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splinkaone October 9th, 2003 11:41 PM

Chops & Portofino?
Any reviews on these two restaraunts? How about menus? Are they worth it?
Thanks so much!

jasonalec October 10th, 2003 12:42 AM

Re: Chops & Portofino?
ABSOLUTELY worth it! Chops has amazing service and perfectly prepared steaks and side dishes. It's like getting a $50/pp meal for $20. Same goes for Portofino. The food in the main dining room is good considering they are serving 1,500 people. But it is more like catering food than a fine restaurant. The food in Chops and Portofino is more individually prepared. Live it up and book them both. I reccomend doing it for Carribean night.

Chops has a typical steakhouse menu. Fillet Mignon, NY Strip, Sirloin, Prime rib, etc. They also have side dishes of potatoes (huge), spinach, broccoli, asparagus, salads, etc.

Portofino has a typical italian menu.

Book em early so you can get the time you want.

btw.. I assume your taking Navigator or Mariner. I don't think they retrofitted Chops into the other voyager class ships.


splinkaone October 10th, 2003 11:23 AM

Re: Re: Chops & Portofino?
Thanks for the info., we are sailing on the Mariner of the Seas 12/7. One more question, do you tip the service staff in Chops, or is it included in your weeks tips? We are new to cruising. Also, how do you know which night is caribbean night?
Thanks again!

jasonalec October 10th, 2003 03:01 PM

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You can and should tip the service staff seperately in Chops. You can do it right on the bill where they give you a place to add a gratuity. I reccomend going up to Chops the first day and ask the manager there. They usually are familiar with the main dining room menu.


robbie October 12th, 2003 06:21 PM

Re: Chops & Portofino?
I agree that the $20 is worth it IF the dining room menu doesn't appeal to you on that night. We just got back from the Radiance and our meal in "Chops" was comparable to the $100+ meal (for 2) we just had in Vegas the month prior.

salem5050 October 12th, 2003 07:20 PM

Re: Chops & Portofino?
By all means go to Chops! Make your reservation as soon as you get on the ship, so you do not miss out!

Mary Margaret

Chuck Palm October 12th, 2003 07:54 PM

Re: Chops & Portofino?
I agree, chops is very good and well worth the extra coins.

SamIAm October 13th, 2003 10:04 AM

Re: Chops & Portofino?
Portofino is also a great idea... If you like really fine "modern" Italian dishes, Portofino is also a great choice. The service in both restaurants is so precise and perfect, you will love it. They pamper you in Portofino from start to finish. Its a great experience.

serene56 October 13th, 2003 02:20 PM

Re: Chops & Portofino?
What ships have both chops and Portofinos?

Here is my web page that has the daily menu broke down by each day. The menu is used fleetwide so the same thing served on the Voyager is served on the Mariner.

Also Here is the menu for Portofinos.

jasonalec October 13th, 2003 02:43 PM

Re: Re: Chops & Portofino?
As far as I know, Navigator is the first ship to offer Chops. I assume Mariner will offer it as well. I don't know what plans, if any, there are to retrofit other ships with this option.

SamIAm October 15th, 2003 10:17 AM

Re: Chops & Portofino?
Radiance class ships were the first to offer Chops. The Navigator is the first Voyager-class ship to offer Chops. And I would anticipate that Chops Grille will also be on the Mariner as it is such a huge HIT!

robbie October 15th, 2003 02:10 PM

Re: Chops & Portofino?
I believe all of the Radiance class ships have both restaurants, side by side, on deck Six.

jasonalec October 15th, 2003 04:35 PM

Re: Chops & Portofino?
Seriously considering Radiance class for my next trip.

SamIAm October 16th, 2003 11:22 AM

Re: Chops & Portofino?
Jason, me too...thinking about the Jewel of the Seas out of Fort Lauderdale in 2005. Sounds like a long way away, but it will take that long to save it up!

Erik. October 16th, 2003 01:26 PM

Re: Chops & Portofino?
how long does it take to eat in portofino or chops compared to the dining room?

SamIAm October 16th, 2003 01:52 PM

Re: Chops & Portofino?
Give it 2 to 2 1/2 hours in either Portofino or Chops. The dining room is right about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

dalwhitt October 18th, 2003 12:57 AM

Re: Chops & Portofino?

Portofino is very good ... Chops is exceptional!

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