Belize City Restaurants

Though most restaurants here cater to locals, their number and quality rival those of tourist magnet San Pedro on Ambergris Caye. The city has inexpensive dives serving "dollah chicken" (fried chicken, a local favorite, though it no longer costs just a Belize dollar), Chinese joints of 1950s vintage specializing in chow mein, and lunch spots for downtown office workers seeking Creole dishes such as cow-foot soup and rice and beans. Belize City also has upmarket restaurants serving the city's affluent elite. Only a couple of these are "dressy" (by Belize standards, this means a nice collared shirt for men and perhaps a long tropical dress for women), and reservations are rarely necessary.

A few restaurants around the Tourism Village target cruise-ship passengers, typically for lunch and drinks, but the one thing you won't find here are chain restaurants.

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  • 1. Celebrity Restaurant & Bar

    $$$ | Marine Parade Harbor Front | Latin American

    Visit at lunch or dinner almost any day and you'll see a cross-section of Belize City's movers and shakers—attorneys, businesspeople, politicians...Read More

  • 2. Riverside Tavern

    $$ | Commercial District | American

    Owned and managed by the Bowen (of locally brewed Belikin-beer fame) family, Riverside Tavern is one of the city's most popular and agreeable...Read More

  • 3. Bird's Isle

    $$ | Commercial District | Seafood

    This longtime local favorite is an open-air seaside bar and restaurant on the little islet at the south end of Regent Street, also called Bird...Read More

  • 4. Cheers Restaurant and Cabañas

    $ | Café

    Long a fixture on what is now the George Price Highway near the Belize Zoo, Cheers has a surprisingly good open-air restaurant that attracts...Read More

  • 5. Chon Saan Palace

    $$ | Commercial District | Chinese

    Locally adored for four decades, Chon Saan Palace is the best Chinese restaurant in Belize City, which is otherwise full of bad Chinese eateries...Read More

  • 6. Global Spice

    $$ | Latin American

    We don't often include airport restaurants, but Global Spice, a no-frills restaurant near the "waving gallery" on the second floor of the main...Read More

  • 7. Hour Bar & Grill

    $$$ | Marine Parade Harbor Front | Seafood

    Created by a branch of the Bowen family (owner of Belize Brewing Company), Hour Bar & Grill has become a popular Belize City hangout. The...Read More

  • 8. Nerie's

    $ | Commercial District | Latin American

    Often packed, Nerie's is the vox populi of dining in Belize City. The many traditional dishes on the menu include fry jacks for breakfast...Read More

  • 9. Sahara Grill

    $$ | Northern Suburbs | Mediterranean

    This nondescript Mediterranean/Lebanese restaurant in the Northern Suburbs has good kabobs, kofta, falafel, and hummus, with many vegetarian...Read More

  • 10. Wet Lizard

    $$ | American

    Located in the Tourism Village, overlooking the boardwalk where cruise-ship tenders drop off passengers, there's no question of the target market...Read More

  • 11. Big Daddy's Diner

    $ | Latin American

    With a central location in the Commercial Center, just south of Swing Bridge, Big Daddy's is a popular lunch spot for downtown workers. The...Read More

  • 12. Dit's Saloon

    $ | Commercial District | Latin American

    Probably the oldest restaurant in Belize City, Dit's is also one of the homiest, with simple, home-style Creole and Mestizo dishes. And it's...Read More

  • 13. Harbour View

    Seafood

    For the most romantic setting in the city, ask for a table on the wraparound balcony overlooking the harbor. The friendly staff and consistently...Read More

  • 14. Sumathi

    $$ | Marine Parade Harbor Front | Indian

    Tasty northern and southern Indian food is created at Sumathi in their authentic tandoori oven—a large clay oven with intense heat—which cooks...Read More

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