It’s no secret that Latin American food is seriously tasty. Being in Honduras and also in the Caribbean, Roatán is lucky enough to have amazing Latin American food and amazing seafood, which is a super yummy combination. After spending three months in Roatán eating my weight in baleadas and fresh ceviche, I’ve compiled a list of what I deem to be the best restaurants in Roatán.
Although there are plenty of delicious restaurants, there are also plenty of tourist-traps and spots to avoid. Below, I’ve broken up the best restaurants and quick eats in the most popular tourist areas of Roatán: West Bay and West End. Keep reading my list of best restaurants in Roatán if you want to get seriously hungry and start searching flights to the Bay Islands!
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The ATM Situation
Many of the restaurants on this list are cash only, so you may need to hit the ATM. Some ATMs in Roatán are unreliable, so I would advise against using a random ATM on the street. If you’re in West End, I always prefer to walk the five minutes to the Petrosun and take out cash from one of the two ATMs inside the gas station. I’ve never had an issue with either of them. Another good option in West End is the local grocery store, Roa Market. They’re able to charge your credit card and give you cash back with only a $2 charge.
If you’re in West Bay and in need of an ATM, I would suggest walking to the resort Infinity Bay and using the ATM in the lobby. There’s another ATM in West Bay Mall, but I wouldn’t suggest using it unless it’s an emergency. The last time I used it, my credit card was charged and I was not given the cash I paid for.
Restaurants in West End, Roatán
Many of the best restaurants in Roatán are located in scenic West End. In addition to being much more affordable, West End has a much wider array of restaurant options than West Bay. It’s also home to almost all the nightlife on the West side, so dinner will most likely turn into a dance floor at some point in the evening.
Yahongreh is one of my favorite spots in West End for a quick and tasty Honduran baleada! If you’ve never heard of a baleada before, it’s a homemade flour tortilla folded in half and stuffed with refried red beans, either cheese or sour cream and a variety of other topics including chorizo, chicken, eggs, avocado and beef.
The little stand only serves baleadas until 2:00pm, which makes it the perfect stop for breakfast on a beautiful Caribbean morning. The local woman who runs the shop makes her own hot sauce from scratch and it’s to-die-for. Her baleadas are delicious and very affordable, my usual order with scrambled eggs and avocados only sets me back about $1.50. Yahongreh is cash only, so plan accordingly.
Fun fact: I always thought the name “Yahongreh” was some local word I didn’t know how to pronounce, until my friend told me it’s literally just a funny way of saying “You Hungry?”
Creole Rotisserie (Dola’s)
Dola’s has a reputation for having the best chicken on the island, or at least in West End. It’s the perfect place to go with a group of people since the portions are enormous and meant to be shared. You can order a 1/4 chicken, a 1/2 chicken or a whole chicken, depending on your group size. If you’re in a group of three or four (or you just want leftovers), I would recommend ordering the full chicken + four sides. If you get tortillas as one of your sides you can make your own chicken tacos!
Make sure to grab plenty of cash before your meal, because Dola’s is cash only and the closest ATM is a 15 minute walk away. Dola’s is also BYOB, so stop by Roa Market on the way to grab some vino!
New on the Roatán restaurants scene, Crisp is my new go-to for tasty salads and affordable poke bowls! The little shop is an Instagrammer’s dream, filled with colorful decor, plant hangers, pastels and the optimal aesthetic for the perfect lunch pic. My poke bowl was absolutely delicious and filled with fresh tuna, homemade spicy mayo, red cabbage, avocado and tasty sushi rice. As a bonus, Crisp is extremely affordable!
Cafe de Palo
Cafe de Palo is the place to go in West End for relaxing brunch in a beautiful setting. Although it tends to be one of the more expensive options in the area, the food is delicious and very healthy. After weeks of snacking on lard covered baleadas, my body was very grateful for the healthy helping of veggies.
The “Revolution Vegetarian” was delicious and piled high with roasted eggplant, avocado, tomato, poached eggs and homemade hot sauce!
The Roatán Chocolate Factory
“I’ll have lunch with a side of chocolate tour,” can be your reality at the Roatán Chocolate Factory. You’ll feel like a literal kid in a candy shop with walls full of chocolate bars, cushy armchairs, a coffee counter and kitchen cooking up all sorts of delicious dishes! Their menu features tasty paninis, appetizers and salads, but the real star of the show is the Indian food. The chicken korma is my personal favorite.
When you’ve filled up on a tasty lunch of spicy Indian food and $3 wine by the glass, head to the second floor for an interesting and informative chocolate tour and tasting! You’ll learn loads about the history of chocolate, the cacao plant, how chocolate is made and get to try tons of delicious chocolate in the process. If that sounds as awesome to you as it did to me, make sure to make an appointment in advance with my favorite chocolate guide, Carlos! You can send him a message on Instagram to reserve a tour slot. The tour itself is free, but make sure to always tip your guide. Pro tip: try the white chocolate, it’s life-changing.
If you’re sick of baleadas (if that’s possible) and looking for a tasty and affordable brunch spot, head down the street to Sandy Buns in West End! The little breakfast/lunch spot is outside with a great view of the beach and serves some seriously tasty dishes. All their bagels, buns and biscuits are homemade, so I would definitely recommend going a little carb-heavy if you stop in for brekkie.
Pro tip: given the choice between regular fries and sweet potato garlic aioli fries…ALWAYS choose the sweet potato fries.
After my two years in Italy, I can’t go more than a month without an Aperol Spritz. Thankfully, Drunken Sailor was around to feed my orange-flavored addiction. This cute little pizza shop serves Roman-style pizza, cheesy eggplant parmesan, creamy pasta dishes, fruity sangria and, of course, Aperol Spritz.
If you stick to the pizza menu, you’ll likely be in for an affordable evening! If you’re like me and order four Aperol Spritz with your caprese salad…your wallet won’t be quite so happy. Thankfully, Drunken Sailor takes credit cards!
Calelu’s is another of my favorite spots in West End for traditional, Honduran baleadas! Their flour tortillas are made fresh on the spot and are both crispy and chewy at the same time. My favorite combination is scrambled eggs, avocado, mantequilla and lots of Don Carlos hot sauce. Calelu’s serves a variety of other tasty dishes, including pastelitos and pescado fritto (fried fish). Whatever you order, Calelu’s has definitely earned its spot on the list of best restaurants in Roatán!
Conveniently, Calelu’s has an attached grocery store that sells produce, canned/boxed goods as well as TIGO SIM cards.
Junior’s Patio is a cute, BYOB spot in Junior’s own backyard and is well-known for having some of the best pizza in Roatán! The joint is open Wednesday through Saturday 5:30-7:30PM and you might be better off making a reservation since seating is limited.
Juniors is a cash-only establishment, so make sure to hit up the Petrosun before dinner. Don’t be surprised if you see an enormous wolf-like dog roaming around the premises, that’s just Junior’s adorable, fur-baby looking for pizza handouts!
Anthony’s Chicken is the perfect place for those looking for an affordable, tasty and authentic island meal. The owner cooks up a variety of yummy, local dishes, but the star of the show is the jerk chicken. If you can handle the heat, ask for it extra spicy, you won’t be disappointed.
Anthony’s Chicken is BYOB and cash only, so make sure to plan accordingly.
Another top mention on the list of tastiest restaurants in Roatán, Pazzo serves the best handmade pasta on the island! Unfortunately, it’s no secret, so you almost always need a reservation as the seating is fairly limited. Pazzo is BYOB and, since it’s basically a crime to eat handmade pasta without wine, you’re going to want to stock up. Thankfully, if you forget to stop at the grocery store there’s a little bodega across the street that offers adequate wine choices in a pinch.
Ginger’s is the perfect spot for a round of appetizers and sunset drinks in West End. Although the entrées are very tasty, it tends to be one of the more expensive spots in town. However, if you’re in the mood for a nice atmosphere and an American menu, Ginger’s is a great option.
The owners of the restaurant have two adorable puppers that, if you’re lucky and ordered meat, might grace you with their presence during your meal!
Loretta’s Island Cuisine
Another new addition on Roatán’s foodie scene, Loretta’s is a tiny, outdoor establishment that serves homemade island cuisine. The menu has plenty of options, but everything is so fresh that availability depends on the day. With only four tables in the entire restaurant, you might be in for a wait on a busier night. If you make it to Loretta’s, I would definitely suggest trying the conch in cream sauce. Although the sauce is pretty rich, it’s offset by the lightness of the rice and crispy plantains.
Although Loretta’s does serve alcohol, their choices are very limited so they allow patrons to bring in alcohol from outside.
If you’re looking for the perfect restaurant for a romantic, West End date night, look no further than Roatán Oasis. With an internationally inspired menu and tons of craft cocktails, Oasis is one of the nicest restaurants in the area. Although you have to be in the mood to splurge, everything we ordered was insanely delicious! The only thing I would not recommend ordering, is the Aperol Spritz (living in Italy has made me a bit of a spritz-snob).
We started the meal out with spicy Korean lettuce wraps and followed it up with squid ink pasta, a tofu tower and seared ahi tuna. Finally, we finished up the meal strong with a round of tasty espresso martinis!
Located on the main stretch of West End, Cafe Escondido is one of my favorite spots to work from during the week. The coffee is delicious, the view is beautiful and the ever-changing menu has something for everyone! My only complaint about this little cafe is that they close at 2:00PM, since I’d love to stay and work all day on their strong wifi.
The prices at Cafe Escondido are very reasonable! I would suggest trying the Everything Burrito with scrambled eggs, your choice of meat, cheese and beans in a homemade, fresh flour tortilla.
Tequila Jack’s is Brisas del Mar’s onsite restaurant in West End (for more information on the hotel, see my post The Best Things to Do in Roatán, Honduras). Not only is Tequila Jack’s a great place to hang out for a Roatán pool day, but their food is some of the best I’ve had in West End! I’ve spent quite a bit of time at Brisas del Mar and, as a result, have tried a lot of the menu items at Tequila Jack’s.
Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, I’ve tried has been absolutely delicious, but my favorites include their Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich, jalapeño poppers and mozzarella sticks! And don’t forget to wash it all down with a homemade margarita.
Lily Pond is one of West End’s hidden treasures! Located down a side street in Halfmoon Bay, Lily Pond is run by a British Expat and his elderly and disabled Shar-Pei, Zeus. Of all the restaurants in Roatán, Lily Pond has a completely unique atmosphere. The space is filled with cushy armchairs, swinging hammock-style seats, mood lighting and, of course, a serene lily pond.
The owner prefers the space to be low-key and quiet, so he doesn’t accept many customers per night. I would suggest stopping by and making a reservation in-person if you’d like this serene dining experience!
Restaurants in West Bay, Roatán
Although it’s home to one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, West Bay is not the most affordable spot to spend a night out on the town. Restaurants here tend to be a lot pricier than options in West End and the rest of Roatán, but you can still find tasty (and sometimes affordable) eats if you know where to go.
Iron Shore Grill
The Iron Shore Grill is Grand Roatán Resort’s on-site restaurant. Dine here on fresh seafood, juicy steaks and tasty cocktails with a perfect view of the Caribbean Sea! Iron Shore Grill is a bit on the fancier side, so you’ll pay a premium for these high-end ingredients. If you make it there for dinner, make sure to try the ceviche. It’s incredibly fresh and the perfect compliment to any island meal!
For more information on Grand Roatán Resort and why it should be top of your Roatán bucket list, head to my post, “The Best Things to Do in Roatán, Honduras.”
The Beach Club San Simon
Bottomless mimosas? YES PLEASE. The Beach Club San Simon, located in Mayan Princess Resort, is the place to be for Sunday brunch in Roatán. $30 will get you a brunch appetizer, an entrée and all the mimosas and Bloody Marys you can drink! To be honest, after the built-in gratuity and taxes are added, you’re looking at closer to $45 for brunch. Just make sure to drink your fill and get your money’s worth!
During high season, San Simon can get pretty crowded for brunch. I would suggest calling ahead and making a reservation to make sure there’s space for you to guzzle mimosas for three hours. If you can’t get ahold of them via phone, send them a message on Instagram to reserve a table.
With locations in both West End and West Bay, Argentinian Grill is a great place for an upscale meal in Roatán. They have an extensive wine list featuring lots of delicious Malbecs and plenty of tasty steaks to choose from. Both locations are the same, but my personal favorite is their West Bay location because you can dine with a perfect view of the beach.
Be prepared to pay a premium, steakhouses don’t come cheap in Roatán. Between the two of us we ordered a bottle of wine, a steak and a steak sandwich and our total (with tip) was around 70 USD.
Kismet Beach Bar
Living on Lighthouse Point for my first month in Roatán, I was no stranger to The Meridian’s on-site restaurant, Kismet Beach Bar. (For more information on accommodations in Roatán, visit my post, “The Best Things to Do in Roatán, Honduras.”)
Kismet is one of the best restaurants in Roatán for watching those famous Caribbean sunsets. The Meridian also has a small, private beach right outside the restaurant. So it’s a great spot to order a couple Monkey La Las and relax in a beach chair!
Looking for a quick and affordable lunch in West Bay? Mangiamos is a great option for cheap and tasty sammies either sit-down or on-the-go. Although I would never recommend grocery shopping in West Bay if you can avoid it, Mangiamos is half deli counter, half grocery store and a good place to pick up some necessary staples. The sandwiches are reasonably priced, but be prepared to pay a huge premium for groceries, especially imported ones.
The Hangover Hut
High prices aside, the Hangover Hut is a great spot to listen to some live music on a Wednesday afternoon. If you’re hungry, make sure to get there before they run out of pizza! We arrived too late to try some, but the smells wafting out of the oven made me believe the hype that it’s some of the tastiest on the island. However, if you’re traveling on a budget, keep in mind that you’re in West Bay and it may be cheaper to grab dinner in West End before you arrive.
Hangover Hut is only open Wednesdays and Saturdays, so make sure to have your days straight before making the trek from West End. When you’re living on island time it’s easy to mess up the days of the week!
Kimberly’s Island Dish
If you’re looking for affordable eats in West Bay, La Placita is the place to be. Literally meaning “the little plaza,” La Placita is a collection of quick eats and street food just off of the beach. There are tons of great options including pupusas, baleadas, gelato, tacos and more. However, one of my favorite stops is Kimberly’s Island Dish. The oven chicken is delicious and comes with so many sides you’ll easily get two meals in one!
Make sure to stock up on lempira because most spots in La Placita are cash-only.
Luna Muna at Ibagari Boutique Hotel
Although technically in West Bay, Ibagari Boutique Hotel is located halfway between West End and West Bay on Tamarind Drive. The easiest way to get there is by water taxi from either West Bay or West End.
Ibagari is a very high end resort, and Luna Muna’s prices reflect the luxurious atmosphere. However, if you want to experience the luxury of this resort on a budget, head to Luna Muna for breakfast! Their breakfast menu is very reasonably priced, with entrees in the $12 range, and everything is absolutely delicious. The price of an entree includes any coffee of your choice and a fresh glass of the daily juice.
Skäl is another spot in La Placita and are known for their pastor tacos. Pastor is a type of Mexican pork that was cooked on a vertical-style spit. The meat is shaved thin and served in tacos with pineapple and a variety of tasty toppings! Although La Placita is still much cheaper than the other options in West Bay, Skäl tends to be a bit more expensive because it’s more restaurant-style dining vs. street food.
If you’re an American tourist, chances are you’ll be spending the bulk of your time in West Bay or West End. However, that doesn’t mean the rest of the island doesn’t have its fair share of tasty, local eats. If you venture further east, don’t miss these awesome spots!
Roatán Island Brewing Co.
Beer lover or not, you’re not going to want to skip a trip to the Roatán Brewing Company. As the only brewery on the island, it’s a very popular spot on the weekends (weather permitting). The brewery is currently only open Friday through Sunday. It’s located a bit of a hike from West End, so you’ll need to rent a car or a cab.
Sundays are the most popular days at the brewery, but if you’re looking for chill vibes (and a guaranteed seat) stop by on Friday or Saturday between 11AM-5PM. In addition to offering tons of tasty tap beers, the brewery also serves some truly delicious meals, so it’s the perfect place to grab lunch with some brews.
Hole in the Wall
Located well off the beaten path in Jonesville, Hole in the Wall is a Roatán staple not to be missed on any trip to the East Side. Best described as a wooden shack built on a dock over the water, Hole in the Wall is the definition of “dive bar.” The little restaurant and bar is full of character and well-enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.
Like most restaurants on the East Side, it’s best to bring plenty of cash, although the owner also accepts cryptocurrency.
La Sirena de Camp Bay
Another restaurant and bar built directly over the water, La Sirena is located a bit further east directly on Camp Bay Beach. They have a great atmosphere and frequently offer live music during the week. La Sirena’s menu is filled with classic bar food like burgers as well as fresh seafood options like different types of ceviche.
I thoroughly enjoyed my food at La Sirena! Although I have to advise you not to get sucked into the 2-for-1 jalapeño margarita special. I LOVE spicy food, and I couldn’t take more than two sips before dumping it out. My entire face was on fire.
Make sure to bring cash if you plan to stop by La Sirena.
If you like your Bloody Marys to come with a view, then you need to head to Kristi’s Overlook. Kristi’s is a 45 minute drive from West End, but it’s the perfect stopping point if you’re headed across the island to Camp Bay. Kristi’s serves a tasty menu and plenty of local cocktails. The best part is the beautiful view of the East side of the island!
Although it’s a bit far from West End/West Bay, Silversides is easily one of the best brunch spots in Roatán. They offer a huge menu, and every single option is incredibly delicious! Silversides was the first place I tried lionfish in Roatán, and it was de-licious. I would definitely suggest ordering it if you see it on the menu.
The salmon avo toast was piled high with smoked salmon, boiled eggs and ripe avocado! Paired with $3 mimosas, it was the picture-perfect Roatán brunch.
Camp Bay Lodge
If you plan on venturing out to Camp Bay during your time in Roatán, I would highly suggest stopping by for a meal at Camp Bay Lodge. During my first month on the island, I ended up staying the weekend at the lodge. I was served some of the tastiest seafood I’ve ever tried in my life. The meal highlight of the weekend was easily the seafood soup. With a coconut and tomato base, this soup was filled with shrimp, lobster tails and all the conch you could eat. And we only paid $15/bowl!
There are plenty of delicious restaurants in Roatán, Honduras…you just need to know where to look. Most of the spots on this list are concentrated on the West side of the island. If you venture further into the center of Roatán, or even the East side, you’ll find tons of great, local options for an even lower price.
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