As you might expect, restaurants are plentiful on the Cayman Islands and very near many villas. The large hotels offer luxury dining at its best, but there are many fine international restaurants and local eateries that offer both island cuisine and standard international fare. Whether you're grabbing a bite at Aunt Sha's Caribbean Restaurant on the beach, or "putting on the Ritz" at Blue by Eric Ripert where you can dine on some of the best seafood you'll ever eat, there is something to fit every palate at Cayman restaurants.
Owner is a delight to watch as he places the gelato into each cup. He offers 24 incredible flavors at a time, but there is always something new; he makes 600 different flavors during the year! Eat it there or take home a kilo. Mix flavors for a real treat. No credit cards. Closed Mon.
Address: Marquee Plaza, near the Cinema, Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Located on Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman, Aqua Beach Restaurant and Bar is a great place to grab a cold one and some BBQ. Showing major sporting events on their big screen TV's, enjoy dining on the terrace, in a cabana or in the air conditioned dining room.
Hours of Operation:
Bar Hours: Monday-Friday 11am-1am. Saturday 11am-Midnight. Sunday 1pm-Midnight.
Food Served Daily until 11pm.
"The coolest spot on the hottest island"
Late Night BBQ served until 4am.
Located in George Town this restaurant does the majority of its business at lunchtime and after nearby businesses have closed. Locals enjoy cocktails here after work, making late afternoon an great time to get an insight into the inner life of Grand Cayman. The restaurant and bar are decorated like a tavern, with exposed brick and dark mahogany paneling. Lunches here are simple and tasty, focusing on salads, sandwiches, light platters, and soups. Dinners are more elaborate and can be accompanied by glasses of any of eight house wines, which are priced from CI$5 to CI$7 (US$6.25-US$8.75) a glass. If you just want bar snacks and tapas, consider ordering the jerk-chicken quesadilla, the flash-fried calamari with jerk-seasoned tartar sauce, or an antipasto platter. Main courses at dinner might include well-prepared versions of partially seared tuna tataki; baked portobello mushrooms with Gorgonzola cheese; roasted and olive-crusted rack of lamb; and braised salmon with seaweed salad. The wide-ranging vegetarian options are very tasty too.
With its trendy decor and ambience, its eclectic mix of music, and most importantly, its energetic and friendly staff, Bamboo has quickly become one of the island's hottest nightspots.
This popular high-energy lounge happens to have the best sushi bar on the island. Enjoy an atmosphere of understated elegance with an Asian influence, as our staff tempts you with an elaborate array of sushi, sashimi, appetizers, specialty drinks, desserts, and much more. Your evening would not be complete without sampling a "Kazatini" or a "Red Dragon", and mingling with Cayman's social set.
On Saturdays you can listen to all your favorite jazz numbers, performed by the very talented "Intransit".
Priding themselves on a friendly staff and skilled bartenders who can shake you up a mean drink, Billy Bones is the ultimate outdoor bar scene. Located at Treasure Island Condo's on Seven Mile Beach, all are welcome.
Hours of Operation: 11am-9pm/Tuesdays and Fridays until 10pm.
Birds of Paradise serves buffet style dinners, which are a hit among families visiting Little Caymans. Sample the island's most generous barbecue spread on Saturday's -- all the ribs, fish, and Jamaican-style jerk chicken you'd want. On other nights try the prime rib and fresh Caribbean-style fish.
A fine dining experience that elevates fresh seafood to perfection. WIth out a doubt the finest restaurant on Grand Cayman, enjoy an award winning menu created by Eric Ripert. Dine at the inside dining room or the outside terrace while enjoying a glass of wine from the 650 selection cellar.
Known to almost everyone in the Cayman Islands as CafÃ© Med, this tavern is managed by France-born Bruno Deluche and Tony Crescente, who also own two other restaurants on the island. The result is a well-managed pocket of southern European service and cuisine that's tucked into a modern shopping center. It's all very tongue-in-cheek, but despite a whiff of corniness, the food is well prepared and flavorful, and the place is genuinely popular, especially with families, who are drawn to its pizzas and pastas. Expect a menu with six kinds of pizza; a long list of pastas and risottos, including an excellent version of spaghetti with shrimp and lobster in a Parmesan cream and pesto sauce and medallion of lobster tail in a creamy cognac sauce. On Thursday nights from 9 to 10pm, you can take a free salsa lesson and enjoy the open dance floor. On Sunday check out the Big Kahuna comedy show. The revamped Sunday buffet serves fresh omelets made right in front of you, salads, chicken, and pastas.
Offering both indoor and outdoor pool-side dining, Captain's Table draws a big crowd on Saturday's with karaoke. They do more business than any other bar on the island. Try the conch fritters, BBQ ribs and the lobster cocktail.
A fresh, family style mixture of quality Italian dishes. Great wine list!
Located in the heart of Seven Mile Beach, Coconut Joe's is the perfect place for people watching, sports watching or watching the time pass as you sip on a Mudslide. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Coconut Joe's has a wide variety of foods that will satisfy any appetite.
Hours of Operation: 7am-Close
Driftwood is an eclectic beach bar located on the North Shore. With plenty of space for the kids to run around, Driftwood is known as one of the only sports bars in the area. Sip on a cold one while enjoying a pizza or Caribbean BBQ. A good spot to relax and take in the scenery!
Open for Lunch and Dinner.
Hours of Operation:
Monday & Tuesday at 5pm (No food served)
Wednesday to Sunday at 11am-Late (Food all day)
AMAZING FOOD!!!! Not local food but great american food. Quick friendly service, very clean and nice atmosphere. The stir fry is AMAZING! Huge portions and fresh food always. We found it because it was the only restaurant open on Christmas Day and we ate there almost daily after that.
Our 3 kids loved the food too.
European cuisine with a Caribbean flare, it's an outdoor, romantic atmosphere -- the best on the island -- that justifies the high prices here. The setting is the Petra Plantation House, which dates from 1908. Sparkling lights adorn the oceanside gazebos and spacious patio, or you can dine indoors, where a pianist provides the perfect music. The service is fantastic and the wine list impressive (though a little pricey). Reservations essential. No lunch weekends.
Address: S. Church St., George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Overlooking the Harbor of Georgetown, Harvey's Island Grill serves the most brilliant seafood on the island. Enjoy the artwork of Guy Harvey as you dine in the air conditioned dining room while looking out onto the water. Besides seafood, Harvey's offers a wide variety of dishes such as Duck, Pork Tenderloin and Steak!
Hours of Operation: Monday-Sunday 9am-Midnight
Chef Laurence Tham is guaranteed to impress with his award winning menu at this contemporary dining experience. Overlook the North Sound while dining al fresco. Enjoy rare caribbean rums while indulging in cooked caramelized jerk pork and tempura crab cakes.
Renovated after Hurricane Ivan, and better than ever! Situated in Breakers, just a couple of minutes east of Turtle Nest Inn, this oceanfront landmark is open for lunch and dinner, and boasts a very professional serving staff, and a first-class wine selection. The Lighthouse offers a creative menu of local seafood and Italian dishes, a screened patio, a new, expansive, and very pleasant bar area, and an air conditioned Port Room in which you can enjoy a good Cuban cigar. Their dock remains to be rebuilt, so that you'll have to wait a while before you can dine again over the water!
Lobster Pot is an island favorite. It overlooks the water from its second-floor perch at the western perimeter of George Town, near what used to be Fort George. True to its name, it offers lobster prepared in many different ways: Cayman style, bisque, and salad. Braised jerk chicken, turtle steak, and stuffed Chilean salmon are on the menu. The place is also known for its prime beef steaks. For lunch, you might like the English fish and chips or perhaps lobster quesadillas or a pasta. The Lobster Pot's wine bar is a pleasant place for a drink.
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday: 11:30-2:30, 5:00-10:00
Set in a simple concrete building near the northern end of West Bay Road, this is one of a few genuinely appealing and relatively affordable Italian restaurants on Grand Cayman. There's no view of the sea, but you'll get the feeling that you're at the seashore, thanks to a decor featuring very pristine ceramic tiles, a color scheme of blue and white, and a mural of cavorting mermaids. Tables on the large outdoor terrace are centered on a human-size statue of the Neptune, Greek god of the sea. Menu items include a wide array of all the usual pastas, plus some nonstandard choices such as Spaghetti alla Courtney, made with eggplant, fresh tomatoes, garlic, and mozzarella cheese; and Spaghetti Bella Pesaro, made with grilled zucchini and fresh clams. The seafood here is especially tempting, including such dishes as shrimp with garlic butter, balsamic vinegar, and fresh herbs; mixed seafood curry; and grilled red snapper served with lobster, shrimp, and tomato-flavored cream sauce.
We found the Over the Edge cafe by accident while driving around, and were very glad we did. It's a casual, oceanfront spot on the north side of the island-on the way to Rum Point. The mahi mahi and lobster tail were very good, the prices were reasonable ( a big plus on this very expensive island), the servers were friendly, and the sunset was beautiful. Just the ticket!
The chefs at Pirates Point use only fresh fruits and local vegetables, as well as locally caught seafood. The menu changes, but we liked the zesty conch and a saffron scallop couscous, smoked-salmon cheesecake with a green-onion coulis and the four-layer chocolate cake. Prepared by well-trained staff, this fine dining establishment is tops on our list.
At Portofino, in Gun Bay (just past East End, about 13 miles east of Turtle Nest Inn), manager Ramesh and his capable staff assure you of excellent Italian and local dishes, and seafood specialties using the fresh catch of village fishermen. With advance notice, they'll even prepare an authentic Indian meal. The setting is on the water and secluded, and the service informal, but efficient. Lunch and dinner are served, as well as an affordable Sunday brunch. Their bruschetta appetizer and grilled filet steak in a cream of leek and mushroom sauce are a must!
Named after the infamous "Calico Jack" Rackham, a terrorizing pirate, Rackham's is a local favourite for happy hour and a great place to watch the sunset. Order anything from hamburgers and fries to conch salad! Rackham's is open Monday to Friday from 10am to midnight, Saturday and Sunday 11am to 11pm.
Located in West Bay, Ristorante Pappagallo is one of the finest restaurants on Grand Cayman serving a delicious Italian cuisine. The menu is constantly changing with new additions thanks to Chef Stephen Wagner! Try the wide variety of wines while savoring the flavor or Italy in the Caribbean.
Solana is beachfront, on the southern end of the unbelievably beautiful Seven Mile Beach. One enters through the very nice Marriott Resort, past a beautifully landscaped atrium, with pools filled with exotic turtles,and out to the stunning view of the Caribbean just feet away.The resort faces west, so beautiful sunsets unfold during the dinner hours. We dined there twice,even though it was a thirty minute drive from where we stayed. Wednesday night we thoroughly enjoyed the lobster tail and all you can eat shrimp special; the lobster tail was at least seven ounces of succulent, sweet ambrosia; the shrimp were also delicious. We were first presented with a complimentary starter of seared tuna over plaintain-delicious! Friday night was a Carribean and more buffet including sushi, cold crab claws and shrimp, delicious cold salads, endless steamed crab legs, jerk chicken and pork, truly delicious desserts, and more. As if that weren't enough, we were also entertained by a steel drum musician,and a very entertaining fire eating and limbo dancing show, during which several diners joined in. We all loved this restaurant, and the chef and his team have won several awards on the island and in the region. Definitely worth going to,especially at sunset!
Sonia's serves up island-style comfort food like red bean soup, roast beef, steamed turbot, fried kingfish, and chicken served baked, curried or stewed. Air conditioning and a kids menu makes this a comfortable lunchtime destination for the whole family.
From the beach, look for a giant Iguana mural. Here you'll find some of the island's tastiest American and island-style dishes. Lunch is the usual sandwiches and burgers served with homemade chips. At dinner you'll find steak, marinated conch and a catch-of-the-day dish.
A classic beach joint, The Wreck Bar & Grill offer serenity and great mixers! Located in Rum Point, this location is perfect for grabbing a beer and wading in the water. Don't forget to ask for a famous "Mudslide" created by "Old Judd", the 1950's bartender who worked the original Wreck. Sundays are the most popular times to visit as locals arrive on their private boats to enjoy live entertainment right on the beach.
Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday until 6pm.
One of the newest additions to Grand Cayman, Tukka Restaurant and Bar is already causing a stir! The menu features a traditional Australian cuisine with a Caribbean flare. Sample Chef Ron's kangaroo steak or Aussie burger. Sit on the outdoor patio and capture the stunning views of the Caribbean ocean and the Wreck of Ten Sails.
Hours of Operation: Lunch Everyday 11.30 am - 5.30 pm, Dinner Everyday 5.30 pm - 10.00 pm, Breakfast Sat & Sun 8.30 am - 11.30 am, Sunday Brunch 11.30 am - 3.00 pm