As you enter the restaurant and hear the sizzle of the grill, your mouth waters. You instantly know that you are in for an extra-special meal.
This is your cruise ship’s steakhouse, a staple among the specialty dining venues onboard today’s modern vessels.
The top cruise ship steakhouses offer couples a chance to enjoy a romantic night out. They are also the spots for meat-lovers to indulge in a feast of well-prepared prime cuts, served up alongside a wide array of sides.
We’ve pulled up a chair, wielded our fancy cutlery and dug right in to compile this juicy list of the best steakhouses at sea.
Holland America Line’s Pinnacle Grill
This steakhouse incurs a cover charge (with a la carte extra pricing for premium menu selections, such as lobster and caviar), and you can eat lunch or dinner here, selecting from a menu inspired by cuisine from the U.S. Pacific Northwest. Pinnacle Grill features steaks from Washington state’s Double R Ranch, a premier brand that uses sustainably raised beef.
Choose from cuts like filet mignon or a 23-ounce porterhouse. Starters include beef carpaccio, steak tartare, crab cakes, shrimp cocktail and grilled prawn bruschetta. Fish lovers can dig into wild-caught salmon from Alaska.
Oceania Cruises’ Polo Grill
The ambiance in these eateries on Oceania ships brings to mind a country club. Dark woods highlight the décor, and images of the game of polo adorn the walls alongside those of classic movie stars. Passengers sit in red leather chairs at tables with crisp white linen.
Polo Grill dining is included in your cruise fare, and the restaurant offers decadent appetizers like oysters Rockefeller and warm foie gras. Salads include Waldorf or a classic Caesar prepared tableside.
The stars of the show are the steaks and chops, though, with prime rib (32-ounce and 16-ounce cuts available), porterhouse, rib-eye, T-bone and New York strip and filet mignon on the menu.
You can also order up a surf and turf (filet and lobster tail), and sides include lobster mac and cheese, truffle mashed potatoes and steamed asparagus.
Princess Cruises’ Crown Grill
This is specialty dining at its finest. The restaurants feature rich and inviting décor and a theater-style open kitchen to see the chefs in action as they prepare your dishes.
Crown Grill offers a large range of finely aged, hand-cut steaks, and you can season them at the table with the specialty salts — Himalayan Mountain pink salt, Hawaiian black salt and smoked applewood salt. The menu features an impressive array of starters and seafoods alongside the steak choices.
Thick steaks include New York strip, Kansas City strip, rib-eye and filet mignon, and you can get veal or lamb chops.
Black tiger prawn, spiny lobster cake and bay scallops are a few of the appetizers on the menu. Or try the seafood selections: Chilean sea bass, mussel and smoked sausage pot or Maine lobster tail. You’ll also love the desserts, which include the Molten Dutch Chocolate Fudge Obsession.
Carnival Cruise Line’s Fahrenheit 555
This steakhouse requires a cover charge, and reservations are recommended.
Specialties include the Cowboy Steak, filet mignon and New York strip cuts, each aged three weeks before cooking. The menu also offers a spice-rubbed prime rib-eye, and you can also order broiled lobster tail, surf and turf, rosemary-infused chicken, grilled lamb chops or lobster ravioli.
You also can choose from a range of up to six salts to season your steak once it arrives to the table. Appetizers and sides include escargots bourguignonne, grilled portobello mushroom, tuna tartare, mashed potatoes with wasabe horseradish and creamed spinach.
Regent Seven Seas’ Prime 7
This included dining option represents a classic steakhouse, with inviting upscale décor, outstanding service and a menu of delicious steaks and seafood. The intimate setting features wingback leather chairs, white linen cloths and wood and earth-toned décor and accents.
Cruisers dig into starters like jumbo lump crab cakes, steak tartare, foie gras slider with rhubarb chutney or goat cheese, red pepper and portabella tart. The main course options include all the traditional steak cuts, plus a surf and turf option that pairs a 6-ounce filet mignon with lobster tail or Alaskan king crab.
Seafood favorites include Dover sole or barbecue glazed salmon steak.
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