Celebrity Reflection Dining
Celebrity didn't reinvent the wheel when it comes to dining options on Reflection, sticking instead with some familiar options. The main dining area, Opus, occupies space on Reflection's third and fourth decks. It's an elegant venue, decorated in deep browns and silvers, with bright white tablecloths and crystal as far as the eye can see. The vast space -- which accommodates 40 more seats than its counterpart on Celebrity Silhouette -- is stunningly designed, though tables are a bit too close together, which makes private conversation difficult.
Reflection sticks with a traditional dining option -- 6 p.m. for the early seating, 8:30 for the late. Diners also can choose the more flexible Celebrity Select Dining, which allows them to eat in the main dining room any time between 6 and 9:30 p.m. Passengers on this plan can book daily dinner reservations online up to four days before they sail or once they get aboard Reflection.
Menus in Opus offer appetizers, soups and salads, entrees and desserts, and they're flexible enough to accommodate specific dietary needs. You'll choose from a variety of options, including favorites like shrimp cocktail, escargot, prime rib, rack of lamb and creme brulee. Food is generally good, with appropriate portion sizes and some surprises on the menu, like the beef Carpaccio or frog legs.
Vegetarian and healthier options are identified on the menu, but if you have specific dietary needs (vegan or gluten-free), discuss them with the maitre d' before your first meal, and ask specific questions about the menu items you select.
Passengers who have booked AquaClass cabins or suites will eat at Blu, which serves lighter "spa-inspired" fare. They also have the option to eat in Opus if they prefer the main dining room experience.
Reflection has a number of for-fee restaurants, including unpredictable Qsine ($45 per person), French-continental Murano ($45), Italian steakhouse Tuscan Grill ($35), D.I.Y. steak experience Lawn Club Grill ($40), panini restaurant The Porch ($5, open for breakfast and lunch) and creperie Bistro on 5 ($10).
Qsine diners order on iPads from a menu that has no order, then waiters bring out the food in the order of their choosing. Fun? Sure. But we found the timing to be off, with long gaps between dishes and a dinner that stretched to three hours, causing us to miss the night's entertainment offerings. The food was excellent (especially the Dorito-encrusted sushi lollipops), though you're bound to eat what your tablemates order, as it's served family style (albeit in funky serving dishes). If one person at your table of four selects a dish, four servings are brought out, regardless of whether all four people want to eat it. This is tricky (and wasteful) if one person is a seafood-lover, another is a meat-eater and a third is a vegetarian. Service was particularly slow, with waitstaff disappearing for long stretches and drinks and water glasses remaining empty.
Food at Murano is rich and decadent, with traditional French dishes like delicious foie gras, creamy bisques and a cheese course. For $89 per person, passengers can purchase the Five Senses package, a five-course meal that pairs each course with wine.
Steaks are the star at Tuscan Grill, though pasta-lovers have plenty of options, too, including ravioli, lasagna, spaghetti Bolognese and lobster linguine Alfredo. The Lawn Club Grill is part pizzeria, part open-air grill, and passengers serve as the grillmasters, seasoning and grilling up their meats or baking their pizzas with assistance from Celebrity chefs. Bistro on 5 serves up Celebrity's famous crepes, both savory and sweet, while The Porch provides pressed sandwiches and soups.
Those who enjoy coffee can get their caffeine fixes at Cafe al Bacio & Gelateria, which also offers gelato and Italian ices, all for a la carte pricing. An afternoon tea is also available.
In January 2013, Celebrity introduced a package option for its upcharge restaurants. Passengers can purchase packages that combine three, four or five restaurants for a savings of up to 31 percent over booking them individually. Packages have to be booked at least four days before the sailing. A four-dinners package costs $125, a five-dinners package is $139, and the Ultimate Specialty Package is $29 per day.
Oceanview Cafe is Reflection's buffet area, serving breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner. The menu changes each day, but every-day options include made-to-order eggs and omelets, a salad bar that includes a mix of lettuce and toppings, and a cheese bar that includes American standards like cheddar and Colby in addition to brie, gouda and a good selection of the stinky cheeses. Pasta, pizza, Mexican, Indian and Asian choices vary, so one day you might find sushi and, the next, you could see soba noodles. Indian selections are particularly good, with chicken masala and tandoori chicken. Spice levels are decent, but we heard people asking for hot sauce.
The AquaSpa Cafe, located in the Solarium, provides healthy and convenient options -- such as premade salads and fruit and to made-to-order dishes like broiled salmon -- for breakfast and lunch. The Mast Grille & Bar, located on Deck 15 overlooking the pool, serves up burgers and fries with a toppings bar (including guacamole).
Room service is available 24 hours a day, though offerings vary depending on your cabin category. Between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., there's a $3.95 charge for passengers in interior, oceanview and balcony staterooms.