The Royal Caribbean Oasis-class is by our favorite, and this includes the fabulous Harmony of the Seas. As one of the largest cruise ships in the world, Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas now sails out of Port Canaveral, less than an hour away from Orlando! As with all ships in the Oasis-class, Harmony of the Seas offers an overwhelming amount of dining options. On this mega-ship, you will find a host of complimentary restaurants as well as paid specialty venues that vary in price and food styles. There is, without a doubt, something for everyone.
On a seven day cruise, we typically eat in the main dining room for dinner 3-4 nights and dine at various specialty restaurants or Coastal Kitchen for the remaining nights. We find that this provides a great variety and experience throughout the cruise. The complimentary dining is good and plentiful, but I encourage you to try a few of the specialty restaurants as well. Royal Caribbean now offers specialty dining packages where you can try out multiple restaurants for very reduced prices.
You can find the restaurants and most menus on the Royal Caribbean website BUT if you’re anything like me, you need to be a little more information, especially if you will be sailing Harmony of the Seas for the first time. Hopefully, this overview will give you a little more insight into the wonderful restaurant varieties on the Harmony.
Main Dining Room
You can find breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the main dining room, which consists of three levels: American Icon on deck three, The Grande on deck four and Silk on deck five. Each level is uniquely decorated and themed, but the menu is the same on each floor. Your dining room assignment will be printed on your SeaPass card. For My Time Dining guests, reservations are accepted and recommended but aren’t necessary. You can find the menus for each night on the electronic menu board at the entrance of each restaurant or on your in-room TV. This is where you will find “lobster night” often called the Fisherman’s Feast. On a seven day cruise, this is typically on the second formal night or night five.
As a tip, for breakfast, skip the hectic Windjammer and head to the main dining room for a la carte, breakfast buffet or both!
Located on deck 16, the Windjammer is the primary buffet and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For breakfast you will find a wide variety of breakfast staples including a made-to-order fried egg station. On Harmony of the Seas the egg station is located in the back, and it is easy to miss if you don’t already know it is there! For dinner, you will find a wide selection in addition to nightly themed stations. Even if you pop in for a post (or pre!) dinner dessert, don’t miss the amazing Chocolate night! Verify with the staff, but it is typically on night six.
Park Cafe is located on deck 8 in Central Park and is open for breakfast, lunch and through most of the afternoon. Park Cafe is not open for dinner. For breakfast, the quick service restaurant features oatmeal, breakfast burritos, paninis, cereal, and a bagel bar. For lunch, you will typically find two varieties of soup, hot and cold sandwiches, a made-to-order salad bar, and the famous hot roast beef sandwich. Park Cafe is a counter service restaurant and seating is available indoors, on the outdoor patio, or at the many tables throughout Central Park.
Boardwalk Dog House
Boardwalk Dog House is located on deck 6 on the Boardwalk and features four styles of hot dogs and toppings. This is a great alternative for a quick snack or lunch.
During the evening the Solarium Bistro is a Mediterranean inspired restaurant with sparkly lights and a romantic setting, but for breakfast and lunch it is a great buffet specializing in healthy and fresh foods. There are two stations – a cold station where you will find salad, cheeses and breads, and a hot station, which rotates daily, and includes a variety of meat and veggie dishes. The main dining area offers many seating options and overlooks the adults-only Solarium. Although it doesn’t offer as much variety, the Solarium Bistro is a great alternative to the sometimes hectic Windjammer.
As a tip – the Solarium Bistro is one of the most overlooked restaurants for dinner. The food and atmosphere are great and best of all; it’s free!
Located on deck 15 by the sports deck, Small Bites is a self-serve restaurant offering hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries, nachos, and desserts. For breakfast, you will find made-to-order omelets. The hours vary, but on most days, Small Bites closes by 6:00 pm. Tables are located in the outdoor seating area, and benches can be found along the corridor in front of the restaurant.
Located on deck 5 in the Promenade, Sorrento’s serves pizza until wee hours of the night. Sorrento’s is typically open until 2:00 – 3:00 am, and during most times, you will find a selection of 3-4 styles of pizza served by the slice. You can also request a whole pizza made to order. Seating is plentiful in their open dining area.
Looking for a snack at 4:00 am? Cafe Promenade is open 24 hours and offers 3-4 cold sandwiches and small desserts. You will also find a coffee and tea station as well as paid specialty coffee.
At Vitality Spa, you can find a few healthy items such as fruit cups and yogurts at a quick-service walk-up window. You may also purchase healthy smoothies.
Coastal Kitchen – Suite Guests only
Coastal Kitchen is the 17th deck complimentary restaurant for suite guests. For dinner, Junior Suite guests may access Coastal Kitchen but not for breakfast and lunch. The menu changes nightly and features a variety of appetizers, entrees, and desserts. The atmosphere is wonderful, and we have always encountered great service. If you are staying in a suite, I highly encourage you to check it out. Reservations are not required but are recommended.
Found on many ships throughout the fleet, Chops Grille is Royal Caribbean’s staple steakhouse. With the per person surcharge, you may order as many appetizers, entrees, and desserts as you please. Most steak varieties, including Filet Mignon and Ribeye, are available as well as fish and seafood options. Chops Grille is located in Central Park and provides a great setting and atmosphere. You can choose to sit inside, in the intimate dining room, or outside on the lanai in the middle of Central Park. Whichever you choose, you can expect a great meal. As a note, we have found that the outdoor lanai gets very stuffy during the summer months, but it provides a great atmosphere and setting.
Jamie’s Italian has replaced Giovanni’s Table, the Italian restaurant that you will find on many Royal Caribbean ships. The ambiance is casual, the food is plentiful, and best yet, the pasta is made in-house. We found that that the appetizer portions were small, but they were delicious, and you can order as many as you would like. We were encouraged by our server to order more and glad we did. A piece of advice is to save room for dessert!
In my opinion, Wonderland is the most beautiful restaurant on the ship. Yes, the menu is far fetched and a little scary for some, but you will find a unique experience that you typically won’t find in most land-based restaurants. Wonderland focuses on five areas: sun, ice, fire, sea, and earth. Within these groups, you will find specialties such as Buffalo Chicken Eggs, Berkshire Pork Belly, and Reconstructed Caprese. If you ware looking for an experience – not just dinner, then give Wonderland a try.
150 Central Park
With a unique culinary menu, it is hard to go wrong with 150 Central Park. The restaurant is beautiful, the service is great, and the food is delicious. Specializing in fresh farm-to-table dishes, 150 Central Park features a beautiful and relaxing dining room. My favorite part of the meal is the beginning, where you are served bread with different varieties of sea salt. There is a possibility that the menu will change halfway through the sailing, so it is a good idea to check when you board.
Sabor has been a favorite of ours since it was introduced on the Oasis after replacing a sub-par seafood shack. Royal Caribbean has recently changed the pricing structure from a per dish charge to a flat per person charge, but that hasn’t deterred us from visiting. For one, we love the location. Set on the Boardwalk in an open dining room atmosphere, it is lively and provides a great spot for people-watching. Second, the food is absolutely delicious. The made-to-order guacamole is a must, and the tacos and quesadillas are both delicious. Sabor is open for lunch on embarkation day and is usually the first place that we go after boarding. We avoid the overwhelming Windjammer, sip our margaritas, and watch everyone’s faces as they experience the magnificent Harmony for the first time. We can’t think of a better way to begin our week.
Izumi serves as two restaurants in one. On one side you have a full sushi restaurant and on the other a hibachi restaurant. We have found that the sushi has consistently been fresh with a nice selection. The hibachi side is small but lively. Here you will experience a show at your table as your food is prepared in front of you. We have frequently dined at Izumi on other Oasis-class ships and find the prices are similar to land-based sushi and hibachi-style restaurants.
Reservations are highly recommended for the hibachi dining experience.
Johnny Rockets is located on the Boardwalk and is similar to the land-based restaurant. For a reasonable flat fee you receive an entree, side, and soda. You also have the option to purchase milk shakes. One note is that Johnny Rockets is also a great breakfast option and it’s complimentary!
Tucked in the corner of Central Park is Vintages. The quaint and cozy wine bar not only offers a vast selection of wines, but it also features small bites. It’s perfect for a before or after dinner snack, and the atmosphere is hard to beat. One of our favorite post-dinner activities is to grab an outside bistro table, enjoy a glass of wine, and listen to the live Central Park music.
Although we haven’t visited the Chef’s Table on Harmony of the Seas, we have on other ships and thoroughly enjoyed it. The food was delicious, and we tried dishes that we would never have thought of ordering. The Chef’s Table on the Harmony of the Seas is set in the Coastal Kitchen dining, so, in my opinion, it isn’t as private or elite as it is on other ships. Wine is included in the dinner price, which is a great benefit if you don’t have the beverage package.
Starbucks isn’t technically a restaurant, but since it is a full Starbucks store, you will find the typical pastry and goodies as well as the full drink menu. This popular coffee shop is located on the Boardwalk on Deck 6.
Room Service is available 24 hours and, with the exception of breakfast, incurs a small fee. The Royal Caribbean room service menu features items such as pizza, hamburgers, salads, and desserts.