The Best Restaurants in the Cayman Islands
Collected by Abbie Kozolchyk , AFAR Local Expert
Many restaurants around the Cayman Islands have pushed the ocean-to-table movement to new heights. From the Grape Tree Cafe, a popular roadside fish fry, to Morgan's Seafood Restaurant, a fine dining spot in West Bay, there are plenty of locally-sourced options waiting for you. For a meal well worth the trip all on its own, try the tasting menu at Blue by Eric Ripert, the French chef's restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton on Seven Mile Beach.
Bodden Town Road, Bodden Town, Cayman Islands
For a true taste of local life, head to Bodden Town—the Caymanian capital before George Town rose to prominence in the 1800s—and pull over at the roadside fish fry where the likely queue tips you off to the impending tastiness: Grape...
The Crescent, Cayman Islands, KY1-1207, Cayman Islands
Though no one goes to a Caribbean island specifically for Indian food, you actually could in the case of Grand Cayman's Pani. Even for people who’ve spent serious time in India, this Camana Bay restaurant is that good. You can’t go...
245 N Church St, George Town KY1-1107, Cayman Islands
A local institution, the Lobster Pot serves up its crustacean namesakes, among other Caribbean delicacies, on a vista-blessed seaside deck. If you can, arrive at sunset for the nightly tarpon feeding (much more engrossing in person than you'd...
W Bay Rd, Cayman Islands
Seven Mile Beach may seem an unlikely spot for a gastropub—that faintly British (and increasingly Brooklynish) blend of a casual restaurant and cozy lounge. But however improbable its setting, Craft is an indisputably beloved addition to the...
Seven Mile Beach, KY1-1209, Cayman Islands
With its world-renowned chef and ultrachic decor, Blue—tucked discreetly into the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman—seems the sort of place you’d find in New York or Paris. But the main draw is decidedly local: spectacularly fresh ingredients...
53 N Church St, George Town, Cayman Islands
You wouldn’t expect a restaurant that juts into the Caribbean to be a farm-to-fork hot spot, but Cayman Cabana is nothing if not expectation-defying. Despite being located in one of the most commercial parts of Grand Cayman—the...
Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands
As local as local gets, both this beloved Cayman Brac eatery and its owner sit inconspicuously on the side of the road, the latter in a well-worn rocking chair that matches the green trim of his white wooden house. The daily menu, which may or may...
857 N W Point Rd, West Bay, Cayman Islands
Dine at the oceanfront Cracked Conch for a great surf-and-turf menu, beautiful views, and a lovely outdoor patio. Try the conch ceviche or chowder, or be adventurous with an order of the octopus pan fried in chorizo oil. The Cracked Conch has...
171 Elgin Ave, George Town, Cayman Islands
Whether it's the red snapper from yesterday’s big catch or the garden-grown sugarcane and lime that make up the mojito, the farm/fishing-boat-to-table movement is a force to be reckoned with in the Cayman Islands. Take a tour of the garden at the...
Morgan's Ln West Bay KY, West Bay, Cayman Islands
A cool breeze blows in from the French doors opening onto Morgan’s Harbor. Through shuttered windows you spot local fishing boats motoring past the dock with their catch of the day. And those fish--snapper, wahoo, mahi mahi, or tuna— are on the...
60 Tanager Way, Seven Mile Beach, Suite 200, KY1-9008, Cayman Islands
Rarely does a tropical cocktail feel virtuous, but the fresh-pressed organic juices and locally sourced herbs that go into, say, the Loba-Rita at Coccoloba (with tequila, charred pineapple, spiced agave nectar, triple sec, lime, and orange juice)...
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