Lunch Hotspots in Belize City

by Carolee Chanona

Whether spending the day or weekend in Belize City, add one of these lunch hotspots to your itinerary for some of the top-rated food!  

The Tavern

Since 2006, The Tavern at the end of Mapp Street has been a well-loved restaurant and bar. Previously known as Riverside Tavern, this pub-style restaurant serves international food that’s popular with all ages. Did we mention their outdoor seating includes a riverside deck? Besides, their gourmet-style burger pair perfectly with Belikin Beer on tap. Coupled with a scenic river deck, plenty of parking space, Wifi, and a diverse menu, it’s easy to see why The Tavern is rated #1 on TripAdvisor

Best Western Plus Belize Biltmore Plaza 

Despite it’s spacious parking and air-conditioned dining room, the Biltmore’s patio and poolside bar are the real stars. Take your lunch outdoors and enjoy the open air atmosphere with daily specials outside of their regular menu. For example, their daily revolving buffets specials include Caribbean Monday, International Tuesday, Italian Wednesday, Mexican Thursday, and Belizean Friday. The in-house Chef is happy to accommodate to special diets, so you need not be left with an unsatisfied craving. 

Taka Kitchen

Located on the second floor of the Northern Shops across from Courts, experience Taka Kitchen! This authentic, family-run Japanese bistro is compact, cool and modern. The menu offers typical Japanese cuisine like sushi, soups, and various noodle dishes, as well as teas and juices, and typical desserts. Service is swift and gracious, with plenty of parking. Taka Kitchen is open Tuesday to Saturday for midday meals only, but takeout is also available. Here’s how to get your sushi fix for lunch in Belize City! 

Bird’s Isle

Photo: Bernt Rostad

Bird’s Isle may be one of the best food spots in Belize City that’s serving up local cuisine best. As its name implies, Bird’s Isle is an island oasis at the southern tip of town that manages to defy the urban edge just a few blocks away. Locals and tourists alike flock to the palapa (open-air shelter with a thatched roof) to relish the panoramic view of Belize’s sea port with a cool sea breeze, fresh-squeezed juice and cold beers.

Martha’s  Cafe

This homey vegetarian restaurant is set within a colonial home in the famous Fort George area of Belize, just steps away from the Tourist Village and Baron Bliss Lighthouse. The view is a special feature with its wrap-around verandah and front-row view of the Belize Harbor. Not to mention, it’s a great place to relax and enjoy the sea breeze and zen atmosphere. Only fresh ingredients and whole grains are used at Martha’s Cafe, which includes homemade kombucha, fresh pressed juices, and even vegan desserts. The owner, Michelle, is your gracious host and will make sure your needs are indulged.   

martha's cafe

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