Your Complete Guide to Royal Caribbean Specialty Restaurants

Here are a few tips (pun intended!), frequently asked questions and secrets about Royal Caribbean’s specialty restaurants–

Royal Caribbean’s 2 main (and unbelievably delicious) specialty restaurants are :

Chops Grille

  • Enjoy juicy steaks, fresh seafood, hearty side dishes and delicious desserts in an elegant atmosphere. From filet mignon to mesquite-grilled salmon, this great restaurant offers much more than simple meat and potatoes.
  • A nominal fee of $25 applies per person, including gratuities. Specialty beverages, beer, wine and soda are offered at current bar menu prices. Dress is smart casual. On formal evenings, formal attire is also appropriate in the restaurant.
  • View a sample dinner and dessert menu.
  • Chops Grille is featured on 12 ships : Allure of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas, Independence of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas and the Enchantment of the Seas

Portofino (Italian Cuisine)–

  • From the first bite of the antipasto to the last spoonful of tiramisu, dining in the elegant atmosphere of Portofino is an evening to remember. Sample some of the chef’s new creations or have one of your favorites prepared the classic way. Either way, you won’t be disappointed.
  • A nominal fee ranging from $20 – $25  applies per person, including gratuities. Specialty beverages, beer, wine and soda are offered at current bar menu prices. Dress is smart casual. On formal evenings, formal attire is also appropriate in the restaurant.
  • View a sample dinner and dessert menu.
  • Portofino is featured on 13 ships: Allure of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas, Independence of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas

Royal Caribbean also offers a casual specialty dining option in conjunction with Johnny Rockets—

  • Get the family together for good old-fashioned burgers and fries. The Johnny Rockets restaurant you’ll find onboard is everything you’d expect from the shoreside restaurant – authentic 1950s décor, a menu filled with all-American favorites and, of course, friendly service. Johnny Rockets is a great casual dining alternative that everyone in the family will enjoy.
  • A fee of just $4.95 per person applies which includes gratuities; soda, bottled water and milk shakes are offered at current menu prices. Dining hours are 11:30am-1:00am. Dress is always casual.
  • View Johnny Rockets sample breakfast and lunch menus from onboard the Oasis of the Seas
  • Johnny Rockets is featured on 11 ships: Allure of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas, Independence of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas, and Majesty of the Seas.

On Royal Caribbean’s latest class of ships, the Oasis Class, Chops and Portofino (Allure only) are featured. But they added a variety of specialty dining experiences for you to enjoy:

150 Central Park

  • Royal Caribbean’s most upscale dining venue (but yet not stuffy). Everything in 150 Central Park is pitch-perfect – it’s intimate without being crowded, detailed without being fussy. You’ll be greeted by name the moment you enter the mellow earth-toned environment, full of unique textures and decorative details inspired by nature and art nouveau. Service is personalized, yet unobtrusive – you’ll feel right at home as your needs are met by warm, friendly, subtle, yet absolutely precise wait staff.
  • A $35 per guest fee covers meal and gratuities. Specialty beverages, wine and cocktails are offered at current bar menu prices. Dress is smart, semi-formal.
  • 150 Central Park is featured on both the Allure and Oasis of the Seas in the Central Park neighborhood.

Izumi Asian Cuisine

  • The traditional Asian dishes at Izumi will impress you with their pure, delicate flavors, freshness of ingredients and impeccable presentation. Diners can choose from popular sushi rolls, sashami, our Hot Rock (Ishiyaki) Plates, sukiyaki and more.
  • A $3 cover fee per person applies for lunch; a $5 cover fee per person applies for dinner. Menu items are available on an a la carte basis. Specialty beverages, beer, wine and soda are offered at current bar menu prices. Lunch hours are 12:00pm-1:30pm; dinner hours are 6:00pm-10:00pm. Dress is smart casual. On formal evenings, formal attire is also appropriate in the restaurant.
  • Izumi Asian Cuisine is featured on both the Allure and Oasis of the Seas  in the Pool and Sports Zone neighborhood

Solarium Bistro

  • Solarium Bistro offers a dining ambience that indulges impromptu celebrations as well as whispers of sweet nothings. You’ll savor every morsel as you enjoy enticing selections from the menu. During the day, sunlight replaces starlight to create a bright, energetic atmosphere. Enjoy fresh and exhilarating flavors while taking in panoramic views of the Solarium pools. Ocean breezes and friendly service encourage you to relax and soak in the moment.
  • A $20 per person fee covers dinner and gratuities; breakfast & lunch buffets are complimentary. Fruit juice and smoothies can be purchased from an ala carte menu throughout the day. Dress is smart casual. Breakfast and lunch offer a complimentary buffet; dinner hours 6:00pm-10:00pm.
  • A $20 per guest fee covers dinner and gratuities; breakfast & lunch buffets are complimentary. Fruit juice and smoothies can be purchased from an ala carte menu throughout the day.
  • The Solarium Bistro is featured on both the Allure and Oasis of the Seas in the Solarium.

Giovanni’s Table

  • Your very first bite at this classic Italian restaurant will instantly transport you to the Tuscan coastline. Close your eyes and savor the tastes of the region-focaccia and fresh pesto, Zuppa di Porcini, Gnocchi di Patate, Lasagna Tradizionale, and more.
  • A $10 per person for lunch/$15 per person fee covers meal and gratuities. Specialty beverages, beer, wine and soda are offered at current bar menu prices. Lunch hours are 11:30am-3:30pm; dinner hours 6:00pm-10:00pm. Dress is always casual.
  • View a sample lunch and dinner menu.
  • Giovanni’s Table is featured on both the Allure and Oasis of the Seas in the Central Park neighborhood.

Samba Grill

  • Samba Grill introduces a sumptuous steakhouse experience with personality and flare. Brazilian music fills the air as the Solarium Bistro transforms to a hearty authentic churrascaria. The dining experience includes a wide selection of nightly prepared soups, salads and appetizers at the buffet.  The main course is the feature and includes 13 different meats carved tableside. Samba’s gaucho servers,  Brazilian style cowboys, provide a unique flare at the table as guests can choose from each of the featured signature meats that are presented from the churrasco grill and carved individually for each guest.
  • A nominal fee of $25.00 applies per person, including gratuities. Specialty beverages, beer, wine and soda are offered at current bar menu prices. Dress is smart casual, jeans are accepted.
  • Samba Grill is featured exclusively on the Allure of the Seas

Rita’s Cantina

  • Liven things up with a flare of spicy Mexican flavors and colorful surrounding at Rita’s Cantina. You’ll find relaxation and laughs in plentiful supply as you settle in among the festive colors and lively atmosphere. And, of course, the vibrant Mexican restaurant features great food and drinks that just keep coming. A fee of $7.95 applies per person ($20 per person/dinner). Specialty beverages, beer, wine and soda are offered at current bar menu prices. Dining hours are 11:00am-1:00am. Dress is casual.
  • Rita’s Cantina is featured exclusively on the Allure of the Seas in the Boardwalk neighborhood.

 

Here’s something just for the kids or the kid at heart…Dreamworks Character dining!

  • It is FREE on board the Allure of the Seas.  You need to make reservations in advance, but the kids will love having breakfast and playing with Shrek or any of the other characters on board. Be sure to get your picture taken! The breakfast is at 8:00am in the Main Dining Room. Dress is casual.

Some frequently asked questions regarding the specialty dining:

Is there a maximum party size for Specialty Restaurant Reservations?

Yes. Advanced reservations are limited to parties of 10 people or less in all specialty restaurants. Tables cannot be combined or rearranged in order to preserve the intimate atmosphere.

Can specialty restaurants accommodate special dietary requirements?

Due to the limitations of the specialty restaurants’ galleys, they cannot customize any requests.

All guests over the age of 13 are welcome, you may dine with children under 13 before 7:00pm. All guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The dining hours for the specialty restaurants are 6:00pm-10:00pm unless otherwise noted, however, hours may vary according to ship or itinerary. Always check your Cruise Compass for dining hours.

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originally posted3/9/11

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