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Conquest steakhouse was good (not great).  At least our waitress was friendly (see below).

 

Magic steakhouse was terrible.  We were a party of four who were squished into a table by the window where people in wet bathing suits were walking by and banging on the window and making faces.  Our table was so close to another table, I could have reached out and touched the lady's head.  There was a large group of 20 people who were staggering when they came into the room and proceeded to order many bottles of wine and became loud and boisterous throughout our dinner.   Our waitress was surly and when I asked for another dinner rolls, she looked at me like I had three heads and let out an audible sigh (we never did get the rolls).  I ordered a shrimp cocktail and asked the waitress if the kitchen staff could prepare my shrimp without the chopped onions they normally put on the shrimp (she nodded yes).  When my shrimp cocktail was served by the assistant waitress, she explained that the shrimp had an avocado oil poured over them,..huh???  I ordered the surf and turf and my filet was so small and tough, I could barely chew it.  It was about a 4 bite piece of meat (my son-in-law ate his in two bites).  The lobster tail was as big as the lobster tails you get in the MDR for FREE and it was dry and chewy.  The cold mashed potatos they tried to jazz up with a dollop of wasabi which killed the taste of the potatos, whatever happened to butter (which, by the way, you won't find on the ship in any of the dining venues)?  Oh, yes, they offer a whipped butter which has no resemblance to real butter or tastes even close to butter (think whipped shortening with a hint of yellow dye and a sprinkle of salt).  For dessert, we ordered the chocolate bomb which they presented with a flourish as they poured a chocolate sauce over the sphere to break the mold so the insides can all ooze out and it was horrible, worst dessert I ever had anywhere.  It needed a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream to cut through that rich chocolate, yuck.

 

If the avocado oil was left off my shrimp, it would have been a decent appetizer.  If my filet was a little larger and tender enough to cut with a fork, it would have been enjoyable.  If my lobster tail was at least as large as the FREE ones in the MDR, I could have overlooked my tiny filet and terrible mashed potatos.  


So, between the surly waitress, the cold food, the tiny portions, the terrible table layout, no thanks, we're not wasting our money on steakhouse dinners on future Carnival cruises.  I hope everyone has a better experience than we did, I'm just trying to keep it real.

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Although this is a way-old thread, and I can't sleep, I'd like to add my thoughts from our trip to the Steakhouse on the Splendor last February.

 

With the change in menu, I doubt we'll be back. I wasn't wowed by the sides, which I used to love beyond measure. I mean, a good cut of steak broiled to order is hard to screw up. It's the sides that, for me, make the rest of the meal. I miss the spinach and old-style 'shrooms. I miss the old selection of desserts.

 

Everyone at one time or another compares Carnival's steakhouse with Ruth's Chris or some other high-end joint and comment what a deal Carnival is over that. We're going to Gordon Ramsey's Steak in Vegas in a couple of weeks and I'm expecting a REAL steakhouse experience. I still don't think Carnival's steakhouse is worth the $38 uncharge. Maybe at $25, but certainly not $38

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you will spend well over $100 pp for Ramsey's if you ordered apps, soup, salad, entree and dessert. We never had a bad meal or surly service in the Steakhouse and never left with an empty stomach

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I've been on 11 Carnival cruises. I've been to the steakhouse once on Vista. I booked as a special treat for my boyfriend. Idon't eat red meat. I got the chicken. He likes a good steakhouse & enjoyed his meal. Yes, it was worth it in my opinion because we had a lovely night. The chicken was good too. 

 

"Worth it" is up to the individual. Give it a shot & decide for yourselves!

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We went to the Steakhouse on our first cruise the Liberty. It was fun and the food was good. It was probably one of the ritzier dining experiences we have ever had. For that reason I would say it was worth it to us. For you I would say it will depend on where you are from and what you are used to. We are from Montana and are used to steaks straight from the steer that are amazing. We have a great steakhouse that we go to here that has the same sort of menu but were wearing jeans and cowboy boots instead of suits and dresses. Price is similar per person as well. We probably wont go back unless we check the menu at the MDR and decide its not for us that night and can get into the steakhouse. 

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8 hours ago, fyree39 said:

Although this is a way-old thread, and I can't sleep, I'd like to add my thoughts from our trip to the Steakhouse on the Splendor last February.

 

With the change in menu, I doubt we'll be back. I wasn't wowed by the sides, which I used to love beyond measure. I mean, a good cut of steak broiled to order is hard to screw up. It's the sides that, for me, make the rest of the meal. I miss the spinach and old-style 'shrooms. I miss the old selection of desserts.

 

Everyone at one time or another compares Carnival's steakhouse with Ruth's Chris or some other high-end joint and comment what a deal Carnival is over that. We're going to Gordon Ramsey's Steak in Vegas in a couple of weeks and I'm expecting a REAL steakhouse experience. I still don't think Carnival's steakhouse is worth the $38 uncharge. Maybe at $25, but certainly not $38

Let me just say that at$38pp, the Carnival Steakhouse is a bargain, compared to high end steakhouses, like Ruth Chris. We have a steakhouse restaurant here in Buffalo called Russels, and it is unbelievable! But it’s EXPENSIVE! My hubby and I spend well over $100 for 2, for a dinner there. For $38pp, for all Carnival gives you with that, it remains a bargain, and one I’m looking forward to on our next cruise. We are sailing the Glory in February with our daughter and her family, and we all plan to go there for dinner.

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Food is very subjective, but both my wife and I think the steakhouse is well worth the $38. So far this year we have eaten in the steakhouse on Sunshine, Horizon, Liberty and Breeze.  Everything we have ordered has been excellent to outstanding. The only area that could use improving is the dessert menu, but we usually are too full to order dessert so that isn’t a big deal to us. 

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We won't book again.  We had a less than good experience with our dinner in the steakhouse.   The dinner and service matched the $25 (the price at the time) price.

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I enjoyed my steakhouse experience, but it was too much food. Rather go to MDR and eat what is offered. 

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7 hours ago, geoffrywillhardt said:

We are from Montana and are used to steaks straight from the steer that are amazing.

 

 

Steaks should be aged or they are not graded. Fresh steak is somewhat of an oxymoron

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12 hours ago, coevan said:

you will spend well over $100 pp for Ramsey's if you ordered apps, soup, salad, entree and dessert. We never had a bad meal or surly service in the Steakhouse and never left with an empty stomach

We're taking my in-laws. We're expecting a $700 bill including tip. OUCH!

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On 3/29/2018 at 6:18 AM, RWolver672 said:

We tried it once and wasn't impressed. We won't try it again.

 

After reading five pages on this, I thought I should go into a little more detail.  We were on the Glory in 2005 and she encountered engine problems.  We missed a port and were given $25 OBC because of it.  We decided to use it at the steakhouse. 

 

We ordered our meals.  Before anything came, the waitress brought out bent spoons with rabbit food on them and said the chef made it especially for us.  Then she stood there waiting for us to eat it.  Then she asked how we liked it.  First off, how do you eat something that you have no idea of what it is and didn't order it.  Second, how do you say without being rude that it tasted like rabbit food.

 

Our appetizers came out.  Two minutes later she was back asking how we liked it.  It's pretty hard to screw up shrimp cocktail.  

 

Our steaks came out.  At least three times during our main course, she came back asking how we liked the food.  Leave us alone and let us eat it.  So many previous posters have said how they enjoyed the service.  That's what turned us off the most.  Give us our food, then leave us alone to let us enjoy it.  By the way, I had said this on my review of our cruise and was lambasted because they said I would have complained if nobody had stopped by to ask.  We are not the type to want constant attention.  We order, we eat, we leave.  The steaks didn't taste any different than what we grill at home.  Flame away if you like.  I'm use to it on here.

 

As so many others have said, the only way you'll know if your like it or not is to try it yourself.  Different strokes for different folks.

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11 minutes ago, RWolver672 said:

As so many others have said, the only way you'll know if your like it or not is to try it yourself.  Different strokes for different folks.

 

I can understand how you feel based on your previous experience. But I would be willing to try the steakhouse again if I were in your shoes. A lot can change over 14 years. However, I also realize everyone’s financial situation is different. It may be tough to justify spending $38 per petson when you can eat in the MDR or Lido for no additional charge. 

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27 minutes ago, PhillyFan33579 said:

 

I can understand how you feel based on your previous experience. But I would be willing to try the steakhouse again if I were in your shoes. A lot can change over 14 years. However, I also realize everyone’s financial situation is different. It may be tough to justify spending $38 per petson when you can eat in the MDR or Lido for no additional charge. 

 

We're not worried about the cost.  We are the type that if we touch something that's hot and get burned, we aren't about to touch it the second time to see if it's still hot.  Once was enough.  

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I am a single mom going with my kids. I booked the steakhouse for the first night. What do they do with the free bottle of wine if you don't finish it? I'll probably only have a glass or 2.

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On 3/28/2018 at 4:46 PM, sabanknight said:

Was considering booking the Steakhouse and pick up the complimentary wine on night one. Is the Steakhouse really worth the price, compared to the MDR I already paid for? Have never tried it, curious what veterans of the Steakhouse think. Does it vary from ship to ship, or just changes the name? Going on the Glory if that's the case.

 

Don't get the Surf and Turf if you are hungry.  We did a review on youtube if you would like to watch.  the menu is in the description

 

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There are three levels on a ship..,,buffet….MDR ..Steakhouse.  Last cruise we dined in the Steakhouse 5 times. Loved every meal.  PS, the free bottle of wine?  it is free for a reason!  YUCK.

 

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4 hours ago, JQTravels said:

 

Don't get the Surf and Turf if you are hungry.  We did a review on youtube if you would like to watch.  the menu is in the description

 

Thank you so much for that and your other reviews. They have been very helpful! We will be trying the steakhouse on the new Panorama this upcoming January.

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1 minute ago, pbcbbc said:

Thank you so much for that and your other reviews. They have been very helpful! We will be trying the steakhouse on the new Panorama this upcoming January.

Lucky you!!  The Panorama and the Mardi Gras our on our list!  Hope you have fun!

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2 hours ago, Theosprey247 said:

Is a cruise worth it?  

 

is a cruise worth what?

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18 hours ago, TEXASMUNK said:

There are three levels on a ship..,,buffet….MDR ..Steakhouse.  Last cruise we dined in the Steakhouse 5 times. Loved every meal.  PS, the free bottle of wine?  it is free for a reason!  YUCK.

 

Your order of eating venues only pan out if one hasn't been exposed to true high end dining. 

 

Is it worth it? I say it's cheap enough to try it for yourself. 

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