Dining on Queen Mary 2

Aboard Queen Mary 2, guests can indulge in four distinct dining venues, each tailored to specific accommodation levels and offering unique culinary experiences to meet diverse tastes and expectations.

Britannia Restaurant serves as the primary dining hall for those staying in Britannia staterooms. The setting is grand, and the service is impeccable, although the cuisine, while generally good, occasionally falls short of the premium standards set by rivals like Holland America, Virgin Voyages, and Celebrity Cruises. The varied menu features a selection of international dishes designed to appeal to a broad range of palates.

Britannia Club Restaurant provides a dining experience similar to that of the Britannia Restaurant but in a more intimate and tranquil environment. Reserved for guests in Britannia Club staterooms, this restaurant offers a higher level of personalised service. The smaller, more exclusive atmosphere allows for attentive service, making it an excellent choice for those who appreciate a quieter, more refined dining experience.

Princess Grill Restaurant is dedicated to guests staying in Princess Grill suites. This venue significantly enhances the dining experience aboard Queen Mary 2, delivering outstanding service and gourmet cuisine that rivals some of the best luxury dining at sea. The menu is elegant, featuring a range of exquisitely prepared dishes, and the luxurious setting provides a truly premium dining experience.

Queens Grill Restaurant represents the zenith of dining aboard Queen Mary 2, exclusively available to guests in Queens Grill accommodations. Esteemed as one of the finest dining venues on any cruise ship, the Queens Grill Restaurant offers a menu of exquisite dishes, each crafted to perfection with meticulous attention to detail. The service is unparalleled, and the restaurant’s atmosphere exudes the highest level of luxury and exclusivity.

Browse The Main Dining Menus on Queen Mary 2

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Britannia Restaurant Sample Menu

Indulge in the exquisite offerings of the Britannia Restaurant aboard Queen Mary 2. This sample menu features a tantalising array of international dishes, crafted with the finest ingredients. What would you choose?

Sample Menu
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Queens Grill Sample Menu

Experience the pinnacle of luxury dining at the Queens Grill aboard Queen Mary 2. This exclusive menu features a sumptuous selection of gourmet dishes, meticulously crafted with the finest ingredients. Princess & Queens Grill serve the same menus.

Sample Menu

Speciality Restaurants

Speciality dining aboard Queen Mary 2, while elegant and refined, does fall short in terms of variety compared to many modern cruise ships which boast a wider array of dining options. On Queen Mary 2, there are just two speciality restaurants and an extra charge coffee shop, Sir Samuel’s, named after Cunard’s founder.

Sir Samuel’s is a delightful spot to enjoy indulgent speciality teas and coffees, along with sensational Godiva Belgian chocolates. The ambience is cosy and inviting, making it an ideal place for a mid-day treat or an after-dinner indulgence. However, it’s somewhat disappointing that takeaway cups are not offered, which could be a minor inconvenience for those wishing to enjoy their beverages on the go.

The Kings Court offers an alternative dining experience with a Mediterranean-inspired menu. For approximately $25 per person, guests can enjoy a variety of dishes in a relaxed, buffet-style setting. While the food is generally well-prepared and tasty, some guests might find the selection limited compared to the extensive options available on other modern cruise ships.

The Verandah is not just the highlight of speciality dining on Queen Mary 2 but also ranks among our all-time favourite restaurants at sea. The Verandah offers a fine dining experience with an exquisite menu and impeccable service. The cost for dinner is US$45 if booked pre-cruise, or US$50 if booked on board, while lunch is priced at US$25 or US$30, respectively. The sophisticated menu features a range of gourmet dishes prepared with the finest ingredients, and the elegant setting adds to the overall luxurious experience.

Browse The Verandah & Room Service Menus on Queen Mary 2

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The Verandah Menu

Savour the epitome of fine dining at The Verandah aboard Queen Mary 2. This menu offers a superb selection of gourmet dishes, expertly prepared with the highest quality ingredients. Each course delivers an extraordinary culinary experience in a sophisticated and stylish setting.

The Verandah Menu
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Room Service Menu

Enjoy the luxury of dining in the comfort of your stateroom with our exceptional Room Service aboard Queen Mary 2. This extensive menu offers a delightful range of dishes, all prepared with the finest ingredients and delivered with impeccable service. Who doesn't love breakfast in bed?

Room Service Menu

Casual Dining Spots

Aboard Queen Mary 2, casual dining options provide a delightful variety of choices to suit every taste and occasion. From the relaxed ambiance of the Boardwalk Café to the traditional British fare at the Golden Lion Pub, these venues offer a range of dining experiences that are both comforting and satisfying.

Boardwalk Café (weather permitting) is a small venue where guests can enjoy casual bites and fast food, while soaking in the sun and sea views at the top of the ship. Perfect for a sunny day, this café serves a selection of light meals and snacks, making it an ideal spot to grab a relaxed lunch or an afternoon treat.

Kings Court Buffet is the main buffet restaurant offering a diverse array of dishes from around the world. It’s an excellent choice for those who appreciate variety and convenience. The buffet features everything from fresh salads and hearty mains to delectable desserts, catering to a wide range of preferences.

Chef’s Galley stands out with its focus on made-to-order pasta and pizza. This interactive dining experience allows guests to customise their meals, ensuring each dish is prepared to their liking. It’s a popular spot for those craving Italian comfort food in a casual setting within the Kings Court Buffet.

Sir Samuel’s offers a cosy retreat where guests can enjoy speciality teas, coffees, and decadent Godiva Belgian chocolates. While it’s disappointing that takeaway cups are not available, the quality of the beverages and confections more than compensates. It’s an excellent place for a leisurely coffee break or a sweet indulgence.

The Golden Lion Pub brings the best of British pub culture to sea, serving up traditional comfort food like fish and chips and chicken tikka masala. The hearty dishes, combined with the pub’s convivial atmosphere, make it a favourite for those seeking a taste of home or a casual dining experience with friends.

Carinthia Lounge provides a serene environment where guests can enjoy light bites throughout the day. Its elegant setting and variety of snacks and pastries make it an ideal spot for a quiet respite or a light meal between activities.

Cunard Afternoon Tea in the Queens Room is a must-experience tradition. This elegant affair features an assortment of finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, and delicate pastries, all served with a selection of fine teas. The grandeur of the Queens Room and the impeccable service elevate this experience, making it a highlight of any voyage. For guests staying in Grills accommodation, afternoon tea is served daily in the Grills Lounge (with the exception of embarkation day).

Dining Tips and Recommendations

Dining aboard Queen Mary 2 is a delightful experience, ranging from grand gourmet feasts in the Queens Grill to relaxed meals in the casual dining venues. To maximise your culinary journey on this magnificent vessel, consider the following tips and recommendations:

Explore All Dining Options Early

Begin your cruise by exploring all the dining venues available. Each restaurant has its own unique charm and menu, so take the opportunity to decide which ones you would like to try throughout your journey. This will help you plan your meals in advance and ensure you don’t miss out on any hidden gems.

Make a Reservations at The Verandah

Dining at The Verandah should not be missed, ranking as one of the best steakhouses at sea. Make sure you make your reservations early. This venue is immensely popular and can fill up quickly. Booking early ensures you get to experience this exceptional dining venue at your preferred times.

Attend the Cunard Afternoon Tea

Do not miss the Cunard Afternoon Tea served in the Queens Room. This quintessentially British experience is enhanced by the elegant setting and live music, offering a perfect afternoon indulgence. Afternoon tea is a popular event, so consider arriving early to secure a good spot.

Utilise Flexible Dining Options

If your accommodation allows, take advantage of flexible dining times in the Britannia Club or Princess Grill. The ability to dine anytime within the restaurant’s operating hours allows for a more relaxed experience without the constraints of fixed meal times.

Explore Casual Venues

For a less formal dining experience, venues like the Golden Lion Pub and Kings Court Buffet offer a wide variety of dishes that cater to all tastes. These venues are perfect for informal meals or when you prefer not to adhere to the dress codes typically required in the main dining rooms.

Enjoy Room Service

Sometimes, the best dining spot can be your own stateroom. Queen Mary 2 offers a comprehensive and complimentary room service menu that is perfect for those times you prefer to dine in the comfort of your suite or balcony. It’s especially delightful to enjoy a private meal with views of the ocean.

Check Daily Menus

Menus in the main dining rooms and speciality restaurants can vary daily. Be sure to check the menus each day, which are often posted outside the restaurant or available in your stateroom’s daily newsletter, to help you decide where and when you’d like to dine.

Communicate Dietary Restrictions

If you have specific dietary requirements, inform the dining staff early in your voyage. Queen Mary 2’s culinary teams are well-equipped to accommodate various dietary needs, ensuring that every meal is not only delicious but also suitable for your health requirements.

Experience the Golden Lion Pub

For a taste of traditional British pub culture at sea, the Golden Lion Pub offers classic pub fare in a cosy and friendly atmosphere. It’s a great place to enjoy comfort food while engaging in lively conversation or watching a game.

By following these tips, you can ensure that your dining experience aboard Queen Mary 2 is as varied and enjoyable as possible, making every meal a memorable part of your cruise adventure.

Superb Dining at The Queens Grill Restaurant

Browse The Menus of Some of Queen Mary 2's Casual Eateries

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The Carinthia Lounge Menu

Discover a delightful selection of light bites and refreshments at the Carinthia Lounge aboard Queen Mary 2. The perfect place for a light snack in a cosy and convivial atmosphere.

Carinthia Lounge Menu
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The Golden Lion Menu

Indulge in traditional British pub fare at the Golden Lion aboard Queen Mary 2. Savour classic dishes like fish and chips, shepherd's pie, and chicken tikka masala.

The Golden Lion Menu

Dining Aboard Queen Mary 2: A Culinary Journey of Elegance and Excellence

In summary, dining aboard Queen Mary 2 offers a mix of experiences, from the adequate offerings of the Britannia Restaurant to the exceptional cuisine found in the Princess and Queens Grill restaurants. While the Britannia Restaurant provides a satisfactory dining experience, we found that main dining is superior on Holland America, Celebrity and luxury lines like Azamara. However, the Queens Grill stands out as a culinary gem, making the overall Grills experience worth its weight in gold.

The quality of dining at casual eateries and speciality restaurants is generally very good, providing a range of delicious options to suit various tastes and dietary requirements. Nevertheless, the biggest issue with dining on Queen Mary 2 is the limited choice compared to modern cruise ships, including Cunard’s latest addition, Queen Anne. Despite this, the elegance and excellence of the available dining experiences aboard Queen Mary 2 ensure a memorable culinary journey at sea.

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