13 Best Restaurants in Northern Belize, Belize

Cocina Sabor

$$ Fodor's choice
Succulents populate the restaurant’s patio, as do Orange Walk residents and a smattering of tourists who know a good food joint when they find it. The reasonably priced menu is a mix of mestizo and other Belizean favorites and includes flavors such as coconut rum salsa and ginger-citrus glaze that give Belizean classics an energetic twist. Come on Thursday for popular Dollah Wing Day or any night for dreamy frozen mojitos. Simply put, this is one of the best and most pleasant places to eat in town.

Corozo Blue's

$$ Fodor's choice

This popular eatery in a stone building on the bay at the South End serves excellent wood-fired pizza, burgers, sandwiches, and ceviche, plus a few traditional Belizean dishes like rice and beans. By Corozal standards, prices are on the high side, but the atmosphere, bayside setting, and friendly staff make it well worth a visit.

Crabby's Restaurant

$$ Fodor's choice

This seafood restaurant is the go-to dining option for both visitors and locals in Sarteneja. Sitting across the street from the Caribbean Sea, Crabby's offers stunning views of the bay and the many fishing boats lining up the shore. Seating is mostly outdoor, with a rustic yet homey feel. Grilled lobster (when in season), shrimp and fish fillet accompany heaps of rice and beans for lunch. Lunch special changes daily and the restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner, too. Come for the views and stay for the richly whipped desserts of frappes and homemade ice cream.  

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La Piccola Pizzeria

$$ Fodor's choice

Canadian-owned La Piccola Pizzeria serves some of the best pizza and BBQ with farm-fresh ingredients. Operating on a "farm-to-fork" approach, La Piccola's menu changes weekly. But the new dishes are always impressive takes on traditional Italian recipes. For dessert, expect made-from-scratch creamy ice cream and candied fruit. Located just outside of Corozal town on the road toward Consejo, La Piccola's atmosphere is a rustic charm with warm hospitality. Once a week, a poker night to benefit local charities is hosted. 

Maria's Bakeshop & Coffeehouse

$ Fodor's choice

Founded by an award-winning pastry chef, Maria's Bakeshop & Coffeehouse has quickly become the go-to spot for rich coffee and decadent pastries. The café's air-conditioned indoor area is artfully decorated, complete with cozy corners and spacious booths. While good old-fashioned Americanos are their signature, Maria's most popular drinks include frappuccinos and refreshing teas, serving as a respite from the Belizean heat. Visit during special occasions for creative seasonal drinks and pair with fluffy croissants or a toasted panini. 

La Democracia St., Orange Walk Town, Belize
Known For
  • well-known pastry chef
  • cozy atmosphere
  • unique takes on iced coffee
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.

Nahil Mayab

$$ Fodor's choice

Orange Walk Town may be the last place you'd expect to find an upscale restaurant like this, with its Maya-inspired decor, well-prepared food, and extra-friendly servers. Nonetheless, it opened here, on a corner behind the Shell station, to rave reviews. Sit in the tropical gardens in the back and admire the jungle-esque foliage, or sit in air-conditioned comfort in the main dining room and enjoy a cold drink and a delicious shrimp or conch (in season) ceviche appetizer. For a main course try the curry ginger shrimp or one of the Yucatán-inspired dishes such as poc chuc, grilled pork sauteed with onion and sweet pepper and served with corn tortillas. 

Patty's Bistro

$$ Fodor's choice

Patty's Bistro (sometimes spelled Patti's) serves some of the best food in town, the service is sprightly and friendly, the atmosphere is no-frills, and prices are low. For a local treat, try the hearty conch soup (in season, usually October to late April).

2nd St. N, Corozal Town, Belize
Known For
  • great Belizean and North American choices
  • conch soup
  • odd hours
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun., Credit cards accepted

The Deck

$$ Fodor's choice

The Deck has established itself as the go-to hangout spot offering locally influenced tapas and innovative cocktails ever since it opened in 2021 under new management. The alfresco dining makes it easy to admire the tranquil views of the New River. Sit on a wooden lounge chair while waiting for your smoked wings to arrive and admire the sunset views. While the food preparation may take a while, it'll be worth it once you dig into the generous portions of appetizers ranging from seasoned Spanish-style croquetas, spicy chipotle dip, and peel-and-eat shrimps.

Frozen Paradise


Neighboring Crabby's Restaurant, Frozen Paradise makes for an ideal dessert stop after lunch. Serving iced coffees, frappes, and other various drinks, the coffee place is mostly known for its savory drinks. Their "chamoyadas" are the most popular—a refreshing frozen drink consisting of blended mango, tamarind spice, and chamoy sauce. For those looking for a quick bite to eat, Frozen Paradise also serves Belizean fast food like garnachas, empanadas, and salbutes for less than $10. 

N. Front St., Sarteneja, Belize
Known For
  • savory frozen fruit drinks
  • ideal location in front of the sea
  • quick and friendly service
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.--Wed.

June's Kitchen


The best breakfast in Corozal is served by Miss June at her home, but there's only seating for about a dozen guests on the open-air patio. Everything is homemade, freshly prepared, and served by Miss June and her family. For example, you can have a delicious breakfast of an omelet, pepper sausage, fried potatoes, warm bread, and freshly squeezed orange juice for about BZ$10. Lunch is delicious, and the entire menu can (and will) be spoken in a few words: likely stew chicken, stew beef, or stew pork, plus a daily special. Delivery is available, brought to you by Miss June's husband on his bike.

3rd St. S, Corozal Town, Belize
Known For
  • yummy home cooking
  • big breakfasts with great prices
  • friendliest service in town
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Wed. No dinner

Liz's Fast Food

You can get a sack full of tacos, sabutes (corn tortillas topped with refried beans, shredded stewed chicken, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and cilantro), empanadas, garnaches (fried corn tortillas with refried beans, grated cheese, onions, habanero pepper, and cilantro), and other mestizo dishes here for almost nothing. Most items, though small as a sand dollar, are extremely tasty and cost only a Belize dollar for two or three. Daily specials may include fish, beans and rice, stew chicken, or other Belizean dishes, all extremely inexpensive. Place your order at a takeout window in the flaking green, streetside stall.

Maracas Bar and Grill


A well-run option in Orange Walk Town, Maracas Bar and Grill has one of the town's most scenic settings overlooking the New River—you might even spot a crocodile. Sit in the covered riverside patio or in the air-conditioned dining room and start your meal with an appetizer of shrimp, conch, or lobster ceviche (lobster is available mid-June to mid-February and conch is usually October to late April). Indulge your comfort food cravings with pizza, fajitas, tacos, quesadillas, or a beef or fish burger. Escabeche is offered Sunday only. Occasionally local parties here get loud, but you'll probably be welcome to join the festivities.

Naranjal St., Orange Walk Town, Belize
Known For
  • lovely open-air bar overlooking the river
  • succulent ceviche
  • exceptional service
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.

Tradewinds Restaurant


The "house restaurant" for the Orchid Bay Resort, Tradewinds is run by David and Demaris, an American-Belizean couple. The menu features adequate American pub food such as burgers and wings, along with ceviche and other seafood and some traditional Belizean dishes such as rice and beans with stew chicken. Once a week there is a soup night, which attracts locals for an inexpensive night out and a chance to benefit the local community---one-half of the evening's proceeds go to support various good works in the community.