Crown Grill, Sabatini's Restaurant and Ultimate Balcony Dining on Ruby Princess
Crown Grill on Ruby Princess:
From 6:30pm to 11:00pm on Promenade Deck, the Crown Grill on Ruby Princess offers classic five star steak house dining. Dark wood panels and soft lighting combine to give the Crown an elegant yet intimate setting. Your menu combines traditional steak house fare with a nice selection of seafood. Appetizers include Black Tiger Prawns, Pine Coated Lamb Loin Carpaccio, Sea Scallops and Pan Seared Foie Gras, and Mediterranean inspired lobster cakes. Shrimp and Pancetta Bisque, Onion Soup, and Marinated Goat's Cheese with Tomatoes exemplify soups and salads. Grilled Tiger Prawns, Maine Lobster Tails, the Mussel Pot, and Wild Black Striped Bass are among seafood selections. Daily fresh lobster is available for an additional charge which is currently 9 USD per diner.
Other main menu features are Sterling Silver blackened beef chops, Sterling Silver pork chops, New Zealand Lamb Rack, double thick New York Strip Steaks, Rib-Eye Steaks, Kansas City Strip Steaks, filet mignon, and 22 oz. Porterhouse Steaks. If there's room for dessert, we suggest the Pastry chef's sampling of featured desserts, the Seven Layer S'Mores Stack, or the Wild Berry and Apple Cobbler.
This restaurant receives great guest reviews for food quality and staff service. On the Ruby Princess, you may want to watch the chefs prepare your steak and shellfish! The porterhouse steak is a great choice at the Crown.
Reservations are required, and, you should make them as soon as possible as Crown Grill will sell out on most evenings. There is a per-diner charge to dine in Crown Grill -- it is currently $25USD
Sabatini's Italian Restuarant on Ruby Princess:
Sabatini's Italian Restaurant on Ruby Princess is located aft on the Sun Deck. Sabatini's is open from 12:00pm to 2:00pm for lunch on select sea days, and from 6:30pm to 11:00pm for dinner. With its columns, etched glass, and magnificent ocean views, Sabatini's transports you to the ambience of a seaside 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. There are a small selection of pastas followed by Secondi Piatti (second course) selections such as Roasted Chilean Sea Bass, Broiled Langoustines, lobster, stuffed chicken, veal chops, and Sauteed Tiger Prawns over Creamed Polenta. Typically at Sabatini's, you choose the Secondi Piatti which is the main course, and wait staff bring the other entrees out on trays for your selection.
If there's room for dessert, we suggest the Tiramisu, Espresso Creme Brulee, or White Chocolate Mousse. The Italian cuisine at Sabatini's is exquisite, but be prepared for a menu which may not include traditional favorites (such as lasagna).
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 $20USD
Ultimate Balcony Dining on Ruby 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 Ruby 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 Ruby Princess:
Crown Grill Menu on Princess Cruises
Sabatini's Italian Restaurant Menu on Princess Cruises
Reservations are required for Crown 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 Crown Grill is 25 USD per diner not including the extra surcharge of 9 USD for fresh lobster.
Sabatini's charges 20 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.
How much should I tip at Crown Grill and Sabatini's on the Ruby 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.