Best Steaks at Sea


There are few finer culinary treats than a perfectly seared steak, accompanied by a splattering of béarnaise sauce or a handful of chunky chips. However, a lot of restaurants, diners and eateries get steaks woefully wrong – from buying low-quality meat to charring it to within an inch of its life. So, to save you some steak heartbreak, we have picked five of our favourite steakhouses on the open ocean.

Tuscan Grille

Found aboard a selection of ships in the Celebrity Cruises fleet; Tuscan Grille offers the very best in traditional Italian steak dishes. Although pasta and pizza takes centre stage in most Italian eateries, the folk of the Ol’ Boot have long loved a good hunk of steak – with their armies of skilled chefs cooking it to perfection.

Order the Filetto di Manzo Rustico and you’ll be getting a perfectly prepared dish of the finest cut of beef: Filet Mignon. Naturally, as an Italian restaurant, the Tuscan Grille’s wine menu is full of beautiful reds which can be perfectly paired with a delightful steak.

Tuscan Grille - Celebrity Cruises

Crown Grill

Princess Cruises’ Crown Grill channels the spirit of the classic American steakhouse, with massive, cooked-to-order steaks accompanied with hearty sides. For a real taste of Midwestern United States, we’d definitely suggest the Kansas City Strip – a traditional 16 ounce sirloin still on the bone. The Loaded Baked Idaho Potato and a pitcher of beer perfectly complements this hunk of steak – but be sure to wear your trousers with the loosest waistband.

Princess Grill

Unsurprisingly for the Cunard Queen Mary 2, the ship’s Princess Grill restaurant offers a sophisticated twist on the traditional steak fare. The steak offering from the restaurant is Châteaubriand, Larded Peas & Gratin Dauphinoise Potatoes – a beautiful melt-in-the-mouth main course.

That is of course if you can resist the temptation to try the exquisitely enticing Lobster Américaine Flambé with Cognac, Truffle, Wild Mushroom Risotto. The Princess Grill might just have to be more than a one-off treat during a cruise aboard the incredible QM2.

Samba Grill Brazilian Steakhouse

Perfect if you want to sample a few different steaks and other meats, the Brazilian-style churrasco, Samba Grill, offers service from traditional gaucho cowboys who tour the tables with 13 different meats and seafood dishes on skewers. This all-you-can-eat Royal Caribbean steakhouse provides a relaxed and informal affair for couples and families – offering a unique and exciting dining experience.

Samba Grill - RCL

Prime 7

Found in the smaller, more intimate ships of the Regent Seven Seas fleet, Prime 7 is a beautifully sophisticated steak restaurant complete with contemporary décor, exquisite wines and hearty helpings of expertly-cooked steaks.

The 32 ounce Prime Porterhouse Steak is certainly the standout item on the menu – a huge, stunning cut of fine prime beef on the seas.

If these prime cuts of meat have whetted your appetite for a stunning steak in beautiful surroundings in the middle of the ocean, pop over to the Cruise1st homepage for a great selection of deals from all the top cruise lines. Alternatively, call our friendly sales team now on 0808 2746 777.

Images sourced via Royal Caribbean Press Center, Celebrity Cruises Press Center and Flickr Creative Commons. Credit: Elsie Hul


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Claire has worked in the travel industry since leaving college in 1994. One of this blog's most regular contributors, Claire covers cruise news and industry trends.


  1. Please can you help me. I like to smoke a cigar last thing at night and the reports I am getting is that apart from the special club, of which I am not a member, you cannot smoke them anywhere on board the Independence of the Seas, is this correct. The information that I have read is very ambiguous.

    Kind regards

    Terry Thomas

    • Nadia Latif on

      Good afternoon Terry.

      Thanks for getting in touch. We can confirm that smoking is permitted on the Starboard side of Deck 11 on the Independence of the Seas. This is outside the Solarium and is an open air part of the ship.

      There are no enclosed parts of the ship in which it is permitted to smoke.

      We hope that this has helped and that you have a great day.

      Thank you,