is a very nice place for that one romantic splurge.
The only place we found with fish other than snapper, they also served grouper and snook.
Definite Pacific Rim influence here. Dinner for two with a bottle of wine was less than BZE$200.
Wherever you go, you'll find the drink of choice is Belikin, the only beer brewed in Belize and the only beer most people choose.