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The Secret Garden Restaurant

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Caribbean, Seafood, Contemporary, Asian fusion
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Placencia Village | Stann Creek District, Placencia, Belize
+501 634-9789
Today
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Relax in our garden & enjoy our "Asia de Caribe" cuisine --- combining...
Relax in our garden & enjoy our "Asia de Caribe" cuisine --- combining influences of Spanish, Caribbean and Creole Cuisine with Pan-Asian cooking and flavoring techniques. You'll want to experience our "Signature Stacked Ceviche" --Local Fresh Snapper Ceviche Over Wasabi Guacamole, Fresh Cream, Red Chili Sauce and Lime Essence..... We're located in Placencia Village, across from the basketball courts.
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Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Dining on a budget

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    Very good
  • 27
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
The most atmospheric place to eat in Placencia

Loved this place, great service, amazing food and ambience! Sheltered from wind and offering a very different menu from the rest of the peninsula, this is a must to visit whilst in Placencia. Been there twice as so lovely i had to try as much of the food on the menu as possible. Portions are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
MafsIreland
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Ireland
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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631 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Ireland
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Loved this place, great service, amazing food and ambience! Sheltered from wind and offering a very different menu from the rest of the peninsula, this is a must to visit whilst in Placencia. Been there twice as so lovely i had to try as much of the food on the menu as possible. Portions are generous and presentation is paramount.... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Awesome food! Portions are large and everything is made there. Would recommend! Note if you allergic to cats there are a few hanging out there - no issue at all for me!

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Yorkshire
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79 reviews 79 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Had a great meal here, a little on the pricey side for Belize, but the surroundings, service and food made it worth it. 1 starter, 2 mains, 2beers and a cocktail 50 us$ Nice tropical planted setting with very attentitive service with as much free ice water as you want.

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NYC
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

I cannot say enough about how delicious our food was here. The ceviche was the best I've ever had, my fish was top notch and my husbands seafood gumbo could've fed an army. The ambiance is cool here, tucked in a twinkle light decorated garden, and the owner stopped by our table many times to check on us and chat.... More 

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

The Secret Garden is actually in a garden! We had a good meal there while in Placencia. The owner/host was very attentive and the staff service very good. The food was good but for my taste not outstanding. Still, the atmosphere is great and you could do a lot worse than to have a meal here.

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Astoria, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

My boyfriend and I are NYC foodies and the secret garden was fantastic. The good food options are few and far between in Placencia but the high quality ingredients and fantastic service was outstanding at the secret garden.

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Oakland, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 NEW

First of all the staff here is wonderful!!! Sabrina, the owner, is very sweet and always around, showing how important it is to her that her guests have a great experience. The food was delicious, some of the best we had on our trip. I highly recommend the ceviche and the roasted garlic apps. So yummy!! We mentioned we had... More 

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Sarnia, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 NEW

Got to admit as i walked the street of Placencia that the restaurant did not jump out at me. The two young ladies working at South Beach Hotel told me about it. I love asian food so i took a walk around to the Secret Garden and checked their menu. It looked very appetizing. So I ordered lunch for myself... More 

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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I ate dinner here and then went back another time for the wonderful key lime pie tort! Our meal was simply delicious! The presentation of our food was very inviting as well as prepared to perfection! We met the owner who was warm and engaging! A place not to be missed when you are in Placencia! You... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Belize is full of wonderful "hole in the wall" restaurants (often without walls or floors) that serve both inventive dishes and great interpretations of local classics. This is not such a restaurant. Here, the focus is on presentation over taste or value. The meal starts with pretension. You're handed the appetizer menu without reference to what may be available for... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Placencia Village | Stann Creek District, Placencia, Belize
  • Location: Central America  >  Belize  >  Stann Creek  >  Placencia
  • Phone Number: +501 634-9789

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 18
  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Seafood, Contemporary, Asian fusion

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget

Description

Relax in our garden & enjoy our "Asia de Caribe" cuisine --- combining influences of Spanish, Caribbean and Creole Cuisine with Pan-Asian cooking and flavoring techniques. You'll want to experience our "Signature Stacked Ceviche" --Local Fresh Snapper Ceviche Over Wasabi Guacamole, Fresh Cream, Red Chili Sauce and Lime Essence..... We're located in Placencia Village, across from the basketball courts.
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?