There is no shortage of delicious food on Carnival Cruise ships, this article will be your ultimate guide to Carnival Vista restaurants, covering both specialty restaurants and dining options included in your cruise fare.
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First let’s cover free dining options.
Carnival Vista Restaurants – included in your cruise fare
Carnival Vista has an array of free dining options that are sure to satisfy your tastebuds.
Lido Market Place
The Lido Marketing place is always a fan favorite. This buffet style restaurant is located on deck 10, the lido deck. It is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and carries a large variety of options. Comfort food, healthy choices and international cuisine can all be found here. Lido Marketplace has different stations within the buffet.
The Carnival deli station is where you can get yummy paninis, sandwiches, and veggie burgers.
The Salad bar has a plethora of cut up veggies and dressings to jazz up any salad, and the fruit station has fresh pre cut melons and tropical fruits. Don’t worry, they didn’t forget dessert! There will always be jello, cake and cookies awaiting at the dessert bar. For all the soft serve fans, there is a soft serve machine, or two, found in the Lido marketplace.
This casual dining option is a great place for a snack or fast meal. The dress code is casual, just make sure you are covered!
Blue Iguana Cantina
This Mexican inspired restaurant is located by the main pool on the lido deck.
It is open for breakfast and lunch, and their menu consists of many great options, our favorites being breakfast burritos, and tacos.
The BlueIguana Cantina has a salsa bar carrying an assortment of fresh salsa, and a toppings bar with a variety of toppings so you can customize your meal.
Guy’s Burger Joint
Guy’s Burgers joint is created by celebrity chef Guy Fieri, and is easily one of the more popular lunch spots, especially on sea days.
On our previous Carnival Cruise, Guy’s Burgers had veggie burgers upon request. We were disappointed they no longer serve them; however, you can pick one up at the Lido Market Deli (in the buffet restaurant).
A tip – take the veggie burger to Guy’s topping bar and load it up!
The toppings bar carries an assortment of classic toppings, such as lettuce, cheese, and tomato.
You can also spice it up with caramelized onions, bacon, and crunchy potato chip sticks.
This fantastic poolside lunch spot is a great option for those quick grab and go meals.
Pizzeria Del Capitano
Pizzeria Del Capitano is Carnival Cruise Line’s delicious pizza restaurant.
It’s located by the tides pool, and hot tubs at the back of the ship.
Pizza Del Capitano has outdoor seating, with some covered areas that provide shade and wind protection.
Their menu consists of a variety of popular pizzas, some being margherita and pepperoni.
Open 24 hours, so the perfect spot for late night snacks.
Carnival Vista Main Dining Room
The Main Dining room is the most popular dining spot on cruise ships.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and occasionally seaday brunch!
The Main Dining room as a different menu each night.
The Dress code changes nightly. Check the FunTimes or the Hub app to find out the dress code for that evening.
It is not mandatory to dress up, but on formal night we recommend dressing your best and getting some amazing photos taken!
There are two main Carnival Vista dining rooms…
Horizons Dining Room
Horizons is the main dining room located over decks 3 and 4, this dining room is for passengers who choose “my time dining”.
You can check-in for dining on the app, they will notify you when your table is ready.
Reflections Dining Room
If you have an assigned dining time, either early dining or late dining, you will eat here.
Reflections also hosts the “Green Eggs and Ham breakfast” Dr. Seuss event, but for an additional cost.
On a typical cruise, there will be 1 or 2 formal nights, depending on the length of the cruise. If you are wondering what to wear on a Carnival Cruise, this article will help.
The main dining room is a three course meal included in your cruise fare. Be sure to try the chocolate melting cake, it is so delicious.
If you can’t decide what to get, get one of everything, they don’t mind! But, please don’t waste.
Guy’s Pig and Anchor BBQ Smokehouse
This is another great Guy Fieri restaurant onboard Carnival Vista. Meat lovers will want to give this one a try. It is however, open for lunch only.
Located on the outside of deck 5, this restaurant only has outdoor access, so it can be easy to miss if you aren’t looking for it.
Carnival Vista Specialty Restaurants- Additional Cost
Carnival Vista’s specialty restaurants are perfect for people who desire an elevated dining experience, and they are a great place for date night!
You will have to pay an additional cost to eat here, but we found the price very reasonable.
Serving Japanese style dishes, including sushi, edamame, and other delicious dishes.
This restaurant is located near the photo gallery and Alchemy bar on deck 5.
Tip for Vegans: although it’s not on the menu, you can ask for avocado rolls or other fish-free rolls.
Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse
This popular specialty restaurant on Carnival Vista serves up delicious steak, and other gourmet dishes,
If you are interested in viewing the dinner menu, you can see it here.
There is an additional cost to eat here.
JiJi’s Asian Kitchen
This specialty restaurant serves dishes from across Asia, including Vietnamese inspired dishes, Chinese dishes, and Japanese dishes.
View the food menu here .
JiJi Asian Kitchen is open for lunch and dinner.
At lunch this restaurant is free of charge, it will be listed on the FunTimes as “Mongolian wok”.
For dinner, this restaurant becomes an additional cost specialty restaurant.
It is located above the Lido Marketplace, inside the buffet restaurant, there will be a staircase that will bring you to Ji Ji’s.
Cucina del Capitano
This Italian inspired cuisine is sure to satisfy your taste buds.
Classic Italian pasta dishes, and authentic desserts can be tried here, for an additional charge.
Like Ji Ji Asian Kitchen, you can eat at this Italian restaurant for free at lunch.
You will see it on the fun times as ” pasta bar” for lunch.
You can see the menu here .
As you can see whether you’re cruising on a budget, or looking for an elevated dining experience, you won’t go hungry on the Carnival Vista
It is always fun to try new things on a cruise, so make it your goal to try as many Carnival Vista restaurants as you can!
The restaurants available on Carnival ships vary from ship to ship, so be sure to research your ship on the Carnival Cruise Line website.
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