Where do you go for juicy steak, fresh seafood and an intimate dining experience on a Holland America cruise? Pinnacle Grill, the line's Pacific Northwest-inspired steakhouse, is the ultimate date night for those craving everything from filet mignon to king crab legs. The venue is open for lunch and dinner, and keeps diners on their toes by switching up its menus once a week.
Holland America's Pinnacle Grill oozes romance. While each ship's venue is unique, all have a similar theme: artsy lighting, cozy chairs, pops of color and luxurious touches such as Bvlgari china. Diners can expect highly attentive service and a quiet atmosphere, where kids are seldom seen and couples sit and talk for hours after dinner over coffee or wine. One night per seven-night cruise (twice on 10-plus-night cruises) on select ships, Pinnacle Grill hosts "Rudi's Sel de Mer," a pop-up venue serving French fare with locally sourced seafood. (Sel de Mer is a separate restaurant on Koningsdam.) Additionally, on cruises longer than seven nights, diners can enjoy "An Evening at Le Cirque," designed to emulate the popular New York restaurant. Each experience features a different menu and wine selection -- even the table decorations and place settings change. Ambiance-wise, they feel like Pinnacle Grill any other night of the week, just a bit fancier. Lunch is also an intimate experience, though it's never as crowded as dinner.
The dinner menu includes starters, pastas, steaks, seafood, sides and desserts. The Pinnacle Grill's crown jewel is its steaks, which use Double R Ranch Northwest beef and are served with your choice of handcrafted sauce, ranging from green peppercorn to sundried tomato. Steaks range from a 7-ounce filet mignon to a 23-ounce Porterhouse. Diehard meat-lovers can shell out the big bucks for a President's Cut steak: a 36-ounce bone-in rib eye at $59 above the restaurant's standard surcharge. (Other additional-fee menu items include a caviar appetizer for $45, 5-ounce lobster tail for $10 and 12-ounce Maine lobster for $20.) Extra fees aside, the dinner menu is full of tasty dishes like Dungeness crab cakes, steak tartare, grilled Colorado lamb chops and broiled Alaskan king salmon, as well as a number of vegetarian options. Those with a sweet tooth will love the extensive dessert menu, which includes a rich chocolate cake, raspberry cheesecake, lemon tart and assortment of international cheeses.
Lunch consists of three courses and is essentially a condensed dinner menu mixed in with a few more lunch-style options like the Pinnacle burger with bacon jam and garlic chipotle aioli, and the beef tri-tip sandwich with caramelized red onions and barbecue sauce.
The menu for "An Evening at Le Cirque" is a bit more simplified. It's broken down by appetizer, soup, main course and dessert. Starters include lobster salad, wild burgundy escargot and chilled yogurt with melon soup. For the main course, diners can enjoy inventive dishes like chateaubriand with horseradish flan, and sea bass with peaches, capers, bourbon vanilla and chicken oysters. Desserts range from a chocolate souffle to strawberry pavlova.
In addition to "An Evening at Le Cirque," Eurodam and Rotterdam host "A Taste of De Librije," which features its own menu created by three-star Michelin Chef Jonnie Boer. Dishes are inspired by the chef's award-winning restaurant in the Netherlands. The dining experience also occurs one night per week.
Pinnacle Grill costs $29 per person for dinner; lunch is $10 per person. Kids under 12 eat free, and a half-price discount applies to children 13 to 18. The ultimate splurges are "An Evening at Le Cirque" ($49), "Rudi's Sel de Mer" ($49) and "A Taste of De Librije" ($69). While the prices might seem high, we think they're a bargain compared to what you'd pay at the restaurants on land.
Pinnacle Grill is found on all Holland America Line ships.
See photos of Pinnacle Grill on Holland America's Noordam.