The Anthem of the Seas cruise ship has 18 dining venues for its 4,180 guests. This Royal Caribbean cruise ship's galley team works 24 hours a day, with 247 chefs, 18 bakers, and over 60 galley stewards. Including the guests and all the crew, the 27 galleys serve 55,000-75,000 meals each day. That's a lot of dirty dishes for the dishwashers to handle every day!
Since most cruise travelers are only on the ship for seven days, choosing where to eat might be difficult. The cruise ship has three different types of restaurants, and they are spread all over the ship.
Overview of the Dining Options
These five restaurants represent the traditional main dining room on the Anthem of the Seas. Cruise travelers are not assigned to one of these dining venues but can try all four, each with a different cuisine and menu. There is no extra surcharge, but reservations are requested. Gluten-free, lactose-free, and vegetarian options are available at all of these restaurants.
- The Grande
- American Icon Grill
- Casual Kitchen - This seafood venue is open exclusively to suite guests.
These eight casual restaurants enable guests to dine 24-hours a day and do not require a reservation. Most of these provide seating but are casual and the food is served either buffet style or takeaway. Those with an extra a la carte surcharge are noted.
- The Cafe@Two70 - Gourmet takeaway food
- Cafe Promenade - Coffees, snacks, and pastries in the morning and sandwiches and cookies throughout the day and night.
- La Patisserie - French coffeehouse and pastry shop. Extra surcharge.
- Michael's Genuine Pub - Traditional pub fare and craft beers from award-winning chef Michael Schwartz. Extra surcharge.
- Sorrento's - A Royal Caribbean favorite with New York-style pizza
- Johnny Rockets - A classic diner with poolside burgers, fries, and shakes. Extra surcharge.
- Windjammer Marketplace - Anthem of the Seas largest venue, with many different stations serving food from around the world. The Windjammer replaces the traditional buffet.
- SeaPlex Dog House -Traditional hot dogs, bratwurst, and sausages, with a variety of toppings.
These five specialty restaurants are perfect for a birthday or anniversary celebration or just a special, memorable meal with a special person or a special group of friends. Each of these has an extra surcharge.
- Chops Grille
- Izumi Japanese Cuisine
- Jamie's Italian Restaurant
- Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine
- Prime Table @ Chops Grille
The Chic Restaurant is one of the Dynamic Dining venues on the Anthem of the Seas. Open for dinner with a smart casual dress code, the decor is definitely modern, with white leather chairs that have mesh metal skirts. Very fun. This contemporary venue has a new, modern menu, and the plating is interesting and less traditional.
Appetizers include such favorites as prawn cocktail, beef carpaccio, crab cakes, pate with toast points, and a variety of salads. Main courses include sea bass, prime rib, salmon, pasta primavera, rack of lamb, onion-crusted chicken, and shrimp scampi. Vegetarian options include a vegetable shepherd's pie or an assorted vegetable plate. Desserts include pannacotta, ice cream, dark chocolate tart, and carrot cake.
The Grande Restaurant
The Grande Restaurant on the Anthem of the Seas is the cruise ship's most formal dining room. As one of the Dynamic Dining venues, it is very similar to a traditional cruise ship dining venue, with a sophisticated, glamorous decor. The dress code is formal, but jackets for men (not tuxedos) and dressy attire for women is acceptable.
The food at Chic may be clean and contemporary, but the cuisine at The Grande is more traditional. Appetizers include French onion soup, lobster bisque, shrimp cocktail, escargot, mushroom risotto, and a variety of salads. Main courses include duck, lemon sole, lamb shank, pasta alfredo, strip steak, and lobster. Desserts include molten lava chocolate cake, German chocolate cake, cheesecake, and a tart.
American Icon Restaurant
The American Icon Restaurant specializes in traditional American comfort food. The dress is smart casual at dinner and is the only Dynamic Dining restaurant open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The decor is comfortable, and a large map of the USA greets guests at the door.
The menu includes iconic items from across the USA such as appetizers like New England clam chowder, Idaho potato pancakes, and Maryland crab cakes. The main courses continue the theme with American Thanksgiving dinner (turkey and dressing), Atlantic salmon, Nebraska short ribs, and Manhattan strip steak. Desserts such as New Orleans style French beignets with espresso sauce, apple pie, or grilled banana sundae complete the American experience.
Silk is the cruise ship's Asian restaurant. The dress code is smart casual, and Silk is open for dinner only. It's a spectacular venue, with lots of reds and golds, and more dramatic than the other three Dynamic Dining venues that have more white and earth tones.
The Silk menu appetizers include Vietnamese tacos, green papaya salad, Szechuan style pork short ribs, aloo chana chaat, and onion bhaji. The main courses include items like lamb shank madras, Vietnamese sea bass, vegetable curry, chicken tikka masala, and Asian-style duck. Tandoori ananas and Indian milk ice cream are two of the Asian theme desserts.
The Cafe @Two70 is aft on deck 5 next to the Two70 lounge on the Anthem of the Seas. This casual complimentary cafe is a gourmet takeaway spot where all selections are bagged, so guests can take them anywhere on the ship and enjoy their own picnic. The Cafe @Two70 specializes in fresh salads, paninis, and soups for lunch and dinner, but is also open for breakfast.
Unlike the Dynamic Dining or the specialty restaurants, reservations are not required at any of the casual restaurants.
The Wonderland specialty restaurant is located mid-ship on deck 5, quirky, and looks much like a restaurant you might imagine would exist in a magical world down a rabbit hole. It's worth peeking in, even if you don't have dinner there.
This intimate, 62-seat venue defines foods by element rather than course. The dishes are classified as one of six "elements"--sun, sea, ice, earth, fire, and dreams. Items like liquid lobster, crispy crab cones, terroir beef, duck liver fritter, and baked Alaska all sound tempting.
The dress code at Wonderland is smart casual.
Izumi is the Anthem of the Seas's Japanese specialty restaurant and is located forward on deck 5. This venue is also found on the Oasis-class and other Quantum-class ships. Anyone who likes to have their sushi fix should enjoy Izumi. A surcharge applies, and the dress code is smart casual. Izumi is open for lunch and dinner.
The meals start with edamame and miso soup, followed by a good selection of sushi, sashimi, hot and cold appetizers, main courses, and desserts. Shrimp and vegetable tempura, ahi and albacore tataki salad, soups, and noodle dishes should be attractive to those who don't care for sushi.
Jamie's Italian Restaurant
Jamie's Italian Restaurant is named for British chef Jamie Oliver, who was involved in the menu design and flavors. Jamie's is a casual venue open for lunch and dinner and is located just off The Via on deck 5.
The menu at Jamie's features bread & olives, starters like crispy squid or spiced chicken wings, planks of seasonal vegetables and cured meats, pasta and risotto, and main courses like Jamie's slow-cooked pork belly, grilled eggplant, and Jamie's Italian burger.
Chops Grille is Royal Caribbean's hallmark steakhouse specialty restaurant. Dry aged steaks, lobster, and veal Parmesan are among the more popular main courses. In addition, offerings like three-cheese roasted onion soup, forest mushroom soup, and Caesar salad are also cruise favorites.
Chops Grille is located on deck 5 forward near the Schooner Bar on the Anthem of the Seas.