Best Waterfront Dining 2020

With countless shades of blue surrounding all of Grand Cayman’s 20 miles, a stunning seaside view is never far from sight. Even if the French doors of your patio do not open unto the beach, you and every resident and visitor alike can enjoy a few hours of seaside dining. What truly sets Cayman apart from many of its regional neighbours is that the decadence of waterfront dining has never been dictated by ones purse size. From sleepy seaside fish shacks with five-star views, to resplendent beachfront eateries with haute ocean-to-table menus, waterfront dining in the Cayman Islands can be enjoyed by everyone.

Italian Tapas


Bacaro's breezy waterfront terraces that overlook the passing sailboats of the Cayman Islands Yacht Club, are the perfect spot for sipping on a handcrafted cocktail and sharing a selection of their seasonally changing cichetti (nibbles) and small plates. The Island's only authentic Italian tapas restaurant and wine bar, Bacaro is open six days a week for lunch, dinner and drinks and as well as its prime canal front position, boasts an airy avant-garde dining room and spacious bar area. Enjoy happy hour drink specials between 5pm-7pm Tuesday through to Saturday. Every Sunday from 3pm-6pm, Bacaro has $25 specials on cichetti platters and cocktail pitchers.

PHONE: 749 4800 • Yacht Drive, West Bay
Hours: Tues-Fri 11.30am-12am, Sat-Sun 12pm-12am (Closed Mondays)


Cracked Conch & Macabuca

Cracked Conch Restaurant and Macabuca Oceanside Tiki Bar offer the most enviable waterfront positions on the Island. Located on the northwest point of the Island, Cracked Conch offers oceanside dining with fine Caribbean and international dishes in a relaxed, yet formal setting. Macabuca is open all day, every day and offers a wide selection of 'Island style' food, Caribbean cocktails plus their famous All-You-Can-Eat BBQ for CI$19 with Happy Hour prices from 5pm-10pm. With some of the Island’s best shore diving and Sundivers shop on site, Cracked Conch and Macabuca have it all for a day of fun in the sun and winding down to watch the sunset.

PHONE: 945 5217 • North West Point, West Bay
Cracked Conch: Lunch (December–May): 11am–2.30pm, Dinner: 5.30pm–10pm
Macabuca: Monday–Friday 11am–1am, Saturday & Sunday 11am–12am

Continental Caribbean

The Wharf

The Wharf Restaurant and Bar has long been regarded as the place where fine food is matched by beautiful scenery. Located on the water's edge at the very start of Seven Mile Beach, it is loved by tourists and locals alike. Whether you dine on the waterfront under the stars or on their covered deck, you’ll enjoy majestic panoramic ocean views and award winning local seafood and continental cuisine. The Wharf has one of the Island's largest wine cellars and has won the Wine Spectator Award every year since 2004. They also host a Tuesday salsa night, live music on Friday nights, and twice nightly tarpon feeding at 7pm and 9pm.

PHONE: 949 2231 • 43 West Bay Road, Seven Mile Beach
Hours: Dinner Mon–Sun 5.30pm–10pm I Happy House Daily 4pm–7pm.

Caribbean International

George Town Yacht Club

George Town Yacht Club (GTYC) is located on the waterfront at The Barcadere Marina and offers stunning views out over the North Sound. There is plenty of docking space for those wishing to arrive by boat. Savour your breakfast, lunch or dinner on the patio and enjoy the refreshing breeze. Families will love the shallow swimming pool which is perfect for kids to splash around in. GTYC offers a delicious menu centred around fresh seafood, plus a wide selection of sandwiches, salads and flame grilled dishes. Their American diner style breakfasts (Saturday and Sunday) are very popular and are a great way to start the weekend. Conveniently located near the airport, GTYC is a great pitstop before a flight – they even offer a free shuttle to and from the airport.

PHONE: 947 4892 • The Barcadere Marina, North Sound Road, George Town
Hours: Daily 11am-11pm. Saturday and Sunday 8.30am-11pm

European and New World Cuisine

Grand Old House

With delicious food, a sea breeze and thousands of twinkling lights adorning the oceanfront deck, not to mention the sound of the sea lapping under the deck, there are few restaurants that can legitimately claim to offer a taste of culture, heritage and history with beautiful surroundings. Grand Old House is known for its charm and atmosphere, along with its waterfront setting, but it also has five elegant air conditioned private dining rooms and it has won the prestigious Wine Spectator Award every year for the past twenty-three years. Every night a Torcedor rolls cigars by hand and the bartender can then recommend the perfect liquor pairing. This colonial Petra Plantation House was built in 1908, has won numerous awards for its food, and is probably the most sought-after location for a romantic wedding in the Cayman Islands. In April 2020, they will be celebrating 50 years of being a restaurant.

PHONE: 814 0163 • 648 South Church Street, GT
Hours: Lunch Monday-Friday 11.30am-2.30pm, Dinner Nightly 5.30pm-10pm (closed for lunch on Public Holidays)

Coastal Italian


Voted Best Restaurant, Best Chef and Best Ambiance at the annual Table Talk Awards, dining at Catch Restaurant & Lounge is a must. Nestled in Morgan’s Harbour with endless views over Cayman’s North Sound, Catch has their daily fresh catch delivered right to the dock. Guests can enjoy innovative cuisine prepared with locally sourced farm fresh produce. The wine cellar is a Wine Spectator Award recipient and the cocktail list is the inspiration of dedicated and passionate cocktail creators.

PHONE: 949 4321 • Morgan's Harbour, West Bay
Hours: Mon-Fri 5pm–10pm, Saturday & Sunday 11.30am–3pm, 5pm-10pm