WHO'S HUNGRY?

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!)

MANGO TANGO

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Monica's Mango Tango is located in the 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 most unique offerings 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

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Naomi Jackson is one of Utila's most industrious young ladies, and is always looking for  ways to improve the Utila Experience... so she built Hot Spot.

 

Hot Spot Cafe, now under the able hand of Eva Kordovsky is just 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. There is even seating in the back at Sea Side! where after your meal, you can rent paddle boards, kayaks, floatie tubes, or even just jump into the sea from her private dock! Tell Eva we said "hi!"

RJ's

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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. (save room for dessert!

 

 

You can walk through to the back and see Robby prepare your entree as you watch.

 

Open Wednesday, Friday and Sunday nights.

ULTRA LIGHT

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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.

Utila Brewing Company

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Utila Brewing Company, east of the Municipal Dock and right behind the bright yellow Mariposa Building, just might be the nicest hidden gem to be found there.

 

Just look through the arches on Main Street, and you'll find this most pleasant brewery and cafe

sitting near 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! 

FOOKING WOK

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Just east of the Municipal Dock and in front of well known Tranquila Bar.

 

Wonderfully prepared Indian and Asian foods including Curries, Satays, Vegetable Rolls, Sushi and Stir-fries are served at Fooking 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.

NEPTUNE'S

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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.  Neptune's is another of our favorite spots to spend an afternoon!

 

Blue Bayou Beach Bar

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Blue Bayou Beach Bar

So very much like what every beach bar, on every beach, everywhere, used to be... Pretty much just a palapa on the beach with a dock and a kitchen. You'll not find many of these left. You can sit with a cold beer watching dogs play with crabs on the beach or order something from their rather remarkable kitchen. You'll be surprised at the upscale offerings and as pleased as we always are! 

To get here, just head as far west down Main Street as you can go, then keep going. Pass the public beach, and you'll be there in just about 3 minutes. Look for us there, as we're at Blue Bayou Beach Bar often!

Bando Beach Bar & Restaurant

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Bando Beach Bar & Restaurant

Just about everyone has a place that they call their "home bar". For us, it would be here. Bando Beach is on the far east end of the island on the old airstrip. This gem in the rough has been being polished for the past couple of years by Vanessa, the owner, and Pat, who is all things important at a Bar/Restaurant and it is certainly starting to shine.  From straight up drinks to cocktails, to a Piña Colada served in a fresh pineapple this is the place to be for sunset with a cool libation in your hand. Sunset photos from here are all over the Internet; come and take your very own! Then sit and enjoy a meal whilst sharing the events of your day with like minded people. Kid friendly as well and you'll find games aplenty to occupy their time (or yours!)

Bring your snorkel gear, some sunglasses, and a book. Make a day of memories at Bando Beach.

Mister Buddha

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Mister Buddha is THE sushi place on Utila!

Located in Sandy Bay, about 5 minutes west of the Municipal Dock, Mister Budda is a Utila sea side delight. Serving the best hand rolled sushi from the largest sushi menu on the island we enjoy many an afternoon here. This open air bistro is just what the doctor ordered when he told you to grab a bottle of wine and chill by the sea. 

 

Also serving a modest selection of craft beer in addition to a full bar we also find this place wonderful for watching a sunset on Utila before having dinner. We love that the music is never too loud and the staff all get kudos for great service. Wander down here and you won't be in a hurry to leave.

Utila Chocolate Company

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Utila Chocolate Company is another of our favorite spots to spend an afternoon!

What started out somewhat in jest, has turned into a rather remarkable business conjuring up not just chocolate, but also a wide variety of desserts, hand made drinks, ice creams, cookies, coffee, and, you guessed it...chocolates.

Just up Jerico Road and to the left on a quaint path, you can't miss this place. There is always someone parked out front that probably just beat you there. The extensive menu is basically built around making you glad you stopped in, and if you're like us, not only will it hit the spot, but it will keep you coming back.

 

MANGO TANGO

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Monica's Mango Tango is located in the 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 most unique offerings 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

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Naomi Jackson is one of Utila's most industrious young ladies, and is always looking for  ways to improve the Utila Experience... so she built Hot Spot.

 

Hot Spot Cafe, now under the able hand of Eva Kordovsky is just 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. There is even seating in the back at Sea Side! where after your meal, you can rent paddle boards, kayaks, floatie tubes, or even just jump into the sea from her private dock! Tell Eva we said "hi!"

RJ's

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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. (save room for dessert!

 

 

You can walk through to the back and see Robby prepare your entree as you watch.

 

Open Wednesday, Friday and Sunday nights.

ULTRA LIGHT

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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.

Utila Brewing Company

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Utila Brewing Company, east of the Municipal Dock and right behind the bright yellow Mariposa Building, just might be the nicest hidden gem to be found there.

 

Just look through the arches on Main Street, and you'll find this most pleasant brewery and cafe

sitting near 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! 

FOOKING WOK

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Just east of the Municipal Dock and in front of well known Tranquila Bar.

 

Wonderfully prepared Indian and Asian foods including Curries, Satays, Vegetable Rolls, Sushi and Stir-fries are served at Fooking 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.

NEPTUNE'S

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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.  Neptune's is another of our favorite spots to spend an afternoon!

 

Blue Bayou Beach Bar

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Blue Bayou Beach Bar

So very much like what every beach bar, on every beach, everywhere, used to be... Pretty much just a palapa on the beach with a dock and a kitchen. You'll not find many of these left. You can sit with a cold beer watching dogs play with crabs on the beach or order something from their rather remarkable kitchen. You'll be surprised at the upscale offerings and as pleased as we always are! 

To get here, just head as far west down Main Street as you can go, then keep going. Pass the public beach, and you'll be there in just about 3 minutes. Look for us there, as we're at Blue Bayou Beach Bar often!

Bando Beach Bar & Restaurant

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Bando Beach Bar & Restaurant

Just about everyone has a place that they call their "home bar". For us, it would be here. Bando Beach is on the far east end of the island on the old airstrip. This gem in the rough has been being polished for the past couple of years by Vanessa, the owner, and Pat, who is all things important at a Bar/Restaurant and it is certainly starting to shine.  From straight up drinks to cocktails, to a Piña Colada served in a fresh pineapple this is the place to be for sunset with a cool libation in your hand. Sunset photos from here are all over the Internet; come and take your very own! Then sit and enjoy a meal whilst sharing the events of your day with like minded people. Kid friendly as well and you'll find games aplenty to occupy their time (or yours!)

Bring your snorkel gear, some sunglasses, and a book. Make a day of memories at Bando Beach.

Mister Buddha

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Mister Buddha is THE sushi place on Utila!

Located in Sandy Bay, about 5 minutes west of the Municipal Dock, Mister Budda is a Utila sea side delight. Serving the best hand rolled sushi from the largest sushi menu on the island we enjoy many an afternoon here. This open air bistro is just what the doctor ordered when he told you to grab a bottle of wine and chill by the sea. 

 

Also serving a modest selection of craft beer in addition to a full bar we also find this place wonderful for watching a sunset on Utila before having dinner. We love that the music is never too loud and the staff all get kudos for great service. Wander down here and you won't be in a hurry to leave.

Utila Chocolate Company

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Utila Chocolate Company is another of our favorite spots to spend an afternoon!

What started out somewhat in jest, has turned into a rather remarkable business conjuring up not just chocolate, but also a wide variety of desserts, hand made drinks, ice creams, cookies, coffee, and, you guessed it...chocolates.

Just up Jerico Road and to the left on a quaint path, you can't miss this place. There is always someone parked out front that probably just beat you there. The extensive menu is basically built around making you glad you stopped in, and if you're like us, not only will it hit the spot, but it will keep you coming back.

 

Bender's Sports Bar

Bender's is BACK!

Bender's is the result of Sharla Zelaya recognizing that Utila was missing one of her favorite things, a real sports bar, so she opened one!  Located west of the dock on Main Street, and upstairs just above Bodden's Market, Bender's serves up a variety of cuisines that range from Barbecue Ribs (my favorite!) to Caribbean dishes, steaks, and fun sides (fried pickles!). 

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