Utila is, granted, a small island, but it is also blessed with an abundance of good dining options. Our little island has everything from the street side baleada vendors to upscale bistros and restaurants with views to die for!
Here are some of the places that WE frequent regularly!. (and were constantly updating this page, so check back to see what's new!)
Monica's Mango Tango is located harbor; look to your left as you ferry into Utila. Access is also on Main Street, west of the Municipal Dock down towards Cheppe's Beach..
With some of the best steaks to be found on the island, it is a favorite for those that have been missing a proper steak. Also popular are the handmade pastas, the homemade bread that comes to every table, and their famous Tapas Night on Tuesdays. A broad selection of high quality dining options makes this an Utila favorite. If you can make it in about 4:30PM grab a seaside table, a bottle of wine and watch the sun set before settling in for a great dinner!
Hot Spot Cafe & Wet Spot
Naomi Jackson is one of Utila's most industrious young ladies, and is always looking for ways to improve the Utila Experience. She has done it again with Hot Spot Cafe, west of the Dock on Main Street (just this side of BICD). Bright colors made her place easy to find, and the food will keep you coming back. Breakfast is a specialty here and seating can become premium real estate. Indoor and outdoor seating, free WiFi, and smoothies to complete the breakfast or lunch is enough to keep us coming back. BUT Naomi wasn't satisfied with that so she's now added seating in the back at Sea Side! After your meal, you can rent paddle boards, kayaks, floatie tubes, or even just jump into the sea from her private dock!
RJ’s is the last restaurant on the left as you head east from the Municipal Dock and well worth the walk. Located just before the bridge and open only three days a week, this restaurant has grown from a novel place to grab a piece of fresh fish while sitting on an old tree stump into a full service restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating, an extensive menu featuring fish, pork, chicken, and steaks with heaping sides. You can walk through to the back and see Robby prepare your entree as you watch. Open Wednesday, Friday and Sunday nights.
In Sandy Bay just across from the BayView Hotel, Ultra Light is an anomaly. Owned and operated by Joya, a native of Utila, this newly remodeled restaurant features low tables, large pillows on the floor instead of chairs, and the best Israeli food to be found on this side of the Atlantic. Pita bread is homemade daily making their Falafels a favorite with the diving crowd. Curries, Hummus and pastas are standard. Don’t miss the fresh fruit shakes and fabulous vegetarian fare.
Islander's is the latest edition to what is a rebirth of Sandy Bay, west of the Municipal Dock, and might be the nicest hidden gem to be found there. Just
look on the sea side after you pass by UltraLight, and you'll find this most
pleasant cafe sitting at the water's edge. Open for lunch and dinner you'll find a
delightful menu with some unique offering, a full service bar that includes
their signature craft beer, and a staff that is eager to see that your first visit
will bring you back for more. Check it out; it's one of our latest favorites!
Just east of the Municipal Dock and in front of well known Tranquila Bar. Wonderfully prepared Indian and Asian foods including Tandoori, Curries, Satays, Vegetable Rolls, Sushi and Stir-fries are served at Indian Wok. The menu is brought to your table promptly by an attentive staff and you can enjoy a glass of wine while you wait for your freshly prepared meal in comfortable and inviting surroundings.
Islander's Craft Beer & Cafe
Neptune's is another of our favorite spots to spend an afternoon! Just across the cut on the far west end of the harbor, they run a free boat back and forth; generally on the hour. If you have a day to kill, this is a great use of that time. They have a nice restaurant, great places to sit on the beach in either the sun or the shade, and the longest dock on the island. Bring your snorkel gear, some sunglasses, and a book. Make a day of it.