Fine Dining at the Holland America Pinnacle Grill

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Holland America Cruise Line Holland America DiningIf you want to experience the full scope of Holland America dining options, you need to make space in your cruise for an evening out in the Holland America Pinnacle Grill.

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The Holland America Pinnacle Grill is Holland America’s take on classic, fine dining.  Prime cuts of beef, succulent fish and chops are served with graceful, attentive service in a classic environment.

There were no surprises during our dinner in the Pinnacle Grill, but sometimes no surprises is a good thing.  It was exactly what we were expecting; an upscale dining experience with solid portions of well prepared food.

Highlights from our Holland America Pinnacle Grill Dinner

The meal opened with the delivery of a basket of assorted, fresh baked breads and rolls served with three different kinds of seasoned butter (plain butter, sun dried tomato and herb and garlic.)

Dinner at the Holland America Pinnacle Grill. A unique basket of bread with three kinds of butter (garlic herb, sun dried tomato and regular) Holland America Dining .

Appetizers came next; our dinner mates ordered shrimp cocktail as an appetizer and it came elegantly presented with some really nice sized shrimp.

Huge shrimp cocktail for dinner at the Holland America Pinnacle Grill

The entrees were well prepared but unpretentious (ok, maybe I lied…the Surf and Turf pictures below had a definite “look at me” attitude!)

The Surf and Turf at the Holland America Pinnacle Grill on our Holland America Cruise Holland America Dining

My fillet mignon was presented on a plate by itself, unaccompanied by any side dishes.  It didn’t really need them.  The tenderness of the meat and its  juiciness spoke quite eloquently for itself.  It is hard to see in this photo, but that piece of fillet was almost 4 inches tall!

A massive piece of Fillet Mignon, Holland America Dining Holland America Pinnacle Grill

Tip:  While my steak was very juicy, I would have liked just a little more pink in it.  If you like your steak pink, order medium rare…they can always cook it a little more if needed.

I know that this is kind of a strange detail to notice, but sometimes it is the little details that make the meal memorable.  The tea that they served at the end of dinner was OUTSTANDING!  I had the mint and lemon verbena tea and enjoyed it immensely.

For dessert, the Holland America Pinnacle Grill version of the standard Baked Alaska really stands out in my mind (and I wasn’t even the one who ordered it!)  Made with Ben an Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream and flambeed table side, this is an innovative and upscale twist on this dessert classic.

Holland America Pinnacle Grill Baked Alaska flambeed tableside for dessert at the Holland America Dining Pinnacle Grill

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A meal in the Holland America Pinnacle Grill does carry an upcharge, but it is entirely worth it and it is a Holland America dining experience that you should make a point to indulge in on your Holland America Cruise!


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Holland America generously provided us with dinner for two in the Pinnacle Grill.  All thoughts and opinions about our Holland America dining experience as always are my own.

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