$ – around $8 per main dish | $$ – around $15 per main dish | $$$ – around $20 -$25 per main dish | $$$$- Over $30
Lily Pond House $$ This charming restaurant is located on the road to Half Moon Bay Cabins. The setting is great for a romantic meal and the prices are very reasonable. One of the followers of the Responsible Seafood Guide, they serve sustainably sourced seafood. They also have chicken, pork, and a whole lot more. I love the grilled pork chop with their delicious garlic mashed potatoes. They even make their own curry bread that is not to be missed.
Argentinean Grill $$$ Already established as an institution in West End, and doing honor to the traditional Argentine grills, this is the best restaurant to go to if you are looking for a good steak. Located right on Half Moon Bay, the grill offers steak and seafood dishes. The Grilled Tenderloin is around $20 and is enough to fill you up and take home for breakfast the next day. The twiced baked potato is my favorite side. Open daily they serve outstanding charcoal broiled tenderloin, as well as beef, pork, and shrimp kebobs. Salads and vegetarian dishes are also available. Try their home made chimichurri sauce on your steak. It is awesome!
Sundowners Beach Bar and Restaurant $ Located on the beach on Half Moon Bay, this place is an institution. Everyone that has been to West End has been to Sundowners. A great mix of locals and tourists alike, this is the perfect place to go. No better place to watch the sunset with a drink in hand. Or come during the day and work on your tan in their beach chairs and order lunch. In addition to wraps, sandwiches, and bar food, they have the best hamburgers on the island. Possibly one of the best burgers I have ever eaten. They serve lunch and dinner every day. On Saturdays they BBQ Burgers and Brats. They also show most major sporting events.
The Landing Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge $$ Located upstairs in the Beach House, the yellow house on the beach next to Sundowners. This charming lounge serves up creative food. They also have a great cocktail menu. It is another place that is not to be missed. The views of the sunset are fantastic!
Coconut Tree Restaurant $$ Located at the entrance to West End. The chef was born on the island but spent a lot of time in New Orleans where he learned to cook. They serve seafood, burgers, sandwiches, and meat dishes. The Lionfish Cakes are not to be missed. In fact, they won 1st place at the 2011 Lionfish Cook-Off. Open for Lunch and Dinner. There is also a bar with a good happy hour
Cannibal Café $ – $$ The best Mexican food on Roatan. They have tacos, huge burritos, giant quesadillas, chimichangas, tostadas, chips and salsa, bean dip, and much more. The chips here are divine. The make their flour tortillas from scratch and then cut and deep fry them to make the chips. Worth every Calorie! If you are up for a challenge, eat 3 of their huge burritos in one sitting and they are free.
Lighthouse $$$ Located right on the water, this place has mediocre seafood that is over-priced. Sometimes it is good, sometimes it sucks. I find it too inconsistent for the price.
C- Level $ Located in Reef Gliders Dive Shop. Reasonably priced with big portions, the breakfasts and lunches here are perfect for a hungry diver. During winter, they usually have a soup of the day. I really like the fish sandwich and the fajitas. It is another good place to have a drink and unwind after a tough day or diving or beachcombing. They also do Amazing Pizza at their second location in West End!
Blue Marlin $ – $$$ Lunch and Dinner every day but Sunday. Their lunch menu has all the typical items: sandwiches, burgers, and snacks. All tasty and reasonably priced. Try the bitterballs. I have no idea what is in them, just that they are delicious. Also, Blue Marlin is one of the few restaurants that has a constant supply of lionfish. They also have Seafood Paella and good steaks. The Lionfish Fingers are delicious and not to be missed. In case you don’t know, the lionfish is an invasive species that is very harmful to our reef. They are the only thing that can be spearfished on Roatan. The goal is to kill and eat as many as possible. And they are quite delicious. This is also the bar to go to after Sundowners starts to quiet down, around 9 pm or so. Thursday is Karoke night from 8pm onwards and Fridays is very popular with a DJ.
Café Escondido $ Located above West End Divers, a comfortable atmosphere and quality items for a great value! In addition to their Asian rice and noodle bowls (the Teriyaki is my favorite) they have salads, sandwiches, great breakfasts, sushi, and more. In addition they also have Espresso drinks, Ice Coffees, Fruit Smoothies, Cocktails, Local Beers, Import Beer of the Month, Rice Bowls. Open for Breakfast and Lunch. Closed Tuesdays. Don’t miss Sangria ($3!) and Tapas ($4!) on SUNDAYs from 5 pm onwards.
Thai Place $$$ Thai Food. It is quite expensive, about $20 per entrée, but the food is quite good. And the setting is amazing. If you are craving cheaper Asian food, hit Café Escondido for lunch. If that doesn’t fix the craving, then head here for dinner.
Splash Inn $ – $$ Italian Restaurant with grilled meats and seafood. The food is so-so but improving all the time. They have daily lunch and dinner specials that are really reasonably priced. They do have a good wrap menu for lunch.
Ilene’s Kitchen $ – Directly across from Eagle Rays restaurant, this unassuming restaurant is pretty much just a large wooden deck with amazing and inexpensive Honduran / Island food. The menu changes all the time but they usually have fresh whole fish, stewed chicken, grilled pork chops, a beef dish, and delicious soups. Don’t miss the daily island style dessert specials! Most dinners are under $7.50 and are huge.
Por Que No $- $$ Traditional German food, sandwiches, and great breakfasts. The grilled brat is delicious. They also do daily lunch specials
Roatan Chocolate Factory $ AMAZING DESSERTS. Menu changes all the time. Free chocolate samples. They also have homemade ice cream. And a fish and chips restaurant next door.
Palapa Papas $$ The place is built right out over the water. They have a restaurant that serves Lunch and Dinner with a varied menu. The food is average for the price.
Rotisserie Chicken $ The name says it all. They have rotisserie chicken. It is relatively inexpensive. I believe a whole chicken and 2 sides is around $10. It is a favorite among West Enders. I could take it or leave it.
Ooloonthoo Indian Cuisine $$$$ This superb Indian restaurant is owned, managed and operated by Paul, a Canadian chef, and Soden, his Indian wife, and has an outstanding reputation. It is located on the main road from Coxen Hole to West End, on the left hand side, just before you arrive at West End. Ooloonthoo is set in a large open air porch with fantastic views of the north shore, and perfectly oriented to enjoy the sunsets. Their menu varies regularly, and the always superb, rich, spicy curries do honor to the traditional Indian gastronomy. Limited, but nice selection of wines. Definitely on the pricy side, but well worth it. Reservations are an absolute must! Phone, 9936-5223, mail:[email protected]
Oasis Restaurant – $$-$$$ Outside of West End about 1/3 of the way before the turning to West Bay, this restaurant is amazing. It has an ever changing menu that includes things like Chipotle ribs, blue cheese gnocchi, curries, and more. Their menu is fresh and inspired and the food is delicious. They also have a great cocktail menu and yummy desserts. Reservations are recommended as is a taxi there and back. 9484-6659
Pazzo – $$ Delicious Italian. Very reasonably priced and just outside of West End. The homemade pastas are to die for and the desserts are divine. They also have fresh catch fish specials and great steak. The carpaccio is one of my favorites. Open Monday – Friday, BYOB. Sodas and water available at restaurant.
Street Food $ Some people are too afraid to try food that is not made in a restaurant. Mistake! The street food here is not to be missed. There are several different people that serve very different food.
*Miss Jenny Across from Jackson’s Market and next to Captain Van’s Scooter Rentals, Jenny serves up delicious traditional island style food for lunch. Her menu changes every day but she usually has stewed pork, oxtail, grilled beef, BBQ Chicken, and occasionally picked crab. It is served with a choice of sides including potato salad, rice and beans, coleslaw, pasta, and plantains. About $5
*Pork Taco Man In the evenings until late night, he opens in the parking lot of the little mall next to Blue Channel. They are the best Tacos ever. He makes his own marinades, grills the meat, and makes his own salsas and sauces. He is a true taco artist. He also makes gringas, which are kind of like a quesadilla with grilled pork. 3 Tacos or 2 Gringas for $5.
*Baleada Lady – On the Beach just before Monkey Island, she makes delicious baleadas (home made tortilla with refried beans, your choice of grilled meat, and pickled onions). Plus she has the best hot sauce and pickled onions in West End. And all for under $2.
*Mexican Grill Guy – Located in an actual building just next to Anthony’s Chicken, he has a grill out by the road with a variety of meats and kebabs. The portions are huge and the food is tasty and all for $5 / plate.