We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Wish Willy - Bar & Grill

Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
near the split - opposite Frenchie's Dive Shop, Caye Caulker, Belize
Add hours for Wish Willy - Bar & Grill and help diners know when to go.
+ Add hours
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 323 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 166
    Excellent
  • 92
    Very good
  • 40
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Backyard Gourmet Island Style

Take your backyard. Fill it with trees, sand, wooden tables, and miscellaneous wooden structures and move it all to an island paradise. Add a grill. You've got Wish Willy's! A Wish Willy is a gray and black iguana which is not eaten as opposed to the green iguana known as "bamboo chicken". This... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 23, 2015
CaribbeanBear
,
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
Add Photo Write a Review

323 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Your overall rating of this restaurant
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Wish Willy's is situated in, well, essentially a front yard on one of the side lanes near the Split. It's clearly a well-loved and welcoming place, with tons of island character -- and a great chef. We didn't eat there till late in our stay on Caye Caulker -- but we'd have been there multiple times had we known! We... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This place is awesome! They are so laid back and in no hurry, but that is what makes Belize so great! The food was excellent, lots of grilled vegetables and fresh caught fish (& lobster)! We never looked at a menu, we just sat back and let them prepare our meal while enjoying drinks, and it was delicious!!! These people... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hamburg
Level Contributor
40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

This Grill was next to our hotel and therefore we decided to come here. We had to wait over 40minutes, but we were not in a hurry and you have to "go slow" on Caye Caulker anyway ;) The BBQ was OK, nothing really special and it was a little too expensive for what we got. Overall it was OK,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Level Contributor
31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Take your backyard. Fill it with trees, sand, wooden tables, and miscellaneous wooden structures and move it all to an island paradise. Add a grill. You've got Wish Willy's! A Wish Willy is a gray and black iguana which is not eaten as opposed to the green iguana known as "bamboo chicken". This Wish Willy's IS a place where food... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Don't come here (or to Caye Caulker) if you expect immediate service and 24/7 attention. Take it easy, enjoy the vibe and have a couple of beers before they serve you the catch of the day. Probably the best fish I had during my week at Caye Caulker was here. Straight from the ocean onto Wish Willy's bbq. Also, you... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Seoul, South Korea
Level Contributor
16 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Fantastic food, even when we showed up before opening time. Find this place and ask what Willy recommends. It's also one of the better priced places on this somewhat pricey island. A great choice!

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Francisco, California
Level Contributor
27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

this is a unique place. Definitely different than any dining experience I have in California. good food and service. very casual. we enjoyed it. it's located near the less breezy side of the island so you might consider putting some mosquito repellent on your legs and ankles before arriving although I didn't see any mosquitoes, I felt something. We would... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Corozal, Belize
Level Contributor
37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

I spotted their sandwich board menu on Front Street- it talked of BBQ Ribs, blackened fish with brandy & honey, and about 10 different other things... sounds great so my husband and I decided to go there for dinner. Setting: 2 blocks of front street, on the back part of the island, under huge trees, long communal tables. Very pleasant... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

I was excited to eat here, because I had heard such great things but our meal was simply average. We had quite a few people with us and so they did a family style dinner. Unfortunately the good food ran out fast, such as the shrimp and fish. I felt like I hardly ate anything other than rice and the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Normal
Level Contributor
76 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

My niece and I were staying at nearby Sea and Sun guest house so we thought we would check out Willys. We were glad we did. For Q 15 ( around $7.50 US) I had a wonderful grilled shrimp dinner. It came with nicely sautéed veggies and rice. My niece had a chicken dish for around the same price.whole snapper... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Wish Willy - Bar & Grill also viewed

Caye Caulker, Belize Cayes
 
Caye Caulker, Belize Cayes
 

Been to Wish Willy - Bar & Grill? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Wish Willy - Bar & Grill

Address: near the split - opposite Frenchie's Dive Shop, Caye Caulker, Belize
Location: Central America  >  Belize  >  Belize Cayes  >  Caye Caulker
Cuisine: Caribbean, Barbecue

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: near the split - opposite Frenchie's Dive Shop, Caye Caulker, Belize
  • Location: Central America  >  Belize  >  Belize Cayes  >  Caye Caulker

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Wish Willy - Bar & Grill staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?