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“The Little Hotel Bistro with BIG Charm” 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 56 Restaurants in Placencia
Price range: $8 - $28
Cuisines: Caribbean, Seafood, Contemporary, Bistro
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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.
Gilroy, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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“The Little Hotel Bistro with BIG Charm”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2009

Every Belize hotel offers sun and gentle breezes, it is the rare one that combines the regular expectations with extraordinary ambiance and wildly creative food....Maya Beach Hotel Bistro does that in spades. John and Ellen made my experience seamless which is another way of saying uber-relaxing and enjoyable. Oh, the food!!
I can't wait to get back to see this winter's additions of pool and extended bistro, matter of fact, I think I'll book right now just remembering how wonderful my stay was.

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Chapel Hill
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“The best dining experience you may ever have.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2008

My many, many dining experiences at the Bistro at Maya Beach Hotel during my stay in Belize were among the best I have had anywhere. Everything from the bar menu to appetizers to the dinner menu was exceptional, not to mention reasonably priced. My wife and I ventured to other restaurants around Placencia, only to return to the Bistro--nowhere else compared. I highly recommend ANYTHING on the menu (though the nut-encrusted fish fillet and boathouse pie were probably our favorites). And don't forget to ask about the happy hours appetizer specials.

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“New Friends & Old Friends”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2008

We were down in Placencia visiting old friends until they said we have to meet Ellen & John at the Maya Beach Hotel Bistro at the re-opening of their restaurant dining room after their renovations.

The new addition of the dining room and bar is fabulous ... large and airy while intimate at the same time.

To start the evening, we were seated at the bar and sampled the stuffed musrooms & coconut ribs ... the view of the caribbean while sipping on One Barrel Rum & pineapple cocktails at sunset are memorable.

With our friends we sat down in the new dining room and sampled the appetizer menu for our meal; bacon wrapped shrimp, coconut shrimp (we like shrimp) and managed to have a bite try of the Truffle Burger and Fish Stack ... all excellent fare ...

A great place, imaginative appetizers and meals, great wine and you can't go wrong with the value, food and company ...

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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“Excellent Creations”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2008

Hats off to the Chef at "The Bistro" located in the Maya Beach Hotel. Breakfast had mouth watering fruits, melt in your mouth coconut/banana muffins and the local "Jacks" were yummy; Dinner was an experience. The "Fish stacked on roasted vegetables with green onion crema" was to die for! The Chef also cooked our catch and made it into a dinner we won't forget! We had some fish uncooked, they packed it for us to take to the next place we stayed-now that's hospitality!
Along with the wonderful food, the bar is fun/friendly (yummy cocktails) and the restaurant setting is romantic.
Thank you for the memories.

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