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“Hidden Surprise!!”

The Secret Garden Restaurant
Ranked #6 of 73 Restaurants in Placencia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $18
Cuisines: Caribbean, Seafood, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Takeout
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.
Indianapolis,IN
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Hidden Surprise!!”
Reviewed April 14, 2014

When my husband and I travel, the eating and the food is as important as anything else on our trip - we are foodies all the way! We research, ask others, critique everywhere we eat and discuss whether it's worth a second visit - if it's exceptional, we always go back! We had pretty much tried all the top restaurants listed on TripAdvisor in Placencia, and had loved Rumfish and had been there a second evening so for our very last evening in Belize, The Secret Garden ended up being our last new "try" on our heavenly vacation. We were so pleased and amazed!! The Secret Garden ended up being our Number 1 dinner of the WHOLE vacation! We then wished we had been there so much earlier!! We ordered the Shrimp Cocktail that was more different than we have ever had - was in tall stemmed glasses with the shrimp marinating in a hot tomato and vegetable sauce- amazing! Our Entres were gorgeous! the presentation as creative as any upscale restaurant we have visited and every part of it was not only so wonderfully flavorful but "clean" on the palate. Refreshingly delicious! - every bite. The cocktails were incredible too. We always try a desert and we had already been told by someone else that their Chocolate Cake was the best ever, so we ordered that and the Lime desert. Unbelievable!! Honestly again, every bite was clean, refreshing and so flavorful! Rich yet balanced in every way. The owner, Sabrina, was there and she has the most beautiful smile and countenance - her spirit was uplifting and peaceful at the same time. We talked about her restaurant with her and how it did seem to be a "secret" in that we saw it on the list but for some reason we didn't choose it to try on top. I don't know why. It sits mostly outside as a wonderfully peaceful, kind of hidden garden setting with banana trees throughout and beautiful greenery, right between the Italian Restaurant La Dolce Vida and the Rumfish - kind of back in the corner. Once entering where the tables are (cloth napkins and table cloths- beautiful settings btw) the ambiance makes you feel ready for a comfortable fine-dining experience. In that way, The Secret Garden wins over Rumfish as well. They only serve dinner so that the quality can be all that it is - which is incredible! Thank you Sabrina for the best ending to our time in Belize. It made it a great celebration of our experience in Placencia! Blessings to you and may you prosper beyond your every expectation. You so much deserve it!!

  • Visited April 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
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“The best restaurant in placencia!!!!!!!”
Reviewed April 14, 2014

If you are ever in Placencia, you absolutely MUST eat at the Secret Garden!!! The food was incredibly sophosicated and delicatable. The fish was the freshest and tastiest both in town, and also in all of Belize. We were incredibly impressed with both the service and presentation. Each entree was made entirely fresh to order which added to the amazing flavors. I am still salivating thinking about the fresh catch of the day. This will definitely be our first stop the next time we go back to Placencia.

  • Visited January 2014
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New York City, New York
Level 6 Contributor
106 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Good Food - Second Best Place in Placencia”
Reviewed April 7, 2014

Very good food and a very nice garden setting. This place - together with Rumfish - plays in a different league than all the rest.

Visited April 2014
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Lawrence, Kansas
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great food & service”
Reviewed April 7, 2014

Awesome food and top-notch service! Loved the star fruit and the hammocks!!! Staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome. Only restaurant in Belize we ate at twice! Loved it!

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Saint Louis
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“yummy”
Reviewed April 6, 2014

you must try the ceviche... and the soups... it was all the best of any of the restaurants we visited

Visited April 2014
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