Fodor's Expert Review Vivine's Kitchen

$$ North Side Caribbean

Cars practically block the road at this unprepossessing hot spot for classic Caymanian food—literally Vivine and Ray Watler's home. Prime seating is in the waterfront courtyard, serenaded by rustling seagrape leaves, crashing surf, and screeching gulls. The day's menu, sourced locally for freshness, is scrawled on a blackboard: perhaps stewed turtle (one of the few places you can still find it), curried goat, barbecued chicken, and snapper, with cassava and sweet-potato cake sides. Burgers, dogs, and chicken-and-chips make a concession to more timid taste buds. Alcohol isn't served, but fresh tamarind, mango, and sorrel juices pack a flavorful punch. Vivine's generally closes early (and occasionally on Monday), but stays open if there's demand—and any food left.

Caribbean Casual Lunch Dinner $$

Quick Facts

Austin Dr.
East End, Grand Cayman  KY1-1801, Cayman Islands


Known For:
  • Authentic Caymanian food
  • Typical island hospitality
  • Good prices for giant portions

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