Contemporary Cuisine in Belize

When the craving strikes for contemporary food, don't pass up a chance to spoil yourself. You may be a bit limited in your options, but there are a few restaurants in Belize within this category.

With choices such as the fine dining atmosphere beloved by diners at Maya Beach Bistro to the restaurants where cocktails are as much a part of dinner as the fare, you could encounter a dish you'll return for again and again.


Use the list below to get more details about the few contemporary places you'll run across as you explore. For each option that interests you, click the name to view the full article about its hours, location, and other offerings.

Maya Beach Bistro

Stann Creek District | (501) 533-8040

Maya Beach Bistro, part of Maya Beach Hotel, is located in Stann Creek District, in Belize; approximately six and a half miles (11 kilometers) to the north of Placencia. Seafood (of course) and contemporary food both describe the best dishes at this much-loved fine dining establishment.

Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner items or order off their small plate menu for a lighter portion. The menu pulls from Belizean traditions as well as other tropical influences. Many of the flavor pairings are both contemporary and unique. Coconut, spices, vegetables and meats grown on small local farms, as well as abundant local seafood are featured throughout the menu. Creative sauces and unexpected culinary touches further elevate the dining experience.

Mesa Cafe

San Pedro | (501) 226-3444

Located near the center of San Pedro, Mesa Cafe is on the same premises as Vilma Linda Plaza, and is a popular choice that's worth considering if you're thinking about visiting this town and its environs. Not only do they have festive fare including contemporary food and of course coffee, but it's also known for sandwiches.

Breakfast and lunch favorites with a twist is what Mesa Cafe has to offer, such as scotch eggs, vegetarian croquettes, and a spicy chicken burger. Some of the most unique menu items are the Mesa Mac and Cheese, which is Mexican chorizo, onions, and cheese or the Caribbean Shrimp Sandwich with pineapple salsa.

Guests often find that the best foods in Belize are those you happen upon while walking the streets near your hotel. Of course, you can't go wrong when you plan on visiting specific venues. To discover more information about the culinary options waiting for you, check out this page.


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