Alternative Dining on Rhapsody of the Seas - Chops Grille and Giovanni's Table
Located on Deck 6, classic five star dining at Chops Grille on Rhapsody of the Seas awaits you. 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 Filet Mignon, a variety of cuts of steak, lamb chops, prime rib, and fish. Desserts on your menu include the Mississippi Mud Pie and Apple Pudding.
The Chops Grille is one of the most popular restaurants onboard Rhapsody of the Seas, and reservations are required. It is advised that you book early as the Chops Grille will sell out. You can make reservationa 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 $39 charge per diner to dine at Chops Grille.
Also on Deck 6, from 6:00pm to 10:00pm, Giovanni's Table on Rhapsody of the Seas provides you a nice selection of Italian treats in the tradition of Italian trattorias, the classic family restaurant. Caprese, fried calamari, and carpaccio, are among your Il primo selections. Look forward to seafood and veal as well as pasta for main entree choices, and great scenic views. Lobster and the white chocolate brulee at the Giovanni's Table are highly recommended by guests.
Giovanni's Table is one of the most popular restaurants onboard Rhapsody of the Seas, and reservations are required. It is advised that you book early as the Giovanni's Table will sell out. You can make reservationa 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 Giovanni's Table. The charge is $20 per diner for dinner, and $15 per diner for lunch.
The most upscale dining experience on the Rhapsody of the Seas is without question the Chef's Table! In an intimate setting designed for 14 guests, you are surrounded by the subtle yet elegant mahogany panels as you watch your entrees being prepared by your chef! This dinner features 5 to 6 courses, each of which is matched with the perfect wine! At the end of this epicurean experience, you receive a cookbook signed by the chef. The charge per diner is $105. Chef's Table is located aft on Deck 4.
As one of the most elite dining experiences onboard the Rhapsody of the Seas, the Chef's Table reservations book up very quickly. It's extremely important to book your reservations for the Chef's Table as soon as you can.
Forward on Deck 12, Izumi is THE place to go on the Rhapsody of the Seas for sushi and sashimi! This specialty restaurant aso offers "Hot Rock" Ishiyaki Plates and sukiyaki. Izumi is open from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM for lunch, and from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM for dinner. A $10 per person charge for this venue can be deducted pre-cruise, and if your tab is more than that, you pay the difference at the restaurant. If your tab is less, then Royal Caribbean deducts the difference on your Sea Pass. For lunch, there is a $3 per person cover charge, and for dinner the per person coverage charge is $5.
Tips for Alternative Restaurants on the Rhapsody of the Seas:
Menu for Chops Grille on Royal Caribbean
Giovanni's Table Italian Restaurant menu on Royal Caribbean
Chops Grille is available for dinner by reservation only. "Earlier than later" is your best rule of thumb when making reservations for either of these specialty restaurants!
Chef's Table, also reservations only, does book up VERY quickly. We strongly suggest that you make your reservations for this venue as early as possible!
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.
Giovanni's Table has limited seating and you should make your reservations ahead of time
The 20 USD per diner charge does include gratuity at Giovanni's Table, and smart casual clothing is suggested.Tank tops and bare feet are not permitted.
How much should I tip at the alternative restaurants on the Rhapsody 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.