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Chops Grille Steaks ..... is it just me?


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2 minutes ago, MotleyCruiser said:

I was disappointed with CHOPS Grill. I was expecting more variety. Maybe Bison, Elk, or something more eclectic?! 

It's a restaurant on the ocean.  Not ocean side like in a coastal state, literally on the sea a thousand miles from land.  

For Bison and Elk come to Colorado.  Don't expect a cruise ship restaurant on any cruise line to be the best within that specialty.  Giovanni's is not going to be the best food an Italian person has ever had.  Chops won't have the best food a meat lover has ever had.  Hooked doesn't cast a net from the ship while it's underway, it's not going to be the best seafood a seafood lover has ever had. 

Colorado isn't known for seafood, no ocean nearby, everything is shipped in.  Similar effect on a ship.  They cater to the masses and can't carry boutique entrees that might be ordered once or twice per cruise.   

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Enjoyed our steaks on Rhapsody, but not so much on Liberty. Ordered the chicken and the shrimp dishes on Liberty and liked them much better than the steak. The key burger option was meh on Liberty last summer btw. Overcooked and almost room temp. Don't know what I will pick as my option for lunch in March on Liberty, but it won't be the burger nor will I order a steak in Chops. We definitely prefer Giovanni's to Chops at least on Liberty. It was the opposite on Rhapsody in December 2018. 

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On 12/3/2019 at 9:10 AM, FionaMG said:

You are very welcome and I will, if I think of anything. :14_relaxed:

In the meantime, I don't know if you've seen my thread on the Live Blog forum? I had intended doing a proper live review but due to an internet issue on board I wasn't able to follow through on it. However, I will be doing a recap over the next few days, so if you'd like to have a look the link is below.

 

@FionaMG yes, I did! Thank you. We are at 184 days, but who is counting? LOL...ice storm here today...come on June!!!

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  • 2 months later...

Last year on Allure of the Seas we ate at Chops instead of the MDR one night. Earlier that same day my wife was leaving the spa and overheard a women talking to a friend about her dinner the night before at Chops. She said that it was the worse meal she had ever had. She told her friend that the meal was so bad that she demanded her money back. I guess we should have taken the hint.

That night at Chops my wife and I both got the rib eye. We weren't expecting Ruth Chris or Morton's but we were expecting a steak better than the Outback. My steak was cooked properly but the meat was tough and without flavor. Which to me shows that they don't use a very good grade of steak. My wife had to send her steak back and they still didn't get it right so she passed on having them prepare another so I wouldn't have to wait on her. We didn't finish our sides nor our apps because nothing tasted good! It was just a bad meal that would have been better and half the price at Outback or Texas Roadhouse.

 

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We were gifted dinner at Chops on Enchantment, and we thought the petite filets were pretty tasty - tender and well seasoned. The mushroom soup and crab cake were great, too. Did the fact that the meal was free make a difference? Maybe. But we all agreed the sides were just... eh. 

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3 hours ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

I agree that the sides are pretty pathetic but the main courses have usually been reliably good - not great.

Here is what bothers me about Chops.. I recently went on Celebrity Edge.. Their new steakhouse has basically an identical menu to chops.. The price is about the same.. $55 a person if you don't have a package.. The food from Celebrity's steakhouse tastes so much better.. The sides were delicious the meat was so flavorful. What I don't get is its the same company and your paying the same uncharge so why does Chops have to have inferior food? If its a price issue I am willing to pay a little bit more for better food. I am already paying what's another $10-$15.. If the unlimited package went from $179 to $199 but the food quality dramatically improved sign me up I would pay the extra cost.. I just think if Celebrity can do it why cant Royal lol.. Ok rant over.

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1 hour ago, AGSLC5 said:

What I don't get is its the same company and your paying the same uncharge so why does Chops have to have inferior food?

They make money with Chops.  With an endless supply of guests booking it they've cut corners and reduced costs yet guests keep booking it.   

Plus it's not the same company.  It's not the same ship painted dark blue.  That's like saying Princess, HAL, Carnival - all the same.  

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2 hours ago, twangster said:

They make money with Chops.  With an endless supply of guests booking it they've cut corners and reduced costs yet guests keep booking it.   

Plus it's not the same company.  It's not the same ship painted dark blue.  That's like saying Princess, HAL, Carnival - all the same.  

Ok I know its not the exact same company but let me tell you all of their new specialty restaurants on Edge all basically have the same menu as restaurants on Royal.. Except the food on Edge in my opinion tasted better.. I don't know if it was the chefs or the food quality but it was just better.. Also when I say same company I mean the parent company is the same I do realize they are run as separate businesses. 

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On 11/28/2019 at 6:02 AM, PG Cruiser said:

I ordered the Filet Mignon from the Chops menu in the MDR as a Key guest on the Empress.  It was the most unsightly piece of steak I’ve had in my life, not to mention the shriveled (supposedly grilled) asparagus.

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Not very impressed with the cracking in the plate either.

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Chops on Voyager is not very impressive .....staff seem rushed and stressed.... steak under seasoned and sauces meh.... I would have commented but they all looked overwhelmed so muggins kept quiet ...Giovannis filet was much more presentable and the atmosphere more relaxed..maybe it was because it was just after the amp.... I will say Radiance is a much better dining experience all round

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