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The Dining 2018-05-09T13:16:18+00:00

While we love preparing family meals and grilling in the gazebo at Clearwater House, one of the most pleasant surprises awaiting you on Grand Cayman is the number and variety of excellent dining options!

There are a few restaurants within walking distance of Clearwater House, but on those nights when you want to venture a little further away, you will have many outstanding choices: gourmet dining, family friendly spots, authentic local cuisine, breathtaking sunset views…after years of exploring the island’s restaurant choices we continue to be amazed at the quality of culinary options, and still have several places we have not made it to yet!

West Bay Area

Heritage Kitchen

The closest place to grab a bite is just down Boggy Sand Road before the 4-way stop (photo above). Pretty simple menu: four or five types of fresh fish prepared three different ways and about half a dozen fresh juices of the day – some of the most authentic Caymanian food on the island.

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Heritage Kitchen

Alfresco Restaurant

Very short walk from Clearwater House and you are just a few steps down to the beautiful beach. We like the Italian here and will sometimes order pizza to take back to the house. While it is very rare to have to wait to be seated, if you have a large party you should expect a long leisurely dinner.

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Alfresco Restaurant

Calypso Grill

One of our favorite restaurants anywhere! Located at Morgan’s Harbour on the eastern side of West Bay, this is a great restaurant for special occasions and our favorites include their delicious crab cakes, beef carpaccio, stuffed grouper, wonderful soups and some of the most delectable desserts on the island.

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Calypso Grill

Catch

Also located at Morgan’s Harbour, we go here for the freshest fish and vegetables – simple but wonderful dishes, and bartenders who will make you some very fancy, tasty cocktails (they also somehow make the simplest drinks taste better!)

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Catch Restaurant & Lounge

Macabuca

This Ocean Side (divers can walk right in from the patio!) Tiki Bar and Grill is part of the Cracked Conch restaurant, a short drive past the Turtle Farm towards the northern tip of the island. One of our favorite spots for sunset views and good bar food – conch chowder, fish tacos, lionfish sandwiches and coconut shrimp. They are also famous for their homemade ice cream sandwiches which change daily and their all-you-can-eat BBQ on Monday nights.

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Macabuca

Others close by

  • Subway – Open 24-hours a day, just a short walk from Clearwater House
  • Al-La-Kebab Food truck – Parks across from Foster’s Grocery most weekday afternoons
  • West Bay Café – A breakfast and lunch spot just north of us on West Bay Road
  • Boggy Sand Cafe (coming soon from the restaurant group behind Catch, Lonestar, Mizu, The Waterfront)

Seven Mile Beach Area

Coccoloba

The nearest hotel to Clearwater House (the new Kimpton Searfire Hotel) has two more formal restaurants (Ave and Avecita) but we prefer the more casual beachfront taco joint with the tastiest, freshest Pina Coladas we have ever had.

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Coccoloba

Burger Shack

Chris likes to say that he comes to Clearwater House for the 3 Bs: Beach, Basketball & Burger Shack! Our favorite burgers on the island, or just about anywhere (no pre-cooking here so not the fastest of fast food) are served out of this tiny kitchen outside the office supply store at the southern end of Seven Mile Beach. My advice – add grilled mushrooms, onions and jalapeños, and whatever you do, don’t order online and expect them to have looked at a computer that day!

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Burger Shack

Copper Falls Steakhouse

We came to Cayman from Dallas and generally don’t even attempt to find a great steak when we travel abroad, but Copper Falls steaks are excellent! Unlike the states, the price of your steak dinner is not a la carte, but rather includes your side dishes AND a martini, or other drink!

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Copper Falls Steakhouse

Sunshine Grill

Hidden gem, off of West Bay Road within Sunshine Suites…great fish tacos, burgers and something they call the Sunshine Scramble (a basket of fries-mushrooms-onions-jalapenos that is the perfect side dish!)

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Sunshine Grill

Yoshi Sushi

Part of a trio of somewhat connected restaurants (including Eats which is a great breakfast spot), this is our go-to Japanese restaurant on the island…they also have the best happy hour prices we have found on the island.

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Yoshi Sushi

Blue By Eric Ripert at the Ritz

For a very special night out, make reservations in advance for the Caribbean’s only AAA Five Diamond restaurant.

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Blue by Eric Ripert

Lone Star Bar & Grill

Sports Bar if you just have to find a place to see your favorite team play, personally I would steer clear of the food but the bartenders are friendly and they have special theme nights (including Rock N Roll Bingo!) which can be fun.

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Lone Star Bar & Grill

Camana Bay

The islands premier (really only one to speak of!) outdoor shopping center includes several dining options, including The Brooklyn, Mizu (hibachi) and The Waterfront, all of which we frequent. The center itself is a great place for kids to play in the water fountains, has the island’s lone movie theater and is a great place to stroll during the Christmas season with outdoor movie specials, a big Christmas Tree and a beach decorated with Christmas lights.

Other Seven Mile Beach options

For outstanding breakfast options
  • Lauren’s
  • Eats Café
  • Icoa
A couple of (relatively) affordable choices
  • Gino’s Pizzeria
  • Chicken! Chicken!
Fast Food choices (in addition to Subway)
  • KFC
  • Pizza Hut
  • Wendy’s
  • Burger King
Other upscale restaurants at the luxury hotels along the Seven Mile Beach corridor
  • Seafire
  • The Ritz
  • The Westin

Special Mentions

Tukka

You literally can’t drive any further from Clearwater House and still be on land (30 miles!), however it can be a pleasant drive to the island’s East End for Sunday Brunch (bottomless Mimosas for those of your NOT driving!) and every once in a while I have such a craving for their sublime Lion Fish Tacos that we jump in the jeep and make the trek! They are also somewhat famous for their daily feedings of the areas frigate birds which you can watch from the veranda.

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Tukka

Georgetown Yacht Club

This restaurant is located at the Marina adjacent to the Airport and offers a fantastic dining experience on their “back porch” which includes an outdoor lounging area with a wading pool and showers (but no towels!) We LOVE this place and try to make a stop after our flight in to Cayman or before our flight out – or both! Varied menu with lots of good items, but I always include my all-time favorite Crispy Buffalo Wings. GTYC offers an airport shuttle, so unless we have an early morning flight out, we always take the bags to the airport, check-in, get our boarding passes and take the shuttle over to enjoy the bar, pool, food and view. Our guests who have a couple of hours to kill either before check-in or after check-out often use GTYC as a fun and convenient spot to begin or end their vacation in paradise.

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George Town Yacht Club

Casanova

One of the few reasons we ever venture into Georgetown proper – the homemade pasta at this fantastic Italian restaurant. Ask for a table in the sand and watch the tarpons swimming at your feet.

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Casanova

Bread and Chocolate

Located in the center of the financial district of George Town, this breakfast and lunch spot provides 100% vegan, and tasty, dishes for health/eco-conscious diners. Try dessert for breakfast with the “Bread and Chocolate” French toast or Sunshine buckwheat and walnut pancakes both served with home-made coconut ice-cream.

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Bread and Chocolate
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but includes most of our favorites. If you are interested in what we think of other places, please don’t hesitate to ask!