Top 10 Steakhouses at Sea

by Donna Heiderstadt

Top 10 Steakhouses at Sea

by Donna Heiderstadt

Steak seems to have extra sizzle for people on vacation — when indulging in foods that are no-no’s back home is suddenly okay. Here are 10 shipboard steakhouses worth slicing into.

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New York Strip Steak at Pinnacle Grill / Holland America Line
Prime 7
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Prime 7

Found on: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Why We Love It: Aside from beef certified USDA Prime and dry aged at least 28 days, what sets this refined steakhouse apart is that it doesn't cost extra. Available on all ships, Prime 7 offers steakhouse classics such as filet mignon and sirloin, plus a few twists (foie gras sliders anyone?), and seafood for the less carnivorous.

Fees: None 

Found on: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Why We Love It: Aside from beef certified USDA Prime and dry aged at least 28 days, what sets this refined steakhouse apart is that it doesn't cost extra. Available on all ships, Prime 7 offers steakhouse classics such as filet mignon and sirloin, plus a few twists (foie gras sliders anyone?), and seafood for the less carnivorous.

Fees: None 

Pinnacle Grill
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The Pinnacle Grill

Found on: Holland America Line

Why We Love It: With a focus on Pacific Northwest cuisine, the signature restaurant on all Holland America ships serves cuts of sustainably raised beef from Washington state’s Double R Ranch with a choice of sauces (green peppercorn to béarnaise), as well as seafood and chops.

Fees: Additional charge required.

Found on: Holland America Line

Why We Love It: With a focus on Pacific Northwest cuisine, the signature restaurant on all Holland America ships serves cuts of sustainably raised beef from Washington state’s Double R Ranch with a choice of sauces (green peppercorn to béarnaise), as well as seafood and chops.

Fees: Additional charge required.

Prime C
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Prime C

Found on: Azamara Club Cruises

Why We Love It: At this wood-paneled steakhouse on Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest, guests can go all-out and order a 16-ounce rib eye — or opt for shrimp, halibut, or even vegetarian options. Save room for dessert: The mini cinnamon donuts with dipping sauces are addictive.

Fees: Additional charge required for non-suite guests.

Found on: Azamara Club Cruises

Why We Love It: At this wood-paneled steakhouse on Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest, guests can go all-out and order a 16-ounce rib eye — or opt for shrimp, halibut, or even vegetarian options. Save room for dessert: The mini cinnamon donuts with dipping sauces are addictive.

Fees: Additional charge required for non-suite guests.

Lawn Club Grill
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Lawn Club Grill

Found on: Celebrity Cruises

Why We Love It: Sure, you’re on vacation, but that doesn't mean you won’t feel the urge to toss a steak on the grill and cook it the way you like it. If that's the case, head for this al fresco eatery on Celebrity Silhouette and Celebrity Reflection, where you can be your table’s “grill master” and prepare steaks, chops, chicken, and salmon to accompany yummy flatbreads and lobster mac and cheese.

Fees: Additional charge required.

 

Found on: Celebrity Cruises

Why We Love It: Sure, you’re on vacation, but that doesn't mean you won’t feel the urge to toss a steak on the grill and cook it the way you like it. If that's the case, head for this al fresco eatery on Celebrity Silhouette and Celebrity Reflection, where you can be your table’s “grill master” and prepare steaks, chops, chicken, and salmon to accompany yummy flatbreads and lobster mac and cheese.

Fees: Additional charge required.

 

Sterling Steakhouse
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Crown Grill and Sterling Steakhouse

Found on: Princess Cruises 

Why We Love It: Which steakhouse you get to try depends on the Princess ship you book, but both feature top cuts — from New York strip to filet mignon — as well as seafood, chops, and appetizers such as Mediterranean-style spiny lobster cake with tarragon foam.

Fees: Additional charge required.

Found on: Princess Cruises 

Why We Love It: Which steakhouse you get to try depends on the Princess ship you book, but both feature top cuts — from New York strip to filet mignon — as well as seafood, chops, and appetizers such as Mediterranean-style spiny lobster cake with tarragon foam.

Fees: Additional charge required.

Cagney's Steakhouse
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Cagney's Steakhouse

Found on: Norwegian Cruise Line 

Why We Love It: Cruise like a Norwegian but still eat like an American at this steakhouse, the exclusive venue at sea offering Certified Angus Beef. Cuts range from a 16-ounce rib eye to a gorgonzola-crusted filet mignon — or you can bite into a juicy 12-ounce Wagyu beef burger.

Fees: Additional charge required.

Found on: Norwegian Cruise Line 

Why We Love It: Cruise like a Norwegian but still eat like an American at this steakhouse, the exclusive venue at sea offering Certified Angus Beef. Cuts range from a 16-ounce rib eye to a gorgonzola-crusted filet mignon — or you can bite into a juicy 12-ounce Wagyu beef burger.

Fees: Additional charge required.

Polo Grill
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Polo Grill

Found on: Oceania 

Why We Love It: Classic steakhouse décor, accented with equestrian theme artwork, paired with USDA Prime cuts dry aged 28 days, and Caesar salad prepared tableside give this eatery on all five Oceania ships an updated spin on tradition. There’s even a King’s Cut 32-ounce bone-in prime rib — and it's all included in the cruise fare.

Fees: None

Found on: Oceania 

Why We Love It: Classic steakhouse décor, accented with equestrian theme artwork, paired with USDA Prime cuts dry aged 28 days, and Caesar salad prepared tableside give this eatery on all five Oceania ships an updated spin on tradition. There’s even a King’s Cut 32-ounce bone-in prime rib — and it's all included in the cruise fare.

Fees: None

The Grill
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The Grill

Found on: Silversea Cruises

Why We Love It: Casual — and interactive — this al fresco eatery on Silversea’s ships lets guests prepare their own steak, chops, chicken, or fish on pre-heated volcanic rock brought right to the table.

Fees: None

Found on: Silversea Cruises

Why We Love It: Casual — and interactive — this al fresco eatery on Silversea’s ships lets guests prepare their own steak, chops, chicken, or fish on pre-heated volcanic rock brought right to the table.

Fees: None

T-Bone Steak at Chops Grille
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Chops Grille

Found on: Royal Caribbean 

Why We Love It: There's a cut for everyone — t-bone, filet mignon, short ribs, porterhouse, veal chop — at Royal Caribbean's ode to all things grilled (lobster and tuna, too), as well as "New American" appetizers and sides with savory twists such gruyère tater tots and truffled corn.

Fees: Additional charge required.

Found on: Royal Caribbean 

Why We Love It: There's a cut for everyone — t-bone, filet mignon, short ribs, porterhouse, veal chop — at Royal Caribbean's ode to all things grilled (lobster and tuna, too), as well as "New American" appetizers and sides with savory twists such gruyère tater tots and truffled corn.

Fees: Additional charge required.

Moderno Churrascaria
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Moderno Churrascaria

Found on: Norwegian Cruise Line

Why We Love It: Meat lovers who can’t make up their mind don’t have to at this Brazilian steakhouse, where “pasadores” carve a wide assortment of grilled cuts right onto your plate (and won't stop until you tell them to). You can also top your plate with unlimited salad bar offerings and pão de queijo (cheese bread).

Fees: Additional charge required.

Found on: Norwegian Cruise Line

Why We Love It: Meat lovers who can’t make up their mind don’t have to at this Brazilian steakhouse, where “pasadores” carve a wide assortment of grilled cuts right onto your plate (and won't stop until you tell them to). You can also top your plate with unlimited salad bar offerings and pão de queijo (cheese bread).

Fees: Additional charge required.

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