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“Great View, Food and Service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kaibo - Upstairs Restaurant

Kaibo - Upstairs Restaurant
North Sound Beach and Marina 585 Water Cay Road, North Side KY1-1107, Grand Cayman
+1 (345) 9479975
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Ranked #1 of 2 Restaurants in North Side
Price range: $9 - $47
Cuisines: Caribbean, Contemporary
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Upstairs at Kaibo is renowned for Chef Laurence’s consistently excellent Michelin star standard and modern European techniques, using local and Caribbean ingredients, to create a masterpiece of a menu. The scenic view overlooking the tranquil North Sound is delightful, and the Rare Rum Lounge is decadently relaxed.
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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“Great View, Food and Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2011

Open Thursday thru Sunday, Kaibo Upstairs, is a real treat. More formal than most this is island fine dining at its best. Our server, who seemed to be the manager as well, expertly guided us thru the menu. I splurged and had the rum flight along with my meal. Learning about rum and rum making from a knowledgable person whose passion is rum was a great experience.

This was by far our best dining experience of our vacation and we cannot offer higher praise. And if you are staying in the Seven Mile Beach area you can call the restaurant to arrange a water taxi ride over to Kaibo.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
San Francisco, California
1 review
“Kaibo’s Upstairs restaurant - perfection!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2011

I can’t say enough wonderful things about Kaibo’s Upstairs restaurant. It was by far our best meal on the island. THE FOOD: amazing. My husband had the tasting menu and each course was more delicious than the next (I helped myself to a little bit of each), and he was pleasantly surprised at the generous portions. I had the fabulous mahi mahi, ginger infused rice and quite possibly the best key lime pie ever. ATMOSPHERE: beautiful. The open-air patio was draped in white fabric, with lovely flowers and lights on the tables, and a view of the sand, palm trees and tiny twinkling lights of distant Seven Mile Beach across the sound. SERVICE: outstanding. The staff was so genuinely kind and helpful - offering great suggestions and flawless service. On a personal note, my husband and I were there for a very special evening – we arrived holding an envelope from our doctor that would let us know the gender of our baby who is due this spring. We mentioned this to our waiter and he was excited for us, checked back later once we’d opened it to congratulate us on our baby girl, and made us feel so special on our very magical evening. I can’t recommend Kaibo highly enough!

  • Visited November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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KaiboClaire, Owner at Kaibo - Upstairs Restaurant, responded to this review, November 18, 2011
Thank you for your review, it was our pleasure, and we were honored to share your special occasion. We look forward to meeting your baby daughter next year.
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Houston, Texas
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“Upstairs Dining...Beautiful Ambiance and Delicious Food!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2011

Kaibo Restaurant upstairs has a beautiful, posh & hip vibe from the moment you walk in to the bar area. The outdoor dining on the balcony with the draped walls overlooking the beach and water add to the ambiance.

The food was wonderful. In fact, the watermelon salad was such a unusual combination (greens, watermelon cubes, feta, toasted pumpkin seeds, pickled red onions lightly dressed with a balsamic vinagrette) that worked so well that I came home and made it for a dinner party the following weekend! I also enjoyed the grouper and was happy, after talking to the waiter about my dilemma of an entree choice, that I tried it. The guys enjoyed the filets and the pork and my daughter enjoyed her special order of grilled shrimp.

Two reasons I did not give this an excellent rating....
1-The hostess and the bartender were the only staff working that night...they were also the waiters for a packed house and it took over an hour to get our food. We ordered appetizers that never came and drinks were not replenished.

2-The waiter assured us the chef would be fine to make an entree of grilled shrimp with rice for our daughter. The "entree" came out on a salad plate with three shrimp and a 1/4 cup of rice! She is 13 not 4...we asked if they could bring us another plate of three shrimp so she could at least have a meal...the hostess/waitress was hesitant saying it would "take time" but she complied and the next three shrimp came out quickly.

Overall, it was a good dining experience knowing that the hiccups were because of a lack of staff to attend to their guests on that particular night. We all decided we would return because the food and ambiance was delightful and certainly the best on the North side.

  • Visited July 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Grand Cayman
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“Kaibo Will Exceed Your Expectations!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2011

While in Grand Cayman if you are looking for a friendly and fun open air bar with excellent lite fare, delicious drinks, a casual beach atmosphere plus the opportunity to meet interesting people, then downstairs at Kaibo Yacht Club is for you. If you want fine dining in a gorgeous Island setting, world class cuisine overlooking the water with friendly, professional wait staff may I suggest upstairs at the Kaibo Restaurant - it will surpass your expectations. I know, I live in Grand Cayman and the Kaibo Yacht Club is where visitors and locals alike enjoy socializing and dining. Last week 14 of us went to the upstairs restaurant and had an amazing time, gorgeous food and fantastic service.

  • Visited June 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Fantastic restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2011

Kaibo Upstairs is one of the best restaurants on the island, it is difficult to fault the food or service. The tables and restaurant presentation and views are beautiful.

When the upstairs restaurant is not open the beach bar sells good food too, but the "must do" is the Luna del Mar on the night of the full moon - this is an awesome experience - fine dining on the beach, sadly it was a bit cloudy and windy when we were there in November but hoping for better weather next year.

  • Visited November 2010
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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KaiboClaire, Owner at Kaibo - Upstairs Restaurant, responded to this review, June 9, 2011
Thank you so much for posting your review on Trip advisor, we greatly appreciate your feedback. We look forward to seeing you again when you return for your annual visit to Cayman and hope you can squeeze in another lUna del Mar celebration with us! Contact us anytime on kaibo@the beach.com and let us know when you would like to visit again and how we can assist you. best wishes Kaibo
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