Must-Do Dining in the Cayman Islands

by GO GlobeHopper

The trio of islands known as the Caymans (Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman) have long been proclaimed by travellers as the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean.  It is a region touted for its exquisite dining experiences and culinary quality.



Do not miss the opportunity to dine al fresco.  Open-air dining with a view is plentiful in the Caymans, ranging from high-end and elegant to laid-back and affordable. For example, Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman island features an array of restaurants, including The Wharf, which has been in business for 31 years (as seen in the lead photo).

On Seven Mile Beach and elsewhere, there is something to please everyone.  Given the island setting, it’s understandable that several restaurants specialize in seafood, but diners also have their choice of Italian, Asian, Mexican, BBQ, or farm-to-table and more, all while overlooking turquoise water and enjoying stunning sunsets.



Do not miss the opportunity to partake in local cuisine, which includes an abundance of seafood. Lobster, snapper, and conch are among the specialties, but it doesn’t stop there because fresh-from-the-sea dishes are bountiful and are served up with an explosion of flavour.  Try the Heritage Kitchen, East End Fish Fry, or Miss Vivine’s.



Weekly on Wednesday evenings, Camana Bay holds a progressive dinner, where flavoursome small plates and creatives cocktails offer visitors a taste of the Caymans in the unique town centre.



Looking for a high-end dining experience, do not miss BLUE, located at The Ritz-Carlton on Grand Cayman Island. This is the Caribbean’s ONLY AAA Five Diamond restaurant and is overseen by Eric Ripert, a three-Michelin star-chef who visited the Caymans and fell in love with the region.  He opened his signature restaurant soon thereafter.



At the Marriott Grand Cayman’s Anchor + Den, sip and savour their eclectic assortment of craft cocktails that incorporate a mixture of fruits, homemade syrups, and botanical blends.  Known locally as just A&D, this is a unique gathering place where guests can also enjoy a fresh juice bar, a Creperie Station, a Gelato Stand, and a Raw and Sushi Bar, with additional offerings of comfort foods from the menu.



If you recognize the name of Chef Dean Max, known for his restaurant 3030 Ocean located in South Florida, you might also be interested to know he is the brainchild behind the 1997 opening of The Brasserie on Grand Cayman Island. This is a farm-to-table experience with seasonal menus and seafood features based on the catch of the day. Menus change daily and are posted by 11:00 am for the lunch crowd and by 4:00 pm for the dinner crowd. In between courses or following a meal, visitors can tour the extraordinary kitchen garden and a beehive. The Brasserie is also available for events.




Photo of The Wharf via The Wharf’s Public Facebook Profile


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