Dining with Emerald Cruises

Food, drink and award-winning service, dining is always a cause for celebration with Emerald Cruises

Look forward to memorable dining moments from start to finish on-board our boutique Star-Ships. With elegant dining venues and an attentive service team, breakfast, lunch and dinner promise to be among the highlights of your journey as you travel the waters of Europe and Asia with us.

From your Welcome Buffet to the Captain’s Farewell Dinner, dining is a joy on-board our Star-Ships. You’ll savour chef-prepared meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, accompanied by a selection of complimentary beverages that make mealtimes extra special.

Every plate and every glass is inspired by the local region, so whether you’re cruising the waters of southern France or Southeast Asia, you can look forward to a taste of regional flavours throughout your river cruise, along with a selection of traditional favourites.

Learn more about our on-board dining experience below.

A taste of the region

We believe food should reflect local flavours, which is why all our plates take inspiration from the regions we pass through. Our chefs source ingredients from local suppliers, creating menus that capture authentic regional cuisine whether you’re in Portugal, Germany, Vietnam or Cambodia.
taste of the region
And it isn’t just our food which provides a glimpse of local flavour; all our wines are handpicked to pair beautifully with our plates, sourced where possible from regional suppliers. What’s more, you can enjoy a glass or two on us during mealtimes, so whether you’re dining à la carte or grazing at the buffet, dining is always a culinary celebration.

Emerald Cruises Restaurants

Contemporary, elegant, welcoming – our on-board restaurants make every mealtime memorable. We recognise that dining is a highlight for many of our guests, which is why each space is carefully designed to ensure your comfort and enjoyment.

The Terrace

Emerald Waterways on board The Terrace having lunch

A beautifully decked area at the front of our Yacht and Star-Ships, The Terrace provides a lovely retreat from which to enjoy a light snack or refreshing drink. Depending on the ship, this partly indoor and outdoor space is a spectacular vantage point from which to soak up the scenery, whatever the weather. This peaceful setting is also a great spot to enjoy a glass of local wine or beer with your loved ones or new-found companions as the wonders of Europe and Asia pass you by – what could be better

Reflections Restaurant

On board dining, desert with a glass of wine
With open seating and elegant design, Reflections Restaurant sets the benchmark in on board dining across our luxury yacht and fleet of boutique Star-Ships. Here, savour delightful chef-prepared meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with dishes inspired by local flavours and a few favourites you may recognise from home.

Horizon Bar and Lounge

Complimentary Drinks & Butler Service
Peruse our extensive drinks menu from the comfort of the Horizon Bar, the principal lounge area on-board our boutique Star-Ships and luxury yacht. Fitted with comfortable seating, a well-stocked bar and dancefloor and entertainment space, this is the premier spot to relax, unwind or dance the night away at the end of another exceptional day on the river.

Lotus Lounge

Exclusive to our Emerald Harmony Star-Ship, we have introduced the Lotus Lounge, where dark wood tones and muted colours relax you as you sail towards your next destination. Located at the front of the Vista Deck, snacks will be available here throughout the day, as well as teas and coffees. Watch the endless horizons unfold as you sip your favourite drink and nibble something delicious.

Amazing dining experiences

Food is entrenched in the culture of people and place, which is why we’ve incorporated exciting dining events into select itineraries across Europe and Asia. Part of our EmeraldPLUS and DiscoverMORE collections, these special experiences are designed to bring an authentic taste of local life in the different regions you’ll travel through.

French Cookery demonstration and tasting

Cruising the Rhône from Lyon to Arles, you’ll pass through a region steeped in gastronomic heritage. Discover the depth and complexity of Provençal cuisine with an authentic on-board dinner, hosted by revered French chef, Fabien Morreale.

Available on: Sensations of Lyon & Provence with Nice

french food

Black Forest gateau presentation

Sweet tooth? Then you’ll love southern Germany, where classic desserts and confectionary have been lovingly produced for centuries. In the Black Forest, discover the origins of the region’s iconic culinary export, Black Forest gateau, with a presentation and tasting centred around this indulgent pud.

Available on: Tulips & the Rhine

Food and drink with a local family in Slovakia

Sharing a table with local people is the best way to experience local food. In Bratislava, EmeraldPLUS gives you the chance to visit the home of a local Slovakian family, who will welcome you with great conversation and, of course, tasty sweet treats and coffee.

Available on: Splendours of Europe

Dining experience at Quinta de Pacheca wine estate

Savour a rural dinner at the beautiful Quinta da Pacheca, a historic farm and winery in the foothills of the famous Douro Valley. With wonderful food and port wine on offer, it’s a chance to get to grips with the traditional cuisine of northern Portugal.


Available on: Secrets of the Douro with Lisbon


Food tours through Belgium

Flemish fare is wonderfully indulgent, with waffles, chocolate and fries among the staples of Belgium’s street food scene. In Hasselt and Antwerp, you’ll discover Flemish food for yourself during a guided city tour and tasting, which combines history, architecture and food – a great way to see the sights.

Available on: Holland & Belgium in Bloom

Street food tour of Saigon

Vietnamese cuisine is revered for its fragrance, colour and spice, and you’ll experience it at its very best during a street food tour of Saigon, the historic name for Ho Chi Minh City. Street food vendors serve some of the best food in the city, so you can look forward to sampling authentic eats that capture the spirit of Vietnamese cuisine.

Available on: Majestic Mekong

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