The 7 San Pedro Restaurants you absolutely must try! (Updated 2017)
San Pedro is brimming with culinary delights of all varieties, here are the 7 best places to experience them in!
1. Elvi’s Kitchen:
This iconic San Pedro restaurant has been filling stomachs of happy patrons for 20 years when it began as a burger aisle. Founded by Elvia Staines for whom it is named after, it is a must visit restaurant in San Pedro town.
The interior sand floor is built around the large flamboyant tree that has watched people eat under its branches since the founding. It’s often accompanied by live music, decorated remnant artifacts of San Pedro’s fishing village roots and artwork.
The famous Grand Mayan Buffet held every Friday is a crowd favorite, for its assortment of Maya-Mestizo food highlighting the heritage of the ethnic group.
- Stuffed Jalapeños with homemade Mango Sauce
- Asian Warm Salad, the Fajita Wrap
- Blacked whole fish with stew beans and white rice
- Crab Claws in garlic butter
- Almi’s Seafood pasta (chicken also available)
There is also the quasi-urban myth of Chef Jenny’s off menu items ask and you might be in for this master chef’s culinary treats.
2. Wild Mango San Pedro Restaurant
This funky island favorite has been serving up creative, and innovative dishes for years. The small, cozy beachfront restaurant only takes a few reservations leaving the majority of its open-air deck for walk-ins off the beach and with one of the best lunch menus around it is always busy with patrons ordering a wide variety of dishes from Chef Amy Knox’s robust menu.
- Tres Amigos ceviche which samples 3 different types of ceviche out of 7! Try the Peruvian, Thai, and Yucatecan combination.
- The Asian Chicken Salad made with mixed greens.
- The Vegan Kale Salad (one of many vegan/vegetarian options)
- Mango’s Mongo Burrito (big enough for two people)
- The Buden Azteca is best described as Mexican inspired Lasagna loaded with cheese, beans, sautéed veggies, mole negro basically all the best things.
Anything you order here is good!
3. Blue Water Grill:
The Blue Water Grill considered an island staple on the San Pedro culinary scene is always lively with a mix of locals, and tourists. Famed for its popular Sushi Tuesday and Thursday they serve up a wide variety of dishes to suit all palettes.
- Hawaiian style Ahi Poke Salad with yellowfin tuna
- Cajun Snook, smoked paprika dusted snook fillet on dirty rice, served with fried okra, blackened shrimp and homemade andouille sausage and cherry cream sauce
- Sushi Night (Tuesday/Thursday), the Escondido which is yellowtail, mango, cilantro, cream cheese, and avocado topped with red tobiko and a mango habanero coulis.
- Reservations are recommended as these are very busy nights
Also for the daily specials!
4. Casa Picasso:
Casa Picasso as its motto states “Dine Artfully” is another famed establishment and is a major stop along the San Pedro culinary scene. With its chic décor, delicious menu, friendly staff and, of course, its famous Tasting Thursday it’s not hard to see why they retain the title as one of Ambergris Caye’s top restaurants. With the menu updated consistently, there is always something good to try at Casa Picasso.
- Oven Roasted Pork Belly served with a sweet oyster sauce, cilantro, and diced tomatoes.
- The Roasted stuffed mushrooms is another hit with its rosemary, white wine, and garlic roasted mushroom caps., stuffed with goat cheese and a crazy good chili oil, and fresh herbs.
- Mediterranean Eggplant Napoleon is excellent. Grilled eggplant and zucchini layered with roasted tomatoes, callaloo, and goat cheese, baked with white cheddar and asiago cheeses, served with a side salad of mixed greens, tossed with a red wine vinaigrette, really you can’t go wrong here.
- Banana Leaf Wrapped Fish Fillet is the way to go with fresh fish fillet rubbed in lemongrass, ginger, and a garlic chili sauce over sliced red & green peppers, wrapped in a banana leaf and grilled to perfection then served with a sweet tamarind sauce, coconut rice, and grilled veggies.
5. Finn and Martini:
The new kid on the block Finn and Martini has already made waves since its recent opening. Belize’s first Martini house the restaurant and bar is owned by well-known local personality Findley K Halliday. Finn who designed the entire restaurant down to the artwork which he painted himself is the brain behind the operation. Finn has 10 years’ experience in the restaurant industry previously running one of the best lounges on the island.
- The Crudo which is a Japanese take on ceviche made with local conch, green onions, jalapeño, tomato, onion, cilantro, pickled daikon, soy sauce, wasabi, and sesame oil.
- Chaya Dip, Chaya similar to spinach is very popular in Belize and the cheesy Chaya dip from Finn and Martini is among the best you can buy.
- Seafood Wontons filled with a delicious shrimp and mushroom mixture
- You cannot forget the Martini in Finn and Martini. The favorite, Basil Jones, named after the famed baymen is one of the recommendations from Finn himself. Made from Coconut Vodka, Coconut Milk, Fresh Basil and Lime this martini alone will keep you coming back.
- Thaitini, no doubt inspired by Finn’s recent trip to Southeast Asia the Thaitini packs a punch made with ginger, Asian spice-infused vodka (killer), and a fresh juice medley (strawberry, orange, lime, and pineapple).
6. El Fogon:
El Fogon is famed for lunch especially among locals, usually running out of food after lunch because of its popularity the restaurant excels in local foods made the traditional Belizean way.
Their rice and beans is some of the best you can get in Belize, with a rotating lunch menu every day is different serving mestizo delicacies such as Escabeche (Onion, chicken soup) or Chimole/Relleno (check out our recipe).
- Cow Foot Soup (crowd pleaser)
- Boil Up.
This restaurant has made its name for local Belizean Cuisine family style, and they have some of the best homemade juices especially the Horchata (rice juice) or the Tambran juice. Be sure not to miss this local favorite for a good taste of Belize! Make sure to ask for the daily special!
7. Palmilla at Victoria House:
The Victoria House a veteran Ambergris resort located south of San Pedro has always offered the highest levels of comfort and quality on the island. With its iconic royal palms, beautiful plantation style villas, and one of the top restaurants on the island it’s not hard to see how they have been a staple of the island from before Belize was even a vacation option.
The Palmilla restaurant has one of the best reputations on the island and in the country for its high-quality food and excellent setting. Popular among romantics and for special occasions the restaurant exudes elegance with its cloth napkins, and crystal glasses, your choice of seating either indoor in the classic candlelit dining room or outdoors under the stars of the veranda you can’t go wrong.
- Be sure to ask for the Chef’s Special of the Day!
- Tempura Shrimp is a fan favorite with its delicate hand battered and drizzled with a creamy, spicy sauce, and a soy reduction.
- Camarones en hamaca which is sautéed shrimps and heart of palm (Belizean delicacy) served on pan fried plantain slices with a lime & ginger tomato sauce (to die for).
- When in season, the almond crusted lobster strips are the way to go hand battered and served with a citrus honey sauce over a bed of crispy greens.
- Cashew Crusted Grouper is another popular entry gently grilled and served with sautéed shrimp in a green chili butter with roasted corn and garlic mashed potatoes.
Reservations are encouraged as seating is, of course, limited.
The San Pedro Restaurant scene is ever-evolving, new restaurants rise up and the mainstays shake it up often as well so there’s always something new to try on the island! Want a guide to the islands of Belize? Check out our Belize Islands Blog for more information!
Didn’t see your favorite? or have a favorite dish we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments section below! 🙂