Certain restaurants are known for their expertise at turning out signature dishes really well. They've pinned down the ingredients, mastered the process, and gained a strong following as a result. Grand Cayman has had much success cultivating great restaurants and creating a substantial market for Seafood. Locals can't get enough of the city's excellent food, and you'll often find them, along with eager tourists, at popular Cracked Conch by the Sea or at Almond Tree House, a major player in the field. Make sure you see what all the fuss is about!

Almond Tree House
For more than a quarter of a decade, Almond Treehouse has been one of the island's top places to enjoy inventive seafood dishes and a terrific atmosphere. The Africa-cum-Caribbean-themed dining area is a tropical paradise complete with macaws and iguanas, plush greenery, and colorful, fresh-cut flowers. For a romantic alternative, the gazebo dining area overlooks the water, offering breathtaking views of the sunset. Suggested entrées include Cuban Pork Tenderloin marinated in orange and lime, Asian Jumbo Shrimp with sesame lemon grass, and Almond Snapper Filet with pesto-chili capellini cake. Reservations are strongly suggested. (345-345-0155)

The elegant Hyatt Grand Cayman's signature restaurant, the open-air Hemingway's boasts splendid views of the water and Seven Mile Beach. Fresh seafood is the specialty, with patrons enjoying everything from boniato-wrapped prawns to grilled red snapper. The restaurant's Key West-themed decor pays homage to its namesake, who bought a home there in 1931. Since this is one of Grand Cayman's most popular restaurants, advance reservations are a must. (345-949-1234)

Hook's Seafood & Samurai Sushi
It's true that Seven Mile Beach doesn't lack for seafood restaurants, but many locals and frequent tourists deem Hook's as one of the best. Hidden away in the Treasure Island Resort, Hook's, as you might expect, sports a bit of a pirate theme, with everything from plank floors and cargo nets to buccaneer murals and a galley-shaped bar. While lunch and dinner are served daily, dinner sets Hook's apart, especially with the likes of Cayman-Style Wahoo, Drunken Rum Prawns, and Caribbean Curried Seafood on the slate. If you're looking for a more laid-back experience, try a few hand-wrapped rolls at the Samurai Sushi Bar. (345-945-8731)

Smuggler's Cove
One of the George Town area's more celebrated seafood restaurants, Smuggler's Cove has quickly become a favorite with Grand Cayman's more affluent diners. The suave, supperclub-style setting bears a quintessential Caribbean flair — with plush greenery, candles, and rustic walls playing off white linens and well-appointed tables. The terrace dining area, where tables are hard to come by, offers enchanting views of the secluded cove. Menu favorites include Caribbean Lobster Medallions in Spicy Island Citrus Crust served over white wine risotto, Roasted Cumin Crusted Striped Black Seabass with sautéed seasonal vegetables, and Shrimp Scampi over Tomatillo Garlic Linguine. Reservations are required. (345-949-6003)

Lobster Pot
Lobster Pot makes few bones about it — if you're looking for great, fresh-from-the-Caribbean seafood at reasonable prices, this is the place to go. Overlooking the George Town waterfront, Lobster Pot is a terrific place to enjoy a meal with your family — especially if you crave the likes of shrimp Diane, seafood curry, conch schnitzel, or wahoo. Of course, the specialty is lobster, and the skilled kitchen staff expertly prepares it any way you like — from Cayman-style to simply buttered. Homemade pasta dishes are also available. (345-949-2736)

Cracked Conch by the Sea
It's safe to say that there probably aren't many restaurants that share their name with this unique seafood eatery, which overlooks the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean. A casual attitude abounds, whether it's in the t-shirt-wearing waitstaff or the pirate galley-esque dining area. House specialties include West Bay Turtle Steak with sautéed mushrooms and onions, Cayman Style Mahi-Mahi with orange butter sauce, and Broiled Caribbean Lobster served on the half shell. In the evenings, the patio bar tends to get crowded with locals and expats looking to wind down the day and espy that magnificent Caribbean sunset. Dinner reservations are suggested. (345-945-5217)