Specialty Restaurants: Sterling Grill, Sabatini's and Ultimate Balcony Dining on Ocean Princess
Sterling Grill on Ocean Princess:
Aft Starboard on Deck 10, the Sterling Grill on Ocean Princess offers classic five star steak house dining in an elegant yet intimate setting from 6:30pm to 10:00pm. Shrimp Cocktail, Brie and Papaya Quesadilla, Clam Chowder, and Caesar Salads are examples of starters. New York Strip, Filet Mignon, Porterhouse Steaks, Rib-Eyes, fish of the day, and baked chicken are standard main entrees. Desserts include raspberry creme brulee, pecan pie, and cheesecake.
The Sterling receives positive guest reviews for food quality and staff service.
Reservations are required, and, you should make them as soon as possible as Sterling Grill will sell out on most evenings. There is a per-diner charge to dine in Sterling Grill -- it is currently $25USD.
Sabatini's Italian Restaurant on Ocean Princess:
Sabatini's Italian Restaurant on Ocean Princess is located aft on Sun Deck. Sabatini's is open from 11:00am to 1:00pm for lunch on designated days at sea, and from 6:00pm to 11:00pm for dinner. Sabatini's transports you to the ambience of an Italian trattoria (family restaurant)! Prosciutto with Melon, fried calamari, and Zucchini Dorati represent appetizers. Soups and salads include Tomato Soup with Grilled Shellfish, White Bean & Chicken Broth Soup, and shrimp and marinated artichoke salad. The soups here are wonderful! We highly recommend the seafood cioppino. There are a small selection of pastas followed by Secondi Piatti (second course) entrees such as Roasted Chilean Bass, Broiled Langoustines, lobster, stuffed chicken, veal chops, and Sauteed Tiger Prawns over Creamed Polenta. Tiramisu, Espresso Creme Brulee, and White Chocolate Mousse are among desserts.
This restaurant receives wonderful reviews for food quality.
Reservations are required, and, you should make them as soon as possible as Sabatini's will sell out on most evenings. There is a per-diner charge to dine in Sabatini's -- it is currently $25USD.
Ultimate Balcony Dining on Ocean Princess:
For select staterooms, you may choose elegant dining in the privacy of your own balcony. Breakfast consists of selections including chilled shrimp with papaya relish, tropical fruit salad, warm eggs, specialty pastries, tomato pie with cheese gratin, and French champagne. For dinner, fresh flowers, cocktails, four courses of gourmet entrees, and champagne are served by attentive staff. Breakfast hours are from 7:00am to 11:00am, and dinner is served from 5:30pm to 10:00pm. This service is available only on specified days at sea. Call when aboard for reservations. A nominal fee is charged for Ultimate Balcony Dining on Ocean Princess. While some sources recommend formal attire for dinner, we suggest you check with staff when making your reservations once aboard ship.
Tips for Specialty Restaurants on Ocean Princess:
Sterling Steakhouse Grill Restaurant Menu on Princess Cruises
Sabatini's Italian Restaurant Menu on Princess Cruises
Reservations are required for the Sterling Grill and Sabatini's, and we strongly suggest you make these arrangements as soon as possible once you are aboard your Princess cruise.
You may call in your reservation preferences by selecting the dining button on your room phone or by contacting the Maitre D'.
Princess tends to honor guest requests on a first come, first serve basis, and this includes any changes in your dining plans.
Cost for the Sterling Grill is 25 USD per diner, and Sabatini's charges 25 USD per diner.
Specialty restaurant charges do not include specialty drinks, soft drinks, wine, or beer as these are at current menu prices.
You will be most comfortable in formal attire when dining in either specialty restaurant. Please note that only one specialty restaurant is open on any given evening due to the size of this ship.
How much should I tip at Sterling Grill and Sabatini's on the Ocean Princess? 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.