If you are taking a cruise with Celebrity you may be wondering what the food will be like. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are all included at no extra cost on a Celebrity cruise.
I have just disembarked a cruise on the Celebrity Edge, and in this post, we will look at everything I ate in the main dining room, buffet and in some Speciality restaurants. Menus are also provided.
I took my first Celebrity cruise in 2019, and I have always found their food quality to be excellent.
There are Four Main Dining Rooms – All Food In These Restaurants Is Included In Your Cruise Fare
There are four main dining rooms on the Celebrity Edge, all of which have their own theme.
As well as serving the standard selection of food in each restaurant, they have a couple of regional dishes specific to that restaurant’s theme. The themes are French, Italian, Mediterranean and American.
You can book the restaurants via the celebrity App when you wish to have your dinner. It is quick and easy to do.
- Normandie Restaurant features contemporary French cuisine as well as the standard Celebrity Cruise ship menu.
- Mediterranean food is served here. The regional dishes on the menu’s main focus is mostly on seafood -but there are plenty of other dishes if you aren’t a fish lover.
- There are lots of Greek-style salads, and we enjoyed some amazing “Saganaki” (fried cheese, pictured below)
Italian cuisine inspired by authentic southern Italian eateries is served here. The pastas are all “homemade” and, according to Celebrity are “prepared with a rustic flare.”
- This is the only main restaurant I didn’t get to try whilst onboard.
- Celebrity describe the food as being “Creative cuisine with new American with global influences.”
We never found any of the main restaurants open for lunch, even on sea days. This meant the only included lunch options were to get food from the buffet, or Mast poolside grill.
Oceanview Cafe Buffet
This buffet, found on deck 14, is always open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
It offers a wide range of hot and cold dishes, and there is lots of wonderful bread, all made freshly onboard.
There is a daily feature food station. One day when we were there, there was a British Day, serving Fish and Chips, “Bangers and Mash” (Sausages and Mash!) and Guinness and Steak Pies.
On other days there were Indian dishes, Mexican, French – all sorts.
The buffet on Celebrity Edge was undoubtedly one of the best I have ever been to.
Tucked away at one end is an ice cream counter, serving a variety of Ice Cream and Sorbets, most of which don’t cost extra.
For some reason, one of the flavours was at an extra charge – and was clearly marked as such. I am not sure why.
As I didn’t have a drinks package, it was lovely to see juices offered at breakfast and other fruit drinks and lemonade offered throughout the day.
As with most other cruise ship buffets, tea coffee and water were available whenever the buffet was open.
Mast Poolside Grill
As with most cruise ships, there is a poolside grill serving a variety of burgers, hot dogs, and Chips/Fries.
There is also a self-service cold drinks machine and a soft-serve Ice Cream Machine.
My veggie burger was cooked to order for me at the Mast Grill.
Cafe El Bacio
This cafe serves a wide selection of teas and coffee – at an extra charge. However, all the cookies and cakes here were free! I regularly came by, to see which cookies were available.
Speciality Restaurants That I Tried
I was invited by Celebrity to try the following two speciality restaurants. I did not pay for the cover charge. All opinions are my own.
Rooftop Garden Grill
Open for both lunch and dinner, with a menu described by Celebrity as:
Our drinks were served in jam jars / Kilner jars with handles – which I thought was an amusing touch!
You can enjoy dinner under the stars at the Roof Top Grill. It is positioned in its own corner of the Rooftop Garden.
The rooftop garden itself was a favourite of mine, with wonderful plants and foliage – and even its own (live) lizard hiding amongst the plants.
The cover charge for the Roof Top Grill is around $65 at the time of writing.
Situated at the back of the ship, this restaurant gives you wonderful views of the wake. Celebrity says:
I must give Celebrity full credit here, the three-level space that makes up Eden is absolutely STUNNING! It is hard to believe that they could design a space like this on a cruise ship at all.
I was totally wowed.
There is a cover charge of around $65 per person for the standard menu and around $100 for the seven-course tasting menu.
All of these dishes were on the main menu.
Breakfast at Eden
Eden also has a small cafe that opens for breakfast. Breakfast food is free, but the cafe is only open for a couple of hours, and shuts quite early – I only made breakfast here once.
Most food is cooked to order.
Breakfast In the Eden Cafe does not have a cover charge.
Other Speciality Restaurants Onboard That I Didn’t Try – Additional Charges Apply to All.
Fine Cut Steakhouse
Celebrity describes this as an “upscale steak and seafood experience where service is elevated to an art form”
The Fine Cut Steakhouse serves a variety of steaks, seafood, and Lobster
Expect to pay a cover charge of around $55 per person – and if you want to add an additional main course, an additional $20 will be added to your bill.
Le Grand Bistro
Le Grand Bistro is Inspired by classic French bistros. Celebrity say
There is a planter-edged sidewalk and an inner café, giving wonderful views of the sea.
Menus include steak, trout, chicken and wild mushroom tart.
In addition to this, there is a “plats du jour” offered. This is a different set dish for every day of the week – like Coq Au Vin, Lamb Shank Bourguignon to seafood dishes.
Expect to pay a service charge of around $30, slightly less for their lunch or breakfast menus.
Le Petit Chef
On Celebrity Edge, you will find a very unique, animated dining experience called “Le Petit Chef”.”
This speciality dining restaurant features an immersive and visual dinner where an animated chef is projected on the table from above.
You watch him preparing each course.
Understandably this means the menu is reasonably limited. When I tried this restaurant on Celebrity Silhouette, the animated chef was catching and preparing Lobster – which is something I would never eat!
It wasn’t a problem, it just meant my finished dish didn’t match the animation like everyone else’s did.
Expect to pay around $65 per person for this restaurant.
Raw on 5
The display at the entrance of the restaurant showcases a display of oysters, crabs, and lobsters that you can choose from.
Their menu is also available at the Magic Carpet when it is positioned on deck 5 Then it features more casual offerings like Shrimp Salad, Lobster Roll and sushi and sashimi.
Expect to pay up to $75 per person, depending on what you choose from the menu.
Dinner on the Edge
This is the amazing pop-up restaurant on the Celebrity Edge’s “Magic Carpet.”
You can’t book this restaurant before you board the cruise, reservations have to be made once onboard.
It serves a three-course meal, including steak, Lobster, fish etc.
The cover charge for this at the time of writing is $129 per person – but the views as the sun sets must be stunning!
As a budget-conscious cruiser, I decided to give the “Dinner on the Edge” speciality restaurant a miss.
To learn all about Celebrity’s unique Magic Carpet, watch this video next – it explains all!
Before You Go!
Do you want to compare Celebrity’s food to that of a less luxurious Cruise Line? I took a really cheap cruise on the Italian mega-ship Costa Smeralda. The food was of good quality, the menu was mostly Mediterranean.
To find out exactly what I ate on that cruise, click here:
Compare this to the food served on America’s biggest cruise line, Carnival. The menu was very different from Costa’s!
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