Chops Grille

Restaurant Review: Chops Grille on Harmony of the Seas

In:
05Sep2017

On a recent Harmony of the Seas cruise, we took the opportunity to try Chops Grille.  With dining packages becoming so popular, we decided to visit the Royal Caribbean specialty restaurant of all time (historically speaking).

Chops Grille is located on deck 8 in Central Park.  Having dined at Chops Grille on a number of other ships, it has always been a reliable and delectable restaurant.  The ambiance alone is worth the reservation.

Guests have the option to dine inside or outside, although the weather may dictate how viable the outdoor seating is for your enjoyment.  

The Chops Grille menu on Harmony of the Seas features the "classic menu", as opposed to the new Chops Grille menu that is starting to make its way around the fleet. The differences are mostly minor, but it is worth noting that the dinner menu may change soon too on Harmony of the Seas (if it has not already).

Every Chops Grille meal begins with a serving of breads and butter. I enjoyed the different choices, with the hard roll being a favorite.

My favorite appetizer is the French Onion Soup, which is served with a generous amount of onions underneath a cheese and bread topping.  You can find French Onion Soup in the main dining room, among other places, and I really think the French Onion Soup from Chops Grille is the best.

We also tried the mesculun salad, which has a very good balsamic dressing.  Not too rich or overpowering, and the greens were fresh and crunchy.  

Of course, the star attraction at Chops Grille are the steaks.  Guests have the choice of a number of cuts of meat, including dry age steaks that cost extra.  Having tried the dry aged steaks on Anthem of the Seas, I felt confident in sticking with a tried and true Chops Grille favorite: the filet mignon.

While I might sometimes prefer the NY Strip steak for the flavor, the tenderness and lean cut of the filet mignon always makes it a great choice.  Like so many other times at Chops Grille, the steak was cooked exactly the way I wanted it.  Your waiter will also provide a choice of steak sauces to add, such as a bearnaise sauce.

Of course, the sides you can order at Chops Grille really enhance the main course.  We tried the roasted mushrooms and Gruyère Cheese Tater Tots. I could probably be satisfied with a meal consisting just of the mushrooms, so combining the mushrooms with the steak is a recipe for one happy blogger.

For dessert, I traditionally order the red velvet cake, but decided to try something different this time.  The Huckleberry Cheesecake is a relatively new dessert option that many really enjoy.  I opted to have my Huckleberry sauce on the side just so I could manage the cake to sauce ratio (I prefer a hint of sauce, rather than a dousing).

Conclusion

Having dined at Chops Grille for many years, on many ships in Royal Caribbean's fleet, I can safely say that the Chops Grille experience remains a quality dining experience. The consistency of the food and service is excellent, and dining at Chops Grille in Central Park adds another level to the overall experience.

While I may have preferred the beef tenderloin from 150 Central Park, I certainly did not regret my Chops Grille meal in the least bit.

There is one consideration about dining at Chops Grille on Harmony of the Seas, and that is the price.  These days, dinner at Chops Grille will run $49 per person, which is a lot for any specialty restaurant. If you have sticker shock about it, the best strategy is to consider a dining package to help bring the cost down.  Dining packages will cost you more in total out of pocket, but the per dinner experience is typically slashed considerably and that makes the value of Chops Grille far better.

If you have dined at Chops Grille many times as well, you will find Chops Grille to be a familiar choice and very similar to other Chops Grille restaurants across the fleet. If you are new to Royal Caribbean, Chops Grille is a solid choice for anyone that wants a really good specialty restaurant experience. 

Chops Grille lunch menu on Explorer of the Seas

Last updated on August 9, 2017.

Menus provided by RoyalCaribbeanBlog.com are unofficial and subject to change.

Appetizers

Wild Mushroom Soup

Scented with white truffle oil, chives

Colossal Shrimp Cocktail

Horseradish cocktail sauce, lemon

Charred Beef Carpaccio

Rare charred beef, parmesan cheese, shaved asparagus, truffle mustard dressing

The Wedge

Iceberg lettuce, blue cheese crumbles, smoked bacon

Wed, 08/09/2017 (All day)

Chops Grille lunch menu on Oasis of the Seas

Last updated on April 21, 2017.

Menus provided by RoyalCaribbeanBlog.com are unofficial and subject to change.

Appetizers

Wild Mushroom Soup

Scented with white truffle oil, chives

Colossal Shrimp Cocktail

Horseradish cocktail sauce, lemon

Charred Beef Carpaccio

Rare charred beef, parmesan cheese, shaved asparagus, truffle mustard dressing

The Wedge

Iceberg lettuce, blue cheese crumbles, smoked bacon

Fri, 04/21/2017 (All day)

Chops Grille lunch menu on Empress of the Seas

Last updated on April 20, 2017.

Menus provided by RoyalCaribbeanBlog.com are unofficial and subject to change.

Appetizers

Wild Mushroom Soup

Scented with white truffle oil, chives

Colossal Shrimp Cocktail

Horseradish cocktail sauce, lemon

Charred Beef Carpaccio

Rare charred beef, parmesan cheese, shaved asparagus, truffle mustard dressing

The Wedge

Iceberg lettuce, blue cheese crumbles, smoked bacon

Thu, 04/20/2017 (All day)

Chops Grille dinner menu on Empress of the Seas

Last updated on August 2, 2017.

Menus provided by RoyalCaribbeanBlog.com are unofficial and subject to change.

Soups & Salads

Caesar

Romaine, Reggiano cheese, creamy Caesar dressing, herb croutons

Crispy Goat Cheese Salad

Green apples, candied walnuts, cranberries, balsamic dressing

The wedge

Iceberg lettuce, blue cheese crumbles, smoked bacon

Wild Mushroom Soup

Scented with white truffle oil, chives

Lobster bisque

Brandy, tarragon cream

Wed, 08/02/2017 (All day)

Chops Grille lunch menu on Harmony of the Seas

Last updated on April 17, 2017.

Menus provided by RoyalCaribbeanBlog.com are unofficial and subject to change.

Appetizers

Wild Mushroom Soup

Scented with white truffle oil, chives

Colossal Shrimp Cocktail

Horseradish cocktail sauce, lemon

Charred Beef Carpaccio

Rare charred beef, parmesan cheese, shaved asparagus, truffle mustard dressing

The Wedge

Iceberg lettuce, blue cheese crumbles, smoked bacon

Mon, 04/17/2017 (All day)

Spotted: Chops Grille lunch on Harmony of the Seas

In:
17Apr2017

Chops Grille has been a popular stalwart of Royal Caribbean's specialty dining choices, and Royal Caribbean has recently begun offering a lunch option too.

For years, Royal Caribbean only had Chops Grille open for dinner.  Recently, Royal Caribbean has begun offering a lunch option for guests to book.

RoyalCaribbeanBlog reader Angie La Malfa Muma shared photos from her Chops Grille lunch on Harmony of the Seas. 

The Chops Grille lunch menu is smaller than the Chops Grille dinner menu, yet retains much of the Chops Grille "experience."

There are also two dessert options, boysenberry cheesecake and chocolate mudpie.

There is a $19 cover charge for adults and $10 cover charge for kids for lunch. 

Do you want to try Chops Grille for lunch? Let us know in the comments!

Photo tour of Chops Grille on Adventure of the Seas

In:
16Mar2017

Last week we posted about Royal Caribbean opening Chops Grille on Adventure of the Seas, and today we have photos from the new restaurant.

On Adventure of the Seas, Royal Caribbean opted to add Chops Grille on on Deck 4, across from the Schooner Bar. It is the same location Sabor Modern Mexican has been added on other ships.

In addition to the new restaurant, Royal Caribbean also opted to offer a new menu update to this Chops Grille location.  This is the first Chops Grille menu update since January 2014, when the Chops GrilleNavigator of the Seas received a menu revamp.

Among the menu changes, Chops Grille on Adventure of the Seas offers an angus filet mignon and grilled scottish salmon. Moreover, the French onion soup and dry-aged steak option (which carried an additional charge) has been removed from the menu. There is, however, a Chops Dry Aged Steak Burger option. The broiled Maine lobster remains the only up-charge entrée on the menu.

Chops Grille menu on Adventure of the Seas

Last updated on July 23, 2017.

Menus provided by RoyalCaribbeanBlog.com are unofficial and subject to change.

Soups & Salads

Caesar

Romaine, Reggiano cheese, creamy Caesar dressing, herb croutons

Crispy Goat Cheese Salad

Green apples, candied walnuts, cranberries, balsamic dressing

The wedge

Iceberg lettuce, blue cheese crumbles, smoked bacon

Wild Mushroom Soup

Scented with white truffle oil, chives

Lobster bisque

Brandy, tarragon cream

Sun, 07/23/2017 (All day)

Chops Grille menu on Allure of the Seas

Last updated on January 29, 2017.

Menus provided by RoyalCaribbeanBlog.com are unofficial and subject to change.

Soups & Salads

The King Caesar

Romaine, Reggiano cheese, creamy Caesar dressing (caviar upon request)

Crispy Goat Cheese Salad

Warm goat cheese, green apple, candied walnuts, cranberries, balsamic

Mesclun Salad

Light balsamic dressing

Forest Mushroom Soup

Scented with white truffle oil

Three Cheese Roasted Onion Soup

Melted Gruyére, Asiago and Parmesan cheeses

Sun, 01/29/2017 (All day)

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