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Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review

The Freedom of the Seas received a bundle of upgrades in 2011, including a 3D movie theater, and a nursery.

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Overview

Chops Grille is a classic steakhouse restaurant.


Chops Grille is a classic steakhouse, located on deck 11, right by the Jade and Portofino restaurants. The cover charge for Chops is $30 per person, not including drinks. The restaurant looks very sophisticated with dark panels, tables covered in white linen, and chairs upholstered with dark-colored patterns. Chops has two sections: the front, with bigger tables and an open kitchen, and the back, with smaller tables and darker lighting with wine shelves on the walls. It is a good place for a romantic dinner, but also good for larger groups.

The menu is not very long, but the choices are delicious. There are different steak cuts on the menu, as well as chicken and fish. Starters include shrimp cocktail, oysters, a crab and shrimp cake, as well as salads and soups. Desserts are different and range from heavy cakes to a lighter fruit mousse. As Chops Grille is very popular, Royal Caribbean recommends early reservations and asks to allow two to three hours time for dining (as all dishes are prepared to order).

Breakfast

Members of the Crown and Anchor Society can eat breakfast here, but Chops Grill does not offer anything—they have to get their breakfast from Windjammer or Jade.

Lunch / Dinner

A small and warm loaf of dark onion bread with salted butter and cream cheese is brought to guests upon sitting down for lunch. The menu includes salads, like Caesar and Chops signature salad, as well as a shrimp cocktail, oyster duet (another word for oyster Rockefeller), and mushroom or onion soup for starters. There is also a smoked duck salad and—the best menu item—an Asian inspired spicy tuna with wasabi sauce, avocados, and sesame tacos. The only downside to this dish was that it featured ground tuna instead of tuna steak. Still, the different spices and the tuna went just as well together as a spicy tuna roll at your favorite sushi place.

Being a steakhouse, it should come without saying that the menu offers mostly meat dishes. Most are different steak cuts, but there are a few chicken and fish offerings as well. Chop's has a big (12 oz) and a small (10 oz) filet mignon, broiled porterhouse steak, beef short ribs, and a mixed grill with lamb, sausage, and beef. For those counting calories, Chop's has a barramundi filet, halibut, and a chicken breast on the menu.

If you don't mind a little more fat on your meat, we highly recommend the broiled veal chop. Veal is always a little on the fattier side, but that's what makes it taste better. On the Freedom of the Seas, the veal was cooked medium rare (they only offer medium or medium rare options), and it was so tender it fell off the bone without a hitch.

Side dishes, like the delicious green beans with Dijon and feta cheese, are served separately. There are three sauces to choose from, which are poured over the meat by the waiter, the red wine reduction being the best of all. For those who like their meat medium well or well done, it is recommended to get the meat in a butterfly cut, so it doesn't dry out as easily.

Dessert

There are just four desserts on the menu, but each one was very tasty. You have the choice between a créme brûlee, a passion berry mousse, a red velvet cake, and a chocolate mud pie. The portions were huge and the chocolate mud pie and red velvet cake were very rich. If you want a lighter dessert, you should definitely go for the passion berry mousse.

Wine List

The wine list is the same as in all the other restaurants on Freedom of the Seas. The only difference is at Chops you can get some wines by the glass that you can't get in other restaurants.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Cabins
  3. Inside Stateroom
  4. Royal Suite
  5. Owner's Suite
  6. Grand Suite
  7. Junior Suite
  8. Superior Oceanview Stateroom
  9. Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom
  10. Large Oceanview Stateroom
  11. Interior Stateroom
  12. Family Oceanview Stateroom
  13. Royal Family Suite
  14. Oceanview Stateroom
  15. Promenade Family Stateroom
  16. Promenade Stateroom
  17. Presidential Family Suite
  18. Family Interior Stateroom
  19. Cabin Amenities
  20. Dining
  21. Main Dining Room
  22. Chop's Steakhouse
  23. Portofino
  24. Windjammer
  25. Jade
  26. Johnny Rockets
  27. Sorrento's
  28. In-Room Dining
  29. Drinks
  30. Pools & Decks
  31. Pool Areas
  32. Sun Decks & Open Areas
  33. Deck Plans
  34. Recreation
  35. Lounges & Public Spaces
  36. Freedom Day Spa
  37. Fitness
  38. Retail
  39. Other Activities
  40. Nightlife & Shows
  41. Bear & Bull Pub
  42. Olive & Twist
  43. Pharaoh's Palace
  44. Schooner
  45. Boleros
  46. The Crypt
  47. Vintages
  48. On Air
  49. Champagne Bar
  50. Studio B
  51. Pool Bar
  52. Sky Bar
  53. Solarium Bar
  54. Casino
  55. Shows & Other Entertainment
  56. Service & Staff
  57. Staff & Ship Policies
  58. Health & Safety
  59. vs Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas
  60. vs Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Magic
  61. vs Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Dawn
  62. Conclusion
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