Specialty Restaurants

Do you ever request menus before making a reservation at a specialty restaurants?  Or do you find out which nights are formal and then decide on your reservation?

Tags: Reservations for Specialty Restaurants

18 Answers

We just make our reservations and show up. I know the food will be good in most of these restaurants. I would have said all the restaurants, but the Italian place on NCL isn't that good. To us anyway. But we live in NY. You can't throw a rock without hitting an Italian restaurant ( or two ).

Not only that but the NY Italian restaurants are great and hard to beat. Thanks for replying.

I've never bothered with the specialty restaurants. The MDR is plenty good for me. 9of course I live in Mexico del Norte (South Texas) where there is a notable lack of good restaurants. Fine dining here means either Olive Garden or Texas Roadhouse.)

I will look at the posted menu outside of most of the restaurants. Then I make my reservations.

No, we don't request menus, we just make reservations. A steak and chop house is pretty easy to anticipate the menu choices, right? We figure there will be at least a couple things we are going to like. We usually make reservations for "at sea" days. It changes things up a bit. Also, we find that it is easier to get reservations in the specialty restaurants on formal nights.

I will only do one or two specialty dinners on a week long cruise. Most of the time it is the Steak House. I have never booked a specialty before being on the ship. I typically see what night the MDR menu is nothing great and then go get a steak.

On NCL I eat in the specialty dining more because of the lack of service and poor food in the MDR. NCL has the French dining that is excellent, the Steak House is good and the Sushi is good.

We always check the menus for all restaurants. On NCL Dawn the Italian is not great, but we returned to Boston and found the Best Italian Place ever.....

I feel your pain.

I too usually only go to the MDR. I wanted to know if those who go to the specialty restaurant miss out on formal night In the MDR or do they check ahead first. Once our group had to miss formal night because it was the only time the restaurant could accommodate our numbers.

Thanks, this is what I wanted to know. I don't want to miss a formal night because I reserved a speciality restaurant. Nor do I want to miss out on a good meal in the MDR.

Hubby always made the reservations, so I don't know whether or not he looked at the menus first. They were for special occasions (anniversary, birthday).


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