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Guide To The Best Cruise Restaurants Onboard Wonder Of The Seas

The Oasis Class ship offers plenty of delicious cruise dining options to please even the pickiest eaters.

By Amanda Mesa | Published on March 17, 2022

Royal Caribbean has a longstanding reputation for offering some of the best cruise dining in the industry. From fast-casual cafes and deli-style countertops that serve up delicious dishes in minutes, to the top fine-dining cruise restaurants complete with white-tablecloth service and unparalleled attention to detail, the cruise line’s collection of onboard eateries checks all the boxes for unforgettable dining experiences.

Wonder of the Seas® offers all kinds of great cruise dining options for any craving or occasion, including fleet favorites like Izumi Hibachi & Sushi, Giovanni’s℠ Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar, Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine and El Loco Fresh®. That’s in addition to the southern inspired standout called The Mason Jar℠ Southern Restaurant & Bar. Whether you’re craving authentic Far East specialties, a taste of Italy, New England-style seafood or homestyle comfort foods from the Deep South, you’re always in for plenty of flavor when you dine onboard Wonder of the Seas. Here’s a quick guide to some of the best cruise restaurants to try during your getaway.

The Mason Jar Southern Restaurant & Bar

Get ready for some real southern eats. Making its debut onboard Wonder of the Seas, The Mason Jar reimagines Low Country classics, bold Bayou favorites and BBQ rubbed and brushed with tangy, smoky spices and sauces. Brunch at this specialty dining option is a must — it spotlights soul-soothing plates like breakfast biscuits with sausage gravy, cheddar and bacon-onion jam and decadent, melt-in-your-mouth cinnamon rolls. Or drop by for supper and dig in to buttermilk-brined, golden-fried chicken and waffles, fluffy crab beignets and rich lobster and crawfish gumbo. The perfect pairing for every bite? A light and refreshing spiked peach tea.

Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine

Dishes take on entirely new dimensions at this Royal Caribbean icon. The experience begins with a “magical” menu that comes to life at the stroke of a paintbrush dipped in water. Each item that appears is designed to tease your eyes as well as tantalize your taste buds. Guest favorites include crispy crab cones topped with frothy avocado mousse, gazpacho paired with cloud-like bread foam, and desserts as jaw-droppingly beautiful as they are delicious. If you’re craving a cocktail to go with dinner, you’re in for a treat. Each “elixir” on the drink menu is equally wow-worthy and crafted to engage all your senses. 

Hooked Seafood℠

When you’re surrounded by the beautiful, sapphire-blue sea, nothing hits the spot quite like some amazing seafood. This is where Hooked Seafood takes the top spot. The menu at this much-loved specialty restaurant is all about fresh coastal flavors and dishes that will spirit you away to the rocky, windswept shores of New England. You’ll love the crispy golden Maryland crab cakes, fluffy rolls loaded with tender Maine lobster, premium just-shucked oysters and drunken mussels tossed in hearty marinara or savory white-wine garlic sauce. Whatever you order, make sure you save room for dessert — the coconut cream pie here is legendary.

Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar

For an intimate date night or family dinner, nothing beats Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar. Another guest favorite and fleetwide specialty dining staple, it’s one of the best cruise restaurants within the Royal Caribbean collection. Plump meatballs in Sardinian-style sauce, savory osso buco served over saffron risotto, hand-tossed pizzas made to order and truffled burrata served over tender arugula — the menu here is a love letter to Italy. And the wine list is just as impressive, encompassing all kinds of classic and unique options from Sangiovese to Super Tuscan. Ask one of the sommeliers on staff to suggest a pairing or order an old favorite. Then wrap up your meal with a little amaro and a slice of homestyle tiramisu.

Izumi Hibachi & Sushi

Dinner always dazzles at this Royal Caribbean mainstay — hands-down one of the best-loved specialty dining cruise restaurants onboard Wonder of the Seas. You’ll enjoy an extensive menu of sushi rolls, both traditional and imaginative, as well as all kinds of delicious Asian-inspired appetizers. Hot sides and selections from the teppanyaki menu are cooked by an expert chef right at your table — think sea scallops, beef tenderloin, teriyaki chicken breast, NY steak and more. Each comes paired with complimentary starters like fluffy vegetable fried rice, crisp green salad with tangy ginger dressing and your choice of dessert.

El Loco Fresh

Looking for something quick yet crave-worthy? El Loco Fresh offers some of the best fast-casual cruise food onboard right on the top deck next to Wonder Dunes mini golf. Start your morning here with a hearty breakfast burrito or breakfast quesadilla, or opt for a Tex-Mex twist on traditional scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausage and bacon. From noon until 6 p.m., it’s all about mouthwatering Mexican staples like savory tacos and burritos, loaded nachos and delicious sauces to go with every bite. Dessert also scores brownie points — so to speak. Opt for a creamy chocolate dulce leche, a decadent Mexican flan or a light and airy tres leches cake. Did we mention every bite is included in your cruise fare?

150 Central Park

Those looking to dial date night way, way up should make a reservation at 150 Central Park. Located in the ship’s beautiful Central Park neighborhood, it is well-known as one of the best restaurants onboard, offering standout specialty dining experiences while presenting elevated dishes crafted around ingredients harvested at the peak of the season. Guests can indulge in options like crispy Berkshire pork belly served over parsnip puree, braised short ribs paired with creamy mascarpone polenta, seared duck served with juicy poached pears and pan-seared halibut in a rich saffron and truffle hollandaise. Dessert is just as impressive — the fried cheesecake and peanut butter chocolate tart are rich and satisfying bestsellers.

Solarium Bistro & Restaurant

The Solarium onboard Royal Caribbean ships is best known as the spot for adults to unwind and soak up the sun — or snooze in the shade. But on some ships, like Wonder of the Seas, it’s also a go-to for delicious buffet-style dining. The food stations at Solarium Bistro and Restaurant all nod to Mediterranean flavors during breakfast, lunch, and dinner — like warm, toasted pita bread, homemade tzatziki, and baba ghanoush, tender lamb chops with cool mint jus and sweet loukoumades dipped in honey. What’s more, every dish is included in your cruise fare.

Park Cafe

Wonder of the Seas takes deli bites to a new level at Park Cafe, located in Central Park. It’s an Oasis Class staple when it comes to crisp made-to-order salads, fresh-pressed paninis, flavorful soups, tasty sweet treats and of course, the legendary Royal Kümmelweck roast beef sandwich. Ask any longtime Royal Caribbean cruiser — trying one is a rite of passage. Park Cafe serves grab-and-go goodness and bistro classics during breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Main Dining Room

No cruise getaway is complete without at least one night in the Main Dining Room. Evening meals here are lavish, taste bud-tempting affairs, complete with five-star service from staff that quickly come to feel like friends. Dinner unfolds like a culinary tour around the world, and you’ll find new dishes on offer every night. Whether you’re craving savory duck terrine layered with apricot chutney, Moroccan spiced ahi tuna served on a bed of refreshing mint couscous or mojo-marinated bone-in pork loin in a cumin-citrus reduction, delicious is always on the menu and it’s always complimentary. 

Feeling hungry yet? Us, too — and these are just ten of the best cruise restaurants onboard Wonder of the Seas. For more of the best cruise foods there’s also perfection by the slice at Sorrento’s Pizza, destination-inspired hot dogs at Dog House, contemporary steakhouse classics at Chops Grille℠ and so much more. Here’s a pro tip — to savor every flavor onboard, opt for a specialty dining and drink package during your Wonder of the Seas cruise. Bon appétit. 


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