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“Everything is overcooked, they served small lobsters even during closed season”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of RJ's Barbecue

RJ's Barbecue
Ranked #5 of 43 Restaurants in Utila
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Caribbean, Seafood, Barbecue
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Jersey City, New Jersey
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“Everything is overcooked, they served small lobsters even during closed season”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2012

We ate here twice (out of the 3 nights a week they're open) and the price is right: 130 lempiras ($7) for a large piece of fish with 4 sides (usually 3 starches and salad). Add 50 lempiras for pork chop or steak. The food is pretty good but the fish was solidly overcooked both nights (we had the king fish, snapper and tuna). And we went early and ordered by 7 each time so the chef shouldn't have been drunk yet. The overcooking I can deal with as it's a good value.

Despite their large banners declaring "Bay Islands Responsible Seafood Guide," which are found in many restaurants on the islands, RJ's proudly served lobster on the second night declaring it on a large sign outside. A quick look on the Responsible Seafood Guide clearly shows both that lobster season is closed by law from March to June (we were there in late March), as this is mating season, and that lobster tails must be no smaller than 5.5 inches long to ensure the lobsters reach reproductive age.

RJ's was serving both large and small lobsters that evening, and one of our dining companions ordered the small lobster (they ran out of the large lobster before we got there). Only the tail was served, and this was only about 4 inches long. Sad to see that they both served lobster during the closed season, and that they serve juvenile lobsters, thereby depleting the lobster population and preventing reproduction. Such unsustainable fish service was very disappointing. And on top of that, they overcooked it. What a pity.

Visited March 2012
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Palm Desert, California
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“Great food but inconsistent”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2012

I ate hear 4 times during my trip. Overall, it's very good but it is inconsistent. My first night I had the best and biggest steak I ever had and it was hands down the best meal of my trip. When I ordered it a second time it was half the size and overcooked. The lobster was excellent and no one should complain about the $12 price. Just go early before the grill chef drinks too many "ruminades" (rum with lemonade).

  • Visited February 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Worth the Wait”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2012

Legendary portions of well cooked fish. Great choice of fish enough to suit anyones pallate. Get there early before the owner get's into his night of entertainment and the wait for the food goes up. Don't be afraid to ask at the bar again after waiting an hour... they probably forgot!

Visited July 2011
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Excellent BBQ'd food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2012

went there 3 times, every meal was excellent - but get there early as the best cuts and fish go early and quickly

Visited March 2012
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“Huge”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2012

Huge pours, huge hunks of fish, huge evenings. A good break from baliadas!

  • Visited March 2012
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