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“Great food, even better vibes”
Review of Hungry Grouper

Hungry Grouper
Ranked #6 of 217 Restaurants in San Pedro
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 8 - USD 35
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

By far the best food experience in Belize - the owner, Argyle, is very welcoming and entertaining. Hungry Grouper is without doubt the No 1 spor to eat and chill out in San Pedro!

Thank Martin B
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

The Grouper is not on one of the three north-south main drags and its prices are cheaper than comparable quality food choices. The place is small with about 10 tables. The floor is sand and the walls are brightly colored.

My wife and I found the place on one of our walks around town. We talked to the owner about making a reservation. He said he would take one but that it wouldn't matter. If we arrived at the appointed time and no table was available, we would have to wait until someone finished. He said he would keep an eye out for us at about the time we said we would arrive. A little weird but fitting for the Belizean laid back life style. One tends not to take life too seriously here.

When we arrived that night the place was full. We went in and put our name on the list and then we went out to the sidewalk to wait. There really is no room at the bar to sit and it's not a real bar. Just a half wall separating the kitchen from the seating area. Folks that were eating told us that the food was great and that they would be leaving shortly. We were on Belize time and in no particular hurry. Next door was a bar frequented by locals and across the street was a park where kids played footbol (soccer). Once a ball came over the park fence and rolled towards the restaurant.

It took a little while for the nice folks to finish up, pay and clear out. We sat next to the sidewalk at a table for two. It seems that there's a change over at about 7:30 p.m. Other than two other guys, nobody came into the place for about an hour and the place cleared out. At about 8:30 or 9:00 more people started arriving and the place started filling up again.

This place does not accept credit cards so bring cash. The other two guys did not have cash and one of them left for about half hour to find a cash machine that worked. The restaurant kept his appetizer hot while he was gone.

This is a place to relax with a good meal. The owner works hard but does not shy away from talking with patrons or people walking down the street. You feel like you're having a great meal in a friend's backyard.

The menu changes frequently depending on what the owner can get at the fish market. The fish is always fresh and the sauces and seasonings are varied. I ordered the blackened snapper. It was a good sized filet that was moist and flaky. The seasoning was terrific without an overuse of salt. It had a great, moderately hot finish. The rice and beans were very good and the slaw was drier than a typical American slaw because Belizean slaw uses little or no mayo. This slaw was tasty and refreshing.

Bottom line: This was the tastiest, most flavorful meal we ate during our 10 day stay. It was also the best value of price and quality. There are fancier and more expensive places with better views and ambiance on Ambergris but none of them top this place for food. This is one of the places to which we plan to return.

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Thank Dead Skunk S
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Reviewed 29 March 2018

Had dinner at this quirky restaurant down the side street by the city sand soccer field - off Back Street. Wonderful friendly service. No one seems to have grouper this season, so the fish was snapper. The main attraction is not the fish but the cooking and the wonderful, flavorful sauces that top it! Good drinks added to the experience. You may have to wait for a table, as they take no reservations, BUT it's worth it!

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Thank Skrents
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Reviewed 27 March 2018

I've had Hungry Grouper on my "to do" list for years, and I'm kicking myself for waiting this long to try it!

We went for an early dinner to beat the crowd on a Thursday, around 5PM, as we heard it fills up fast.

My husband had the blackened snapper and it was one of the best fish plates I've ever tasted! Fresh, well-seasoned, cooked to perfection. I opted for the "build your own" plate and selected Creole style Shrimp. It was very good, but adding the side of "peppas" to it really gave it an excellent kick in flavor and spice!

Sides (coconut white rice, spanish rice, slaw) were all excellent compliments to the entrees.

The colorful dining room is everything you could ask for from a local, island restaurant - and prices were very fair, especially for the quantity of food!

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Thank SKinAZ
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Reviewed 27 March 2018

This restaurant has six tables total. It was outstanding. The blacked grouper will blow your mind. It’s a couple blocks off the beaten path. Do yourself a favor and find it. The owner hustles, is super friendly and knows his food. Best meal, huge portions and extremely fair price (cash only).

Thank Annie-MN
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