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Today’s cruise lines are changing how we dine at sea, with an incredible array of cruise ship restaurants rivalling those on land. From Michelin-starred chefs to immersive culinary experiences, these floating gourmet havens offer an unparalleled selection, ensuring every night of your voyage is a delectable adventure for your palate. You won’t want to miss these eight cruise ship restaurants.

Sakura

Immerse yourself in an authentic Pan-Asian dining experience that offers a mix of Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, and Malaysian flavours. Explora Journeys’ Sakura restaurant combines Japan’s cultural heritage with locally sourced ingredients to create dishes such as Wagyu beef tataki, wakame salad and Madagascan pepper. A Sake sommelier and other Asian-influenced drinks, like cocktails made with shochu, are delicious accompaniments to the meals at this Asian restaurant which uses traditional techniques to create a contemporary cruise ship restaurant experience.

Explora I - Sakura Restaurant
Sakura Restaurant

La Reserve

Oceania Cruises has trademarked the motto ‘the finest cuisine at sea’ and it shows, especially at La Reserve by Wine Spectator, a partnership dining experience between the ship’s signature restaurant and one of the world’s leading authorities on wine. Limited to a maximum of 24 passengers, this seven-course dinner is matched with wine that’s scored 90 and above according to Wine Spectator. You’ll be entertained and educated by an experienced sommelier who takes you through the dishes and delicious drops. For a truly decadent experience, there’s an exclusive (and even more expensive) Dom Perignon dinner that includes back-vintages and ingredients such as caviar, lobster and truffles.

Chartreuse

Dine on French classic dishes with a modern twist at Chartreuse, a fine dining restaurant serving French bistro-style food onboard Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ ships that transports your tastebuds to Paris. The menu often combines classic dishes with a luxe twist, like steak tartare served with caviar. Add sophisticated décor and polished service and you’ll be saying “Ooh la la!” each time another delicious dish appears in front of you. An impressive choice of French fromage such as gooey triple cream brie or tangy chèvre is served tableside or you can opt for desserts like apple tart or Champagne mousse.

Beef Tenderloin Rossini at Chartreuse
Beef Tenderloin Rossini at Chartreuse

Silver Note

If you can’t decide whether to go to dinner or a show, Silver Note is your dream come true. Take your seat and get ready for an evening of fine food and equally fine music at this unique venue on Silversea ships that combines the sophistication of a New York jazz club with an intimate fine dining restaurant. Classic jazz and blues are complemented by a contemporary tapas-style menu that takes your tastebuds to new heights with choices like buttered lobster tail and slow-cooked duck. Think bon appetit with a smooth jazz beat, and consummate showmanship on your plate and on the stage.

Silver Note Restaurant on Silver Nova
Silver Note Restaurant on Silver Nova

Eden

Eden, on Celebrity Cruises’ Edge class ships like Celebrity Edge, is a lavish multi-level space that combines performance art, cutting-edge design, and decor to feed your mind, body and soul. Here you’ll find a café, lounge areas, and the jewel in Eden’s crown – Eden Restaurant. The latter’s open kitchen produces tempting aromas to whet your appetite and has a contemporary menu that will make your mouth water. From tandoori-style beef to Nova Scotia lobster casserole, dishes display influences from around the world and the area you are cruising in. Whether you choose to grab a complimentary bite at the café or indulge in a romantic dinner for an additional fee, Eden is a paradise for foodies.

The Catch by Rudi

With its crisp blue and white colour palette and refined ambience, The Catch by Rudi is the classiest fish and chippy at sea. This is Princess Cruises’ first restaurant devoted to seafood and it celebrates the line’s connection to the sea with dishes designed by celebrity chef Rudi Sodamin. There’s a handful of non-seafood dishes like steak frites but The Catch by Rudi is really all about the ocean with lobster, prawns and all things fishy showcased on the menu. There’s everything from classic fish and chips to a selection of ‘Rockin’ Lobster’ dishes, a seafood tower, or surf-and-turf. The ‘Fantastic Journey’, a tiered seafood display that can serve up to four people, is designed to taste as good as it looks. Don’t be surprised if it draws envious glances from other diners.

The Catch by Rudi
Lobster at The Catch by Rudi

Chef’s Table

On Viking Ocean ships, you can choose to be seated at the shared chef’s table or a table for two for an intimate and private degustation dining experience. The next big surprise is there’s no bill at the end, as the chef’s table is included in your fare with an option to upgrade the wine pairing from the included regular wines to more expensive vintages. Menus change several times during most cruises and can range from Asian to Italian to regional fare showcasing the region you’re travelling in, like the Caribbean, Scandinavia or Britain. Depending on the menu, you could be sampling Peking duck, reindeer consommé, a Mexican chocolate dessert or tuna tataki.

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Chef’s Table dining room on Viking Star

Queens Grill

Queens Grill With tradition as its foundation, the Queens Grill has been a signature Cunard restaurant for well-to-do guests since the 1940s, with movie stars and royalty regularly seen gracing its elegant tables. The privilege of eating breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Queens Grill is only available to those staying in the ship’s most expensive accommodation on the line’s ships like Queen Elizabeth. Passengers get their own special table for the duration of their cruise and dine on classic dishes such as lobster thermidor or rack of lamb, followed by desserts like lemon and lavender cake. An afternoon tea fit for princes and princesses is served daily in the Grills Lounge next to the Queens Grill restaurant.

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Dr Tiana Templeman is an award-winning food and travel journalist, travel author and media industry academic. She is the creator of The Travel Temple, writes for Australian and international media outlets and appears on radio talking about where to go, what to see and travel industry trends.