The Cayman Islands are often referred to as “the culinary capital of the Caribbean.” With hundreds of restaurants on Grand Cayman alone, you can experience five-star dining, freshly caught seafood, and a wide variety of cuisines all in one trip. Wherever you decide to eat, the Grand Cayman culinary scene centers around fresh ingredients and quality service.
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Everything You Need to Know About the Grand Cayman Culinary Scene
Many renowned chefs call Grand Cayman home, and one of the best-known is Eric Ripert. His restaurant Blue is the only AAA Five Diamond restaurant in the Caribbean. An extremely accomplished chef, Ripert takes fresh, local seafood and creates a one-of-kind dining experience. If you’re looking for something more casual but don’t want to compromise on innovation, Bacaro is a great option. They are constantly coming up with new ways to elevate simple ingredients. Plus, they offer amazing views.
Because Grand Cayman was uninhabited before it was discovered in the early 1500s, its cuisine combines flavors from around the globe. Seven is the ultimate Caribbean steakhouse. Inspired by the Caribbean, the restaurant features tropical cocktails and even a Cuban cigar selection. On the menu, you’ll find tender steaks and flavorful ribs. A great place to experience traditional Cayman cuisine is Heritage Kitchen. They serve up some of the best fritters and stews you can have on the island.
Anywhere that has good food has good Italian food, and Grand Cayman is no exception. At Andiamo, you’ll eat classic Italian dishes made with the freshest ingredients while enjoying tropical luxuries. Agua describes itself as a “seafood restaurant rooted in Italian tradition and inspired by Peruvian cuisine.” Locals know it as a place to experience an expansive and global selection of wines and spirits.
The Brasserie is one of the most well-known restaurants in Grand Cayman. It’s pioneering the farm-to-table movement with a daily menu of seasonally inspired dishes. They have two fishing boats, an on-site garden, and even a coconut farm. All these fresh, local ingredients come together to make wonderfully sustainable meals. Whether it’s fish caught that day or locally harvested fruits and vegetables, almost every restaurant in Grand Cayman uses farm-to-table practices.
There are a few culinary festivals in Grand Cayman, but the one you don’t want to miss is Taste of Cayman. The event draws 5,000 people each year and showcases more than 45 of Cayman’s best chefs and restaurants. Enjoy everything Grand Cayman’s culinary scene has to offer in one event!
Editor’s Note 2021: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the 2021 festival has been postponed until January 29, 2022.
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