Grand Cayman Dining Guide
Let me start off by saying that the restaurants in Grand Cayman are EXPENSIVE. Like…really expensive. Everything you see on the menu is in Cayman money and gets translated into US dollars. We knew that before going but didn’t realize how much of a difference that would make.
1 KYD = 1.25 USD
Not only do you get billed more when the conversion takes place but also restaurants in Cayman have a service fee that is anywhere from 15-17%. Example…our bill from Taikun Sushi was $64.35 Cayman money and with the conversion and service fee…it went up to $80.44. Now, that is a big difference if you ask me. So, be aware of this before going to Cayman so you are not as shocked as we were.
Grand Cayman has an overwhelming amount of dining options. Once we got there we went to Trip Advisor and the dining guides in our room to figure out where we would eat while there. There were a few places I had already found in my research but this was a last minute trip so I did not have lots of time to look.
Even at the most casual of places I would say you are going to spend at least $50. I am going to go through each place we ate and give you my thoughts.
Our first night in Grand Cayman we went to Macabuca. It is a tiki bar and grill and is connected to the nicer Cracked Conch restaurant. The atmosphere of Macabuca was great. The scenery was great as well. I ordered the lobster sandwich and my husband ordered fish tacos. My lobster sandwich was awesome but he did not care for his fish tacos.
Christopher ordered a rum drink and I got the key lime pie for dessert. The key lime pie had a great presentation and was good so it was a win. We always joke that Christopher “drinks” his dessert and I eat mine. He likes to drink and I like to eat dessert. I definitely recommend trying out Macabuca and wish that we would have gone back to Cracked Conch.
Heritage Kitchen is this crappy but cute little roadside restaurant that was right down from our room at Windsong Villas. It was recommended to us by the owner. We went there for lunch. I feel like we got a truly authentic caribbean meal at Heritage Kitchen. We had fish and rice and we actually enjoyed it. It was actually one of our cheaper meals at under $25. We split a meal and got a mango juice.
Coccoloba at Kimpton Seafire Resort
Coccoloba was actually one of our favorite spots in Grand Cayman. The Kimpton Seafire Resort is beautiful as well. Even if you do not go and eat just go to look around because it is beautiful. The beach area was not so great but the resort was over the top.
We went to Coccoloba the first time for dinner. It is a beautiful area that overlooks the beach. We got the smoked chicken tacos and beef tacos. They are tiny in size but not in flavor. We went back a second time at lunch at got the same tacos again.
I ordered the sundae there for dessert and would not ever get it again…it was just okay. Again, the food was expensive. Two places of super small tacos, one margarita, and an ice cream sundae was right at $70.
Despite the price…I recommend going because of the view and the tacos. PS – Do not get the spicy margarita…it was $$$ and not that great.
Boggy Sands Cafe
If I am being honest the only reason we went to Boggy Sands Cafe is because we had some free $10 vouchers in our room. We went there on Sunday for lunch and got their “Sunday” lunch special. I knew it came with curry goat but ewww….I just couldn’t. I tasted goat to say I tried it but couldn’t go any further. It made me sick just thinking about it.
We did go back a second time (free vouchers) and ordered pizza and it was fine.
We love Mexican food and so when I came across Casa 43 I knew I wanted to try it. It did not disappoint. We met a couple there who had been going to Casa 43 for over 20 years while on vacation. It was one of their favorite spots. I failed in taking photos of our food and only shot the chips and salsa apparently.
We enjoyed our meal and I must say it is the most we have ever spent on Mexican food!
Island Naturals Cafe
We went to Island Naturals Cafe a couple times during our trip. The first time I got a really expensive smoothie that was super bland. I’m somewhat of a smoothie snob because I drink them daily for breakfast.
The second time we went back Christopher got a latte and I got the acai bowl and a watermelon juice. Both were great.
It is pricey…like everything else in Cayman. The people are nice and the service is good.
Oh, and we did run back in there a 3rd time and grabbed a muffin that was decent.
Morgan’s Seafood Restaurant
We ate at Mogan’s Seafood Restaurant on the day of our boat tour. We split the BLT and it was amazing. It may be the best BLT I’ve ever had. It was an open air kind of place that overlooked the marina/houses. All of the pillows were put on top of the tables because of the rain storm coming in.
On our last day we ate at Morgan’s once more. Christopher got the burger and I got the chicken quesadilla. Mine was not good and his was really good.
My favorite meal while in Grand Cayman was at Alfresco. I got the Cayman Style Caribbean Lobster and it was awesome! Christopher got the catch of the day and enjoyed his meal as well. For dessert I got the cheesecake which was just…ok.
Alfresco is at the top of my list of places to visit while in Grand Cayman. Oh, and it overlooks the beach as well. It is certainly nothing fancy but is just a good local spot.
Grand Old House
Grand Old House looked like a cool place. So, without reservations, we just walked in one night for dinner. Little did we realize that it was a more formal type place. We had on shorts and casual shirts…and sandals. They didn’t deny us but we felt a bit out of place.
The food here was expensive and just ok. We split an appetizer, a meal, and a dessert (no drinks) and spent over $100. We do not mind spending good money on food but want to love it when we do. My food was okay…but nothing special…not for the price.
It is a cool place but if I were to go back I might would go back for lunch but not for dinner.
Tukka was one of those places that I found on Trip Advisor before leaving and wanted to eat there. It was a bit out of the way (on the East end) from where we were staying but we decided to go anyway. After a two hour drive we finally made it. Apparently we left at the wrong time and hit rush hour traffic and made a couple wrong turns.
Tukka ended up being a cool place. It is also on the water. They have a shark named Bruce that swims along the shoreline there. We got to see him. They also have an iguana in a cage. The area where Tukka is located is a neat little place. We stopped at Lover’s Wall and saw the blow holes (nothing special). The drive was pretty…we got to see some countryside and the ocean as we drove.
Christopher was not so happy because of the horrible traffic (remember me saying in a previous post how busy this island is).
The chef at Tukka is Australian. Christopher got the Wednesday special and I got the fish tacos. Both were good. Although this meal was pricey…it was not as bad as some of the others.
Overall…I would say make the trip and visit Tukka. It is off the beaten path but is a cool spot. Oh, and I heard Taylor Swift has eaten there as well as some other well known celebs.
The last night in Grand Cayman we decided to go to a nice sushi place. We get there and are given eucalyptus towels to “refresh ourselves.” This was a first for us. Then, we ordered one roll of sushi, one small meal, and one mixed drink…and spent $80! It was good I can’t say that it wasn’t…but ouch on the price! My husband enjoyed getting to try true wasabi. The service was excellent and it was over all a good experience.
Restaurants in Grand Cayman
Like I mentioned…there are SO many different restaurants in Grand Cayman. These are the ones that we chose to go to. Hopefully, my choices will help you decide where you want to eat if you visit the island.
We ate out a few times for lunch and breakfast. However, we mostly ate in our room for these meals. I made and brought sausage balls for breakfast. At the grocery store we bought fruit and eggs to go along with the sausage balls each morning. I prefer smoothies each day but changed things up for vacation. Doing this actually saved us lots of money.
We found some fresh made pica de galla and serrano salsa in the local grocery store. We ate chips and salsa and fruit several days for lunch. We went through two containers of salsa while there…It was so GOOD and only like $4 in the grocery store.
The grocery store is quite expensive as well. We considered cooking in for dinner but figured the cost of groceries would end up being about the same as going out.
I hope all of this helps 🙂