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“Magical setting, excellent food”

The Secret Garden Restaurant
Ranked #6 of 72 Restaurants in Placencia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $18
Cuisines: Seafood, Caribbean, Contemporary, Fusion
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Good for: Special occasions, Kids, Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Saint Joseph, Michigan
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Magical setting, excellent food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2014

Entering this intimate setting in the evening hours is a magical experience with small lighs twinkling all over a beautiful garden. We stopped for dessert one night and had one of each. Awesome! I could not pick a favorite. The second time we had dinner and their signature cerviche was beautifully served. We each had a different meal which was presented well and tasted delicious. A must when visiting Placencia. Attentive staff made this visit even more of a treat.

Visited December 2013
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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“Nice food but no local flair”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014

The food was quite tasty. However, the atmosphere wasn't impressive. They have that lighting with the blue undertones. They also seemed flustered that we hadn't made a reservation yet its a tropical island. Who plans ahead? Our server was very sweet but the owner only seemed fussed with large parties or people that ordered from all the menus and there were several. I felt quilty because I wasn't hungry enough to eat off all the menus and didn't want cocktails. I would not recommend this place since there is lovely food all over town that is less expensive but more importantly has some local flair to the place.

  • Visited December 2013
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Placencia, Belize
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Simply the Best from Appetizers to Dessert”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2013

The Secret Garden has an outstanding staff and incredibly accommodating owner. From the delicious drinks and cold white wine (my favorite), the most unique and delicious ceviche, (which includes wasabi AND avocados), to the main dishes of succulent chicken maya with mashed potatoes and fresh veggies... to lobster alfredo....there is no way to lose out by deciding to dine at The Secret Garden! The best key lime tart I've tried in Placencia. So great I'm having Secret Garden cater the desserts at my wedding reception! Wonderful atmosphere that is almost mystical with beautiful lighting and scenery.

  • Visited December 2013
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Portland, Oregon, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Fantastic dinners”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2013

This is an absolute must when in Placencia. The atmosphere is delightful and the owner is super attentive without being intrusive but it's the food that will make you very, very glad you came. Everything we had was excellent and oh so fresh. The gazpacho, black bean soup, steak, asian slaw, linguini were all as good as they get but the stand outs are the stacked ceviche and key lime tart, the best way to start and end your meal.

  • Visited December 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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“Fabulous food and evening”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

Our group of six ate at several of the restaurants in the block where The Secret Garden is located. While all were good, The Secret Garden was by far the best find. The atmosphere was lovely, the staff friendly, everything we ordered was fabulous--the grouper, lobster, snapper--and the desserts (we had them all) were seriously to die for. The owner Sabrina made you feel welcome and right at home and was a delight to talk to. Wish we'd discovered this place sooner and had time to go back! Don't miss The Secret Garden!

Visited December 2013
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