The Norwegian Escape cruise ship of Norwegian Cruise Line has 28 diverse dining options for its guests to choose from each meal. These dining options vary by cuisine, ambiance, and price. Although 10 of the dining venues have either an extra fixed-fee surcharge or are a la carte, 8 are included in the basic fare. The other dining spots are take-away, casual, or a la carte treats. This nice mix of dining venues enables those who love to try many different things to be adventurous while not upsetting those who are perfectly happy choosing from the complimentary restaurants.
Although most restaurants ashore are a la carte, having most of the specialty restaurants with an a la carte menu is a new concept for cruise ships. This type of menu has good and bad features. Those who don't eat much will not spend as much as they would at a fixed surcharge restaurant, but those who do eat a lot (or who like to try several different things) might run up a larger bill than they expected.
Let's take a look at some of the dining venues on the Norwegian Escape, starting with those new to the cruise line.
Norwegian Escape Cruise Ship Dining - Bayamo Restaurant and More
Bayamo Restaurant seen in the photo above is a new venue for Norwegian. It is the first restaurant on a cruise ship from James Beard award-winning Iron Chef Jose Garces. The Latin menu includes many seafood items, is a la carte, and includes such tasty items as Ecuadorian-style ceviche, tuna with watermelon sauce and black sesame seeds, camarones al ajillo (shrimp with garlic sauce), Wagyu sirloin, and a sampler of ice creams and sorbets.
Bayamo also has an al fresco dining area outdoors on The Waterfront, an outdoor promenade on deck 8.
Chef Garces has a second, more casual dining venue on the Norwegian Escape, the Pincho Tapas Bar.
Pincho Tapas Restaurant
Pincho Tapas Restaurant is another new venue on the Norwegian Escape. Chef Jose Garces developed the traditional tapas menu at this a la carte bar as well as at Bayamo. Chefs at Pincho plate the tapas right at the bar in front of the patrons. Many tapas fans will recognize dishes like Spanish omelet, anchovies with pine nuts, and Spanish ham.
Pincho and Bayamo are both located on deck 8 and have indoor and outdoor seating.
The Food Republic is the third new dining venue on the Norwegian Escape cruise ship. This modern food emporium is another a la carte specialty restaurant, and the concept comes from the Pubbelly Restaurant Group of Miami. The Food Republic is open for lunch through dinner. Its menu is perfect for sharing and delivered to the table by the wait staff. Ordering is done from an iPad, using a room key card to pay the bill. Portions are small, and it's fun to have dishes from around the world at one sitting.
The dishes at the Food Republic are varied with items like dates with Chorizo, Japanese amberjack with lemongrass romesco, or black truffle braised short rib dumplings.
Since the Food Republic is open from lunch through dinner, it's also a good place to have a late lunch or early dinner.
Margaritaville Outdoor Restaurant & Bar
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Sea is a casual outdoor eatery and bar located outdoors on deck 17. The menu is a la carte. Haven't you always wanted to try a cheeseburger in paradise? In addition to comfort food, The Jimmy Buffet restaurant also serves (of course) Margaritas!
Moderno is Norwegian Cruise Line's Brazilian-style steakhouse. Meat and salad lovers will appreciate the huge salad bar and the variety of meats sliced at their table. In addition to the meats and salads, guests can enjoy imported cheeses, olives, cured meats, and ceviche.
Since many guests love to fill themselves with the various dishes at Moderno, it's probably a good thing that the restaurant has a fixed surcharge rather than be a la carte.
Moderno may be a Brazilian steakhouse, but Cagney's is Norwegian's traditional American steakhouse with an open kitchen. Guests dine on Certified Angus Beef in a comfortable room that looks like it came from a private men's club—lots of dark leather and wood. Those who don't love steak might love the crab cakes and truffle fries. Cagney's has a la carte pricing and indoor and outdoor seating.
This outdoor dining area is for Cagney's Steakhouse, but several other of the specialty restaurants on the Norwegian Escape have outdoor seating on the Waterfront. What a great idea to enjoy a memorable meal with the sea as your view.
Teppanyaki is Norwegian Cruise Line's authentic Japanese hibachi restaurant. Like hibachi restaurants ashore, guests sit around the grill and watch the chef do his job of chopping, slicing, and grilling. Guests can select chicken, steak, or seafood and watch their dinner being cooked while sipping on a chilled, sake-infused Wasabi Cocktail. Teppanyaki has a fixed surcharge and is located on deck 6 midship.
LeBistro French Restaurant
Le Bistro is another Norwegian Cruise Line favorite. This French restaurant is on deck 6 of the Norwegian Escape in the atrium of 678 Ocean Place. Le Bistro has two seating areas--an elegant interior or a more casual "sidewalk" cafe underneath the chandelier. Le Bistro has an a la carte menu.
La Cucina Italian Restaurant
La Cucina is another restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. This Italian restaurant feels like Tuscany indoors but adds a breath of sea air if you sit outside. Guests love the pasta and seafood dishes.
The Supper Club
The Supper Club is a unique venue on the Norwegian Escape cruise ship. This Supper Club features dinner and a show, just like you might find in Hollywood or New York. It's a fixed menu, and the cabaret show is a retrospective of John Hughes' coming-of-age movies from the 1980s. Remember The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Weird Science, Pretty in Pink, or Ferris Bueller's Day Off? If so, you'll enjoy For the Record: The Brat Pack, Live at the Supper Club.
The Manhattan Room is one of three traditional cruise ship restaurants on the Norwegian Escape. This is the largest dining venue on the ship and is a complimentary restaurant with a dance floor as its focal point. The Manhattan Room is not the same room as The Supper Club, but it does feature live music and dancing with dinner.
The food at the Manhattan Room is presented well, varied, and is similar to that you would find at large restaurants on other cruise ships. Located aft on deck 7, the Manhattan Room is two decks high and has floor to ceiling windows across the back of the ship.
The second traditional complimentary restaurant is Savor.
Savor is the second complimentary traditional restaurant on the Norwegian Escape cruise ship. Located on deck 6, Savor features traditional cuisine with a contemporary flair. It's a smaller venue than the Manhattan Room and is located across from Taste, the third complimentary traditional cruise ship restaurant on the ship.
Taste is one of the three complimentary traditional restaurants on the Norwegian Escape. This lovely venue serves a variety of dishes, and the menu changes daily.
Bowling Alley at O'Sheehan's Bar & Grill
O'Sheehan's Bar & Grill is open 24-hours a day, so guests sailing on the Norwegian Escape can always find a bite to eat or a drink at this complimentary restaurant. The menu features American comfort food, and the venue has a huge video screen for watching sports, along with a bowling alley, interactive arcade games, and pool and air hockey tables. It's a great sports bar, and the restaurant is usually busy.