The Restaurant is the ship's main dining room venue, and it's an open-seating, choose-your-tablemates eatery. For me, the chic Restaurant was a joy each evening, without rush or crowd. My food, at half a dozen different tables with varying waiters, was served with style and efficiency. I don't remember a single conversation being interrupted by a waiter. I don't even remember the waiters, which is fine by me.
Standouts in the Restaurant included pan-fried Dorado, which the chef had bought the day before in the fish market on Corfu island, Greece; a foie gras appetizer with roasted apples and caramelized honey; sauteed prawns Saltimbocca; and the chef's dinner of curried cauliflower, cilantro shrimp tortellini, monkfish and lobster risotto; and mango creme brulee.
The Restaurant is open 8 to 9 a.m. for breakfast, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. for lunch and 7:30 to 9 p.m. for dinner.
Restaurant 2 is Seabourn's alternative venue, and it specializes in daring, seven-course tasting menus. The ambience is sleek and sexy, with red and black Asian-inspired decor and low lights.
Restaurant 2 is not the sort of place for passengers who lack a spirit of adventure in their eating. We ate tapas-sized portions of seared tuna with watermelon, salmon with root vegetables, lime duck with bok choy and chili balls, spiced halibut with foie gras and pineapple, hanger steak with poached tomatoes, and zabaglione custard with apricots, followed by white chocolate cheesecake that was almost anticlimactic for me, but perfectly enjoyable.
The menu changes each week in a seven-week rotation, so passengers on the ship for more a week will see a new menu.
The biggest challenge Restaurant 2 presents is getting a table. It seats only 50 passengers per night, at tables for six and two. It's easier to get a reservation if you agree to join a six-top.
Restaurant 2 is open nightly from 7 to 9 p.m.
The Colonnade is the ship's superb casual restaurant, offering both buffet and waiter-service options. It became my home for breakfast and lunch. It has tables inside and out, along the aft end and starboard side. The alfresco tables are the loveliest places to eat on the ship. Just inside the door is a series of high tables, designed for meal mingling, especially among single passengers.
There's plenty of fresh, healthy food -- such as fruits, antipasto, salads and plenty of comfort dishes -- on the buffet, and each day, the kitchen cooks to order from a special menu. There's also an anytime menu so that you can order various staples. Service was excellent, with waiters ready to carry dishes to the table, fetch an iced tea or glass of wine, or take a special order.
In the evenings, the Colonnade is transformed into a bistro-style restaurant with the addition of tablecloths and a waiter-only scenario. Menus are based on themes. One night, the Colonnade is an Italian bistro, the next night Mediterranean, the next French.
The Colonnade is open 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. for breakfast, noon to 2 p.m. for lunch, and 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. for dinner.
The Patio Grill, next to the pool on Deck 8, is the most casual venue onboard, with tables that are clustered around the main pool. Breakfast is continental fare; for lunch, there are burgers, hot dogs, salads and pizza. In good weather, the Patio Grill may be open for dinner, offering steaks, chops, shrimp and pizza amidst quite a country club-like social ambience.
The grill is open for lunch from 1 to 4 p.m. and for dinner from 7:30. to 9 p.m.
Early risers will find continental breakfast fare in the Observation Bar on Deck 10 from 6:15 to 8 a.m. and a full range of pastries and special coffees at Seabourn Square from 6:15 a.m. until closing at 6 p.m.
Tea is served daily between 4 and 5 p.m. in the Observation Bar, with piano music and a range of goodies. Tea selections include Himalayan Peak, Darjeeling Organic, Mandarin Rose Petal, Bleu Peacock Oolong and tisanes, such as Ginger Twist and African Amber.
Superb room service is available 24 hours a day -- at 3 a.m., for instance, you might order a Caesar salad, baked salmon, sauteed spinach, and a cheese plate. The room-service menu doesn't vary much; you can order hot breakfasts and a range of staples, such as steaks, chicken, burgers and surprisingly good pizza. During dinner, you can order off the Restaurant's menu, and the food is served course by course.
As Seabourn is one of cruising's more inclusive lines, most beverages, from cappuccino and house wines to martinis and soda, are complimentary. Plus, stewardesses will stock each cabin with two complimentary bottles of liquor. (You choose from a menu.) If you want a special wine or after-dinner drink, waiters and bartenders will add it to your tab.