Food is such an important part of any vacation, and cruises are no exception. In fact, great onboard dining is something Royal Caribbean excels at. The cruise line is constantly introducing new specialty restaurants and onboard dining concepts, all while fine-tuning existing guest favorites on each of its award-winning ships. That said, when it comes to onboard dining, Allure of the Seas is a top-rated ship among foodies. You’ll find it all here, from fast-casual spots like El Loco Fresh, Portside BBQ, and Sorrento’s, to elevated options like Izumi Hibachi & Sushi, Chef’s Table, and 150 Central Park, where each course is a work of art. Though it’s just a sampling of the many amazing dining options onboard Allure of the Seas, we’ve rounded up 10 must-try restaurants that every foodie will love.
Open around the clock, Café Promenade is your go-to spot for delicious coffee and breakfast pastries, deli-style sandwiches and wraps, hits-the-spot tapas and shareable antipasti, and plenty of incredible desserts. Casual, convenient and complimentary, this all-day café is the perfect pit stop for tasty snacks in between onboard adventures. Start your day with a warm and decadent cinnamon bun, refuel in between activities with a flavorful chicken roti wrap, or satisfy your sweet tooth with an assortment of chewy chocolate Mudpies or fresh-baked cookies.
A staple on nearly every Royal Caribbean ship, Chops Grille has maintained a reputation as one of guests’ favorite specialty restaurants for more than decade. Master chefs at this classic steakhouse concept expertly prepare prime meat and tender hand-cut steaks alongside other tantalizing dishes like Maine lobster, grilled branzino, and succulent roast chicken. Combine all that with an impressive wine list and world-class white tablecloth service, and you’ve got a recipe for the perfect elevated night out.
You don’t need to travel to Chicago, New York or Frankfurt to enjoy a killer hot dog. Royal Caribbean brings the street food flavor from all these culinary capitals onboard Allure of the Seas at Dog House, a casual counter that specializes in gourmet, too-good-to-have-just-one hot dogs. Choose from sausages inspired by cities around the world — like the classic Coney Island Dog made with American beef, and the mouthwatering Big Apple made with chicken sausage and served in a parmesan and cheddar baguette.
There is such a thing as the perfect slice of pizza, and you’ll find it at Sorrento’s — a mainstay on most Royal Caribbean ships, including Allure of the Seas. This casual pizzeria at sea serves top-notch pies layered with fresh mozzarella and rich, tangy tomato sauce infused with just a hint of sweetness — all complimentary. Choose from classics, like cheese and Margherita, or change things up with a slice of the meat-loaded Carnivore or the pineapple-, bacon- and BBQ-layered Caribbean Dream.
Craving great Asian cuisine? Head to Izumi Hibachi & Sushi for a Far East feast unlike any other at sea. Delicious hand-rolled sushi, izakaya-style appetizers, and dazzling culinary displays by a chef working right at your table have made this smart-casual specialty restaurant a fleet-wide favorite. Whether you’re planning date night or a family dinner during your cruise vacation, Izumi checks all the boxes for an unforgettable onboard dining experience.
Located in breezy tree-lined Central Park, the Park Cafe specializes in deli eats that pack in plenty of flavor. Choose from crisp made-to-order salads, fresh-pressed paninis and loaded sandwiches — like the guest-favorite “Kummelweck,” stuffed with delicious roast beef.
This down-home Italian specialty restaurant Giovanni’s table offers a truly authentic taste of the Old World. Guests rave about the house focaccia, baked to perfection and served with olives, marinated artichokes and pesto. And the pasta dishes here are no joke — whether you go for a plate of pappardelle with savory pancetta and rich radicchio cream, or a traditional oven-baked lasagna overflowing with hearty meat sauce, each bite will have you saying “mama mia!” Want to pair your meal with some vino? Ask a somm on staff for recommendations from the restaurant’s extensive wine list.
Every Royal Caribbean ship — including Allure of the Seas — has a Windjammer onboard. This complimentary fan-favorite buffet offers breakfast, lunch and dinner via stations that highlight rotating flavors and cuisines from around the world. From pressed paninis and crisp salads, to grilled steaks, hand-carved meat, hearty pasta and fresh seafood, Windjammer offers something delicious for everyone. If you have a sweet tooth, definitely save room for a trip to the dessert station and the famous chocolate fountain.
No cruise vacation with Royal Caribbean is complete without a meal in the Main Dining Room, one of the best-known onboard dining options across the fleet. This elegant, multi-level space serves breakfast and lunch, but dinner is the main event. Because the menu changes every evening, you can dine here every night without repeating a single dish. Feast on braised beef short rib and Maryland-style crab cakes one evening, and tender prime rib the next. The best part? It’s all complimentary.
If you’re looking for the ultimate foodie experience, Chef’s Table should top your list of onboard dining experiences to try. One of the most sought-after reservations on Allure of the Seas, this intimate and elevated specialty dining experience is the definition of “exclusive.” If you can score a seat at the table, you’ll join a VIP group of fellow culinary connoisseurs on a five-star, five-course journey curated by the ship’s Chef de Cuisine. Each course comes paired with a premium wine selected by an expert sommelier.