While sailing the Norwegian Epic I had the opportunity to dine in several of the dining venues, with mixed results.
Taste is the more casual of the two main dining rooms. I had lunch and dinner here with mixed experiences. I found the staff to be friendly here, but they were hit and miss on the service. Some servers were very good and on top of things, others would forget to bring things you had asked for. I did eat with someone who had special dietary requirements and found that the head waitress (or whatever their title is) did try to meet that request. But I didn’t find they were as aggressive about it as they could have been.
Manhattan Room is the formal main dining room. I ate one dinner here. The staff was very good and quite attentive.
I believe both main dining rooms had the same menu everyday with base items on it. Then everyday they would have a few special items offered that were local to the region we were in.
Cagney’s Steak House has a $25 up charge and from what I can tell offers better choices and cuts of meat as well as also offering Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail. The food and the service here were better then the main dining rooms, but it was also pretty quite in the restaurant. I think this is a good choice for the steak lovers out there. There was also a Moderno Churrascaria a Brazilian meatfest! One of those places where they bring around different types of meat. I did not eat here, but I heard good things from those who did.
Shanghai’s Chinese Restaurant was a disappointment at $15. I would compare this to a better Chinese restaurant you can find in many places throughout the US. Except that it had the worst fried rice I’ve ever had, it was sticky and flavorless.
Teppanyaki at $25 this was similar to going to any other Hibachi place in the US and for a similar price. But, like every other Hibachi place it was fun experience with good food. And they had really good green martini’s. I wish I remember the name of it, but I had too many!
O’Sheehans Neighborhood Bar and Grill offers breakfast and then regular food for the rest of the day. This is a nice spot for a quicker breakfast (without going through a buffet). They offered a quick breakfast or you could get breakfast to order. In the afternoon and evening they had a Irish Pub menu – burgers, fish and chips, meatloaf, chicken pot pie… This was a nice casual place to eat, but after 2 or 3 meals the menu got boring.
The Garden Cafe on the pool deck was, in my experience, above average compared to other shipboard buffets for lunch and dinner. I rarely encountered a line here, and found a wide variety of food options. But they had the BEST pretzel breadsticks, I miss those!
I covered the Spiegel Tent Cirque Dreams in a previous post. I believe they had just changed the menu there and I thought the food was good, but you really go to see Cirque Dreams and not for the food.
Sorry, but I did not get to eat at the French restaurant, the Italian restaurant, noodle place or the sushi place.