Dining Guide on Ambergris Caye: Where to Eat, Top Dishes and Best Restaurants

Belizean cuisine is a vibrant tapestry of flavors that reflects the country’s diverse cultural heritage. Influenced by Mayan, Creole, Garifuna, Mestizo, and East Indian traditions, the food of Belize is both unique and deeply rooted in its history. From hearty stews and fresh seafood to spicy street food and tropical fruits, Belizean dishes offer a delightful blend of tastes and textures. Whether you’re indulging in traditional rice and beans, savoring a plate of stewed chicken, or enjoying the rich flavors of a seafood ceviche, Belizean food is sure to captivate your palate and provide a true taste of the Caribbean.

Ambergris Caye, the most developed island in Belize is a great destination for food enthusiasts as it boosts a culinary scene that is sure to delight any palate.  Staying at SunBreeze Suites, centrally located in San Pedro Town,  places you at the heart of this culinary haven. Just a short stroll from your accommodations, you’ll find a variety of exceptional dining options. Here are few restaurants to visit during your stay on Ambergris Caye.

Jambel’s Jerk Pit at SunBreeze Suites 

Jambel’s Jerk Pit, our on-site restaurant at SunBreeze Suites, offers a vibrant fusion of Caribbean and Belizean flavors that make it a must-visit dining spot. Famous for its jerk chicken and seafood dishes, Jambel’s brings the heat and spice of Jamaican cuisine to the island, complemented by the freshest local ingredients. Here you can enjoy a casual lunch or dinner by the sea. Whether you’re savoring signature jerk recipes or enjoying a tropical cocktail, Jambel’s promises a flavorful journey that captures the spirit of the Caribbean.

Elvi’s Kitchen

Elvi’s Kitchen is a cherished restaurant run by a Belizean family and is one of the oldest on Ambergris Caye. It is highly recommended for those who want to experience genuine Belizean tastes. Starting as a simple burger stand in 1974 by Mrs. Elvi Staines, this place has evolved into an award-winning eatery with dishes ranging from comforting stews to exquisite seafood dishes, all prepared using local ingredients and flavorful seasonings. The friendly atmosphere at Elvi’s Kitchen offer a cozy and welcoming environment for guests to relish in true Belizean hospitality.

Blue Water Grill at SunBreeze Hotel

Blue Water Grill is a well-loved restaurant located on the beach front of San Pedro, at our sister property SunBreeze Hotel. Known for its delicious mix of fresh seafood and international dishes, visitors can savor treats like lobster fritters, ceviche, and grilled fish while taking in the breathtaking sights of the Caribbean Sea. The restaurant’s relaxed vibe with a sea view and welcoming staff have made it a top choice for both residents and travelers. Make sure to drop by on Tuesday and Friday for special sushi nights, and on Thursdays for Italian themed evenings with live music.

Lily’s Treasure Chest Restaurant

Lily’s Treasure Chest Restaurant, situated along the beachfront just a quick 3-minute walk from SunBreeze Suites, exudes a casual and inviting atmosphere. Diners can savor their meals in a tranquil outdoor environment. Renowned for its delicious ceviche, this spot is perfect for a relaxing lunch with views of the sea. They also offer special sangria deals, making it an ideal spot for a laid-back and casual dining experience

Estel’s Dine by the Sea

Estel’s Dine by the Sea is a charming dining spot located on the beachfront by Central Park on Ambergris Caye. Situated right by the sea, Estel’s offers a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere where visitors can enjoy delicious Belizean breakfast favorites.  The menu features mouthwatering dishes such as fry jacks, Belizean breakfast, and fresh seafood, all served in generous portions. Whether you stop by for a hearty breakfast, a leisurely brunch, or a satisfying lunch, Estel’s provides a welcoming environment and friendly service that captures the essence of island living.

El Fogon

El Fogon, is a culinary treasure that offers an authentic taste of Belizean cuisine. Known for its traditional cooking methods, El Fogon uses an open fire hearth to prepare mouthwatering dishes that capture the essence of local flavors. This cozy, family-run restaurant serves up a variety of Belizean staples, including succulent stews, grilled seafood, and rich, flavorful rice and beans. With its warm, rustic ambiance and commitment to preserving Belize’s culinary heritage, El Fogon provides a genuine dining experience that food lovers will cherish.