The Best Restaurants Onboard Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas

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From buffets to upscale dining, the ship offered cuisine from around the world. I filled up on tacos, salads, seafood, and so many desserts at all types of restaurants.

A mix of offerings on the world’s largest cruise ship.

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Some restaurants are complimentary as part of the cruise rate, while specialty dining incurs an additional cost. For the latter, guests often pay a cover charge for a three-course meal, and the cost tends to increase the later into the cruise you reserve a table.

Wonderland dining room on the world's largest cruise ship

The dining room at Wonderland, a specialty restaurant on the ship.

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I made reservations at five specialty restaurants, and I found that meals at both complimentary and specialty offerings made my top list of favorite things I ate.

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The author dines at Hooked Seafood — a specialty restaurant.

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The main dining room on the ship is complimentary for guests and serves breakfast and a three-course dinner each day.

Entrance to the main dining room on deck 3 of the world's largest cruise ship

An entrance to the main dining room.

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I went there for dinner one night and had garlic tiger shrimp with jasmine rice, seasonal veggies, and herb butter. The shrimp was juicy with great flavor, the rice was sticky, which I like, and the asparagus and tomatoes were well-seasoned.

Top meal on the world's largest cruise ship

The author’s dinner from the main dining room.

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At breakfast, the main dining room served thick french toast that was crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. A delicious berry sauce on top paired nicely with maple syrup. This was my favorite breakfast of the whole trip.

Top meal on the world's largest cruise ship

The author’s breakfast from the main dining room.

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Outside of the main dining room, I particularly enjoyed El Loco Fresh, an outdoor DIY taco bar. It’s included for guests and serves a selection of meats, cheeses, and so many toppings, like pico de Gallo, guacamole, and sour cream.

El Loco Fresh sign on the top deck

An entrance to El Loco Fresh.

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I grabbed a bowl of chips to make some nachos. I thought the queso was really good, and they had every topping I could want, satisfying my Tex-Mex craving on the ship.

nachos on the world's largest cruise ship

The author’s meal from El Loco Fresh.

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When I wanted an upscale meal, I chose Chops Grille, a steakhouse. I paid $55 for a three-course dinner here.

The entrance to Chops grille

The entrance to Chops Grille.

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The highlight was the appetizer — a crispy goat cheese salad with green apples, candied walnuts, cranberries, and balsamic dressing. It was an eclectic mix of textures and flavors, but blended together perfectly in my mouth.

Top meal on the world's largest cruise ship

The author’s salad from Chops Grille.

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For another upscale meal, I went to 150 Central Park, a restaurant with a variety of meat, seafood, and other “locally sourced ingredients,” according to Royal Caribbean. I had a three-course dinner for $50.

The entrance to 150 Central Park

The entrance to 150 Central Park.

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The best thing I ate at 150 Central Park was the fried cheesecake, so definitely save room for dessert if you dine here. It was soft, fluffy, and light, with a cream cheese filling. Caramelized popcorn, whipped cream, and Nutella drizzle complimented it perfectly. It was even more satisfying than the main course.

Top meal on the world's largest cruise ship

The author’s dessert from 150 Central Park.

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To get my seafood fix, I went to the New England-style Hooked Seafood restaurant that draws inspiration from Maine to Maryland. I paid $53 for a three-course dinner.

The entrance to Hooked

The entrance to Hooked Seafood.

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To start, I ordered the crab beignets. They were the perfect texture — soft and fluffy with a hard outer layer. The crab flavor was subtle with cinnamon on top for an interesting twist. The accompanying crap dip was refreshing, too.

Top meal on the world's largest cruise ship

The author’s appetizer at The Mason Jar.

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For my main, I had fried chicken with mashed potatoes and mac and cheese. The chicken was tender and well-seasoned. The sides had good flavor, as well.

Top meal on the world's largest cruise ship

The author’s entree at The Mason Jar.

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The dessert at The Mason Jar was also unique. Called “Gone Bananas!,” it included layers of vanilla pudding, graham cracker crumbs, and roasted bananas with whipped cream and toffee on top. It was fluffy, light, and had a rich banana flavor. It was the perfect ending to my favorite meal of the trip.

Top meal on the world's largest cruise ship

The author’s dessert at The Mason Jar.

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While the specialty restaurants served delicious courses, I thought the food quality was just as high in the main dining room, where I only ate twice. If I were to cruise with Wonder of the Seas again, I’d spend less money on specialty restaurants and more evenings in the main dining room instead since it offers great value.

People sit in the main dining room on the world's largest cruise ship

The main dining room on board Wonder of the Seas.

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