If You Love Food, You Will Love Cruising

Food is everywhere on cruise ships. Delicious and varied meals are offered at a variety of venues. Anthem of the Seas has 18 dining venues, and you will have 8 days to explore them. These venues are divided into two categories: Complimentary Dining (No Charge) and Specialty Dining (which has an extra surcharge).

Complimentary Dining

A large majority of these venues, and the meals served, are included in your cruise fare. These are referred to as Complimentary Restaurants. Below is a list of the Complimentary Restaurants onboard Quantum of the Seas.

Silk, Chic, The Grande and American Icon Grill. – Main Dining Room serves breakfast, lunch and dinner served in four dining venues.

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The Cafe@Two70 – Fuel up with hot-pressed sandwiches, homemade soups, and customized salads for hearty, healthy meals in a gourmet marketplace setting.

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Cafe Promenade – Located in the multi-level Royal Promenade at the heart of your ship – and the best spot for people-watching – Café Promenade serves coffee, snacks, pastries, and sandwiches around the clock. Open 24 hours a day, it’s perfect for satisfying your late-night cravings.

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Sorrento’s – A Royal Caribbean favourite with New York-style pizza.

Windjammer Marketplace – Enjoy an assortment of global cuisines and American favourites at this casual dining destination with spectacular views and a comfortable atmosphere that welcomes guests for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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SeaPlex Dog House -Traditional hot dogs, bratwurst, and sausages, with a variety of toppings.

Unless you purchase drinks, you will not have to pay anything to dine in these establishments.

Specialty Dining

As discussed earlier, Specialty Restaurants are also featured onboard Anthem of the Seas. Dining at these restaurants will incur a surcharge, as they are not included in your cruise fare.

Specialty Restaurants are open for dinner, and some are open for lunch on selected sea days. It is highly advisable to make reservations in advance. Normally, Specialty Restaurants on Anthem will charge a flat fee, and you can usually eat as much as you want. There are a few exceptions: Chops’ Grille is one of them. Here is a list of Specialty Restaurants onboard Anthem of the Seas.

1. Johnny Rockets

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Johnny Rockets is “a retro-inspired restaurant where you’ll feel like you stepped back in time to an era of sock hops, soda fountains and drive-in theatres. Walking into the diner, you will find booths with red vinyl seats opposite a long counter of white tile with chrome trim. You will even hear music from the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s.”

If you fancy an American-style breakfast, you can go to Johnny Rockets in the morning for some pancakes, French toast, omelettes and more.

Dress Code: Casual. Skirts or pants (with no holes, rips or tears) and a sweater, sports shirt, or blouse are appropriate. For men, pants (with no holes, rips or tears) and a sports shirt or sweater, which must have sleeves.

Price: Approximately $5

2. La Patisserie

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Located on Deck 4, La Patisserie serves “sweet treats and specialty coffees, all of these items are priced a la carte. The menu includes a selection of pastries, chocolates, and ice cream. The venue is open from 6:30 am to 10:00 pm serving these delicious treats.”

Dress Code: Casual. Skirts or pants (with no holes, rips or tears) and a sweater, sports shirt, or blouse are appropriate. For men, pants (with no holes, rips or tears) and a sports shirt or sweater, which must have sleeves.

Price: Varies on selection.

3. Brass & Brock

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Brass & Bock is a new English-style pub onboard Anthem of the Seas. According to Royal Caribbean, the new pub experience “will offer a wide selection of beer and specialty cocktails, and will also feature a menu of bites.”

Dress Code: Casual. Jeans, polos, sundresses and blouses.

Price: Prices vary from $4 – $13 for drinks and snacks.

4. Solarium Bistro

In the tranquil Solarium Bistro on Deck 14, “you can lounge poolside by day and enjoy starlit dinners by night at the Solarium Bistro. When the stars come out, the Solarium pool transforms into a fine dining destination with a healthful yet indulgent menu. This contemporary Solarium Bistro offers an unforgettably elegant dinner. Experience the enchantment. Gaze at the stars. Savour sumptuous flavours and delight in an intimate candlelit ambience.” Solarium Bistro is also open for lunch where no prior reservation is required.”

Dress Code: Smart Casual. Jeans, polos, sundresses and blouses.

Price: Varies on selection.

5. Jamie’s Italian Restaurant

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On Deck 5 is a restaurant by one of Britain’s most famous chefs, Jamie Oliver. Jamie’s Italian Restaurant serves lunchtime favourites, like Jamie’s Italian Burger and Prosciutto and Pear Salad. Also, Jamie’s Italian serves the famous Plank – a dish piled high with cured meats, pickles and tempting cheeses. “Plus, more handmade rustic dishes using seasonal ingredients, delicious pastas made in-house every day, small plates, a gorgeous selection of grills and tempting desserts.”

Recommendations: At Jamie’s Italian, their pastas are the perfect light lunchtime option and are homemade with the freshest flour and free-range eggs. A cruiser favourite is the Penne Pomodoro.

Dress Code: Casual. Skirts or pants (with no holes, rips or tears) and a sweater, sports shirt, or blouse are appropriate. For men, pants (with no holes, rips or tears) and a sports shirt or sweater, which must have sleeves.

Lunch Price: Approximately $28 and upwards
Dinner Price: Approximately $32 and upwards

6. Chop’s Grille

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Chops Grille is located on Deck 5 forward near the Schooner Bar.

Chop’s Grille is Royal Caribbean’s hallmark steakhouse specialty restaurant. “Enjoy a fresh twist on steakhouse classics with a lunch menu offering the finest cuts of USDA Prime meat, seafood seared to perfection and addictive sides.

Recommendations: Start off with Charred Beef Carpaccio, sliced so thin it melts in your mouth. Next, choose a guest favourite like the juicy Chops Dry Aged Steak Burger or flavourful Grilled Salmon. Pair it with a savoury side like the Mac n’ Cheese or Grilled Jumbo Asparagus. It’s a midday lunch break done right.”

Lunch Dress Code: Casual. Jeans, polos, sundresses.
Dinner Dress Code: Think of this as a step up from your typical dinner wear. Dress to impress with collared shirts, dresses, skirts and blouses, or pantsuits. Jackets, sports coats and blazers are snazzy and welcomed.

Lunch Price: Approximately $17 and upwards
Dinner Price: Approximately $34 and upwards

7. Izumi

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Izumi is the Japanese specialty restaurant of Quantum of the Seas and is located forward on Deck 5.

At Izumi, “enjoy an exotic Asian-inspired experience and choose from an inventive menu of favourite dishes crafted by Master Sushi Chef Travis Kamiyama.”

Recommendations: Salmon lovers will go wild for the fresh Salmon Nigiri and Sashimi. Be sure to try some of Master Chef Travis Kamiyama noted favourites, like the Shrimp Firecracker Spring Roll or Crispy Philly Roll.

Dress Code: Casual. Skirts or pants (with no holes, rips or tears) and a sweater, sports shirt, or blouse are appropriate. For men, pants (with no holes, rips or tears) and a sports shirt or sweater, which must have sleeves.

Dinner Price: Approximately $40 and upwards

8. Wonderland

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Wonderland is a popular specialty restaurant located mid-ship on Deck 5.

“At Wonderland, our chefs twist their culinary kaleidoscopes to invent an elaborate dreamscape of never-before-seen fare. This intimate, 62-seat venue defines foods by element rather than course. The story begins as you open the menu and find your element that the dishes are classified by — Sun, Ice, Fire, Water, Earth and Dreams — each with a selection of small or shareable fantasies. And magical elixirs that whisper “Drink me” amidst amorphous mirrors, mystery and sensory surprises. The intention of it all becomes more certain with each maddeningly delicious bite.”

Recommendations: For your main course, the Liquid Lobster is a favourite by many. This dish is a “savoury combination of bone marrow wrapped in slices of lobster, poached to perfection in a bisque garnished with caviar.” For a decadent desert performance, try The World. This yummy dessert is “a peanut butter ganache, chocolate mousse and salted caramel ice cream globe that transforms right before your eyes.”

Dress Code: Smart Casual. Dress to impress with collared shirts, dresses, skirts and blouses, or pantsuits. Jackets, sports coats and blazers are snazzy and welcomed.

Dinner Price: Approximately $45 and upwards

9. Chef’s Table

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“If you enjoy gourmet fare paired with the finest of wines, then dining at Chef’s Table is an absolute must. Located in an intimate, exclusive setting, this private epicurean experience for up to 16 people treats you to a five-course, upgraded menu and wine tasting. Each course is carefully chosen for the occasion, accompanied by a presentation from the chef and sommelier, and a welcome cocktail is served before dinner to whet your appetite.”

Recommendations: The full experience can take 2-3 hours, so relax and enjoy every bite.

Dress Code: Formal. Dress to impress with collared shirts, dresses, skirts and blouses, or pantsuits. Jackets, sports coats and blazers are snazzy and welcomed.

Dinner Price: Approximately $70 and upwards

A Final Note on Specialty Restaurants

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Reservations for these specialty restaurants can be made whilst on your cruise. However, there are 4,180 passengers onboard, and most, if not all, will want to dine in these Specialty Restaurants, so you’ll want to secure your place as early as you can. If you would like to make a reservation prior to sailing, please let me know, and I will book this for you. Please note that payment must be made at the time of booking.

Royal Caribbean will make every effort to accommodate their guests’ dietary requirements whenever possible. Dietary requirements such as Food allergies, Gluten-free, Low-fat, Low-sodium and Vegetarian. Vegan Meals are available upon request.

Please also note swimsuits, robes, bare feet, tank tops, baseball caps and pool wear are not allowed in any of the Complimentary Restaurants or Specialty Restaurants at any time.

 

 

Sources: Cruise Critic, Eat Sleep Cruise, Royal Caribbean, Royal Caribbean Blog and Trip Savvy

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