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Viking Ocean Cruises Restaurant Guide
We have just returned from a Viking Homelands itinerary and have put together this Viking Ocean Cruises Restaurant Guide, showcasing the regional influences on the menus in all the casual and upscale dining venues.
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Viking Cruises offers an array of casual and upscale dining experiences on all of the line’s ocean ships. The all-inclusive nature of the cruise line means that all of the restaurants onboard the ship are included in the price of the cruise fare, including specialty restaurants and room service. Offering menus with regional influences and locally sourced goods, we have just returned from a Viking Homelands itinerary on Viking Jupiter and have put together this Viking Ocean Cruises Restaurant Guide complete with menus.
Continue reading to get the complete list of dinner menus from the main dining room.
Viking Ocean Cruises Restaurant Guide with Menus
This buffet-style restaurant located on deck 7 aft serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a open and casual atmosphere. With a wide array of international flavors, you can choose your favorites from the deli, pasta station, sushi bar, and more. This venue also offers coffee and tea 24 hours a day. A unique aspect of this restaurant is the open-kitchen.
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Located in the Explorer’s Lounge on deck 7 forward, this Scandinavian deli serves up breakfast pastries, open-faced sandwiches, and the ever popular waffles. This is the go-to spot for a snack or a light meal while lounging in this comfy venue. Further, this namesake deli features original recipes from Viking founder Torstein Hagen’s mother.
Mamsen’s Breakfast and Lunch Menu | Mamsen’s Snacks Menu
Located outside of the World Cafe, this al fresco seating area allows you to dine in comfort while you admire the views. Inspired by the outdoor area on the line’s river ships, the destination is your backdrop while you lounge around the infinity pool or snack on some treats from the buffet.
Adjacent to the main pool, you can enjoy afternoon tea and snacks at the Wintergarden. Kick back, socialize with some new friends, and enjoy treats like finger sandwiches and scones along with a wide selection of tea. This afternoon treat is accompanied by classical music from resident musicians and panoramic views. This is the perfect spot to relax after returning from a day of sightseeing.
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The Pool Grill is your poolside venue serving up classic favorites like hamburgers, hot dogs, and fries for you to enjoy while lounging by the pool. These items are all cooked to order and are available for lunch or a mid-afternoon snack. There is also a small salad bar and a condiments bar for you to customize your order even further.
Viking Cruises offers complimentary room service 24 hours a day on all ocean ships. An extensive room service menu is available around the clock. So, if you want to enjoy breakfast in bed, a private dinner for two on the balcony, or need some late night munchies, you can order room service at no additional costs.
Breakfast Menu | All Day Menu
The Restaurant is Viking Cruises’ take on the traditional cruise ship main dining room. Located aft on deck 2, this venue offers upscale dining and a menu with regional influences. The menu changes daily with a list of always available classic dishes. The Restaurant has open seating during set times for breakfast and dinner. Reservations are not required.
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Viking Ocean Cruises Main Dining Room Menu 14 Nights
This specialty dining option is located on deck 1 aft and included in the cruise fare. Reservations can be made online in advance of the sailing or once onboard the ship (though selection might already be limited). The menu at Chef’s Table changes every few days and offers a 5-course tasting menu with wine pairing. The sommeliers and culinary masters at The Chef’s Table will guide you through the multi-course presentation making it not only a dining experience but a culinary adventure. You can ask the chef to accommodate the menu for food allergies and preferences.
Asian Panorama | Xiang | Mexico | Route of the Indes | Erling’s Scandinavian Bistro
Manfredi’s Italian Restaurant
This highly acclaimed Italian Restaurant onboard Viking Ocean ships is also located on deck 1 aft and is included in the price of the cruise fare. Guests can dine at this specialty restaurant without any up-charges, but making reservations in advance is highly recommended. Manfredi’s offers authentic Italian dishes in a warm and inviting setting, including Italian wines, delicious breads, housemade pasta, and entrees from various regions of Italy.
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I am not sure I understand the – set times- for dinner?
I think they mean the normal times of opening for the dining room. In other words, if it is open you can go when you like and dine with whom you like.
Based on our room category (2 couples my friend and I with our husbands) we can only make our specialty dining reservation the day of sailing. Do you think we’ll be able to even book at Manfredi and Chef’s Table? This is making me nervous. I’d be so disappointed if we can’t even try these places out.
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Regional cuisine, always available classics and the most al fresco dining at sea.
Our main dining venue, The Restaurant offers the highest onboard dining experience amid a streamlined Scandinavian design. The menu includes regional cuisine and always available classics enhanced with locally sourced ingredients, so you can explore new cultures through food.
Manfredi’s ® Italian Restaurant
Manfredi’s offers the best of Italian cuisine, whether the farm-inspired heartiness of Tuscany or the famed flavors from Rome. Subdued, ambient lighting creates a warm, welcoming air in this traditional restaurant recalling Italy’s beloved trattorias.
The Chef’s Table
The sommeliers and culinary masters at The Chef’s Table create the perfect pairing of food and wine. During a multicourse tasting, they pour select vintages and serve thoughtfully prepared dishes made for each other.
With live cooking, an open kitchen and premium sushi/seafood choices, the World Café provides a vibrant interactive experience and a wide range of international flavors. Dine indoors or al fresco on the Aquavit Terrace for stunning panoramic views.
Aquavit Terrace ®
In the spirit of the revolutionary outdoor settings of our award-winning river ships, we have created the Aquavit Terrace, providing more al fresco dining experiences than on any ship at sea.
Located in the Explorers’ Lounge and named for “Mamsen,” the Hagen family matriarch, this venue offers Norwegian specialties for breakfast, lunch, an afternoon snack or evening treat.
In this elegant space under a canopy of Scandinavian trellised wood, you can participate in a calming tea ceremony or indulge in afternoon tea service while enjoying the soft strains of a string quartet.
For a relaxed lunch or afternoon snack, the Pool Grill serves casual fare prepared to order. Choose from our Viking Burger, Seared Ahi Tuna and much more. A small salad bar is also available for a lighter meal.
Care to enjoy a quiet dinner in the comfort of your stateroom? A midnight snack? Or perhaps breakfast in bed? For your convenience, we offer 24-hour room service, 7 days a week, with many of our signature dishes to choose from.
The Kitchen Table
Immerse yourself in local culture and cuisine on an optional interactive culinary journey. At our onboard cooking school, experience firsthand how our ships’ world-class chefs bring distinct, local flavors from market to table.
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Viking Ocean Cruise Dining: What You Need to Know
Viking Ocean Cruises offer a variety of dining spots serving a variety of delicious cuisine. There’s undoubtedly something for everyone. Take your pick of refined or casual menus as well as inside or al fresco dining. All food is included in the cruise cost — no upcharges for dining at a specialty restaurant. Also, soda, house wine, and beer are complimentary at lunch and dinner (and the servers gladly provide refills throughout the meal). Guests can always purchase the Silver Spirits beverage package, which includes premium wine, beer, spirits, and cocktails — at meals and anytime throughout the cruise. My husband and I have enjoyed the variety of cuisine and dining settings (casual or refined, inside or outside) — and all included in the trip cost — to be a great benefit of cruising with Viking.
One factor that makes dining aboard a Viking Ocean Cruise ship so appealing is the attentive service accompanying restaurant meals. Friendly and open to conversation, the servers can make menu suggestions based on your interests. My husband and I were so impressed with a server in the restaurant one night that we requested one of her tables at subsequent dinners.
Viking accommodates guests with food allergies (fish, shellfish, nuts, and soy) and special dietary needs (such as diabetic, gluten-free, low-carb, low-fat, and vegetarian). To notify Viking of special dietary requests before your cruise, go to the My Viking Journey online portal, select Onboard Experience > Preferences > Dietary Restrictions. Once onboard, you can always discuss special dietary needs in person.
Two restaurants (Chef’s Table and Manfredi’s) require reservations and fill up quickly. Claim your spot on the My Viking Journey online portal before your trip (when your reservation window — based on your stateroom level — opens) or when you board the ship. The rest of the dining options are available without reservations. For instance, at The Restaurant, you will be seated in the order you check in with the host/hostess.
Viking Ocean Cruise Restaurants
Chef’s Table is a specialty restaurant featuring a rotating theme-based menu that lasts for three days at a time. Featured menus have focused on Asian, British, California, Chinese, and Mexican cuisine. Expect a five-course meal with paired wines. This restaurant requires reservations. (Deck 1)
The Living Room
The Living Room lounge has a bar that also offers morning go-to’s like muffins and pastries, and sandwiches in the afternoon and evening. (Deck 1)
Mamsen’s is a small café with Norwegian-inspired treats tucked into the Explorers’ Lounge and is open periodically throughout the day. Popular items are heart-shaped waffles, open-faced sandwiches, soups, and pastries. Choose what you’d like and find a table in the Explorers’ Lounge. This dining spot’s name honors “Mamsen” Ragnhild Hagen, Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen’s beloved mother, known for preparing excellent Norwegian cuisine. (Deck 7)
Manfredi’s Italian Restaurant
Manfredi’s is a specialty dining space that requires reservations. Expect a selection of Italian-inspired appetizers, soups, pasta and risotto, main courses (lamb, fish, seafood, and steak), sides, and dessert. A popular item is Bistecca di Manfredi, a Florentine-style steak. (Deck 1)
Pool Grill & Bar
Near the main pool are the Pool Grill and Pool Bar. The Pool Grill features salads, sides, and grilled fare, including hamburgers, hot dogs, and fish. (Deck 7)
The Restaurant is the main dining spot with various offerings featuring creatively prepared familiar and international dishes. On one left side of the menu are classic dishes that are always available, like Caesar Salad, salmon, chicken, and steak. On the right side of the menu are evening specials, including destination-focused dishes. Some dinner choices on a recent cruise included Spicy Mussel Stew, Crispy Soft-shell Crab, Chilean Sea Bass, Lobster Thermidor, Slow-roasted Prime Rib, Thai Red Curry Chicken, Osso Buco, Pot Roast, and Filet au Roquefort, along with vegetarian highlights, like Vegetable and Mushroom Brown Rice Paella. (Deck 2)
Room service is complimentary and available 24 hours a day for all guests. To order room service breakfast, complete the breakfast menu placed in your room while you’re at dinner; hang it outside your door before bed, and your breakfast will be delivered in the morning. Order room service at other times of the day when you feel like dining in your stateroom or on the balcony — or feel the need for a late-night snack.
Relax for afternoon tea with your choice of teas and coffees to accompany tea sandwiches, scones, and sweets. Listen to musicians perform classical tunes during this late-afternoon experience. (Deck 7)
For casual dining throughout the day, head to the World Café , which provides a wide variety of breakfast foods (including made-to-order omelets) as well as sandwiches, salads, entrees, sides, bread, pizza, and gelato for lunch and dinner. All the food is buffet-style, and you choose your seating: inside at tables or outside while enjoying the views. Servers will come to your table to provide drinks (complimentary soda, wine, and beer at lunch and dinner). The World Café is very casual, so jeans and shorts are perfectly acceptable. (Deck 7)
Tips for Dining & Restaurant Dress Codes
- If you feel like sampling more than one dish or want less food, ask for half-portions of salads or entrees .
- Make trip planning easier by making dinner reservations, sharing your allergies and dietary restrictions, and signing up for the optional Silver Spirits beverage package online ( MyVikingJourney.com ) before your cruise. See below for more information on this.
- When dining at Chef’s Table, Manfredi’s Italian Restaurant, or The Restaurant, adhere to Viking’s suggested casual elegance dress code . For women, this translates to a dress, skirt, or slacks with a sweater or blouse; for men, it’s pants and a collared shirt. No need for a sports jacket or tie — unless you want to wear that. Just remember, no jeans in these three dining venues.
- Casual attire (e.g., jeans, shorts) is perfectly acceptable at the Pool Grill and the World Café.
Making Reservations for Specialty Restaurants
To make reservations at the specialty restaurants, Chef’s Table and Manfredi’s Italian Restaurant, before your cruise, head to MyVikingJourney.com and make your selections. On MyVikingJourney.com , select Onboard Experience > Dining and Beverage. You can also cancel and change dining reservations online.
Online dining reservations become available according to stateroom level and on the following schedule:
- Owner’s Suite—100 days from the sail date
- Explorer Suites—90 days from the sail date
- Penthouse Junior Suites—80 days from the sail date
- Penthouse Veranda Staterooms—70 days from the sail date
- Deluxe Veranda Staterooms—60 days from the sail date
- Veranda Staterooms—No priority reservations
You may also book reservations once onboard but know that the specialty restaurants are popular, so you may need to be flexible when booking.
Below is a quick overview of the dining options aboard a Viking Ocean cruise ship. Verify current times of dining services in the Viking Daily once you are onboard. For example, The Restaurant may offer lunch on some days at sea.
Wherever you are on the ship, you’re never far from a bar, and they have generous hours of operation — some opening in mid-morning. Bars are located on Aquavit Terrace (Deck 7), Explorers’ Lounge (Deck 7), the Pool Bar (Deck 7), The Living Room (Deck 1), and Torshavn , a lounge/nightclub (Deck 2).
You can charge the drinks to your onboard account or sign up for the Silver Spirits Beverage Package, which includes unlimited premium wine, beer, and cocktails. The Silver Spirits package costs $25 per day of the cruise. If two people share a stateroom, both must purchase the package for $50 per day (for double occupancy). If interested in the Silver Spirits Beverage Package, you can sign up before the cruise on MyVikingJourney.com by selecting Onboard Experience > Dining and Beverage > Silver Spirits Beverage Package. Also, you can sign up for the beverage package once aboard the ship.
Guests are allowed to bring wine (and other alcohol) onto the ship. For example, if you purchase wine while on an excursion, you can bring it back, and a Viking bartender will open the bottle for you with no corkage fees. And as mentioned, complimentary house wine and beer are served during lunch and dinner .
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Viking Cruises offer delicious food and tempting treats. Here are recipes for two such desserts. Lebkuchen, the gingerbread-type cookie with hazelnuts, is rich in flavor. The Coconut Macaroons are a light sweet treat to serve alone or accompanying other goodies.
- 1 medium saucepan
- 1 Rolling Pin
- 2 mixing bowls large and medium sized
- 2 baking sheets
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 2 3/4 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- 1 tsp allspice
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/3 cup candied citron, diced (optional)
- 1/3 cup hazelnuts chopped
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water or milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
- sliced almonds, candied citron or ginger, or melted chocolate
- In a medium saucepan, bring honey and molasses to a boil. Remove from heat; stir in brown sugar, egg, lemon juice and zest. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and all spices, and stir in molasses mix, citron, and hazelnuts. Cover. Chill overnight. Preheat oven to 350°. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. On a floured, hard surface, roll out a small amount of chilled dough to 1/4-inch thick. If the dough is sticky, use more flour. Cut dough with desired cookie cutters; transfer to prepared baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Meanwhile, make icing by heating sugar and liquids in a small saucepan (do not boil). Remove from heat; stir in confectioners' sugar. If icing crystallizes, reheat and add water or milk. Transfer cookies to rack, and while still hot, brush with icing and decorate with almonds, candied citron or ginger; or, let cool completely and drizzle with melted chocolate. Store in a sealed container.
- 1 electric mixer
- 2 baking trays
- 4 egg whites
- 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
- 2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1 tsp vanilla sugar
- Preheat oven to 350°. Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites until stiff. Then, combine with other ingredients. Place small macaroons on a baking tray lined with parchment paper using a tablespoon. Bake for 10-15 minutes.
Viking has done a fine job offering an appealing variety of dining locations and menus aboard their ocean cruise ships. My husband and I always ordered breakfast from room service to enjoy a leisurely breakfast while getting ready in the morning. We sometimes enjoyed breakfast on our balcony to savor a scenic view. For lunch, we usually headed to World Café and appreciated the variety of cheeses, salads, entrees, pizza, and desserts (including gelato). We sometimes opted for lunch at Mamsen’s and liked eating in the relaxed setting of the Explorers’ Lounge. We tried all the restaurants for dinner, and our favorite was The Restaurant because of the changing menu each evening. Overall, we were very satisfied with the dining options aboard Viking on our ocean cruise.
Feel free to share your suggestions and thoughts about dining aboard a Viking Ocean Cruise ship. Your ideas could help other cruisers. Thanks! 🙂
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Viking Ocean Dining Guide
Viking offers a range of dining experiences on its ocean-going ships, from more casual eateries to culinary experiences, all with the elegant Viking style and flair. All restaurants on board are included in the cruise fare.
Viking’s cuisine is destination focussed and is influenced by the regions each of the ships sail in and through. I’ve sailed with Viking a few times and honestly, each and every meal has been superb, with service to match. Let’s take a look at what’s offered on board.
The main dining venue on board Viking ocean ships is The Restaurant. As with the rest of the ships, this space is light and airy, with scandi-influences and gorgeous art adorning all the walls. It wraps around the aft of the ship so make sur you try and grab and aft facing table for some stunning wake views.
The Restaurant’s menu changes daily and is heavily influenced by the region the ship is sailing in. So, you can expect a number of interesting dishes, together with a list of always available classics. Reservations are not required and is open for breakfast and dinner. All this is accompanied by exceptional personalised service.
Downstairs from The Restaurant you will find the two alternative dining venues on board. Something I’ve spoken to Viking about in the past is that they do not see Manfredi’s or Chef’s Table (which I’ll talk about next) as ‘speciality restaurants’ as all the food is of the same high quality on board and is all included in your fare.
This restaurant is full of rich materials and ambient lighting creating a warm atmosphere fit for any Italian Trattoria. For me, it has to be the best Italian at sea offering food from different regions of Italy, from hearty Tuscan cuisine to freshly made pasta, risotto and other delicacies. Of course, you can pair this with some equally delicious Italian wines.
My one recommendation when you visit and you enjoy steak, is to order the Bistecca Fiorentina. This is hand’s down one of the best steaks I’ve ever eaten (on land or sea) featuring a thick cut ribeye that is marinated in a special rub of porcini mushroom powder, sugar and chilli. It’s simply divine.
Located on Deck 1 opposite Manfredi’s and just aft of the Viking Living Room Atrium, The Chef’s Table is less a restaurant and more of a culinary journey featuring a multicourse tasting menu, paired with select wines. For me, it’s one of the highlights of a Viking cruise. I cannot resist a tasting menu and this 5-course experience changes every few days, with a selection that draws on the itineraries of the ship.
I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing a number of the menus on board, with wine pairing, and they are all truly spectacular in every way – some of the best and more enjoyable cuisine I’ve had at sea. I think my favourite has to be La Route Des Indes , featuring a variety of spices.
One of the personal highlights is also the Great Britain Cuisine from an Island Nation menu, which has been created by guest chef and my friend, Karen Burns-Booth ( you can read all about her here ). I have yet to try it, but it looks truly delightful.
This is the main casual eatery on board and features a whole range of freshly cooked international cuisine from its open kitchen, including a staggering range of sushi/seafood choices and a great gelato/ice-cream selection. You can also enjoy coffee and tea 24/7.
Linked to the World Café, you will find the Aquavit Terrace. This is one of my favourite spaces on a Viking ocean ship to relax in the day and enjoy the infinity pool, but it also serves as the perfect spot to enjoy al fresco dining all day from the World Café.
Situated within the Explorers’ Lounge at the very front of the ship, this cute Norwegian deli is named for “Mamsen”, the Hagen family matriarch. This venue is open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks or an evening treat. I personally love coming here for breakfast and is a great way to start the day. Of course, the highlight (of many!) has to be the popular waffles, featuring fresh fruit, jam and Norwegian brown goat’s cheese – it is a must on board. You can also expect a variety of open sandwiches, pastries, soups and other deicacies throughout the day.
The Wintergarden is one of the most elegant spaces on board Viking ocean ships – and one of my favourite spaces to sit and relax in. Make sure you head here in the afternoon for the daily afternoon tea service, featuring a wide range of teas and treats while you sit and enjoy a string quartet in this perfect setting. One word, delightful.
The Pool Grill is the perfect spot to grab a burger or other casual fare. It has a range of burgers, hot dogs and sandwiches available, together with a small salad bar. It’s seriously delicious food to enjoy at lunch.
Of course you can also opt to enjoy a quiet meal in your room any time of day, with 24-hour room service available.
The Kitchen Table
I was lucky enough to immerse myself in the Kitchen Table experience on board the Viking Sea. This is an optional interactive culinary journey at the onboard cooking school.
Situated between the two alternative dining you will find the Kitchen Table, an interactive kitchen area where guests can cook a variety of meals with the very talented chefs on board. Typically, this is a two-part experience where guests will spend the morning shopping in port for exciting ingredients with chefs before cooking and enjoying the food later in the day. If you enjoy food then definitely consider it.
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