5 Incredible Restaurants in the Cayman Islands You Need To Visit in 2023

The Cayman Islands isn’t just home to pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and incredible dive sites. As one of the top tourist destinations in the world, it also offers a plethora of culinary delights that’s sure to excite and enamor the consummate foodie.

Here are some restaurants you should visit if you are in the area looking for Cayman luxury properties, or even if you are just on vacation.

Blue by Eric Ripert

Eric Ripert is a household name in fine dining, known for his three-Michelin star flagship restaurant, Le Bernardin in New York City. His immense creativity and passion for fresh, locally-sourced seafood can also be found in Blue, located in the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman on picturesque Seven Mile Beach. Blue by Eric Ripert is the only triple-A Five Diamond restaurant in the Caribbean, and specializes in carefully curated tasting menus that put a spotlight on the bounty of the sea that the region is famous for. The establishment also boasts quite the impressive wine list, offering 700 of the finest wines that can be found on the planet.

Blue is an excellent choice for a romantic date, given its intimate location and sophisticated interiors. However, the restaurant can also host up to 40 guests in two private dining rooms for larger gatherings. Reservations can be made through the official website of the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman.

Grape Tree Café

Where Blue is all about refinement and elegance, Grape Tree Café is the complete opposite of that. This is not to say that the food isn’t great–it’s phenomenal, in fact–but the atmosphere and vibe of the establishment is completely different. Less of a restaurant and more like a roadside fish-fry shack, Grape Tree Café nevertheless attracts long lines that go all the way around the block and is frequented by locals and tourists alike. Here, again, the menu is seafood-focused, most of them fried up to perfection.

Located in historic Bodden Town, Grape Tree Café is great for lunch after doing your morning sightseeing. Dine on humble picnic tables with your toes in the sand and prepare yourself for awesomeness. Alternatively, you can head in for dinner and catch the glorious sunset before chowing down on fresh fried fish underneath a starlit sky. This is an experience not to be missed if you’re fond of eating like the locals.

Calypso Grill

If your idea of fun is dining on the water, look no further than Calypso Grill. Tucked deep within Grand Cayman, this locally-frequented restaurant is the perfect intersection between casual and formal, offering gorgeous waterfront views with truly impressive seafood-focused fare. In addition to that, though, carnivores will be happy to know that they can score great steak and excellent chicken dishes here, too.

Calypso Grill is a great place to go if you’re an extrovert looking to make friends with locals. The tables inside the restaurant are pushed close together, encouraging conversation with your neighbors. Given the popularity of the place, reservations are recommended and can be placed over the phone or email.

Grand Old House

Looking for an excellent dining experience with a generous side of historic grandeur? The Grand Old House on South Church Street in George Town is a former plantation house that was established in 1908. A local favorite for special events, its resplendent interiors and the picture-perfect views from its seaside terrace have seen more than their fair share of weddings, parties, and community events throughout its long 114-year history.

With fresh and local fare being the star of the show, guests are in for a grand old time. The restaurant is also proud of its award-winning wine list, and offers after-dinner cigars rolled by a professional in-house cigar roller from Cuba. The menu is as extensive as it is inclusive, with vegetarian and gluten-free options available. Reservations are encouraged, and can be made through the restaurant’s website or by calling in.

The Wharf

Overlooking Seven Mile Beach, The Wharf is the place to be if you want to see and be seen. The food and views are hard to beat, of course–the vista from its oceanside bar, Ports of Call, can only be described as utterly picturesque–but The Wharf is where you go if you want fine food and a good time. There’s something for everyone: children and adults alike will be mesmerized when it comes time to feed the resident tarpons, an event that occurs and is announced nightly at the restaurant. Alternatively, you and your significant other can dance the night away on Boogie and Salsa Nights.

The Wharf doesn’t just have amazing food; the drinks are similarly spectacular. They, too, manage an impressive wine list kept in the restaurant’s underground wine cellar. With over 500 wines including some of the rarest bottles on the planet, you’ll surely find something to enjoy.

You can experience the rich and multicultural culinary delights of the Cayman Islands 24/7 if you settle into a Cayman luxury property today. Let Crighton Properties find the perfect Cayman luxury property for you – just give them a call at 345-949-5250 and one of their agents will assist you.

By Michael Caine

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