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Old January 11th, 2010, 10:37 PM
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Default Chops or Portofinos?

I will be sailing on Radiance of the Seas and I am wondering if the Chops or Portofinos restaurants are worth the extra charge.

Is the food that much better than the dining room? Is it a good place for a romantic evening? Which one is better?

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Exclamation Chops or Portofino?

We've been to both restaurants, and we prefer Chops. They are both excellent, and well worth the extra $$. We think the food is much better than in the main dining room.

I guess it boils down to whether you are a "meat and potatoes" person, or more of a "pasta and seafood" person. We will go for the filet mignon every time.
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We to have been to both restaurants and they are definately worth the cover charge and a great romantic evening. We prefer Portofinos (we are pasta and seafood people) but both are excellent. It is worth it to try at least one of these restaurants while on your cruise.
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Don't limit yourself to just one. Try both! They both have something unique to offer.
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Hands down Chops; Portofino is ok; however, it's nothing to write home about. Chope is also $5.00 more per person. (Chops = $25 / Portofino = $20) Both include gratuity.
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Only been to chopps and its fantastic. I was drunk on food last cruise the night we went. Not sure if this is the case on all boats, but we were on Freedom last week and for 14.95 you can order a filet mignon from chops to be served at your dining room table. I'm sure there is a potato and veggies with it, but its a slightly cheaper option. I say spend the 25 a piece and do it right at Chopps
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We ate twice in Chops and once in Portofino's on our last cruise...I'd say try both...they're excellent and the service in both restaurants is outstanding.
Certainly worth the price.
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We are sailing on the Radiance next Monday , I read most places that the Radiance is cutting back on food cost, do they still serve crab legs and lobster in the dining room or in the specialty restaurants? Thanks
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We are sailing on the Radiance next Monday , I read most places that the Radiance is cutting back on food cost, do they still serve crab legs and lobster in the dining room or in the specialty restaurants? Thanks
I've never seen crab legs in the MDR. The specialty restaurants both have lobster.

I would definitely try both, well worth the money. I will be sailing 2-22 on Radiance and will visit both at least once.

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<<I would definitely try both, well worth the money. I will be sailing 2-22 on Radiance and will visit both at least once.

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We will try them both and look for you Reggie.
We are traveling with another couple, have late seating in the MDR and also leave on 2-22. Hope to get to meet you.
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Both... Well worth it
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DW and I did Portofinos on the Radiance for our 30th wedding anniversary. We enjoyed it. Well worth the extra money. You won't be disappointed.
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<<I would definitely try both, well worth the money. I will be sailing 2-22 on Radiance and will visit both at least once.

Reggie>>

We will try them both and look for you Reggie.
We are traveling with another couple, have late seating in the MDR and also leave on 2-22. Hope to get to meet you.
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Don't know if you will see this before youleave but I'm in 7172, have late dining also and will be in the Concierge Lounge every night.
I will also be at the CruiseCritic Meet & Mingle, whenever that is.

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Only been to chopps and its fantastic. I was drunk on food last cruise the night we went. Not sure if this is the case on all boats, but we were on Freedom last week and for 14.95 you can order a filet mignon from chops to be served at your dining room table. I'm sure there is a potato and veggies with it, but its a slightly cheaper option. I say spend the 25 a piece and do it right at Chopps

I think that is a good option for parents with young children. Chops does not allow anyone under 13. I think it is good that RCI has that option for them. I also like that Chops does not allow young children. That adds to the ambiance of the specialty restaurant.

Also, I like that if I so choose, I can have steak another night in the main dining room, if I decide I would prefer it last minute. That does not mean I will not eat at Chops. I can eat steak 2 nights.
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Hummm I didn't know Chops did not allow children under the age of 13...interesting.

But certainly Portofino's does because we saw some very young children with their parents on one of the evenings we ate there. BTW: The daughter must have been around 3-4 and the son about 6-7, both very well behaved.
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Hummm I didn't know Chops did not allow children under the age of 13...interesting.

But certainly Portofino's does because we saw some very young children with their parents on one of the evenings we ate there. BTW: The daughter must have been around 3-4 and the son about 6-7, both very well behaved.
Perhaps RCI changed the rules? I haven't cruised RCI since October 05-back then it was age 13-that is disappointing.
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My vote for sure is Portofino. Been there a few time's and loved it. Well worth the extra charge.
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We just returned from the Serenade and had the pleasure of eating at Chops one night.... OMG........ that was the best steak I have ever had in my life. Had a unique taste. And since I am a med well to well girl they butterflied it. It was still a little more on the med side but still very good.. The sides are served family style which I thought was interesting... The desserts are a cut above the dining room.

One thing I thought was kinda interesting... the waiter said that he would bring us the "check". He knew that we had already paid but he had to "close out the table"............ Just another nice way of asking for an extra tip. The service and food were so good we gave them a little extra.
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