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Hammerheads opened in George Town in 1988 serving relatively cheap food and beer in close proximity to the cruise ship docks. Hammerheads Pub, as it's called serves mostly fresh traditional seafood dishes like fish and chips, and has a broad beer selection. Hammerheads is a good spot for the spring break type of vacationers wanting to drink and party.
Legendz restaurant and sports bar opened in a strip mall directly across from the Westin resort in Seven Mile Beach in 1982, along with Eats Restaurant and Yoshi Sushi, all owned by Jan and Brad Alexander, known for their theme restaurant creations in the Cayman Islands.
Macabuca opened in 2000 at the Cracked Conch restaurant in West Bay. Macabuca is busy with divers and snorkelers in the day time and locals from all walks of life at night. They serve a microcosm of burgers and appetizers from their main menu at Cracked Conch. Like their restaurant, the beach bar offers even smaller portions of average food. The Cracked Conch and Macabuca receive poor to good reviews, with most complaints stemming from a lack of value.
Osetra Bay is located near the water in Morgan's Harbour. Opened in 2010 by "Chef Joseph. Ostera Bay offers a changing menu typically centered around a variety of imported seafood. Oysters are an obvious menu option. Some tables provide ocean views and breezes and they offer other seating options. Like nearby Calypso Grill however, the odor of diesel fumes are as prevalent as the mosquitos. Locals will enjoy a new waterfront restaurant for a change of scenery. Visitors can do much better.
PDs Pub opened in Galleria Plaza, on West Bay Road in Grand Cayman in 1998. PDs serves pub style food like Buffalo Wings and a selection of a couple dozen imported beers. PDs Pub is popular among the locals during major sporting events, visitors will not find anything unique or local about PDs Pub than they will at their own local sports bars.
Like its sister restaurants Blue, Taikun and Seven or 7 restaurants at Cayman Islands Ritz Carlton, Periwinkle restaurant is everything you would expect from a Ritz Carlton Resort. They have managed to create a para-Cayman Islands ambiance, albeit of a lifestyle that few Cayman people could ever afford. Periwinkle is primarily for Ritz guests but visitors from cities with no 5 star restaurants and a high vacation dining budget may benefit from the experience.
Perk Up is a coffeehouse and café located at Governors Square, West Bay Road, Grand Cayman. Perk Up offers 6 European brand coffees, sandwiches, smoothies, salads and pastry. Perk Up has a few seats on the sidewalk and kids play area. Popular among locals in the area for its convenience. Perk Up is neither local nor Starbucks quality and not worth a special trip unless you are passing by and want coffee.
Prime opened in 1996 by the same business partners, Markus Mueri and Neil Bryington who own Abacus, Deckers and Karoo. Prime is a rather ordinary steak house with a slight Brazilian flare. Their center piece appetizer buffet includes tapas and vegetables and their most popular combo is Caipirinha, served with a Brazilian cocktail made from sugar and lime. Prime offers a Brazilian style Sunday Brunch Sunday for around $50 with wine. Like Abacus and Deckers, Prime is a good spot for anyone willing to pay ocean front prices for strip mall ambiance.
Rankin's Jerk Center Restaurant opened in 2004 in Bodden Town, Grand Cayman when the Rankins put a stuffed cow and several picnic tables in their front yard. Rankins boasts very traditional family recipes, a little too "traditional" for most pallets, as old style Cayman food consisted primarily of over-cooked salted fish and meats, plant roots and coconut oil. Some things are better left in the past.
Roots Delight opened in 2004 by Miss Janelin in Cayman Center, George Town, Grand Cayman. Roots Delight offers take out vegetarian food and smoothies. Roots Delight is popular among the busy downtown local crowds at lunch time because traffic is so congested. Most higher rated Cayman Islands restaurants also have vegetarian dishes on their menus.
Vivendi cabaret is located in the Strand mall. Vivendi opened in 2010 offering cabaret dinner shows with Cuban performers and a la carte a meat and fish menus. Vivendi has a small bar and single large dining area with their stage. The show is surely no Vegas class "Cirque du Soleil" but it is energetic and fun, if not outdated and predictable. Vivendi charges about $50 admission in addition to what you spend on food and drinks, so 2 people could easily drop a couple hundred dollars at Vivendi. Locals should give it a go to say they've been there, visitors can see much better entertainment wherever they live for half the price.
The Wharf Restaurant in Grand Cayman opened in the 1970s at the start of Seven Mile Beach situated directly on the sea. The Wharf serves Caribbean continental and specializes in seafood. The Wharf receives a lot of mixed reviews about the quality of their food and service. Our personal experiences were good. Expensive, but good. Different nightly themes include a harp player, salsa dancing, and disco style DJ music. Chefs that work at the Wharf have won awards as well as the Wharf itself, from Wine Spectator for their impressive wine cellar. Many locals use the Wharf for special occasions and visitors with a large dining budget will benefit from dining at the Wharf.
Yoshi Sushi opened in 2003 as another theme creation restaurant by Jan and Brad Alexander. Located in a strip mall directly across from the Westin, the indoor decor is realistic Japanese with orchids, low furniture and dark woods.
Italian and Caribbean Local style affordable cuisine
Australians opened Tukka in 2011 in the same building as Portofino, with minor changes. They serve Australian cuisine with some local food combinations and seem to have an adversity to local beers and liquors, favoring Fosters and other Australian ales.
Karoo opened in early 2012 by partners Markus Mueri and Neil Bryington, owners of Prime, Abacus, and Deckers. More of a tapas bar than a restaurant, Karoo offers sample size portions of primarily American continental food. Their location in Camana Bay is near the water, though only outdoor seats offer direct waterfront views of a nearby canal. Prices appear extremely affordable until realizing it would take a dozen or more of their sample sized dishes to obtain an entire meal. Service is good but not great for table seating, while bar seating customers fill out their own menus. A good place to grab a quick bite (literally) for anyone in the Camana Bay area, but nothing worth going out of the way for.
Blue Cilantro opened in January 2012, owned by Chef Shetty, who worked at the Hyatt from 1994 until they closed following a major hurricane in 2004. Boasting "Authentic Contemporary Caribbean", the menu is mostly a mix of Indian and French appetizer style dishes, prepared and served by a predominantly Asian staff. Interior ambiance is upscale and clean but the restaurant is situated directly on a highly congested roundabout on Seven Mile Beach road, directly adjacent to Galleria strip mall. Prices are disproportionately high for the very small portions served but food quality is good and original, though not "authentic Caribbean" as advertised. Drinks and wines are similarly priced and diverse. Service seems to vary significantly, ranging from overly friendly to thoroughly inattentive, which will probably balance out somewhere in between as the staff becomes more experienced. An average dinner for two with a bottle of their most affordable wine will cost upwards of $200, which is more in line with Grand Cayman's finest ocean front restaurants than strip mall pricing.
XQs (pronounced excused) opened in February 2012 in Mezzas old building next to Treasure Island. They offer a single menu from noon to midnight daily, featuring pizza and other Italian dishes at reasonable prices. 12 inch Pizzas are baked in a wood burning oven with the usual assortment of pizza toppings. They offer numerous other traditional Italian dishes in the $20 - $30 range but their pizzas are by far the greatest value. Atmosphere is very casual indoor seating with strip mall parking lot views. They deliver pizza in the Seven Mile Beach area, offering a welcome diversion from the big pizza franchises for roughly the same cost.
Reef Grill is owned by Donny Lloyd, owner of Italian Kitchen in East End. Premiering in the 1960, Royal Palms has survived fire, hurricane and economic disasters while remaining one of Grand Cayman's most popular ocean front restaurants. Their most recent incarnation in 2011 following their swimming pool completion is designed to accommodate the cruise ship masses during the day and provide a poolside backdrop for gazebo style seating at night. They still offer limited ocean front seating, frequent entertainment and house specials. However judging by their new menu prices they are still paying off the construction costs, as their signature Sea Bass dish with rice now costs almost $50. Most other menu favorites have been replaced with burgers, sandwiches and pizza dishes averaging $15 a plate, designed to accommodate their budget conscious day guests. Notably absent from their new menu are any locally caught seafood, with the exception of Snapper, as grouper are now endangered in the Cayman Islands. Service and food quality vary drastically from perfectly superb to barely tolerable, making this a good choice for early or off night dining. They feature live entertainment several nights a week by some of the more popular Caribbean musical groups, which would be the obvious nights to avoid dining there if food quality and service are a priority.
Bella Roma opened in January 2012, by Claudio Sarfati in Buckingham Square, formerly Azzurro. Bella Roma is an Italian style delicatessen featuring imported Italian cold cuts, cheese, bread, pasta and pastries.
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Everything from lavish 5 Star ocean front restaurants to Burger King, the Cayman Islands have it all. But we all know that separating junk food from fine dining is the only easy Cayman vacation dining choice. When it comes to picking from over 100 very heavily promoted restaurants is were it becomes challenging.
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Dining in the Cayman Islands but staying at a resort or hotel instead of a dedicated Cayman Islands dine Resort, good dine photography options, average length restaurants dines, the greatest amount of Grand Cayman dines. And you ARE interested in lots of great restaurants, and many other activities, tours and attractions.
Do NOT go to any Grand Cayman all inclusive restaurants! We have tried them all! The all-inclusive prices do not end up being any less extensive than choosing your accommodations, restaurants, and restaurants ala carte. Plus you need a car. So you don't want to restrict yourself to restaurants shore restaurants! And it is not short of crazy to go to an island like Grand Cayman that is known for its hundreds of spectacular and very restaurants, and then dine at the same all inclusive cafeteria type of restaurant all day, every day? Crazy, if you think about it, but some people do still go, but most of the all inclusive resorts on Grand Cayman have shut down, and what remains are in pretty rough and ready condition.
If you choose Grand Cayman for dining, you need to pick what part of the island to stay at. I know this sounds kinda complicated but unless you want to roll the dice, you need to do a little work. But the rewards are high, considering the whole quality of your Cayman Islands restaurants is at stake!
There are a few other things you should know. There are over 200 Cayman restaurants, but only TWO service all of North Side and East End. One is Lighthouse, which is one of the best restaurants on Grand Cayman. The other one is Tukka, who serve Australian food.
There are over 200 dining companies, cafes, lounges, beach bars and restaurants in Grand Cayman. Some are fantastic, some are pretty good, and some are just plain terrible. Picking the right restaurants will make substantially increase the quality and overall value of your Cayman Islands vacations.
We have included every single Cayman Islands dining establishment with the sole exception of junk food. You will not find any fast food chains on this website. The Cayman Islands do have numerous fast food franchises, including Burger King, Wendys, Taco Bell, Arthur Treacher Fish and Chips, Dominos Pizza, Subway, Pizza Hut and many more. The only difference will be the prices, roughly 30-40 percent higher than US.
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