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“A little bit out of town but worth it!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Black Orchid Restaurant

Black Orchid Restaurant
South Coconut Drive | 2.5 Miles South of Town, After the Croc Lagoon, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye 00000, Belize
+501 206-2441
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Ranked #13 of 137 Restaurants in San Pedro
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $6 - $27
Cuisines: Bar, Seafood, International, Pasta
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Earning the dream, When it was presented to us that tablecloth dining would be a great asset to the South end of the island we immediately had thoughts of Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares.....Whew! Not for us. However after a little more prodding and a whole lot of marketing it turned out we were up for the challenge. Then the decision was made in November of 2007. So back to the States to earn some money; well lots of money. We then purchased a corner lot in Holiday Lands, sold everything we owned and started building. In the meantime off to Culinary Arts School for a formal education in the Artisan practice of gastronomic presentations (that's the fancy way to say we learned to cook). Even though we pride ourselves as great eaters we wanted to be excellent food creators. Finally graduating in March of 2011 we began our trial & error days; after a few cuts, burns & bruises we have created an exciting menu with both traditional choices and vacation flair . 2012: We Opened October 31st for a special evening event to support our South Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch Halloween party. It was great fun to have the children who had just finished trick or treating to stop by along with their parents. We are so very happy to have such great support from our neighbors, everyone has made us feel welcome. Our goal has been to serve a variety of really great food in an elegantly casual environment. We have local culinary talent to work along with us to make incredibly delicious meals. We offer both private dining booths and cocktail dining appetizers. 2013: We enjoyed a great 11 months as we worked our way into slow season, and well into December, preparing for this next season we want to say Thank you to the community of San Pedro for a wonderful welcome to our new lives. 2014: We have enjoyed a great year and are now gearing up for the busy season as the Fall/Winter Weather returns.....In Belize that weather translates to temperatures in the high 70s low 80s with little humidity.............We are so grateful for all of our guests, staff and the recognition we've received from both local and electronic media. We've enjoyed great stories, fantastic meals and lots of useable feedback. We also want to send a big Thank you to our Guests who have visited from All Around the World, we find ourselves so very fortunate to meet each and everyone of you. We look forward to return visits and meeting even more people as you explore our little piece of white sand in the Caribbean Sea. 2015: We are in high gear and enjoying every single day of this New Year.....The next few months will bring visiting guests escaping the cold weather..........We hope to offer you a warm welcome and a home away from home. Whether you are looking for a late breakfast or a Gourmet Dinner with Wine and Desserts we look forward to serving you. Thank you all for your support as we continue growing through our 3rd year. Warm Breeze Wishes, Tom & Judyann San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Edmonds, Washington
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“A little bit out of town but worth it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We stumbled upon this restaurant one evening when driving our golf cart away from town. We decided to stop for dinner and it was excellent. My husband had lobster and I had the baked lasagna (which was huge)! Both were very delicious and we were stuffed. The owners offered us dessert which we gladly accepted but asked to have it boxed so we could enjoy it later. We went for the carrot cake which later that night was awesome.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Judyann H, Owner at Black Orchid Restaurant, responded to this review, July 2, 2014
Kathryne S...Thank you so much for this excellent review....The entire staff is happy to hear how much you enjoyed the Lobster & Lasagna........And we got a little laugh of the late night dessert comment, simply because a few of us enjoy a little for ourselves after closing ........
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“VERY NICE, LAID BACK,EXCELLENT ENTREES!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

I like to go out and have a nice meal once in a while, and found Black Orchid to be a really cool place, ambient, classy, and the best fresh baked bread on the island- Judy Ann is the chef, and ate just as good there as any yacht II have ever been on! Her husband Tom runs the bar, and is a cool dude, plus they are scuba divers-so how can you go wrong! Not the place for one on a tight budget, but worth every penny! Tell 'em Divemaster Harland sent you!

Visited April 2014
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Judyann H, Owner at Black Orchid Restaurant, responded to this review, June 13, 2014
Hello Dearest Divemaster Harland......WOW!....Great to hear from you....We miss your visits in our humble establishment and keep hoping you'll be back soon....In the meantime we appreciate you taking the time write this excellent review....With your Travel Experience and venturous nature we are honored by your Excellent rating...... We'll keep an eye out for you and hope to see you soon at our steps!
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Jacksonville, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Stopped for great drinks”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Stopped in while golf carting around the island last week. Cool drinks in a super atmosphere. Breezy and open and friendly people, made us feel right at home.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Judyann H, Owner at Black Orchid Restaurant, responded to this review, June 13, 2014
Laine M....Thank you for this great picture of our Fire Coral specialty drink.....It's a favorite of our guests......Last week someone mentioned to us that we have become a great afternoon 'watering hole' for travelers venturing South.....Glad to hear you're one of them.... We appreciate your visit and hope to see you again soon... :)
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Fair Oaks, California
1 review
“Just go”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Visited Ambergis Caye a couple weeks ago. Went there a few times during our stay and were never disappointed in the quality of the food or the service of the staff. Just hop in a golf cart or taxi and take the short trip south of San Pedro.

Try their Black Orchid namesake drink for a cool dessert or afternoon chill libation.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Judyann H, Owner at Black Orchid Restaurant, responded to this review, June 13, 2014
Hello Dave O.....Thank you for taking the time to write this review....It means sooo much to all of us to read reviews from guests who visited us several times........The idea that we can get it right over and over again speaks volumes to us.....Thanks again......
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Denver, Colorado
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3 restaurant reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Great drinks & food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We walked over from our nearby condos for dinner and came back the next day for lunch. Really good drinks!

Visited May 2014
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Judyann H, Owner at Black Orchid Restaurant, responded to this review, June 3, 2014
mjh_traveler...Thank you for taking the time to write this review.....Happy to hear you enjoyed both the food & drinks at our humble eatery..... :)
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