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Dining & Restaurants on the NCL Epic Cruise Ship

There’s an incredible number of dining options on the Norwegian Epic. All of the signature restaurants that Norwegian Cruise Line is known for are available with the exception of the newer Q Texas Smokehouse (but there is a rumor that it may be replacing the venue called “Spiegel Tent” which has been closed since 2020)

The Norwegian Epic Restaurants – an overview :

We’ve been lucky to experience every restaurant on the Epic cruise ship, here’s an overview of each dining option.

Moderno Churrascaria –

Moderno is a literal meat fiesta. I’ve dined at the Churrascaria several times and the experience is always quite good and consistent. Not for the faint of heart and arrive hungry! In addition to the endless meats served tableside, there’s a huge salad bar and a buffet of small bites that vary which include grilled veggies, sometimes sushi rolls, various arrays of bread, and dips, etc.

Sharing the same general space and entry is Cagney’s

Cagney’s Steak House

Cagney’s is the premium steakhouse on the Epic (and other NCL Ships). While it’s consistently good I never leave there feeling like it was “worth” the visit. If you’re truly a steak lover, a land-based steakhouse may be a better choice. Not that Cagney’s is BAD, it’s absolutely not bad. But with so many options for specialty dining, it’s not one that I’d recommend, especially if you have a limited number of dining credits to use during your voyage.

La Cucina Italian

La Cucina is generally very good! This is not Italian food like you think of typical Italian restaurants in America. It’s more classic with dishes that are less Lasagne & Spaghetti (though, they’re available) and more elevated with dishes like Osso Buco, Calamari, and Various elegant seafood dishes. Following the traditional Italian dining style, courses are served with pasta dishes as the starter (along with salads and antipasti) followed by the main course and then dessert. It’s a LOT of food and it’s all quite good! The only downside of La Cucina on the Epic is the venue. It shares some space with the Garden Cafe (the buffet restaurant). It’s still separate, but knowing that you’re effectively in the cellar of the Garden Cafe never seems to feel very luxurious.

Le Bistro

The french restaurant on the NCL ships is generally very good. However, recent experiences on the Epic, and dining at Le Bistro have been disappointing. In the past, it has always been a favorite, but in 2022, in the Med, it was not great. I chalk some of this up to the fact there were supply chain and personnel issues during the restart of cruising. In general, with that aside, it’s usually quite good.

The Teppanyaki Restaurant

Teppanyaki on the Epic is always a great option especially if it’s not the type of food you normally dine out for. It’s as good or better than any land-based teppanyaki-themed restaurant and the chefs are always enjoyable to watch and the vibe is always fun. TIP: The Teppanyaki is a flat-fee specialty dining restaurant. It may be better to use your Free At Sea dining credits towards other restaurants and simply pay for the Teppanyaki.

Wasabi Sushi Bar

The small and cozy sushi bar on the Epic is a great spot for a few bites of sushi that are quite good! The location is also great for people-watching, with the seating looking over the main interior halls of the ship. While this isn’t included in any dining package*, the prices are a la carte and are reasonable by sushi standards. For a few dollars, you can get a typical sushi dish such as a salmon roll, California roll, Rainbow roll, etc. 

In addition to the above specialty restaurants, there are plenty of places on the ship to get a great meal, all included in your cruise fare.

Wasabi Sushi Bar Menu – NCL Epic:
menu - wasabi sushi bar norwegian epic
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O’Sheehan’s Irish Pub

The all-day, Irish pub-themed restaurant and bar are where you’ll find all of the reliable eats and basics you’re needing a quick meal or aren’t up to a full sit-down experience at one of the main restaurants on the ship. The pub serves everything you’d expect including burgers, wings, salads, club sandwiches, etc. Additionally, they have a regular “blue plate special” that is served at dinner and is different almost every evening. O’Sheehan’s is also where you’ll find sports events broadcast and with an incredibly large bar, there’s never a shortage of socializing. Fancy a game of darts or air hockey, it can be found in the back portion of the pub. Unique to the Epic, the pub even has full-size bowling lanes! Truly bizarre but quite fun to watch people bowl while enjoying your pub food.

Taste & Manhattan Room

Both Taste and the Manhattan Room serve the same menu at dinner (Taste is generally open for Breakfast as well). These two dining rooms are considered the “main dining rooms” on the Epic. The only real difference in the two is the decor and ambience. The Manhattan Room features entertainment on a large stage area surrounded by tables whereas Taste is a traditional feeling restaurant. The menus change nightly, but they always have a portion of the menu with items that do not change.

The Manhattan Room restaurant on the Norwegian Epic
The Manhattan Room performance stage on the Norwegian Epic

Additional Dining Options

In addition to the main restaurants and specialty dining options, the Epic has the Garden Buffet which is surprisingly good with a lot of seating. It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are also smaller ancillary food options located by the pool for afternoon bites like burgers and hotdogs.

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