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Where should we eat in Grand Cayman?

Discussion in 'Cayman Islands' started by Divetech Cayman, Apr 11, 2019.

  1. Divetech Cayman

    Divetech Cayman Nassau Grouper

    Hi Scubaboard!

    Grand Cayman is not only known for its stellar diving, but also for its diverse culinary scene. When guests look online for restaurants, it’s almost overwhelming to try and decide where to eat. It’s therefore no surprise that one of the most commonly asked questions of our staff is “Where should we go to eat?”

    We get this question so often, we decided to make a blog post about it. All of our staff members were polled, and asked them what their favorite restaurants were, and why. It's worth noting all of these establishments are on the west side of Grand Cayman, so if you are looking for restaurants on the east side of the island, it's best to ask the staff at Ocean Frontiers. :-D

    So if you are interested, read the rest of our article and staff pics here.

  2. Dish

    Dish Are you for Scuba? ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: High Plains of Colorado
    @Divetech Cayman Tony, that is a very helpful article for folks visiting the West End. Thanks for posting. I know and agree with a few of those restaurants, but will look into some of your suggestions that we have not tried, on future visits. Since we do mainly stay in Boddentown or the East End, we have sorted out our favorites there. Looking forward to checking out your suggestions.
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  3. beaverdivers

    beaverdivers ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

    Always good to hear from a local source, thanks!
    To add a few to your list, we have always like the place next door to Catch, Calypso Grill. Also, Pappagallo is very good for Italian. Of course, burger king is always there for those on a budget:facepalm:
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  4. flyboy08

    flyboy08 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: NYC
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  5. diversteve

    diversteve tech admin Staff Member

  6. mi000ke

    mi000ke Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Massachusetts & Grand Cayman Island
    some of our favorites:


    Pappagallo - great Italian and fish
    Catch - great fish
    Calypso Grill - one of our favorite favorites - everyting is good
    Wharf - good food and deck overlooks Georgetown harbor
    Grand Old House - just a bit east of town -excellent food
    Cracked Conch - the upscale part of Macabuca

    Casa 43 - great Mexican
    Macbuca - our go-to place for a good casual meal. All you can eat buffet is pretty good.
    Ragazzi - good Italian food and pretty good fish
    Pepper's - I think their steamed in foil fish is some of the best on the island
    Southern Spice - great Indian food and really pleasant owner and staff
    Rackam's - similar to Macabuca

    VIVO is great and they also serve lionfish, which presumably has been reclassified as a vegetable - and they give our dog treats and his own water bowl. If you don't eat vegan, this place will convert you.
    Island Naturals for a less expensive more casual veg meal
    Bread and Chocolate - located in town - we really like this place for breakfast

    Sunshine Grill - we seem to go here a lot, especially as we can take our dog

    Cheap eats:
    Burger Shack when you need that burger fix (I don't eat anything on 4 legs, but everyone we've taken here says the burgers are great)

    A La Kebab - next door to Burger Shack. I go here for a good quick take-away

    Cimboco - in same strip mall as Burger Shack and Ala Kebab.

    Chicken! Chicken! - for your jerk chicken fix - also rotisserie chicken. This may be my favorite cheap eats place

    West Bay Diner - try Chef Leo's specialty - cows hoofs - if you dare

    Paperman's - for good sandwiches

    Vivene's Kitchen (on the far east side) - You order at Vivene's back door and eat in her yard overlooking the ocean. Forget the menu on a board outside her back door and just order whatever fish she has that day.

    Spread - next to Margaritaville - another good sandwich place.

    In general, it is hard to find any place that does not serve at least very good food, except
    Calico Jack's, which is good for a drink, but I would not eat there (after trying the food a few times). You will almost never see the locals eating there - just drinking. And any place that, when you order a beer, they give you a can and don't even open it is my type of bar.

    If you have a kitchen where you are staying, buy some fresh fish off the boat at the day boat market under the tents just past Casanova in town (Casanova has pretty good traditional Italian food, but we prefer Ragazzi or Pappagallo). They will sell it whole, cut it into steaks or filet it for you while you wait. Hours and selection is a bit unpredictable, though, but they always seem to have snapper.

    Now I'm hungry.
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  7. mi000ke

    mi000ke Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Massachusetts & Grand Cayman Island
    We've eaten here a couple of times. The food is world class, but we had to sell our first born to pay for the meal.
  8. diversteve

    diversteve tech admin Staff Member

    It's by Chef Eric Rippert at the Ritz- Carlton.
    You've sort of got to expect that from a Michelin 3* rated chef.
  9. caydiver

    caydiver Manta Ray

    Awesome list Tony. We love Morgans too. New options by next year at The Grove as well!!! We didn’t know about the Japanese restaurant!!! Saw the Unisphere on Monday!!
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  10. Divetech Cayman

    Divetech Cayman Nassau Grouper

    There are so many good places to eat here. This list was simply the highest ranked by our staff, so inevitably some great places to eat didn't make the list, and certainly some places I love to eat at personally.

    I like a good Indian dish, and felt Southern Spice should make the list. And for amazing breakfast sandwiches and burgers, Seven Mile Burger as well. I could list another 10 favorites of mine. But we had to narrow it down, or it just became a list of restaurants, and not staff picks.

    One of the other reasons we started this list, was because we consistently saw a particular restaurant recommended. I won't mention the name, but of the 10-15 times our staff has (collectively) eaten there, no one ever seemed to care for it. I personally have been to some places I'd never go back to for their poor food or poor service.

    In 3 years here, I can honestly say I have never eaten there, nor do I know anyone who has. We added it to the 'drinks on the beach' section because we get asked for that quite a bit. People love the atmosphere there.

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