A Guide To Wonder of the Seas Restaurants: What Wonder of the Seas Dining Options Are Complimentary and What Cost Extra?

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In this guide to Wonder of the Seas Restaurants, I want to help you navigate the many dining options on board.

With so many dining options available it can all get a bit overwhelming, especially when you consider the size of the ship. 

First of all what restaurants are included in my cruise fare and what costs extra? What type of food do they serve and what times are they open?

I cruised on Wonder of the Seas in September 2023, so I was available to experience first-hand the huge range of options available. And let me tell you, I too was a little bit overwhelmed by it all.

This ship is HUGE! And with all these dining options available, I was lucky I didn’t come off the ship huge as well LOL.

How Many Wonder of the Seas Restaurants are there?

The author seated at a table in the main dining room on Wonder of the Seas
Yours Truly At Our Table in the Main Dining Room

Let’s talk numbers. If you exclude room service and Starbucks, there are effectively 19 restaurants available for dining on Wonder of the Seas. Ten of them are provided free of charge and nine are available at an additional cost.

That’s a lot of different dining options. These range from your basic hot dog, burger or pizza, all the way through to Teppanyaki, Sushi, or the finest steak. 

There is literally something for every taste on this ship.

What Restaurants are Free on Wonder of the Seas

The following Ten Restaurants onboard are included in the cost of your Wonder of the Seas cruise.

  • Main Dining Room
  • Windjammer Café
  • Cafe Promenade
  • Park Cafe
  • Solarium Bistro
  • Sorrento’s
  • Vitality Cafe
  • Boardwalk Dog House
  • El Loco Fresh
  • Coastal Kitchen (Suite Guests and Pinnacle Level Only)

Main Dining Room

The Main Dining Room on Wonder of the Seas
The Main Dining Room on Wonder of the Seas

The main dining room is located on decks 3,4 and 5 at the rear of the ship. For many this is their default choice for their evening meal. And for good reason. This is the classic cruise dining experience. The food is usually great quality and the service is excellent. 

If have elected to have either early or late seating you will have a pre-assigned table to sit at each evening.  For breakfast and lunch, there is no set table assignment or fixed dining time.

Each evening there is a different three-course menu available with lots to choose from. 

The main dining room is also open for breakfast every day and is open for lunch on sea days.

Unless you have selected a Specialty Dining package, I would definitely suggest making this your number one choice for dinner each evening. 

What time is early seating in the Main Dining Room on Wonder of the Seas?

The early seating time in the Main Dining Room on Wonder of the Seas is 5:00 pm 

On all the other Royal Caribbean ships we have been on, early dining is usually 5:30 pm  If this time is too early for you, then you might want to consider My Time Dining.

What time is the late seating on Wonder of the Seas?

The late seating time in the Main Dining Room on Wonder of the Seas is 7:45 pm.

On all the other Royal Caribbean ships we have been on, early dining is usually 8 pm or 8:15 pm.  

What is My Time Dining on Royal Caribbean?

My Time dining allows you to be more flexible with your dining arrangement. However, you do have to reserve your table each evening. You can do this via the Royal Caribbean App or at the restaurant.

Be aware that if you don’t reserve your table, you can be queuing for a table for quite some time.

Windjammer Cafe

Wonder of the Seas Windjammer Cafe
The Windjammer Cafe

The iconic Windjammer Cafe is a name you will recognize if you have dined on Royal Caribbean before. There is a Windjammer restaurant on every ship in the fleet.

This is the main buffet restaurant on board and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

There is a large range of different cuisines available and they even have a cute Kids-only section.

This is where we head most mornings for breakfast, and we will quite often have lunch in here.

For evening dinner, I would suggest considering the main dining room as generally the standard of the food is a little better. But if you prefer something casual, the Windjammer is perfect for that.

The Windjammer is located at the rear of the ship on deck 15.

Café Promenade

The Cafe Promenade on Wonder of the Seas
The Cafe Promenade on Royal Promenade

If you’re looking for a quick bite to eat or a light snack, Cafe Promenade is the perfect spot.

The cafe is open 24 hours a day and offers a variety of sandwiches, pastries, and desserts. You can also enjoy specialty coffee drinks and tea for an additional charge.

Cafe Promenade has a nice Mediterranean feel to it and is located right in the center of Royal Promenda on Deck 5 and is open 24/7.

Park Cafe

The Park Cafe on Wonder of the Seas
The Park Cafe on Wonder of the Seas

Park Cafe is home to the famous Kummelwelk Roast beef sandwich. Alan absolutely loves these! The “Kummelwelk” is the hard crispy roll that gives the dish its name. 

Park Cafe also serves a range of fresh sandwiches, paninis, and salads. The Park Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch every day.

Park Cafe is located on Central Park on deck 8 opposite Giovanni’s.

Solarium Bistro

The Solarium on Wonder of the Seas
The Solarium Bistro overlooks the stunning Solarium

Many people somehow assume the Solarium Bistro is an extra-charge restaurant. That’s because you actually have to make reservations (which you can do at the restaurant or on the Royal Caribbean App). 

It’s a complementary restaurant located on deck 15 forward, at the back of the Solarium area. The food available is very similar to the Windjammer, but the restaurant has a lovely bright feel to it, and is a really nice experience.

The Solarium Bistro is located on deck 15 forward.


The interor or Sorrento's Pizzeria on Royal Promenade
Sorrento’s Pizzeria on Royal Promenade

For a taste of Italy, head to Sorrento’s. This pizzeria offers a variety of classic pizzas, as well as daily specials. Sorrento’s is open for lunch and dinner every day. 

Just a quick heads up – neither I nor Alan enjoyed the Pizza here. The dough they used didn’t seem authentic. If you want a much better Pizza, pay the small up-charge and order one from Giovanni’s Wine Bar.

Sorrento’s can be found on the Royal Promenade, deck 5 opposite the British pub.

Vitality Cafe

The Vitality Cafe on Wonder of the Seas
The Vitality Cafe inside the Spa and Fitness Centre

Located in the Vitality Spa, the Vitality Café offers a variety of healthy options for breakfast, lunch, and snacks. From smoothies to salads, there are plenty of options to choose from. The Vitality Cafe is open every day.

If you fancy a healthier food option you will find Vitality Café at the entrance to the Fitness Centre and Spa on deck 6 forward.

Boardwalk Dog House

Boardwalk Dog House on Wonder of the Seas
There Was Always A Queue At Boardwalk Dog House

If you’re in the mood for a classic hot dog, head to Boardwalk Dog House. This casual restaurant offers a variety of hot dogs and sausages, as well as toppings and sides.

Boardwalk Dog House is open for lunch and dinner every day. We really enjoyed the hot dogs here and we clearly were not the only ones as there was always a queue!

The Boardwalk Dog House is located on the Boardwalk opposite Playmakers on Deck 6 aft.

El Loco Fresh

El Loco Fresh Restaurant on Wonder of the Seas
El Loco Fresh Was Always Very Busy

If you fancy a little bit of Mexican spice give El Loco Fresh a try. This casual restaurant offers a variety of tacos, burritos, and other Mexican favorites. El Loco Fresh is open for lunch and dinner every day.

El Loco is located up on the sports deck area on deck 16 aft – just behind the golf area.

Coastal Kitchen (Suite Guests and Pinnacle Level Only)

The entrance to the Suite Lounge and Coastal Kitchen Restaurant on Wonder of the Seas
If You Are Not A Suite Guest or Pinnacle Member You Can Look Away Now

If you’re staying in a suite or are a member of the Royal Suite Class, you can dine at Coastal Kitchen.

This restaurant offers a variety of options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as a dedicated staff to ensure a personalized dining experience.

Sadly, we were not staying in a suite, so did not get to experience this ourselves.

Coastal Kitchen is open every day and can be found up on deck 17 next to the Suite Lounge.

What Specialty Restaurants Are Available on Wonder of the Seas 

There are Nine Specialty Restaurants on Wonder of the Seas. These are not complimentary and are not included in your cruise fare.  You need to pay either an additional fixed-price dining fee or purchase one of Royal Caribbean’s Unlimited Dining Packages.

  • 150 Central Park
  • Chops Grille
  • Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar
  • Hooked Seafood
  • Izumi
  • Wonderland
  • Playmakers
  • Johnny Rockets
  • The Mason Jar 

150 Central Park

150 Central Park on Wonder of the Seas
150 Central Park

For the ultimate intimate dining experience, 150 Central Park is the perfect choice.

This upscale restaurant offers an extensive menu featuring contemporary American cuisine with a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients. 

This restaurant a great location right on Central Park on deck 8 right beside the Rising Tide bar.

Chops Grille

Chops Grille Restaurant on Wonder of the Seas
The Excellent Chops Grille

Chops Grille is a classic steakhouse that offers a menu of premium cuts of beef and seafood. The restaurant has a warm and inviting atmosphere, perfect for a romantic dinner or a special meal with your cruise friends. 

The menu features a variety of appetizers, entrees, and desserts, all expertly prepared by the talented chefs.

Chops Grille is also located in Central Park on deck 8. On the opposite side from 150 Central Park.

Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar

Entrance to Giovanni's Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar on Wonder of the Seas
The Distinctive Entrance to Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar

Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar is the perfect choice for those craving authentic Italian cuisine. The restaurant offers an extensive menu of classic Italian dishes, including pasta, pizza, and seafood.

The wine bar is a separate area and features a selection of premium Italian wines, perfect for pairing with your meal. You can also order the best-tasting pizza onboard here for a small up-charge. 

It’s important to note that you can use the Wine Bar even if you haven’t paid for Specialty dining. It’s a separate area and you can order food here on a separately priced a-la-carte menu in the same way that you can at Playmakers.

Giovanni’s can be found at the forward entrance to Central Park on deck 8.

Hooked Seafood

The interior of Hooked Seafood on Wonder of the Seas
Hooked Seafood Was Very Airy And Bright – Very Coastal Feel

I love seafood and for me, Hooked Seafood is a must-visit.

This restaurant offers a menu of fresh, sustainably sourced seafood. The menu features a variety of appetizers, entrees, and desserts, all highlighting the natural flavors of the seafood.

One of our friends that we met on the cruise said that the Royal Seafood Platter was outstanding. It’s a bit like a sampler with a bit of everything. Crab, prawns, cod, mussels, scallops. It sounded fabulous! I wished I had tried it.

Hooked Seafood is on deck 16 all the way forward.

Izumi Sushi

The menu from Izumi Restaurant on Wonder of the Seas
The Menu From Izumi

Izumi is a Japanese-inspired restaurant that offers a menu of sushi, sashimi, and other Asian specialties.

The restaurant is very modern and has a nice vibe to it, perfect for a special dinner with friends or family. 

Izumi is almost hidden away and can be found on deck 4 aft near the rear entrance to the Casino and right of the Main Dining Room.


The Entrance to Wonderland Restaurant
The Entrance to Wonderland Restaurant

Well, what can I say about Wonderland? It’s definitely a bit mental LOL

It offers some of the most imaginative and creative dishes you’ll ever see. This “Alice in Wonderland” themed restaurant really is incredible, but definitely very “niche”.  It’s a shame to see that it won’t be carried on to the newer Icon-class ships as it is something very different indeed.

The Menu from Wonderland Restaurant on Wonder of the Seas
Wonderland’s Rather “Interesting” Menu

If your taste buds can’t handle such weirdness, definitely stop by the bar area. Again, you can visit the bar, even if you are not paying for specialty dining. You can then experience the craziest cocktails you will ever see in your life.

And look out for the roaming mad piano players that hangs around outside Wonderland and occasionally makes it into the elevators LOL

Wonderland is tucked away on deck 12 near the aft elevators.


The entrance to Playmakers Sports Bar and Restaurant on the Boardwalk of Wonder of the Seas
Playmakers Sports Bar and Restaurant on the Boardwalk

If you fancy a sports bar snack-type experience, Playmakers is the perfect choice.

This sports bar located opposite Johnny Rockets on Boardwalks offers a menu of classic pub fare, including burgers, wings, and nachos.

The restaurant has a lively and fun atmosphere, perfect for watching the big game or hanging out with friends.

Once again, the menu items here are priced separately, so you do not need to purchase a specialty dining package to eat here.

We had the wings here along with a Pitcher of beers as a late-evening snack and they really hit the spot. Very tasty indeed.

Playmakers dominates the port side of the Boardwalk on deck 6 aft – right beside the carousel.

Johnny Rockets

Johnny Rockets on Boardwalk Wonder of the Seas
Johnny Rockets on Boardwalk

US-based cruises will of course be familiar with this brand. Johnny Rockets is a classic American diner that offers a menu of burgers, fries, and milkshakes.

If you’ve never tried it and want to experience that old 50s/60s diner experience you’ve seen in the movies, you should give it a try.

Johnny Rockets is opposite Playmakers on the Starboard side of the Boardwalk – deck 6 aft.

The Mason Jar Southern Restaurant

The entrance to The Mason Jar restaurant on Wonder of the Seas
The Mason Jar is just outside the entrance to the Windjammer

The Mason Jar is a Southern-inspired restaurant that offers a menu of real comfort food classics.

The restaurant features a variety of Southern specialties, including fried chicken, BBQ ribs, and mac and cheese.

Once again this restaurant has a fantastic bar area separate from the main restaurant. This was one of our favorite spots on the ship as you could sit on a rocking chair and admire the amazing view out to sea.

In the evenings they have a Country and Western band playing in the bar and it has a great atmosphere. The bar staff do a great job on the cocktails here as well. We loved it!

The Mason Jar is deck 15 aft, starboard side, just outside the Windjammer.

Chef’s Table – The Ultimate Dining Experience

This is on the Bucket List for the Future Cruise

The Chef’s Table is often listed as a specialty restaurant, but it’s really a dining experience as it is not a separate restaurant.  In fact, it’s actually located at a private table in the middle of the Solarium Bistro on deck 15.

This exclusive and unforgettable dining experience offers an immersive culinary experience and represents the best food that Royal Caribbean can provide.

The menu is carefully crafted by the head chef, featuring a selection of signature dishes paired with premium wines.

Is it Free to Use Room Service aboard Wonder of the Seas?

Interior Room on Wonder of the Seas
Room Service is just a phone call away – 24/7

As a guest on the Wonder of the Seas, you can enjoy room service at any time of the day or night.

The best part is that the food is complimentary.  But (and here’s the important part) you will have to pay a delivery charge of $7.95 plus an 18% gratuity per room service order. This fee is however waived if you are a Suite guest. The only other exception to this is if you order a Continental Breakfast.

It’s also customary to extend an additional tip to your room service attendant, but this is of course optional.

The room service menu offers a variety of options, including breakfast items like pastries and coffee, as well as sandwiches, burgers, salads, and desserts for lunch and dinner. You can even order pizza or a cheese plate to enjoy in your room.

To order room service, simply fill out the menu card found in your stateroom and place it on your door handle before the designated cut-off time.

You can also order through the Royal Caribbean app or by calling the room service number provided in your stateroom. Even cooler than this – you can order room service via the Smart TV in your room!

Overall, room service on the Wonder of the Seas is a convenient and enjoyable way to have a meal or snack in the comfort of your own room without any additional cost apart from the delivery fee. It can be really handy if you get some late-evening hunger pangs. 

Wonder of the Seas Restaurants Guide – How Good is the Food?

A slice of Baked Alaska dessert on a plate - served in the Wonder of the Seas Main Dining Room
Who Can Resist A Slice of Baked Alaska?

As a bit of a self-obsessed foodie, I was excited to try out the restaurants on Wonder of the Seas. While there were some ups and downs, generally I would describe the food quality as generally very good.

The complimentary main dining room and Windjammer offer a variety of options to satisfy any palate. The food is of very good quality, and the presentation is impressive. The restaurants offer dishes from different cuisines, and the chefs use fresh ingredients to prepare the meals.

If you’re looking for something different, the specialty restaurants on Wonder of the Seas are definitely worth checking out. We didn’t do any of the specialty dining packages, but we did grab a couple of a l carte items in Playmakers and Giovanni’s Wine Bar.

The cover charge at the specialty restaurants is pretty reasonable when you consider what your bill might be if you dined at a similar restaurant on shore. 

Apparently, the sushi at Izumi is outstanding. The chefs use fresh ingredients, and the presentation is fantastic.

Sorrento’s Pizza is a quick-service venue that serves up slices of classic favorites like pepperoni and cheese in addition to daily specials. For us, this was the only disappointing dining experience. The pizza was very poor quality.

With the exception of Sorrento’s, the food we had on Wonder of the Seas was very good quality.

The restaurants offer such a wide variety of options, and you can clearly tell the chefs use fresh ingredients to prepare the meals wherever possible. 

Overall I think Royal Caribbean and the Chefs on Wonder of the Seas do a great job!

Do You Have To Eat in the Wonder of the Seas Dining Room?

New cruisers might be wondering if you are required to eat in the ship’s main dining room.

The answer is no, you are not required to dine in the main dining room. 

However, if you want to enjoy the traditional cruise dining experience, the main dining room is a great option. We use it most evenings without fail.

Dining is also Free On Perfect Day at Coco Cay

Image of Captain Jack's restaurant on Cococay next to the towering waterslides
Captain Jack’s is the only place you cannot eat free on Cococay

Another thing to remember with Wonder of the Seas is that when you visit Perfect Day at Coco Cay most food is complimentary on the island. 

The exception is Captain Jack’s which is a bar and restaurant venue located just to the left of the Waterpark entrance. Food here is charged individually and there is an a la carte menu.

Make the Most of Your Dining Experience on Your Wonder of the Seas Cruise – You Deserve It!

The author seated on a rocking chair in The Mason Jar Bar on Wonder of the Seas
Enjoying A Seat at the Best Spot on the Ship in The Mason Jar

Just writing about all these places for this Wonder of the Seas Restaurant Guide has me craving another cruise just to eat my way through the Wonder of the Seas Restaurants all over again.

Look, you’re not gonna go hungry onboard Wonder of the Seas, that’s a given. With 19 restaurants on board, you could practically eat at a different spot for every meal and not repeat yourself!

If you’re on a budget like we were, stick to complimentary dining places like the Main Dining Room for that classic cruise experience. Windjammer’s where it’s at for breakfast, but avoid Sorrento’s pizza—trust us, it’s for your own good. 

And if you’re willing to drop some extra bucks, the inside scoop is to get yourself to Hooked Seafood; their Royal Seafood Platter’s the real deal.

Remember, specialty restaurants can get booked up fast, so plan ahead if there’s a place you’re dying to try. But also leave some room for spontaneity—you never know when you’ll stumble into a hidden gem or get serenaded by a wandering mad piano player.

Whatever your taste buds are craving, Wonder of the Seas dining venues has got you covered. The same should be said for any of the Oasis class ships.

It does make you wonder what to expect next on the new Icon-class vessels that we will start to see in 2024. I can’t wait!

P.S. Want to find out more about Wonder of the Seas? Check out our comprehensive Wonder of the Seas Review

P.P.S. Wondering about the rooms on Wonder of the Seas? Check out our Wonder of the Seas Interior Room Review

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Morag is our Food, Fashion and Fun expert at Cruise Nonstop. On a typical cruise, you'll find Morag either studying the fine dining menus or dancing on the dance floor, having a ball!

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