Royal Caribbean unveils restaurant lineup for Icon of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International unveiled the restaurants on the Icon of the Seas, with some new venues that will range from walkup windows offering street food to small-group upscale dining.  

Empire Supper Club, which Royal described as a “swanky and lavish eight-course experience,” was inspired by the taste of old New York. Located in the Central Park neighborhood, the Empire Supper Club will have caviar and wagyu beef on the menu. A drink will be paired with every dish. A three-piece band will “play unexpected renditions of modern favorites,” Royal said.

The line is also introducing a 12-seat private experience called Celebration Table, located within the AquaDome. Guests can choose from American, Italian, Asian and seafood menus. 

The AquaDome Market will be Royal Caribbean’s first food hall.

Royal Caribbean will introduce its first food hall, called AquaDome Market. The venue will include five stalls and a selection of wines and beer. AquaDome Market will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dishes range from crepes to macaroni and cheese with a twist to Mediterranean cuisine to Korean beef and broccoli to sandwiches and salads. 

Izumi in the Park will operate in Central Park as an all-day window serving sushi and street food to go, like taiyaki ice cream with what the line described as “Insta-worthy” toppings. 

The Pearl Café, designed for day or night bites, will serve toasted sandwiches and ready-made salads in the Royal Promenade. 

The Pearl Café will serve toasted sandwiches and ready-made salads.

Basecamp will serve drinks and bites like crispy shrimp bao buns and pretzel bites with cheese. This venue will be nestled between the Thrill Island waterpark area, Chill Island and the Hideaway. 

Desserted, a new milkshake bar, will serve what the line describes as “over-the-top shakes,” including adult-only options.  

The line is also introducing The Grove, an al fresco and casual Mediterranean venue located near the sundeck in the Suite Neighborhood. 

The all-day dining Surfside Eatery will be at the heart of Surfside, the neighborhood for young families. Pier 7 will serve all-day brunch in the Surfside neighborhood, featuring California-inspired meals like surf and turf tacos and smoked salmon Benedict. Surfside Bites will feature a walk-up window and serve quick food like burgers and popcorn chicken. 

The Icon of the Seas will have a three-level dining room.

Returning dining experiences include Chops Grille steakhouse; Trellis Bar, which will now offer a bites menu; a three-level main dining room; Hooked Seafood; Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Bar; the now two-level Coastal Kitchen; Chef’s Table; Park Café, which will now be open for evening tapas; El Loco Fresh serving Mexican food in Chill Island; Sorrento’s serving pizza; and the line’s most expansive Windjammer buffet. 

Other returning venues include Izumi; Playmakers Sports Bar and Arcade; and Sprinkles, serving ice cream day and night. 

The Icon will begin sailing seven-night eastern and western Caribbean cruises on Jan. 7 from Miami.

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