Best Restaurants in Caye Caulker

So, you’re going to Caye Caulker? I don’t know about you but once I decide on a travel location my very next step is to start researching the local specialties and where to eat. I hope that this post will help you find the best restaurants in Caye Caulker.

The food was better on Caye Caulker than we were expecting. I think you will be pleasantly surprised!

Sadly, it was not lobster season while we were there. Lobster season runs June 15 through February 15 and were arrived in May.

I’ve since learned that if you go during the season you can enjoy inexpensive lobster for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Pretty good reason to plan a return trip!

General Dining Information

How to dress in the Restaurants on Caye Caulker?

Just about anything goes!

The Caye Caulker restaurants are super casual. You won’t have to worry about dressing up here! Lots of places have no indoor seating and even the restaurants that do have indoor searing typically have sand floors.

People wander in barefoot straight from their snorkeling expeditions. No shoes, no shirt, you can still have service.

Street Food on Caye Caulker

There is also a great street food scene on Caye Caulker. Definitely take advantage of that.

The prices on street food are lower than in the restaurants and everything we tried was delicious.

You will find street vendors frying up Frye jacks, or grilling the catch of the day, or making papusas. Good smells drift everywhere.

How is the Service at Caye Caulker Restaurants?

The theme of Caye Caulker is GO SLOW and this seems to apply to restaurant service as well. It was never hard to get a seat, but the service could be a bit spotty.

However, it was always friendly and, hey, you’re on vacation! Go slow!

Can You Drink the Water ?

We were told that it is borderline, possibly fine, but no guarantees.

We loved that our hotel provided purified water for use in our room and we used that to have ice in our drinks when we were eating in our room.

That said we did have drinks with ice at restaurants as well as our fair share of frozen alcoholic drinks and never had a problem.

I would suggest being cautious.

Cash or Credit

You will need cash for many restaurants and definitely if you want to partake of the street food.

Best Restaurants in Caye Caulker

Chef Juan’s Kitchen and Pastries:

We LOVED Chef Juan’s kitchen and Pastries. This may have been our favorite restaurant on the island.

The location doesn’t have a view, but the food is excellent.

You order at the window and are called when your food is ready. I’ve heard that it can get a little bit busy, but it wasn’t while we were there. Everything we had here was excellent.

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Pasta Per Caso Anna & Armando

Italian food…on Caye Caulker? Yes, and more than that it is really good, authentic Italian food.

The salads were great and I felt safe eating them here – it was a nice change to have something green!

The pastas are well-made, both creative and delicious. There are only two choices of pasta per day one meat and one vegetarian. We tried both and shared and thought that they were equally delicious.

This is a small place and seems to be very popular so it is one of the few restaurants in Caye Caulker that you will want to make reservations for!

Ice N’ Beans:

Coffee with a view? Pastries served with a smile? Yes, please.

Ice and Beans became our morning go-to while on Caye Caulker. They had great cappuccinos and pastries. Try the cinnamon roll!

The donuts are little and made to order so they come out piping hot from the fryer.

But mostly, it was a beautiful way to start the day sitting on their back porch, feeling the breeze, watching the palm trees sway and enjoying a cup of coffee. Sublime!

Highly recommended!!

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Reina’s

Reina’s may just have the best food on the island and people definitely know about it. Because of this you should either plan to go early or be prepared to wait a bit.

The flavors are just out of this world at Reina’s and everything is SO fresh and well seasoned. Much of the meat is cooked on an open BBQ. The fish dishes are amazing but you should also try the jerk chicken.

I also loved the pineapple shrimp and my husband says that he still dreams of the snapper which was served with rice and veggies.

In my opinion this is a MUST visit restaurant on Caye Caulker.

Errolyn’s House of Fry Jacks:

You’ve just gotta have a fry jack while you are on the island. It is a local specialty and Errolyn’s is famous for them.

You will also find the street venders serving up fry jacks and that is what is in the photo below.

Basically a fry jack is fried dough that is stuffed with a filling, usually savory, occasionally sweet. Typically they are filled with things like ham and eggs, beans and cheese, chicken and ham, beans and eggs…you get the idea.

You probably wouldn’t want to eat a steady diet of fry jacks but they are a cheap and easy and filling meal! Note that it is only open for breakfast and lunch!

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Chef Kareem’s UnBelizeable Lunch

To me this is one of the best and most memorable place to eat in Caye Caulker.

Chef Kareem just sets up his grill and starts cooking and his creations are amazing! His jerk chicken and pork are delicious with just the right amount of spice!

It’s just fun to sit under a tent with the ocean breezes wafting the smoke from the grill. It feels perfectly tropical.

I was SO sad that we weren’t there during lobster season because I have heard that Chef Kareem’s lobster is the best!

Namaste Cafe

Are you needing something healthy to eat after your fry jacks?

Namaste cafe is a pretty and calming place serving a healthy breakfast and lunch. My husband had their cold brew coffee and said it was wonderful. I had a smoothie and it was also delicious.

They have milk alternatives for the smoothies as well. Everything was fresh and yummy. They offer yoga classes at Namaste Cafe as well!

Paradiso Cafe:

We stopped in this restaurant on the very last day of our vacation. We had actually dismissed it earlier in the trip as probably not very good.

Why? I don’t really know! Perhaps, because it was bigger than many of the other restaurants, located right on the main drag, and actually had a real concrete floor instead of sand.

That was a mistake. We were pleasantly surprised with Paradiso Cafe.

There were floor and ceiling fans running all over the restaurant which kept things nice and cool.

My husband had a beer and I had a Coke and both were icy cold. (We found that drinks are typically served really, really COLD on Caye Caulker which was lovely in the heat.)

My grilled grouper sandwich was delicious and my husband had fried grouper which he loved.

The fries were hot and crispy and it was all-together a delicious experience. We would definitely eat here again when we return.

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The Pelican Sunset Bar:

This ended up being one of our favorite little bars with some of the best drinks on the island.

It is a bit off the beaten tourists path and has excellent views!!

We really liked that it was built up off the sand and out over the water because this seemed to help keep the bugs away and provide a nice breeze.

The drinks here are excellent (try the pina colada) and I can’t imagine anywhere better to watch the sunset with a beverage in your hand.

The service is a little slow and, in my opinion, there are better places to eat…but the bar situation can’t be beat.

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More Information About the Food on Caye Caulker

Hot Sauce:

Everything you are served on Caye Caulker seems to come with a side of hot sauce.

And not just any hot sauce…one specific hot sauce…Marie Sharp’s. And, y’all, puh-leeze, SO good! Habaneros are the pepper of Belize and this is a locally made habanero sauce.

The factory is in Belize City and I’ve read that you can tour it.

The sauce definitely has heat, but it also has so much flavor. It’s a perfect combination.

Marie Sharp’s is sold in all the little stores that dot the streets of Cay Caulker – not sure how such a small island can sustain so many grocery stores – they are everywhere. Of course we brought some home and now buy it regularly.

Beer:

The sun and heat and ocean air all conspire to make Caye Caulker the perfect place to have an icy cold beer. Even if you aren’t usually a beer drinker you might find yourself ordering a Belikin.

Belikin is the extremely popular brew produced by the Belize Brewing Company. They produce lagers and stouts as well as Guinness.

I confess that I am not much of a beer drinker, but I’m told that the Guinness is quite different from that which you might have had in the US or Europe. For years the Belize Brewing Company had a monopoly on the beers in Belize and it was difficult and expensive to get imported beers. That has changed now and there are more imported options but you will still see Belikin beers everywhere!

Tip: Those little stores I mentioned above that dot the island? Many of them carry cold beer and this is the cheapest way to purchase one.

I also love that they serve beer REALLY cold in Belize.

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Fruit and Juice:

I had some of the best fruits and fruit juices of my life on Caye Caulker.

There was a little market stand on the front street with fruits and vegetables. I can’t remember the name, but if you see a place selling fruit ask if they have juices.

We also had a juice from a little place next to Errolyn’s with our fry jack and it was the perfect combination.

They mix all different combinations of tropical fruits. Not only was it all delicious, but also icy, icy cold and so refreshing in the heat. I will definitely not judge you if you decide to add some rum to your coconut, orange, and pineapple juice mixture.

Enjoy the Food and Restaurants in Caye Caulker!

There are plenty of fun places around town to eat. You might be surprised by the quality of the food.

Enjoy eating and drinking on Caye Caulker!

For more information about what to do on the island besides eat you can check out this post about what to do while you are on Caye Caulker.

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