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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!