The 7 Best Places to Eat on Royal Caribbean Ships

by Fran Golden

The 7 Best Places to Eat on Royal Caribbean Ships

by Fran Golden

Royal Caribbean is known as the “high adrenaline” cruise line, and their ships are filled with wacky activities you never thought you’d find at sea, from surfing and sky diving simulators to rock climbing walls, zip lines, and slides that plummet off the side of the ship. What the line is less known for is food, and meals in the main dining rooms and the buffets tend to be forgettable. That said, there are some very good eats onboard if you know where to look, especially if you’re not afraid to pay for the upgrade. Here, the seven best places to fuel up between basketball games, acrobatics class, bumper car competitions, and rock climbing.

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Jamie's Italian on Anthem of the Seas / Royal Caribbean
Oasis of the Seas' 150 Central Park
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1. 150 Central Park

Where to Find It: Oasis-class ships

This spot may tie for the most expensive restaurant in the fleet, but it’s also the place you're most likely to be talking about when you get home. James Beard Award-winning Miami-based Chef Michael Schwartz created the menu, which focuses on artisanal ingredients. Located in the lovely Central Park part of the ship, the restaurant is small and romantic with lots of tables for two, the perfect place for a date night.

What to Order: We loved the lobster gnocchi with duck confit, and the tuna tartare and 18-ounce tenderloin (both of which are prepared tableside). Don’t have a sweet tooth? Go for the impressive cheese cart.

Cost: $45 per person

Where to Find It: Oasis-class ships

This spot may tie for the most expensive restaurant in the fleet, but it’s also the place you're most likely to be talking about when you get home. James Beard Award-winning Miami-based Chef Michael Schwartz created the menu, which focuses on artisanal ingredients. Located in the lovely Central Park part of the ship, the restaurant is small and romantic with lots of tables for two, the perfect place for a date night.

What to Order: We loved the lobster gnocchi with duck confit, and the tuna tartare and 18-ounce tenderloin (both of which are prepared tableside). Don’t have a sweet tooth? Go for the impressive cheese cart.

Cost: $45 per person

Kummelweck sandwich
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2. Park Café

Where to Find It: Oasis-class ships

This casual, no-fee deli has made-to-order sandwiches and salads that are a step up from the usual fare.

What to Order: The star attraction is the finger-licking yummy Kummelweck sandwich, which is made with roast beef that’s rubbed with secret seasonings, plus rosemary and thyme, slow-roasted and served on a freshly baked roll with au jus, mustard, and pickles. It’s the best roast beef sandwich you'll find at sea.

Cost: Complimentary

Where to Find It: Oasis-class ships

This casual, no-fee deli has made-to-order sandwiches and salads that are a step up from the usual fare.

What to Order: The star attraction is the finger-licking yummy Kummelweck sandwich, which is made with roast beef that’s rubbed with secret seasonings, plus rosemary and thyme, slow-roasted and served on a freshly baked roll with au jus, mustard, and pickles. It’s the best roast beef sandwich you'll find at sea.

Cost: Complimentary

Baby Vegetables in the Garden at Royal Caribbean's Wonderland
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3. Wonderland

Where to Find It: Quantum-class ships and the Oasis-Class Harmony of the Seas

This Alice in Wonderland-inspired restaurant gets big points for whimsy and creativity – dishes here smoke, pop, vanish or otherwise inspire awe. The dining rooms themselves are playfully designed, with oversized chairs and pops of purple, and the two-deck space on Harmony is downright gorgeous.

What to Order: Give your waiters some hints, such as whether you prefer meat or fish, and put yourself in their hands. For dessert, don't miss The World, a chocolate dome that gets lit on fire to reveal a core of chocolate ice cream and peanut butter mousse.

Cost: $45 per person

Where to Find It: Quantum-class ships and the Oasis-Class Harmony of the Seas

This Alice in Wonderland-inspired restaurant gets big points for whimsy and creativity – dishes here smoke, pop, vanish or otherwise inspire awe. The dining rooms themselves are playfully designed, with oversized chairs and pops of purple, and the two-deck space on Harmony is downright gorgeous.

What to Order: Give your waiters some hints, such as whether you prefer meat or fish, and put yourself in their hands. For dessert, don't miss The World, a chocolate dome that gets lit on fire to reveal a core of chocolate ice cream and peanut butter mousse.

Cost: $45 per person

Onion dip at Michael's Genuine Pub
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4. Michael's Genuine Pub

Where to Find It: Quantum-class ships

This American-style gastro pub was created with award-winning Chef Michael Schwartz (who also did 150 Central Park). Head here for tasty bar snacks — such as Scotch eggs, pâté with sourdough, chicken liver crostini, falafel, and chicken wings — washed down with craft beer.

What to Order: The pork sliders are incredibly popular, and for good reason — the meat is slow-roasted then served on a soft bun with pickled onions and parsley sauce. Also, don't miss the decadent homemade potato chips with pan-fried onion dip.

Cost: $4 per menu item

Where to Find It: Quantum-class ships

This American-style gastro pub was created with award-winning Chef Michael Schwartz (who also did 150 Central Park). Head here for tasty bar snacks — such as Scotch eggs, pâté with sourdough, chicken liver crostini, falafel, and chicken wings — washed down with craft beer.

What to Order: The pork sliders are incredibly popular, and for good reason — the meat is slow-roasted then served on a soft bun with pickled onions and parsley sauce. Also, don't miss the decadent homemade potato chips with pan-fried onion dip.

Cost: $4 per menu item

Antipasti at Royal Caribbean's Jamie's Italian
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5. Jamie's Italian

Where to Find It: Quantum-class ships and the Oasis-Class Harmony of the Seas

Jamie Oliver, the super cute British TV personality and chef, has opened outposts of his namesake trattoria at sea. The tasty menu is focused on rustic Italian fare, including freshly made pasta, and has outdoor seating as well.

What to Order: Start with the arancini (fried rice balls) or The Plank, a large wooden board piled high with your choice of veggies or cured meats and cheese, before diving into pastas such as truffle tagliatelle or Jamie's take on carbonara.

Cost: $30 for dinner, $20 for lunch

Where to Find It: Quantum-class ships and the Oasis-Class Harmony of the Seas

Jamie Oliver, the super cute British TV personality and chef, has opened outposts of his namesake trattoria at sea. The tasty menu is focused on rustic Italian fare, including freshly made pasta, and has outdoor seating as well.

What to Order: Start with the arancini (fried rice balls) or The Plank, a large wooden board piled high with your choice of veggies or cured meats and cheese, before diving into pastas such as truffle tagliatelle or Jamie's take on carbonara.

Cost: $30 for dinner, $20 for lunch

Sabor
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6. Sabor

Where to Find It: Voyager- and Freedom-class ships

Sabor is the first elegant Mexican restaurant at sea, and you’ll find everything from high-end margaritas, to ceviche, flautas, and flan. Just don’t confuse this original with the line’s newer Sabor Taqueria on Oasis-class ships new the Boardwalk, which is complimentary and casual.

What to Order: Start with our personal favorite — guacamole made tableside. If you’re lucky, the special dessert of the day may be the banana-chocolate empanadas.

Cost: $25 for dinner, $20 for lunch

Where to Find It: Voyager- and Freedom-class ships

Sabor is the first elegant Mexican restaurant at sea, and you’ll find everything from high-end margaritas, to ceviche, flautas, and flan. Just don’t confuse this original with the line’s newer Sabor Taqueria on Oasis-class ships new the Boardwalk, which is complimentary and casual.

What to Order: Start with our personal favorite — guacamole made tableside. If you’re lucky, the special dessert of the day may be the banana-chocolate empanadas.

Cost: $25 for dinner, $20 for lunch

Hot dog from the SeaPlex Dog House
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7. Dog House

Where to Find It: Oasis- and Quantum-class ships

This stand is the equivalent of a food truck at sea: Grab a hot dog or grilled sausage, and gobble it down with mustard and onions.

What to Order: We like the all-beef New York dogs but other options include chicken and apple sausage and German bratwurst.

Cost: Complimentary

Where to Find It: Oasis- and Quantum-class ships

This stand is the equivalent of a food truck at sea: Grab a hot dog or grilled sausage, and gobble it down with mustard and onions.

What to Order: We like the all-beef New York dogs but other options include chicken and apple sausage and German bratwurst.

Cost: Complimentary

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