Grand Cayman is known as the ‘Culinary Capital of the Caribbean*’ and rightly so. With over 200 fantastic restaurants to choose from including fine dining, sushi restaurants, superb steakhouses and traditional Caribbean restaurants, there is something for everyone. Cayman’s earliest settlers survived on turtle, fish, conch, whelk and high fibre starch crops such as cassava, yam and sweet potato, but driven by tourism and offshore finance, an influx of professionals, including chefs from all over the world, has seen the Cayman Islands enjoy phenomenal growth in recent times. * Source Here
Competitive competition and affluent and demanding clientele have pushed Cayman’s standard of cuisine to a new level, making it the envy of the Caribbean. Well-known names include Bacchus, Edoardo’s, Ragazzi, Pappagallo, Calypso Grill, Grand Old House, The Brasserie and Hemingway’s. Most of these restaurants base their dishes on local seafood – wahoo, tuna, mahi-mahi, and red snapper can usually be relied upon to be fresh. Shrimp and lobster (really langoustine or Caribbean spiny lobster) are usually imported frozen. The taking of local lobster and conch is restricted to a short season by Cayman’s Marine Protection Laws. Turtle is completely protected but farmed turtle from the West Bay Turtle Farm occasionally finds itself on a menu – most often as turtle stew in a local restaurant.
A few of the most recognised restaurants on Grand Cayman are:
Blue Cilantro – For a modern European and Caribbean twist ‘Blue Cilantro’ is located on Seven Mile Beach. Serving the best cuts of meat and fish bursting with flavour, guests can expect an impressive exotic dining experience.
Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink – Award winning chef Michael Schwartz has perfected ‘fine dining in a casual atmosphere’ by bringing his original Miami restaurant to Grand Cayman. Situated in Camana Bay, enjoy a contemporary American menu with straightforward food prepared with local ingredients.
Blue By Eric Ripert – A formal and stunning seafood restaurant that sets the bar for dining in the Cayman’s. Located in “the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman’ Eric Ripert’s Blue is the only AAA Five Diamond Award winning restaurant in the Caribbean. Enjoy a formal dinner or relax at the bar for appetizers and drinks, but its certainly not to be missed.
Osetra Bay – Located on the waterfront in Morgan’s Harbour, Osetra Bay takes advantage of the open air; with outdoor dining the surroundings are overwhelming. Whether it’s a romantic dinner, a formal business meeting or a sophisticated meal with friends Osetra Bay offers a global menu to suit everyone’s taste.
The Brasserie – The Brasserie is a warm and welcoming Gourmet Fusion boutique style restaurant located in Georgetown. Known by locals for delivering amazing cuisine, the restaurant is a hidden island gem.
Fast Food & Take-aways
As well as exquisite restaurants, there are numerous restaurants in and around Georgetown that cater for locals and ex pats, Indian, Philipino & Honduran etc these takeaways are less expensive than the popular tourist spots. Grand Cayman also has a number of fast food restaurants such as Chicken Chicken, Al La Kebab, Subway, Burger King & Dominos Pizza. Many establishments also offer a local delivery service for those nights you want to stay indoors relaxing. Eat like a local – between Thursdays and Saturdays, along roadsides in Georgetown, The Seven Mile Beach and West Bay areas you will also find Caymanians enjoying Jerk and BBQ Stands.