Virgin Voyages Restaurant Guide: We Tried Them All

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The Gally on Virgin Voyages with the cruise line logo in the bottom right corner (1)

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When Virgin Voyages debuted, the cruise line received raving reviews for its culinary experiences. When we embarked on our Scarlet Lady cruise, we had the opportunity to savor over 20 unique dining options.

We had high expectations for the food, but the cruise line exceeded our expectations in every way.

Virgin boasts that its menus are designed in collaboration with Michelin-starred chefs. And the food quality shows. On Scarlet Lady, we were treated to diverse menu options ranging from comfort food to fine dining and everything in between.

Here’s everything you need to know about dining on Scarlet Lady in our Virgin Voyages restaurant guide.

Virgin Voyages Restaurant Guide

Virgin Voyages has taken an innovative approach to dining at sea. The cruise line has eliminated the traditional main dining room, buffet, formal night, and assigned seating, redefining what it means to dine at sea.

The ship offers 20+ dining options, including specialty restaurants and casual eateries. Best of all, every restaurant is included in your cruise fare.

 From the menu to the decor, each restaurant has been impeccably designed to provide a unique and unforgettable dining experience, ensuring that every meal on board is memorable.

Razzle Dazzle

The table arrangement and menu at Razzle Dazzle Vegan RestaurantPin

Razzle Dazzle offers a menu primarily consisting of vegetarian and vegan options. But if you’re in the mood for meat or fish, you can order from the “Naughty” menu.

The restaurant takes inspiration from the “Dazzle” camouflage used during World War I and II to provide misleading speed and direction to the enemy. The restaurant has a unique design with a bold black-and-white pattern, pops of red and metallic finishes, and red neon lighting.

Passengers enjoying lunch at the vegetarian restaurant Razzle DazzlePin

The vegetarian menu is just as crazy and exciting as the decor, featuring items such as avocado toast, an impossible burger, and razzle cake for dessert. I highly recommend the Rainbow Churros for dessert.

Razzle Dazzle is usually open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Pink Agave

Pink Agave is an upscale Mexican restaurant on Virgin Voyages that offers a shared plate experience. Their menu is split with small, medium, and large plate options.

The menu features gourmet tacos, empanadas, and other Mexican staples.

Pink Agave is open nightly for dinner from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm and offers private group dining and a late-night lounge.

Test Kitchen

Test Kitchen restaurant on Scarlet Lady. The restaurant has a laboratory inspired decor and atmospherePin

Test Kitchen is a unique restaurant on Virgin Voyages that offers a six-course meal with no real menu. It’s a must-visit for adventurous eaters.

Ahoy spelled out on the table using herbs and seedsPin

The restaurant’s laboratory-like setting sets the tone for the evening with an environment that’s part cooking lab, part restaurant. The unique menu offers culinary experimentation and molecular gastronomy influences on each dish.

Test Kitchen was easily our favorite restaurant on Scarlet Lady. The unique atmosphere and unexpected dishes challenged our perception of food.

The menu is presented as a list of ingredients, and the meal evolves as the chef expertly prepares the culinary creations.

I recommend pairing your meal with the six-drink pairings for an elevated experience. It’s our favorite way to use the Virgin Voyages Bar Tab.

Extra Virgin

The Sign Outside of Extra Virgin RestaurantPin

Extra Virgin is an Italian restaurant on Virgin Voyages that offers classic Italian dishes and handmade pasta in a casual setting. The restaurant has a trattoria-style atmosphere and is open daily for dinner from 6 pm to 10 pm.

The menu features antipasto, fried calamari, seafood pasta, and affogato. There is also affogato prepared tableside. The restaurant is deeply rooted in Italian culinary traditions and serves regionally-inspired food punctuated by freshly made onboard pasta.

The Potato Gnocchi was my preferred choice.

The Wake

View from the first floor of The Wake RestaurantPin

The Wake features a modern, upscale atmosphere with a menu that focuses on seafood and steak dishes.

The two-story restaurant is open for dinner only and offers a variety of cocktails and wines to complement the meal. We loved the stunning ocean views from the large aft-facing windows showcasing the ship’s wake, hence the restaurant’s name.

Lick Me Till Ice Cream

The Neon Sign outside Lick Me Till Ice CreamPin

Satisfy your sweet tooth at this retro-themed ice cream shop featuring scoops of handmade ice cream. The restaurant serves six flavors, with flavors that rotate throughout the week.

You can get one or two scoops in a cone or cup. And there are three flavors of cones: vanilla, red velvet, and salted blue corn.

Stopping by Lick Me Till Ice Cream is a great way to cool down after a day on the pool deck under the hot Bahamas sun. My favorite ice cream flavors were the key lime pie and vanilla.

The Pizza Place

Chefs making made to order pizza on Scarlet Lady at the Pizza Place RestaurantPin

Pizza Place is your go-to spot for made-to-order pizza onboard Virgin Voyages. The pizzas are made to order with fresh ingredients. In our opinion, Pizza Place offers the best pizza at sea. They have a casual and relaxed atmosphere with beach club-inspired decor.

My personal favorites are “White Truffle & Egg” and “Pretty Fly For A White Pie.”

A white truffle and egg pizza and a chicken pesto pizza from The Pizza Place on Scarlet LadyPin

The restaurant is open well into the early morning hours, making for a great late-night spot after a night of partying.

The Social Club Diner

The Social Club diner on Virgin VoyagesPin

The Social Club Diner is a casual American diner on Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady cruise ship. The retro-themed venue offers classic games like air hockey, foosball, and shuffleboard, along with an impressive selection of board games. 

You can also find the complimentary arcade next door with classics like Super Mario, Street Fighter, and Pacman.

Chicken Wings and a Pretzel from the Social Club DinerPin

The diner serves modern takes on carnival classics such as hot dogs, popcorn, pretzels, wings, nachos, and sweet treats. The venue also offers spiked milkshakes for an up-charge of around $9.

The Dock House

The Dock House on Virgin Voyages Scarlet LadyPin

The Dockhouse offers a Mediterranean-inspired menu with shrimp, octopus, and polenta. The venue offers a relaxed, casual atmosphere with indoor and outdoor seating options. The Dockhouse also offers a selection of signature cocktails, including the Big Greek, Grapevine, and Med G&T.

The food comes in smaller portion sizes than other restaurants on the Virgin Voyages ship, but it’s delicious all the same.

There’s a small stage in the corner, often featuring live music. Or host to the occasional trivia game or karaoke party.

The Galley

The Galley on Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady with Diner & Dash and Bento Baby in the backgroundPin

This food hall-style venue offers various stations, each providing different cuisine options, allowing you to mix and match your meal. The Galley on Virgin Voyages replaces the traditional cruise ship buffet with several food stations offering a variety of comfort foods.

Each venue in the Gally has its own hours of operation. I made the mistake of arriving 20 minutes late for Noodle Around, not once, but twice.

Please don’t make the same mistake I did. Check the Virgin Voyages Sailor App so you don’t miss out.

  • Well Bread: Indulge in baked goods and pastries.
  • The Sweet Side: Satisfy your sweet tooth with an assortment of desserts.
  • The Daily Mix: Choose from various soups, salads, cereal, and healthy options.
  • Let’s Taco Bout It: Get your tacos and other Mexican-inspired street food.
  • Burger Bar: Enjoy gourmet burgers and fries.
  • Hot off the Press: Grab a freshly-made sandwich.
  • Diner & Dash: All-day breakfast.
  • Noodle Around: Savor Asian-inspired noodle dishes.
  • Bento Baby: Delve into Japanese bento box-style meals. Fresh fruit boxes to start the morning and sushi during the day.

Gunbae

Gunbae is a Korean BBQ restaurant offering a unique and interactive culinary experience.

The meal begins with a drinking game courtesy of the complimentary saké. Because of the limited table, you may be paired with other cruisers to fill the seats.

The menu features a variety of Korean-inspired dishes, including bulgogi, bibimbap, and kimchi fried rice. After picking your meat, seafood, and vegetables from the menu, your waiter grills the food on the BBQ in the center of the table.

Gunbae also offers a selection of signature cocktails, such as Smash It, Give Me That Dong-Lip, and my favorite, Rich Sahoe.

The restaurant has a lively atmosphere. We recommend getting a reservation because of the limited seating.

Sun Club Café

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Sun Club Café is a casual outdoor eatery on Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady cruise ship. The venue offers light bites and refreshing drinks, perfect for lounging by the pool.

You’ll find healthy and fresh Hawaiian poke bowls served over greens or rice with marinated tuna, chicken, or salmon.

Sun Club Café is on the ship’s sun deck and offers beautiful ocean views. The venue is open for lunch but has limited hours. The atmosphere is relaxed and casual, with no waiter service, and guests can take their food to a nearby table or area.

Room Service

French toast burger from The Galley breakfast menu on Virgin Voyages cruise shipPin
French toast burger from The Galley breakfast menu

Should you prefer to dine in the comfort of your cabin, Virgin Voyages offers 24-hour Room Service. You can order from a menu of snacks, sandwiches, salads, desserts, and a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

The room service menu includes a $5 delivery fee per order. There’s no fee on most of the menu items, so feel free to indulge.

The room service is available in all staterooms and suites, and the food is delivered straight to your door.

FAQs

How Do You Book Restaurants On Virgin Voyages?

You can book a restaurant reservation through the Virgin Voyages Sailors Mobile App. You can book your reservation while on the ship or up to 45 days before departure.

Reservations can be made in person at Sailor Services on Deck 5.
You don’t need to make reservations to dine at any restaurant. However, we recommend booking restaurants in advance to guarantee your spot. If the restaurant you want to visit is booked full, you’ll be stuck waiting in line, hoping for a spot.

Making reservations as early as possible will ensure you won’t end up back in The Galley for dinner.

Is Food Included on Virgin Voyages?

Yes, food is included in the price of the Virgin Voyages cruise. The cruise fare includes dining at all of the restaurants on board, with no additional fees or gratuities required.

However, room service does have a $5 delivery fee.

Does Virgin Voyages Have a Formal Night?

No, Virgin Voyages does not have a formal night. Instead, the cruise line has a “Scarlet Night” event where guests are encouraged to wear red, but there is no formal dress code required. Virgin Voyages promotes a relaxed and casual atmosphere on board their cruise ships.

Guests are encouraged to dress comfortably and express their personal style. The cruise line offers a variety of dining options, from casual to upscale, and guests are welcome to dress according to their preferred level of formality.

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Marcello De Lio

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