Grand Cayman has lots of elegant dining options, none more so than Luca ‘ a large dollop of New York SoHo chic in a Caribbean beach setting. Luca, quite like its sister restaurant, the locals’ favorite Ragazzi, radiates laid-back sophistication, with inside dining and outside seating overlooking the swimming pool and sea. Luca is the kind of place to mark a grown-up Saturday night or a special occasion, with a strawberry champagne cocktail being the perfect pre-dinner drink to get things sparkling. (Its Sunday brunch is also popular, so make sure to book.)

The Italian menu has plenty of fizz, too, with choices such as buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, arugula and light basil pesto for starters, or vitello tomato, thin sliced veal carpaccio, creamy tuna sauce with crispy capers. The breadbasket is wickedly tempting so be careful to leave room for a selection from the salads, homemade pastas, seafoods and meats. A good choice for a main course is the linguine with lobster, calamari, scallops and scampi in a chardonnay sauce on cannelloni bean puree. The seafood has just the right bite and flavor to contrast with the pasta.

Italian desserts have to be among the best in the world, with temptations at Luca no exception ‘ try the trio of double chocolate cream, almond biscotti with chocolate sauce, and white chocolate breading pudding.

Luca has a huge wine list with 400 selections from more than 12 countries, and vintages spanning five decades.

One of the most stylish features in the restaurant is the floor-to-ceiling glass wine cellar fashioned in Italy from stainless steel and wood. You can wander over and peruse more than 3,000 bottles!

  • Luca supports ocean-friendly choices as designated by the Cayman Sea Sense program, which suggests sustainable seafood options.
  • After dinner, the sleek bar is a great place to sit for a while and enjoy the atmosphere for a while longer.
  • Valet parking is available.
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