Cayman is renowned as the culinary capital of the Caribbean for good reason. You’ll find exceptional cuisine, extensive wine lists, award-winning restaurants and both noteworthy and celebrity chefs. Eating out here is a gastronomic treat with an abundance of restaurants to choose from, spanning rustic beach bars to fine dining establishments.
New residents are spoilt for epicurean choice with a quality selection of both high-end restaurants, authentic local eateries and everything in-between. Long-term residents are lucky enough to continue to have new places to sample whilst still being able to enjoy old favorites whilst the newly initiated organic and gourmet food market scene is upheld by both the weekly Farmer’s Market, Jessie’s juices and Bay Market Foods at Camana Bay.
Below are some of our personal restaurant favourites and recommendations:
Blue Cilantro, run by the convivial Chef Vidyadhara Shetty, president of the Cayman Culinary Society, brings classic Indian cooking techniques and preparation to local cuisine in a stunning ambience.
Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, celebrity Chef Michael Schwartz's Grand Cayman outpost is just as popular with both locals and frequent visitors, the focus is on fresh and local Caribbean ingredients prepared simply in a large open inside/outside setting by the water.
Blue at the Ritz Carlton by Chef Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin, NYC is impressively the only restaurant in the Caribbean with a AAA Five Diamond Award. Enough said as the food speaks for itself!
Osetra Bay is a not-to-be missed elegant dining experience while in the Cayman Islands. Boasting an enviable caviar selection we suggest you save this visit for special occasions and romantic dinners by the lapping waves of the North sound.
The Brasserie in George Town, an absolute resident favourite. Enter through the back garden to sneak a peek at all the fruit, vegetables, and herbs grown in-house for restaurant use. They even employ two full-time fisherman and have their very own fishing boat for the freshest of Caribbean seafood offerings.
Calypso Grill is one of Cayman’s most popular restaurants and is a seafood haven with European flair and the most romantic of locations on the water.
Others favourite restaurants of major note:
Luca - superb italian surrounded by the ultimate in elegance and style
Morgan’s Harbour - Casual waterdront dining with friendly hospitality and great food.
Pappagallo’s - No trip to Cayman is complete without visiting this spectacular Italian restaurant surrounded by Caribbean birds of Paradise.
Ortanique - Caribbean Chef Cindy Hutson’s gorgeous fusion of flavours.
Our Asian and Japanese bistros include Yoshi, Karma and Mizu and Steakhouses extraordinaire to be found in Prime at the Ritz Carlton and Copperfalls at the Strand.
Last but not least three local family favourites, The Restaurant at George Town Yacht Club for marina side dining, classic Italian Eduardo’s on Seven Mile corridor and iguana watching paradise Periwinkle’s at the Ritz Carlton, a fabulous lunch spot, they all hold their own with great food and service rounding off a spectacular selection of culinary talent.
“Taste of Cayman Food & Wine Festival” An annual food and wine festival attracting food lovers from around the world, it is one of the largest culinary events in the Caribbean and showcases over 40 of Cayman’s restaurants, as well as food vendors and food suppliers. It is a melting pot of cuisine styles and a great way to sample the local delicacies these restaurants have to offer.
“Cayman Cookout” Join Chef Eric Ripert for a weekend celebrating food, wine and the natural beauty of the Caribbean at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. An incomparable roster of world famous chefs, sommeliers and spirit blenders will offer tastings, demonstrations, tours and dinners that celebrate the barefoot elegance that only the Cayman Islands can deliver.
Residents love to celebrate a good old-fashioned Sunday Brunch. Some of the best are the brunches at ‘The Ritz-Carlton’, ‘Luca’ Restaurant and ‘The Westin’ Resort. Other brunch hot-spots include ‘Agua’, ‘Blue Cilantro’, ‘Guy Harvey’s’ (who do an authentic Caribbean brunch), ‘Hemingway’s’ and ‘Ortanique’.
Full Moon Celebrations
Full Moon Celebrations are extremely popular in Cayman having become almost a ritual by ‘Kaibo’s’ cool ‘Luna del Mar’ dining experience providing a contemporary menu on a romantic, torch-lit beach with chill out music from the live DJ whilst conversely ‘Ortanique’ hosts a full moon “Caja China” pig roast on the island at Camana Bay. ‘Calico Jack’s’ on Seven Mile Beach has also become an infamous monthly full-moon party spot complete with music, party themes and bonfires.
Monthly cooking classes are very popular in Cayman, with quite a few establishments getting involved including ‘Bon Vivant’, ‘Ortanique’ and ‘Blue’ by Eric Ripert at the Ritz Carlton amongst others.
Wine dinners are a fun and unique way to learn more about wine pairings while enjoying a gourmet meal. A number of restaurants including ‘Pappagallo’s’, ‘the Brasserie’, ‘the Westin resort’, ‘Agua’ and ‘Luca’ Restaurant hold wine dinners on an ad hoc basis.
If you are hosting a party or planning an event, there is a great selection of caterers on-Island. A couple of independent, non-restaurant related caterers include ‘Food For Thought’ and ‘Mise En Place’.