There are dozens of restaurants on Grand Cayman ranging from gourmet standards, to smaller places serving native dishes. In George Town, there are many restaurants catering for the lunchtime trade of the office workers and a number of fast-food places, takeaways and delicatessens.
Prices obviously vary according to the standard of restaurant, but for dinner, main courses start at about US$10 and range upward to US$60 or more for a full meal including wine. Lunch prices can be around US$7 to 10 and breakfast from about US$5. Excellent Sun brunch buffets, all you can eat, with orange juice and sparkling wine, at the Hyatt (recommended for meat, spit roasts) and the Westin (recommended for fish and sushi) for about US$44 per person. During the high season it is advisable to reserve tables for dinner. People tend to eat early so if you reserve a table after 2000 you are likely to finish with the restaurant to yourself. There is a restaurant delivery service called Fine Dine-In, T9463463, which you can call daily 1800-2300 for all sorts of cuisines from Bed, Big Daddy’s, Billy’s Place, Café Mozart, Café Tabu, Chicken! Chicken!, China Village, Deckers, Grannie Mae’s, Ragazzi Ristorante, West Bay Polo Club, Mount Fuji Sushi, Thai Orchid and Benjamin’s Roof. Fish, seafood & turtle meat are local specialities.
The Bed Restaurant, near Harquail Bypass, just opposite cinemas, T9497199, whimsically appointed like a lady’s boudoir, popular, continental food with Thai and Mediterranean influences, the adjoining lounge is a favourite late night hang-out.
Breadfruit Tree Café, Eastern Av and Coconut Place. Best spot for local delicacies, Mon-Sat, 1100-0300, only place open that late, no alcohol, busiest very late, serves cowfoot, fish tea, curry goat, jerk pork, jerk chicken etc, quaint, garden-like atmosphere in décor, best prices in town.
Casanova Restaurant, old Fort Building, T9497633. Excellent, Italian, on the waterfront.
Champion House, I and II, both on Eastern Av, George Town, T9492190 (eq, T9497882 (II), cheap, local food. Recommended.
Grand Old House, South Church St, T9499333. Restored waterfront home, top notch service and seafood specialities.
Island Taste, South Church St, T9494945. Upstairs outdoor patio overlooking harbour, excellent food. Recommended.
Lobster Pot, North Church St, T9492736. Maxin’s, Fort St, T9495747. French dining, moderately priced.
Paradise Bar & Grill on waterfront, South Church St, T9451444. Good outdoor dining and regular drink specials.
Seymour’s has two ‘stands’, one in front of The Planet, off West Bay Rd, the other outside the Raquet Club near Cricket Square. Both open 2000-0100 for late crowds, sells Mannish Water, a local concoction of goats’ parts rumoured to give a man extra potency, not sold to women, popular Fri, Sat night, couples line up to get a taste and eat great jerk pork and chicken.
The Brasserie, Cricket Square, T9451815. Off the beaten path, undiscovered by many visitors, sophisticated menu, excellent wine selection, tapas bar daily, open for lunch and dinner, quite expensive.
Welly’s Cool Spot, North Sound Rd, T9492541. Native food at reasonable prices.
The Wharf, on the outskirts of George Town on the way to Seven Mile Beach, T9492231. Bar open for happy hour 1700-1900, dinner daily 1800-2200, beautiful waterfront setting, quite a large restaurant, tarpon feeding nightly at 2100.
Pirate’s Den, Galleria Plaza, T9497144. Popular with ex-pats, breakfast, lunch and dinner, great Sun brunch buffet, open daily.
Benjamin’s Roof, Coconut Place, T9454080. Upstairs, continental and seafood specialities, live music downstairs, piano bar, oyster bar, moderately priced pastas, pizzas and entrées. For inexpensive fast food, Chicken! Chicken!, West Shore Centre, T9452290. Tasty spit-roasted chicken with assorted accompaniments, CI$20 for whole chicken plus ‘fixin’s’, eat in or takeaway.
Bamboo Lounge, at the Hyatt, T9491234. Not your normal hotel restaurant, but great for sushi, shashimi, riqiri and specials, Japanese chef with flair, creative, generous portions, intimate and relaxing atmosphere, staff professional and friendly, popular with locals and visitors.
Coffee Grinder, Seven Mile Shops, T9494833, a bakery. Decker’s 269, T9456600. Built around a double decker bus, which serves as the bar, moderate prices, bistro style, nightly music, daily happy hours.
Eats Diner, Cayman Falls, West Bay Road, T9475288. For breakfast. Lantana’s, at the Caribbean Club on West Bay Rd. Fine, sophisticated dining, excellent food, featured by Gourmet magazine and Bon Appetit, who said the honey ginger salmon was the ‘best of the year’, also try the garlic soup, T9475595 for reservations.
Hook’s Seafood Grotto, next to Treasure Island Resort, T9497777. Looks like pirate’s hideaway, breakfast, lunch and dinner, cheerful.
Pirate’s Buffet at the Marriott, T9490088. Fri nights, all you can eat, music, fire eater, limbo dancer, reservations required.
Reef Grille, at Royal Palms Beach Club. One of the hottest dining and entertainment spots, dinner Mon to Sat 1730-2200, inside or out on the patio, wheelchair-accessible, American bistro, live bands at weekends and special occasions at the Royal Palms, also watersports centre and beach facility open daily.
Calypso Grill , Morgan’s Harbour, T9493948. Lunch and dinner, 3-tiered dining area with panoramic view of North Sound, innovative menu, seafood and beef or salads and amazing desserts.
Caribbean Bakery and Pastry Shop. Cracked Conch, Northwest Point Rd, T9475217. Near Turtle Farm, popular stopping place for excursions, very nice setting and atmosphere, lively, takeaways very popular.
Pappagallo, Barkers, right in the north, see map, T9473479. Italian cuisine, expensive, on 14-acre bird sanctuary overlooking natural lagoon, eat inside the haphazardly thatched building or in outside screened patio, excellent food and extensive wine list, reservations essential, open daily 1800-2300.
Crow’s Nest, about 4 miles south of George Town, T9499366. Open lunch Mon-Sat, 1130-1430, dinner daily 1800-2200, a local’s favourite, small, glorious position, dining on the patio overlooking the sea or inside, moderate prices, reservations essential.
The Lighthouse at Breakers T9472047. 20 minutes’ drive east of George Town, good place to stop during island tour, light lunches, open air dining by sea, or smart dinners, moderately expensive.
Cecil’s Restaurant, Kaibo Yacht Club at Cayman Kai, T9479975. Cajun and New Orleans food, beach bar downstairs open daily 1100-1800, upstairs open Tue-Sat 1800-2230 for dinner and Sun for brunch featuring New Orleans classics like crawfish etouffe, jambalaya, red beans and rice, shrimp creole plus fresh Louisiana oysters, fresh local seafood always on the menu.