There are numerous good restaurants in the Cayo District, San Ignacio, Belize, all offering a variety of food catering to different tastes and budgets. A meal at an inexpensive restaurant will cost $5 USD with a 3-course meal at a medium-range restaurant costing approximately $30 USD. Heading to the upper end of the spectrum, price-wise, dine at the San Ignacio Hotel and Resort where a steak meal will cost around $35 USD. At the Cayo Welcome Center in downtown San Ignacio, you will find Fuego Bar & Grill, a popular Cayo tourist hangout famous for its drinks. If you like to walk (or drink) on the wild side, try their “happy hour kamikaze specials.” A full meal at Fuego’s costs approximately $15 USD.
The Guava Limb Café, way down Burns Avenue in San Ignacio, is operated by Chaa Creek Resort and offers delicious fare with daily specials around $12 USD. The Travel Channel ranks these two local haunts in the top 5 restaurants in Belize! Serendib Sri Lankan Restaurant is located on Burns Avenue right across from the RE/MAX Belize Property Center office in San Ignacio. Their diversified menu of mostly Sri Lankan dishes costs $13 USD on average. Ko-ox Han-nah (also known as Hannah’s), located almost across from Atlantic Bank, has really good Belizean food - on average around $10 USD. If you are into Mexican food in Belize, then Rolson’s would be the place to order the best roast pork tacos washed down with a margarita, priced at $13 USD for both. Mr. Greedy’s Pizzeria, on Burns Avenue, caters to pizza lovers of all stripes for around $14 USD for a pizza. If you are seeking high-end pizza, head to Francis Ford Coppola’s Blancaneaux Lodge in Mountain Pine Ridge. His Belize restaurant, Montagna Ristorante, serves up made-to-order pizza, cooked in an authentic brick oven. Rumor has it that they’ll make you a pizza you can’t refuse!
Proceeding east from San Ignacio, along the George Price Highway (formerly known as the Western Highway) you will drive through a series of quaintly named villages including Santa Elena, Esperanza, Central Farm, Unitedville, Ontario, Teakettle Village, Camelote, Roaring Creek, Cotton Tree and Democracia. In Santa Elena, the Aguada Hotel has its own restaurant with really good food, averaging $12 USD. In Unitedville, on your way to San Ignacio, you will find Casa Sofia. Be sure to stop there for authentic Italian Cuisine at very affordable prices.
Just outside of San Ignacio, heading west towards the Village of Benque Viejo del Carmen, Ka’ana Resort offers inspired breakfast, lunch and dinner menu choices - with prices reflecting this Belize luxury resort. Full-breakfast choices range from Banana Pancakes at $10USD through to Chorizo and Egg Burritos at $12USD. All full-breakfast dishes are served with fresh fruit; and complimentary tea or coffee. They offer a medley of breakfast beverages, ranging from Papaya Protein Blast at $5 USD through to a Bloody Mary at $8USD! The caption beside this menu choice reads “what better way to start the day, with homemade pickled vegetables”. It’s a matter of taste!
As you roll into the village of San José Succotz in Cayo, do your taste buds and pocketbook a favor and head to Benny’s Kitchen, across the Mopan River from the Xunantunich Mayan site. Great place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Well-priced and tasty home-cooked Belizean food, averaging $10USD.
Heading further west to the Village of Benque Viejo del Carmen, cruise into Charli’s right across from the Benque Farmers’ Market at the corner of Kennedy and Wyatt Streets. They serve burgers, wings, salads, pasta, pizza, and vegan dishes at very reasonable prices. There are 6 Chinese restaurants along George Price Boulevard in Benque – all economically priced. The Cave Garden Restaurant & Bar serves up affordable beef and chicken tacos and bar fare. They serve rum and coke for $1.25USD during their “Thirsty Thursday” and “Wet Friday” happy hours. And, there’s always the Cafeteria in the Catholic Church at the corner of Church Street and Guerra Street. Welcome to Benque Viejo!
(Francis Ford Coppala's Blancaneaux Lodge in Mountain Pine Ridge Belize, pictured.)