Ristorante Pappagallo is situated on a 14-acre bird sanctuary overlooking a natural salt water lagoon-home to herons, egrets, ducks and numerous other local and migratory birds.
The area surrounding Pappagallo is so rich in natural wildlife that most of the book “Birds of the Cayman Islands” (1985 Patricia Bradley and Yves Jacques Ray Millet) was researched and photographed here.
With nature providing such a perfect setting, the developers of Ristorante Pappagallo had only to construct a building in keeping with the natural surroundings using bamboo, mahogany and wicker, marble, thatch, rustic wood and Caymanite stone, and Ristorante Pappagallo was finished just in time for the tourist season in 1985. The most noticeable feature of the restaurant is its unusual thatched roof, which combines 100,000 fronds and took over six months to construct. The uniqueness of the restaurant is immediately apparent as you traverse the wooden bridge that crosses the tidal lagoon upon which the restaurant stands.
Ristorante Pappagallo was partly reconstructed after the devastation of Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
As the original owners of Pappagallo were of Italian heritage, and great cooks, Italian food was the logical choice.
Throughout the years, with the evolving Cayman culinary scene and availability of fresh food items, Pappagallo’s cuisine evolved to incorporate a more Caribbean flair.
Our menu is constantly evolving as we proudly offer our guests the freshest selection of local and imported foods. Ristorante Pappagallo’s award-winning wine list features over 350 labels-most are specially selected from our sommelier in order to compliment our unique dining experience.