Pristine waters, coral reef diving, tax benefits, and a lot of great food to be found. To help guide you to the best places, Cayman chefs and bartenders pass along some of their favorite spots to eat and drink on the west side of the island, stretching from Morgan’s Harbor to George Town. If you have time, check out the other side of the island with our Cayman East and North Side Guide. To get the entire Grand Cayman Guide with many more places, download the Find. Eat. Drink. iPhone app.
Coffee | Paperman’s Coffeehouse
Coffee made from their own roast along with fresh baked muffins, wraps and pastries.
“This is a coffee house where you can sit in a big couch and chill out with your computer or grab a sandwich on the go.” - Bartender Simon Crompton formerly of Agua
The Strand, West Bay Road, by Fosters
Midtown Plaza, Elgin Avenue, by Cayman National Roundabout
Flagship Building, Harbour Drive by Fort Street
Governors Square, West Bay Road, By Cost U Less
Waterfront Urban Diner
Serving American comfort food.
“I love to come here for breakfast. It is simple diner food that is well prepared. If they’re able to do fried chicken and waffles, definitely get that. I know it’s weird for breakfast, but it’s great. It's my go-to breakfast, yum.” - Chef Thomas Tenant of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink
The Crescent, Camana Bay | T: 1.345.640.0002 | waterfrontcayman.com
Icoa Fine Foods
Modern restaurant and cafe with artisan breads, salads, sandwiches, fresh baked pastries and cakes. It's also a contemporary housewares shop with brand names like Alessi.
"The chef is Dutch and is also a properly-trained pastry chef. He has a lot of Asian influences in his dishes and they’re very good. I come here for breakfast and lunch, but mostly breakfast. I like their eggs benedict. The croissants and viennoiserie are out of this world good." - Chef Thomas Tenant of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink
11 Seven Mile Shops, West Bay Road, T: 1.345.945.1915 | www.icoa.ky
Buffet | Luca
Sit outside overlooking a swimming pool with views of Seven Mile Beach. They have won the hearts of locals for having one of the best brunches on the island.
“They are one of the more popular brunch spots on the island. It’s a buffet with a carving station and an omelet station and free flowing mimosas.” - Chef Thomas Tenant of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink
871 West Bay Road | T: 1.345.623.4550 | www.luca.ky
SHOP AT CAMANA BAY
A small outpost of the larger Foster's Market where you can pick up local Cayman Sea Salt and pepper jelly.
"This is a great little market for produce and specialty products, many imported from England." - Chef Michael Schwartz of Michael's Genuine Food & Drink
45 Market Street at Camana Bay
West Indies Wine Company
Part wine store and part wine bar with tasting stations situated around the store.
"I really like the set up here. You get a paid card to use in their wine station tasting dispenser and you can try a lot of different wines. They are great guides for a fantastic experience." - Chef Thomas Tennant of Michael's Genuine Food & Drink
The Paseo at Camana Bay | www.wiwc.ky
Camana Bay Farmers Market
A great place to buy local fruits, vegetables, fish, prepared foods, jams and jellies.
“You'll see our chefs shopping here for everything from free range chickens to peppers and greens of all kinds. Depends on the time of year you go, but you may happen upon some favorite island ingredients in season like mango and breadfruit. You see farmers we buy from for the restaurant like Joel Walton of Plantation House and Patrick Panton of East End Garden.” - Chef Michael Schwartz of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink
"I like to drink the fresh coconut water right out of the coconut when I come here. Depending on the time of year, you can buy a lot of local produce here. The tomatoes are great when they’re in season and fresh callaloo. You can find local jewelry for gifts and the woman who makes pepper jelly has a display here too.” - Chef George Fowler of Calypso Grill
North Market Street, Camana Bay
Caribbean | Heritage Kitchen
This charming seafood shack overlooking the sea is the kind of place you dream about finding on a Caribbean island. Be careful where you sit since the iguanas in the trees occasionally make a few droppings on top of the tourists. Sunday is barbecue day.
“Go for lunch and get the grouper smothered in onions and the conch. They make a hot sauce at the table that is addictive.” - Chef Michael Schwartz of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink
“They have fresh fried fish and they cook with a lot of hot peppers. Their sauces are nice and spicy and you can get take-away.” - Chef George Fowler of Calypso Grill
“This is a very local place where you can eat curried goat and oxtail.” - Restaurateur Walter Fajette of Agua
Boggy Sand Road, West Bay
Tiki Grill | Macabuca Bar & Grill at Cracked Conch
This is a casual beach bar overlooking the water with an all day menu of conch fritters, chowder, burgers, fish sandwiches, pastas, and fish & chips. On Mondays, they have an all you can eat BBQ.
“This is a casual tiki bar where you can see divers going out. They serve things like ceviche, conch, Greek salad, penne and steak. On Mondays, they have an all you can eat barbecue. I tend to spend a lot of time here.” - Bartender Simon Crompton formerly of Agua
North West Point Road, West Bay | T: 1.345.945.5217 | www.crackedconch.com.ky
Seafood | Catch at Morgan's Harbour
“I always order the conch when I come here.” - Chef Jose Andres of ThinkFoodGroup
“I love the outside experience, the north sound breeze, the simplistic fresh seafood bought from all local boats and their great service.” - Chef Dean Max of The Brasserie
“Don't worry if you're wearing flip-flops and a wet bathing suit, they'll serve you at either a table or the bar.” - Chef Thomas Tennant of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink
“The coolest thing about the dining room is that the fishermen have to walk right through it.” - Chef Dylan Benoit of Craft F&B
Morgan's Harbour Catch, West Bay | T: 1.345.949.4321 | catch.ky
Seven Fathoms Rum
This is a golden rum made in the Cayman Islands.
“A very unique rum. Aged in old Makers Mark barrels and anchored seven fathoms under the sea, the natural motion of the ocean removes the need to rotate barrels resulting in a delicious libation that is uniquely Caymanian. Great on the rocks or in a rum cocktail.” - Chef Dylan Benoit of Craft F & B
“It's a rum that is made here on the island and they have an intricate way of making it.” - Bartender Simon Crompton formerly of Agua
Bronze Road | T: 1.345.926.8186 | www.sevenfathomsrum.com
Cayman Islands Brewery
“Cayman Islands Brewery is the home of beer in Cayman. With an ever-growing selection of award-winning beers, they are bringing delicious, fresh local beer to the people. Some of the proceeds from their White Tip Lager goes to shark protection programs in the Cayman Islands. They are ensuring there will be sharks and beer for generations to come.” - Chef Dylan Benoit of Craft F & B
366 Shamrock Road, George Town
JERK CHICKEN & PORK
Jerk Chicken | Red Bay Jerk Stand
Also known as Andre's Smokehouse, you can just follow the smoke to this parking lot jerk chicken centre. They fire up a line of oil drum BBQs and grill both chicken and pork. The take-away sauces range from sweet to hot to super spicy. Most days they serve festival (fried Jamaican bread) as a side.
“Some of the best jerk chicken on the island.” - Chef Joe Mizzoni formerly of The Brasserie
“They have five or six smokers going and you can smell it and see it from a distance. They do a really good jerk chicken and jerk pork.” - Chef Ervin Horvath of Agave Grill
Shamrock Road, Red Bay
Beach Bar | Calico Jack's
Casual beach bar with tables and lounges right on the beach. By day, you may see your share of tourists, but at night it's local chefs and the restaurant industry crowd hanging out. Great sunset views.
“Beautiful spot to drink a cold beer, watch the sunset and listen to great music. It is a very cool beach bar and one of those places where you can sit with your feet in the sand, looking at ocean. If you get too hot at the bar, you can run in and cool down.” - Bartender Simon Crompton formerly of Agua
“The staff is friendly, the beach is beautiful and the drinks are flowing. You can go for a swim and there are a couple of restaurants within walking distance.” - Chef Ervin Horvath of Agave Grill
“The best dive bar in the galaxy.” - Chef Eric Ripert of Blue
West Bay Road, West Bay | T: 1.345.945.7850
Divers' Hangout | My Bar at Sunset House
Thatched roof wooden bar overlooking the sea filled with scuba divers. Make sure to try the food on the Indian menu.
“For the sunset, beers and Malabar fish curry.” - Chef Michael Schwartz of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink
390 South Church Street, George Town
T: 1.800.854.4767 | www.sunsethouse.com
Upscale Caribbean | The Brasserie
“This is a beautiful restaurant with a garden that supplies all the fruits and produce. They also have their own fishing boats. I love the ‘farm’ to table experience here.” - Chef Eric Ripert of Blue and Le Bernardin
"A great restaurant with a raised bed garden for growing a lot of the produce for their specials menu." - Chef Cindy Hutson of Ortanique
Caribbean & British | Calypso Grill
“It is upscale casual. You get a full dining experience with proper service, a full place setting, but it still feels casual. You can come here in board shorts and sandals and you’re greeted the same way as someone coming in with a jacket. Order anything fish. They have excellent ceviche and crudo. The fish they’re getting is right there on the dock and because they get first pick, that usually means it’s fresh.” - Chef Thomas Tennant of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink
10 Morgan's Lane | T: 1.345.949.3948 | www.calypsogrillcayman.com
Mexican | Agave Grill
“Chef Ervin Horvath does everything in-house and all the tortillas are made here. The smoked pork belly mini tacos have this beautiful citrus cabbage slaw on top.” - Chef Sara Mair
“This is a great little Mexican restaurant by chef Ervin Horvath. He serves excellent pork taquitos, amazing burritos and a great selection of tequilas.” - Chef Cindy Hutson of Ortanique
“The pork belly tacos and tequila shrimp enchilada are a must, washed down with a mango cilantro margarita (in season).” - Chef Dylan Benoit of Craft
N Sound Road, George Town | T: 1.345.947.5555 | www.agave.ky
Pub | Craft F & B
Pub grub and rustic, home-style cooking with craft beer and cocktails. Chef Dylan Benoit's menu ranges from their signature Craft burger to pork poutine (he's originally from Canada) to sandwiches and fish dishes.
489 West Bay Road, Seven Mile Beach | T: 1.345.640.0004 | www.craftcayman.com
On Saturdays, all bars and restaurants are required to stop serving alcohol at midnight. So Friday is the late night out.
Trinidadian | Singh’s Roti Shop
Trinidadian roti sandwiches which are flatbread wraps filled with oxtail, curried goat, chicken, fish, or local vegetables. Try a Caribbean soda from the cooler.
“It’s a Trinidadian restaurant that does a really nice curried goat roti. They make all their roti in-house and it’s located right in town.” - Chef Dylan Benoit of Craft F&B
Open until 1am, 12am on Sat & Sun
108 Dr Roys Drive, George Town | T: 1.345.946.7684
Mediterranean | Al La Kebab
"Cayman's only real option for late night dining, the food is less than spectacular but when you're drunk and hungry nothing satisfies like a large beef & lamb poutine with Sweet Donair Sauce (garlic cream), or a big plate of disco fries if you want a party in your mouth." - Chef Dylan Benoit of Craft F&B
Open until 4am, 3am on Saturdays
Lawrence Boulevard, Seven Mile Beach | T: 1.345.943.4343 | www.kebab.ky
Cocktails, Caribbean & Italian | Agua
Restaurant with a large bar area for grabbing late night cocktails.
“I come here not only for the charcuterie board and the different cheese and meat choices they offer, but they have the most interesting hand-crafted cocktails on the island. All cocktails (classic and modern) are made to perfection using seasonal ingredients from scratch.” - Chef Joe Mizzoni of The Brasserie
“The food here is awesome and they have a really good bar program as well. When I come here, I tend to order two to four appetizers. The ceviches are wonderful. I also like the charcuterie and cheese platter, the liver pate, tuna sashimi and tuna tartare.” - Chef Ervin Horvath of Agave Grill
Open until 1am, 1:30am on Fridays
Galleria Plaza, West Bay Road, Seven Mile Beach | T: 1.345.949.2482 | www.agua.ky
Cuban Cigars & Rum | Havana Club
This is where you’ll see the industry coming late night to smoke Cuban cigars and drink Cuban rum. There is a good chance you’ll be dry cleaning your clothes the day after since smoking is permitted.
“A great place to go after a long day and unwind with a cigar and a glass of rum that's almost as old as I am. With a full selection of Cuban cigars in their walk-in humidor, you're spoiled for choices when it comes to smokes and drinks.” - Chef Dylan Benoit of Craft F&B
Open until 1am
672 West Bay Road, Regency Court, Seven Mile Beach | T: 1.345.945.5391 | www.havanaclub-cigars.com
Sports Bar | The Attic Billiard Lounge
6 pool tables, darts, beer pong and 13 flat screens.
"This is my local pool hall - the beers are cold and the atmosphere is lively. They have buckets of beer and a few rounds of pool are usually what the doctor ordered after a long week and this place delivers. It's also a good warm up for Obar (Cayman's local nightclub) if that's in the cards later in the evening. Try checking it out on Tuesday, they sometimes give out free grilled cheese... and everyone likes grilled cheese." - Chef Dylan Benoit of Craft F&B
Open until 1am
Queens Court Plaza, 2nd Floor, George Town | T: 1.345.949.7665 | obar.attic.ky