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“Disappointed”
Review of Hemingway's

Hemingway's
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Caribbean
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed January 24, 2014

Visited beginning Dec 2013 and after reading reviews wanted to find somewhere special for dinner but quite disappointed with the experience.

Lovely setting, right on the beach and sat outside on the terrace, which was beautiful and peaceful.

The service was average - to be honest, it felt more like a sports bar kind of friendly service rather than a smart restaurant. The waitress kept calling us "hon" and rubbing our backs, which we felt was inappropriate for this kind of establishment (although more than happy to have a back rub in a less formal restaurant). Having worked in restaurants for years previously, I felt that there was a lot missing from the personal service and attention to detail that makes great service.

The food was good quality, but the choice limited (compared to the items on the menu in the magazine advert seen earlier). It was well presented, but again not outstanding compared to other restaurants visited on the island.

White wine was served to the table and not chilled in advance, so we had to ask for an ice bucket and some time to let it chill. Not a major issue, apart from the fact they tried to serve it right away and it took a while to persuade them to leave it to chill for us.

My overall personal experience is that this restaurant has a perfect setting but is let down by the service and price. I do not feel that I received value for money and I would not recommend a special evening to be celebrated here until they improve their attention to detail.

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Thank adrian h
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Reviewed January 21, 2014

Been travelling to Cayman since 2000 and staying at the Britannia/Beach suites each time so we ate here A LOT. This year we were disappointed with the new lunch menu as all the tasty staples of a casual beach lunch have been replaced by somewhat tasteless and incredibly messy new options. Kids chicken strips are now chicken coated in a sauce...imagine what that looks like in the hands of a two year old?! Fish sandwich as bland, and most of our party complained about their food. Service was very slow and with kids it became a big hassle. Overall, incredibly disappointing, especially considering it isn't exactly inexpensive. We used to eat here 3-4 times during the course of a one week stay....this time we never went back, opting instead to pack up the family and drive elsewhere or go home to make lunch.

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Reviewed January 11, 2014

Went here for our Christmas dinner. Food was good and service attentive. I would probably go back but it was just not that special a meal.

Thank mtsomerville
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Reviewed January 11, 2014

Our experience at Hemingway was just ok. The setting next to the beach made the experience passable. Our waiter seemed to not be enjoying being there that night. He was short with us, not very encouraging explaining dishes on the menu. I had the soup which was nearly warm. The bread/rolls seemed to be day old. The menu is also limited. Our meals were not worth the money. They seemed more into clearing a table than seeing to our enjoyment. There are so many other places to go for a great meal with ambiance.

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Thank Sbattino
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Reviewed January 10, 2014

We have been coming here for many years and have never been disappointed. Great food, atmosphere and service. One of our all time favorites when visiting Grand Cayman.

Thank Phoenix051
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