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“"Probably the best restaurant in the country"” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Maya Beach Hotel Bistro

Maya Beach Hotel Bistro
Maya Beach | Mile Marker 15, Placencia, Belize
+501 533-8040
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Ranked #4 of 58 Restaurants in Placencia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $28
Cuisines: Caribbean, Seafood, Contemporary, Bistro
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Good for: Scenic view, Entertaining clients, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
Description: We're certainly far from perfect, but we do try our best to create a winning experience for every single customer, whether they are hotel guests, Belizean neighbors or travelers staying at other hotels. Try pairing small plates with wines, choose from our creative main courses, or just enjoy some comfort food for breakfast or lunch. It's fun for us to meet new people and, well, just make them happy! Our casual beach bistro focuses on unique sauces and contemporary, tropical-themed flavor combinations while maintaining comfortable portions. Lots of fish and seafood. Bar service includes an 80-bottle wine list, local beer, rum drinks, and house specials. The outdoor atmosphere is casual so you can be comfortable in flip flops. Belize's "Restaurant of the Year" award was presented twice to the Bistro in June 2011 and May 2013.
Chicago, Illinois
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“"Probably the best restaurant in the country"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

While in San Pedro, the owner of Cafe Picasso mentioned to me that Maya Beach Hotel Bistro was "probably the best restaurant in the country."
We visited while in Placencia a few days later and it did not disappoint. The food quality is simply fantastic. Our party of four dined for both dinner and breakfast as we were staying in the Maya Beach area and could walk to the bistro--we all agreed it was the best food we had on the vacation and we'd be thrilled if served similar dishes in upscale restaurants in the US.
I can't recommend this restaurant more highly. Delicious!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Calgary, Canada
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7 restaurant reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Always ate onsite”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

I stayed at the hotel for 6 days and was thinking I would move around for dinners but found working my way through their menu a pleasure! Maybe next time I'll go somewhere else...

Visited January 2014
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Rocles
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“Great food and happy hour value!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

We had intended to eat here on Valentine's Day (my birthday) but had found it closed for a private party so came back a couple of weeks later. We aimed for a late, light lunch and found that we had arrived during Happy Hour (3 - 5pm). In contrast to most Happy Hours that we've encountered it wasn't just the drinks that were half price!! In fact, just about all of the 'small plates' (basically tapas) that we had decided in advance that we'd eat were on the Happy Hour menu for $8 (Belize) so we pretty well had the lot! Very varied and good flavours and excellent presentation. We especially enjoyed the empanadas and the fishcakes withy a dipping sauce. Service was prompt and cheerful.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bedford, NY
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Very good experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

We had a couple of very good dinners here, but the fish and chips at lunch was the best I have ever had. Ambiance is typical Belize beautiful and the service is excellent at any establishment here in Placencia.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Red Deer, Canada
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3 restaurant reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Excellent Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Great food and creative too! Interesting food that you can't just get anywhere.
Yummy drinks too!
Service was good and we saw the owner both times we were there, she was making sure all was good.
I would recommend this restaurant

  • Visited February 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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