16 Best Restaurants in Honduras' Caribbean Coast, Honduras

Aquí Pancha

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If the rows of seafood champas (shacks) lining the beach don't manage to entice you, then this casual open-air restaurant should. Just a step away from the water, the eatery offers delicious ceviche, king crab, and lobster dishes. Doña Pancha herself is often around to help with serving heaping portions of diners' favorites, like garlic-soaked shrimp or breaded conch.

Omoa, Honduras
504-2658--9172
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Bella Italia

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Crispy brick-oven pizzas served in five sizes (try the meter-wide pie!) and savory panzarotti pastries keep this kitchen, owned by Italian expats, busy all evening. Vito churns out homemade dishes from the back, while Sissi flits busily between diners, who she says enter as clients and leave as friends. Indoor, terrace, and sidewalk seating offer a warm and inviting atmosphere, and the bar is stocked with local beers and Italian wines and liqueurs. They open at 4:30.

Tela, Honduras
504-2440--1055
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Caesar's Restaurant & Café

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With a couple of tables out on the sidewalk and a cozy dining room within, this Italian eatery has become very popular. The bruschetta ai pomodori (toasted bread with tomatoes) makes a tasty starter, especially when followed by the pasta alla puttanesca. Imported beers and wines pair nicely with dinner, and grappa or amaretto will bring things to a fine finish. The restaurant also has small sandwich shops in the nearby La Carniceria meat market and at the Muelle de Cabotaje.

Av. San Isidro at C. 13, La Ceiba, Honduras
504-2443--1400
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Café Vino Tinto

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A grassy lawn with shaded tables and patio seating offers tasty tapas, imported wines, and gourmet lunches. Fish, chicken, and pasta dishes drizzled with bold sauces are served with salad during the day. At night, the menu includes mango and strawberry canapés and well-seasoned beef brochettes. Signs next to the bank at the Parque Central point diners up the road toward this pleasant hilltop eatery.

Café Vino Tinto

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Perched on a hilltop just below the Christopher Columbus statue on the Mirador close to Parque Central, this cozy little spot may have the best view in town. Look for signs near the park that point up the road to the restaurant. Enjoy the view with wine or a cold beer, fish, meat and pasta dishes, or little snacks like pupusas and beef brochettes.

1 block north of Parque Central, Trujillo, 32101, Honduras
504-9825--2854
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Casa Azul

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This cheery little restaurant is a popular evening hangout for tourists, especially since it has a bookstore and a small art gallery. Casa Azul is known for Italian dishes such as pizza and spaghetti and meatballs. The staff is justifiably proud of the "big clean salads." Honduras Caribbean Tours has its office in the front of the restaurant.

C. 11 at Av. 6 NE, Tela, Honduras
504-2448--2623
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Champa Kabasa

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Sambo Creek's best-known restaurant fills up with patrons from La Ceiba on weekends. Once you try the king-crab soup or the shrimp salad, you'll understand why. As a bonus, there's a spectacular view of the Cayos Cochinos. Because the restaurant is so huge, it feels a little deserted on weekdays.

Sambo Creek, Honduras
504-9565--2845
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Henry's Sunset Playa Restaurant & Bar

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This tin-roof beach lodge serves up pizzas, pastas, and Omoa's seafood staples. Sit at a wooden picnic table or in a giant armchair and try an enormous plate of spaghetti in a tasty red seafood sauce. Slices of Canadian pizza come loaded with gooey cheese, ham, salami, and mushrooms. Henry's even does delivery (use the delivery-specific phone number). In the back of the restaurant is a double room ($) with a private bath, air-conditioning, and Wi-Fi. They also have a public laundry service, and Three Amigos Tours is based here.

La Banana

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Nestled in the heart of Tela's Garífuna community, this small beachfront eatery in Triunfo de la Cruz is known for its selective lunch menu of genuinely Caribbean dishes. Artisan tablecloths in bold tropical colors top simple tables, and amazing refreshing breezes pass through the tall roof of the bamboolike caña brava. Lunches such as sopa de caracol (conch soup), calamari, and freshly caught mackerel join the rotating menu of Garífuna seafood favorites. The restaurant arranges shuttles to and from hotels in Tela and has six rustic rooms in the back for overnights.

La Plancha

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The town's most popular steak house, La Plancha serves up a 16-ounce filete especial that will satisfy the most ravenous diner. There's seafood as well—the shrimp and conch cocktails make a good starter. The service is snappy, whether in the dining room or at the fully stocked bar.

Av. Lempira at C. 9, La Ceiba, Honduras
504-9782--2471
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Masapan

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Masapan is a small group of eateries on a downtown corner. The cafeteria has a long, campy, fun buffet that serves many Honduran favorites, including tamales, baleadas, and typical breakfast and lunch plates. It's a great way to sample a variety of local cuisine at one time. Whatever you choose, try a natural fruit juice drink to wash it down. On Saturday, the cafeteria holds a seafood festival; available fish dishes often include a very good sopa marinera (fish soup). Two doors down from the cafeteria there is a Masapan Chicken, with fried chicken and fries, and around the corner is the Masapan bakery, for cakes, breads, sandwiches, and more baleadas.

Calle 7, Zona Mazapan, La Ceiba, Honduras
504-2441--0202
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Merendero del Centro

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Come to this busy restaurant for a quick bite of local fare at an unbelievable price. Baleadas (flour tortillas filled with re-fried beans), pasteles (meat-filled, deep-fried pastries), and the typical local breakfast of ham, eggs, beans, and tortillas are served on plastic tables in a no-frills setting.

Paradise Found Bar & Grille

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Diners come from out of town to feast at this second-story champa on the beach. Chef Dante serves hearty portions of Italian family recipes and classic American dishes. His grandmother's lasagna is served once a week with a vinaigrette salad, and brick-oven pizzas come topped with fresh ingredients like roasted shrimp, spinach, and portabella mushrooms. Dante's Best Burger Ever has roasted red peppers, onions, and homemade buns. USDA steaks and barbecue ribs are also on the menu. Two rooms ($$) are available downstairs, and the owners also offer picnics to the nearby natural attractions.

Restaurante El Delfin

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Trujillo families pile around the long wood tables right on the sand as unobtrusive tropical music plays throughout the restaurant. The kitchen serves traditional seafood dishes like shrimp, lobster, and conch, as well as a variety of fried chicken options. The liquor list is the longest in town. A shower is available for diners coming in off the beach.

Restaurante El Delfin

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Sit at a long wooden tables right on the sand, or climb the stairs to the third floor for the best breeze. Fresh seafood dictates the menu: try the shelled lobster sauteed with garlic, or the Conch ceviche, if you're an adventurous diner. Fried chicken is also available for those wanting something more familiar. Don’t let the light music trick you into thinking the place has no verve. It’s also a bar with a long liquor list, and drinks that pack a punch.

Sushi

$$ | Barrio Independencia

A glowing reputation around town for great fare precedes this aptly named sushi joint. Weathered-tile floors and wire chairs serve as a simple backdrop to the chef's small sushi stand, where he doles out such unique creations as the Tegucigalpa roll, with shrimp, cream cheese, breaded avocado, and eel sauce. The Mimos roll adds local lobster to lettuce, avocado, and soybean leaf. The restaurant is somewhat hidden off the street but faces the Pizza Hut at the UniPlaza mall and is caddy-corner to the Hospital D'Antonio.

La Ceiba, Honduras
504-2443--8100
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