Alternative Dining on Explorer of the Seas - Chops Grille, Giovanni's Table, Izumi, and Johnny Rockets Restaurants
Located starboard on Deck 11, Chops Grille on Explorer of the Seas awaits you. This classic, five star restaurant is perfect for special occasions, your wine list at Chops Grille is the best to be found on your cruise! Tuna Tartarre and crab cakes are among appetizers, and your main entree choices include a variety of cuts of steak, fish, and grilled meats. Desserts on your menu include the Mississippi Mud Pie (which receives excellent guest reviews) and Apple Pudding.
The Chops Grille is one of the most popular restaurants onboard Explorer of the Seas, and, reservations are required. It is advised that you book early as the Chops Grille will sell out. You can make reservations as soon as you board the ship, however, the best way is to make them when you do online check-in well before you get on board the ship.
There is a charge per diner to dine at Chops Grille. The charge is $39 USD per diner
Zuppa, Antipasti per Due, Focaccia al la Giovanni, pastas, ravioli, pepper crusted tuna, chicken breasts, and veal main entrees and desserts such as marscarpone mousse and cannoli are sample menu items at Giovanni's Table on Explorer of the Seas. Lunch is 10 USD and dinner is 15 USD per person at Giovanni's Table. Smart casual attire is recommended. Giovanni's Table receives good reviews for food quality and staff service. On the Explorer of the Seas, Giovanni's Table is portside on Deck 4.
Izumi Japanese Cuisine:
A la Carte signature rolls on the of Explorer of the Seas' Izumi Japanese restaurant menu. The sushi rolls include Snow Crab California, Box salmon & Crab, Box Yellowtail Tuna, Shrimp Tempura, and Champagne Salmon. Food and beverages at Izumi are at current menu prices. We suggest smart casual attire, and that you check when onboard for hours open. Izumi is located portside on Deck 14, and is open nightly from 6:00 to 9:30 PM. On sea days, Izumi is open for lunch from 12:00 to 1:30 PM.
On Deck 12, in retro '50's atmosphere, enjoy burgers and fries among other diner treats for 4.95 USD. Beware that this restaurant becomes extremely busy during lunch, so you may want to arrive earlier than later! If you haven't heard of them, Johnny Rockets is the land-based hamburger chain that is a feature of many major tourist destinations. As far as hamburgers go, Johnny Rockets on Royal Caribbean are some of the best you will find at sea (the milk shakes and fries are rather good as well). The whole Johnny Rockets experience is fun -- from the individual jukeboxes and old-fashioned soda-fountain straw stands at each table to the wait staff and cooks who regularly get up and dance to certain songs from the '50's and '60's, Johnny Rockets on Explorer of the Seas is a great dining venue.
Tips for Alternative Restaurants on the Explorer of the Seas:
Menu for Chops Grille on Royal Caribbean
Chops Grille is available for dinner by reservation only.
We recommend making your pre-confirmation reservations online (during the check-in process) or with Royal Caribbean's Ship Services as soon as possible after booking.
You may make your reservations the first day of your cruise, but with this option your choices will probably be limited.
Royal Caribbean offers special reservations packages before you board, which include booking reservations for Chops Grille.
This is a dinner only experience from 6:00pm to 10:00pm at Chops Grille and you'll feel most comfortable at the supper club in elegant attire on formal evenings, but otherwise smart casual is suggested.
There is no smoking in Chops Grille. The 39 USD fee per diner charge does include gratuity.
Specialty drinks, beer, wine, and soft drinks can be purchased from the current bar menu at Chops Grille.
How much should I tip at the specialty restaurants including Chops Grille on Explorer of the Seas? First, bear in mind that all alcoholic beverages that you pay for will have a gratuity added. The cover charge does include gratuity, however, you may wish to consider giving an extra gratuity to the waiter or waitress who has served you. An appropriate amount is to estimate the value of the meal you ordered if you ordered it on land and tip 15-20% based on that cost. If you feel that the value of the meal was $50 were you to order it in a land-based restaurant, you should tip $7.50-$10. It is certainly your discretion not to tip, but the waiters serving you are some of the best on the ship and should be rewarded if they provided you with an exceptional dining experience.