Christmas without the cooking

Many families have already decorated the Christmas tree, hung the lights and readied their Christmas music playlist. Some, however, may not yet have planned where they are going to eat on Christmas Day if they are not going to be cooking themselves. 

Many of Cayman’s favorite restaurants are offering brunch and dinner options on Christmas Day. Here are a few local favorites from which to choose. 

The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa 

The three restaurants at The Westin are providing a range of meal options covering Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. 

Beach House restaurant is serving a five-course menu for $90 on Christmas Eve, with seating from 6–10 p.m. Choices include oven-roasted maple-and-thyme-glazed turkey breast, whole roasted snapper or beef tenderloin and butter-poached lobster. 

Ferdinand’s Caribbean Café has both brunch and dinner buffet options on Christmas Day for $98 or $25 for children under 12. Brunch seating runs from noon to 3 p.m. and includes a salad bar, raw bar, sushi bar, charcuterie and dim sum. Dinner seating is from 5:30–8:30 p.m. and promises a full spread of Christmas fare, including turkey, Angus steamship, Christmas ham, a créperie and a range of desserts. 

Boxing Day brings a more relaxed beach barbecue and bonfire at the casual Tortuga Beach Grill & Bar from 6–9 p.m. for $44, or $16 for under 12s, with whole roasted suckling pig, hot dogs, hamburgers, mahi mahi taco stations, s’mores and more. 

The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa
Tel: 945-3800 ext 6017/6007
Website: www.westingrandcayman.com 

Grand Old House  

Charming former plantation house Grand Old House is hosting a Christmas Day brunch from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. The buffet will offer an extensive selection, including egg, pasta, sushi and carving stations, salads, cold cuts and cheese, vegetarian options, numerous hot dishes and free flowing prosecco. 

Guests can choose to dine outside on the waterfront deck area, or indoors in the air-conditioning, and a lounge and cigar area are also available. 

Christmas brunch costs $79.95, or $59.95 without bubbles. Children under 12 can eat for $33.95. 

Grand Old House
Tel: 949-9333
.  Email: [email protected] 

Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort  

Christmas day brunch and dinner are on offer at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort’s restaurants. Anchor & Den’s Christmas brunch buffet is accompanied by bottomless De Chanceny Cremant de Loire, and guests can choose their meals from traditional breakfast stations, omelet stations, raw and sushi bar, charcuterie and cheese selections, tapas, turkey stations, juices and desserts. Adults dine for $85, and children for $42.50. Brunch runs from noon–3 p.m. 

Beachside restaurant Veranda hosts a Christmas Eve dinner from 5:30–10:30 p.m., with a salad bar, raw and ceviche bar, tapas, turkey, prime rib and delectable trimmings, cheeses and cold cuts, costing $60 for adults and $30 for children. 

Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort
Tel: 949-0088
.  Website: www.marriott.com 

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman  

The Ritz-Carlton is offering several dining options, with a traditional Christmas family brunch on Christmas Day in their ballroom from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Adult brunch prices are $150, or $110 without Champagne. Children ages 6–12 eat for $50, and ages 3-5 for $30. 

Seven is also hosting a Christmas Champagne brunch from 12:30–3 p.m. Brunch includes an international charcuterie station, cheese and bread station, raw bar, ceviche, smoked seafood, caviar and assorted dim sums, eggs and waffles, beef Wellington, smoked salmon, glazed ham, turkey and trimmings. Adult prices are $170, or $125 without Champagne. Children ages 6-12 eat for $50, and ages 3-5 for $30. There is also the option to upgrade to Dom Pérignon at $475 for adults. 

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Tel: 943-9000
.  Website: www.ritzcarlton.com 

Agua Restaurant and Lounge  

Agua’s Christmas Day brunch buffet runs from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Known for stellar seafood, Agua does not disappoint at Christmas. For $59, or $45 without the unlimited bubbles, guests can dine from a cold buffet, which includes conch salad, oysters and ceviches, as well as patés and cured meats, pizza and assorted cheeses. Warm options include slowly braised lamb shank, chicken portobello, and a carving station serving beef Wellington, strip loin, turkey and salmon. Bloody Mary or Caesars are also available for $5.95. 

Agua also offers a Christmas dinner on the 25th, with their regular menu, as well as the option for a special set menu with four courses for $59.95 and an optional wine pairing for $27.50. The Christmas menu includes crab cake, arugula risotto and applewood smoked duck breast. 

Agua Restaurant and Lounge
Tel: 949-2482.  
Website: www.agua.ky  

Tukka Restaurant and Bar  

Australian fusion restaurant Tukka in East End is offering three brunches this year, on Dec. 25, 26 and 27 from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Adults eat for $34.50, and children for $15, while children under 5 eat for free. Bottomless bubbles can be added for $19.50. Tukka’s Christmas buffet includes a carving station with roast beef, lamb, chicken and pork; a barbecue station; cold buffet with salads and sushi; a breakfast buffet with eggs, bacon, sausages, croissants and danishes; a hot buffet with a selection of meats, fish, vegetables and potatoes; and a dessert buffet. 

Tukka Restaurant and Bar
Tel: 947-2700.  
Website: www.tukka.ky 

Turkey-to-go  

For those who want to entertain but not be tied to the kitchen over Christmas, Cayman’s supermarkets and some restaurants offer pre-prepared Christmas dinners. Contact Foster’s Food Fair IGA, Hurley’s or Kirk Market for their Christmas dinner options, or restaurants such as Lola Bistro or The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. 

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The calm before the storm – the bar at Seven restaurant is ready to be laden with food for Christmas.

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Most brunches and dinners will offer a with-or-without champagne price.

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If you’re a fan of Christmas ham, you’re bound to find it at some of the island’s festive brunches.

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Anchor & Den brings the beachy feel indoors.

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Icing down the Champagne for the big day.

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