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Holland America restaurants: The ultimate cruise guide to food and dining on board

Nonstop access to food is one of the main draws of cruising, and Holland America Line offers a variety of venues and menus for every craving, no matter the time of day.

Every Holland America ship offers multiple restaurants included with your cruise fare, and any guest could be satisfied dining at these locations for the duration of their sailing. The rest of the venues come with additional charges (either a set cover charge or a la carte pricing). They are certainly worth the price of admission; these restaurants are an ideal way to taste more global flavors, dine in a more intimate setting and enjoy more attentive service.

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I always recommend choosing two specialty dining experiences per seven-night sailing and spacing them out a few days apart from one another (doing main dining room “resets” in between).

Here, I’ll outline all your Holland America dining options and price points. Many of the restaurants detailed below are available on every ship, with a few distinct options reserved for the newest vessels in its fleet — including Iron Chef Morimoto’s new sushi-centric specialty dining concept, Morimoto By Sea, and Rudi’s Sel de Mer French eatery.

After that, we’ll dive into a series of frequently asked questions to ensure you’re up to speed on all the pertinent information about Holland America restaurants and dining.

The Dining Room

Rotterdam's main dining room.
Rotterdam’s main dining room. MICHEL VERDURE/HOLLAND AMERICA

As the main restaurant on any Holland America ship, the Dining Room serves a sit-down breakfast, elevated lunch and multicourse dinner. Meals here are included, and Indian and kosher menus are available with advance notice. “Featured” and “Morimoto” specials do come with an extra charge (for example, the filet mignon and lobster tail is $18 and the Fresh Halibut XO from Morimoto is $25).

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Lido Market

The Lido Market, included with your fare, offers a wide-ranging buffet morning, noon and night to cruisers who aren’t in the mood for changing their attire or don’t have time for a more formal experience. Expect an array of proteins and hand-carved meats, a large salad bar and custom-made salads of the day, pastries, vegetarian-friendly options, hearty dishes from nearly every global cuisine (Italian, Mediterranean, Asian, Indian and more), and tempting dessert stations.

New York Pizza

New York Pizza restaurant on Holland America

Satisfy your desire for thin-crust pizza with a 9-inch pie and your choice of toppings (think: spicy capocollo and sweet Italian sausage or roasted chicken with red onions and barbecue sauce) from New York Pizza. This casual eatery is included in your fare and available on Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam. (A New York Deli & Pizza on Koningsdam, Nieuw Statendam and Rotterdam serves pizzas along with Reubens on rye, corned beef or pastrami sandwiches, bagels and shmear, and more).

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Dive In

When hunger strikes poolside, choose Dive In, the included burger and gourmet hot dog bar — and don’t forget an order of crispy fries (served four ways!) on the side. The menu features several veggie-friendly Beyond Meat burgers as well, made from brown rice.

Grand Dutch Cafe

Holland America's Grand Dutch Cafe.

Located in the atriums of the Pinnacle Class ships — Koningsdam, Nieuw Statendam and Rotterdam — the Grand Dutch Cafe offers Belgian and Dutch beers, a variety of spirits, coffee beverages and made-to-order Dutch fare. Crowd pleasers include Dutch pea soup with buttered pumpernickel bread, apple and bacon pannenkoek (Dutch pancake), vegetable quiche, and toasted ham and cheese with a curry ketchup dipping sauce. Place your order at the counter (a la carte pricing) and a server will bring your drinks and snacks to your table.


Available on Pinnacle Class and Signature Class ships for a $35 cover charge, Tamarind specializes in the flavors of Southeast Asia, China and Japan — think Malaysian lamb and Indonesian pork satay, ramen soup, panang curry coconut chicken, roasted pork belly char siu and dan dan noodles. Sushi creations are made in collaboration with master sushi chef Andy Matsuda.

Pinnacle Grill

This classic steakhouse serves up a selection of 28-day wet-aged USDA Prime steaks and other dishes from James Beard award-winning chef David Burke. The wine collection here is extensive, so guests are sure to find the perfect pairing with any dish. Pinnacle Grill is found on every ship with a cover charge of $19 for lunch and $46 for dinner (half-price for kids 12 and under or free when they order from the kids menu).

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An Italian restaurant featuring such classics as ossobuco, spaghetti with shrimp and clams, and veal meatballs, Canaletto is available on every ship for a $29 cover charge (half-price for kids 12 and under or free when they order from the kids menu). The pasta is made fresh daily, and Italian-inspired cocktails (think: negroni, Aperol spritz and bellini) flow freely for an additional charge.

Rudi’s Sel de Mer

Rudi's Sel de Mer restaurant on Holland America cruise ship

Rudi’s Sel de Mer, named for master chef Rudi Sodamin, is known for French-inspired seafood, such as Dover sole meuniere and fruits de mer. Guests will also find non-fishy classic French dishes, such as coq au vin and steak frites, on the menu, alongside an impressive wine list. This restaurant is available on Pinnacle Class ships for a $55 cover charge, but the menu is available in the main dining room on other ships on select evenings.

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Morimoto By Sea

As Holland America’s newest specialty restaurant, Morimoto By Sea opened on Nieuw Amsterdam in December 2023. Showcasing Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s talent and creativity, the menu includes everything from Hamachi tacos and vegetable curry to sushi and lobster pad Thai. Expect a $55 cover charge, and look for Morimoto By Sea pop-up experiences offered once per cruise on the fleet’s other 10 ships in either Pinnacle Grill or Tamarind.

Holland America Line food: Frequently asked questions

Lamb chops from cruise ship specialty restaurant

Is the food free?

Meals in the main dining room, Lido Market, New York Pizza and Dive In are included with your cruise fare. All other eateries have a la carte pricing (per item) or a cover charge. (Some specialty restaurants with a cover charge also feature specific menu options with additional a la carte fees.) Each specialty restaurant also adds an 18% service fee.

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Do I need a reservation?

Dinner times in the dining room are at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Alternatively, you can arrive at any time between 5:15 and 9 p.m. to be seated at the first available table. You must select your preference for set-seating dining or anytime dining prior to your cruise.

Reservations are recommended for specialty restaurants and can be made prior to boarding (for best date/time choices) or once on board.

What dining options are available for kids?

Children are welcome in any of Holland America Line’s dining venues. A special kids menu is available at each venue, including such fare as pizza, chicken strips, mac and cheese, salads and fresh fruit. Menu items from the daily menu are also available in half portions upon request. Children 12 or under pay half price in the specialty dining restaurants or can select items from the regular kids menu for free.

Is room service available?

Yes, 24-hour room service is included in your cruise fare, unless otherwise noted in the in-room menu.

Where does Holland America source its fish?

Two men holding fish in front of Holland America cruise ship

Holland America recently launched a Global Fresh Fish Program, an initiative that engages a global network of 60 ports to source and serve 80 types of fresh fish on board in all restaurants. This fish goes from port to plate in less than 48 hours. Additionally, Holland America was the first cruise line to serve 100% fresh, certified sustainable Alaska seafood on board its ships in Alaska.

Is there an all-inclusive package that includes specialty dining?

Specialty dining is featured as part of Holland America’s Have it All package. Guests receive one night at Pinnacle Grill, Canaletto or Tamarind on six- to nine-night voyages, two nights on 10- to 20-night cruises and three nights on cruises of 21 nights or more (excludes Grand Voyages).

What if I have food allergies?

Guests with food intolerances or allergies that are not life-threatening should contact the Ship Services Department at 800-541-1576. Guests with life-threatening food allergies must provide detailed information to the Guest Accessibility Department by completing a Special Requirements Information Form. Passengers should indicate on this form which foods might cause a severe reaction.

Are there any other food-related offerings to know about?

Don’t miss the Cake Me Away dessert celebration event in the Lido Market, which occurs once per seven-night cruise, and the Sea Food Boil pop-ups, which take place mainly on Alaska and Canada/New England itineraries.

What beverages are included with my cruise fare?

Non-bottled water, iced tea, lemonade, milk, some juices and regular coffees and hot teas are available at no cost. You can purchase a drink package to get unlimited beverages for a set price.

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