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5 Noteworthy Roatan Restaurants

Roatan bay
Roatan bay. Credit: Wikimedia

Home to several types of restaurants ranging from typical food bars to international gourmet restaurants, Roatan is well known for offering some of the best regional specialties in Honduras.

1. Gio’s

Famous for its king crabs platter drenched in garlic and butter, Gio’s is a popular restaurant in Roatan. The restaurant is a family business with 40 years’ service to the communities of Roatan and tourists alike.

Seafood is a popular staple served with lemon butter and other sauces. As an example, the crab platter contains king crab, shrimp, lobster, calamari and lots of vegetables which are all grilled.  Apart from their seafood specialties, steak is also served.

Gio’s is also a good for visitors looking for native Honduras dishes. “Our dishes are made with ingredients 100% natural, fresh, and grown in Honduras,” according to Gio’s.

2. Roatan Oasis

Roatan Oasis is about quality food within a bar setting. The restaurant/bar concept is unique in Roatan and so offers an experience that is hard to find anywhere else in the region.

Amenities include Direct TV and all live sports events from NFL to Premiership Football. Oasis also has a soothing pool in a relaxing setting.

With a regular menu that changes weekly, popular dishes include their Organic Green Salad with Soy Miso Onion Dressing, Shrimp tempura Roll and Lionfish Tempura Roll. Other choices include bruschetta and eggplant, Indonesian beef curry, butternut squash, homemade pasta and feta pizza.

The Roatan Oasis also offers special sushi nights offering sushi prepared by Chef Ben.

3. Las Rocas

Las Rocas is a small, family-oriented resort located on the shores of West Bay. Las Rocas offers an open-air bar and restaurant offering typical Caribbean dishes.

Being a part of a resort, the restaurant’s unique location puts Roatan Marine Park and many other attractions and amenities within walking distance.

Popular dishes include the MonkeyLala, the famous Naughty Cocktail, margaritas, piňa coladas and daiquiris. Additionally, the restaurant offers several dishes comprising fresh local produce as well as various types of seafood including lobster, conch, shrimp, crab, and fish that are prepared with a slight Italian twist.

For those on the go, breakfast is served from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. daily. The typical buffet includes fresh fruit, yogurt, an assortment of pastries, fruit juice, coffee, cookies, tea and milk.

4. B.J.s Backyard in Oak Ridge

Established more than 25 years ago, B.J.s Backyard in Oak Ridge is all about good island style food. Ice cold drinks, conch burgers and fries, shrimp grilled in lemon, butter, and garlic, freshly cooked vegetables, and fresh salad are are popular staples. Some of the most popular dishes include their Special Crab.

Enjoy all of this while lounging on a shaded deck over the water next to a garden. Additionally, they bake their own French bread, and Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce.

5. The Argentinian Grill

Located at Half Moon Bay, West End, The Argentinian Grill offers dining on the beach. As such, it’s a great spot for lunch as well as evening and afternoon outings.

Guests will find specialties cooked over flaming coals such as red meat, pork, chicken, different kinds of fish and their home made “chorizos”, all these dishes go with delicious (“chimichurri”) sauce.

Beyond that, there is a large variety of seafood and salads from which to choose. Finally, for vegetarians, the restaurant also offers vegetarian dishes and pasta.

Weather visitors plan on having delicious Honduran dishes while relaxing on a patio overlooking the Caribbean coast or sipping margaritas in a laid back atmosphere, Roatan may just be the place to appease their desire.

Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas. He is the author of four books about cruising in the Caribbean, Alaska and Mexican Riviera.
November 01, 2014

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