The Alternative Restaurants onboard the Celebrity Summit: The Normandie, Blu, and Qsine
The Normandie Restaurant:
On Plaza Deck, from 6:00pm to 10:00pm, The Normandie Restaurant onboard Celebrity Summit provides you all the amenities of classic five star dining. The décor includes memorabilia and paintings from the original SS Normandie, and there plenty of tables for two in this cozy and intimate setting far from the bustle of crowds.
Menu in the Normandie Restaurant
Your menu selections are prepared or finished table side. Typically, you may order a la cart or for 89 USD per diner choose the five course wine pairing feast. Caviar is also available at market price. Pan Seared Foie Gras, Diver Scallop Wellington, Wild Mushroom Cappuccino, and Young Spinach and Frisee Salad are representative of beginning courses. Loup de mer, Shellfish and Saffron Risotto, Mushroom Crusted Rack of Lamb, Lobster, Surf & Turf with Filet Mignon, and Venison Loin are exemplary of courses to follow, and desserts include Valhrona Cocoa Croquant and Petit Fours. The filet mignon at The Normandie is superb! Reservations are required and there is a 35USD per diner charge at the Normandie.
Light, healthy cuisine prepared by chefs using natural reductions and sauteing are available at Blu. Beautiful salads, and entrees selections such as braised short ribs and halibut are on your menu. This restaurant excellent guest reviews for food quality and service. For Aquaclass guests, there is no charge, but specialty drinks, soft drinks, wine, and beer are at current menu prices. For all other guests, reservations are expected, and there is an additional nominal fee per diner. At Blu, reservations are based solely upon availability. The dining venue is located aft on Deck 5.
Created by Jaques Van Staden, this restaurant offers whimsical and extraordinary culinary creations concocted from commonly good food. Sushi presented as lollipops, and delectable meatballs of veal, beef, and turkey are among other menu favorites. Be prepared to savor the delicate seasonings, make your guacamole to taste with a mortar and pestle, and smile to your heart's content! There is a 40 USD charge per diner, and no reservations are required. At Qsine, casual clothing is fine, but swim wear and bare feet are not permitted. This restaurant is located on Deck 11, just aft of the jogging track.
Tips for The Normandie onboard Celebrity Summit:
For The Normandie, Blu, and Qsine, you should make your reservations ahead of time, preferably just after booking on line and well before you board ship.
Call 800-722-5941 or contact Celebrity online at SpecialtyRestaurant@celebrity.com to make reservations up to 4 days before your sail date.
Specialty restaurants provide more intimate seating than the main dining room, and only reserve for parties of up to six guests. Children 12 years or older are welcome.
The 35 USD per diner at the Normandie does include gratuity.
How much should I tip at The Normandie Restaurant on Celebrity Summit? 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.
You'll be most comfortable in formal attire at the Normandie.