P&O Arvia Restaurants Guide (With Photos & Menus)



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P&O Cruises’ newest cruise ship, Arvia, features more than 30 places to eat and drink. Some of the restaurants on Arvia are exclusive to this ship.

I cruised on Arvia’s maiden voyage for two weeks and tried out almost every bar and restaurant on this ship. So, read on to find out what to expect when it comes to your dining options…

This guide to dining on P&O Arvia shows which restaurants are included in your cruise fare and which have an extra charge. I’ve included some Arvia menus too. By the end, you’ll know exactly where to go to enjoy food when you step on board…

What Restaurants Are on Arvia?

Arvia offers the following dining venues:

  • Main Dining Rooms – Meridian and Zenith
  • The Olive Grove
  • 6th Street Diner
  • Horizon Buffet Restaurant
  • The Chef’s Table
  • Green & Co, featuring Mizuhana
  • The Epicurean
  • The Limelight Club
  • The Keel & Cow
  • Sindhu
  • The Glass House
  • The Quays multi-venue dining piazza
  • The Beach House
  • Ripples
  • Vistas Café Bar
  • Taste 360

Included Dining Options on Arvia

The Main Dining Rooms

✅ Included in the price

While sister-ship Iona has four main restaurants, the newer Arvia cruise ship only has two. These restaurants, names Meridian and Zenith, are located on Decks Six and Seven. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Arvia main dining room food
Main Dining Room Food

Arvia offers all Freedom dining. This means that you can arrive at any of the main restaurants at any time you like and sit wherever you choose. There are no set dining times on this ship.

Both the main dining rooms serve the same menus, and these change every day. There are different menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

P&O Cruises regularly offers special menus on certain evenings. These include the Gala Dinner menu that was designed by Marco Pierre White, a special menu that was designed by the executive chef of each ship, a fine dining menu and a themed dinner menu such as Caribbean or Mediterranean.

Here’s an example of a dinner menu in one of the main dining rooms…

Arvia main dining room menu

In place of the other two main dining rooms, there are two new restaurants – The Olive Grove and 6th Street Diner. These provide a wider choice of included cuisine, which I love!

Read on to learn more about these.

The Olive Grove

✅ Included in the price

The Olive Grove is a Mediterranean restaurant serving antipasti, Spanish paella, Moroccan lamb tagines, grazing boards and sharing platters.

Olive Grove gnocchi

The menu changes every three days and there are two different menus available. Here’s an example:

Arvia Olive Grove menu

6th Street Diner

✅ Included in the price

Another new restaurant for Arvia is the 6th Street Diner. This all-American serves breakfast/brunch until 2 pm, dinner and sweet treats. There’s retro seating, atmospheric lighting and even a jukebox!

I loved 6th Street Diner and honestly, I’m surprised that P&O Cruises doesn’t charge extra for this. The dinner menu changes every 3 days and there are two different menus.

Here are the menus for you:

6th Street Diner all day breakfast menu
6th Street Diner dinner menu

The Horizon Buffet

✅ Included in the price

Arvia’s Horizon restaurant is the place to go for quick breakfasts and lunches, informal dinners and snacks outside of mealtimes. Located on the Lido Deck, between the SkyDome Pool and the Infinity Pool, it’s a great place to go when you don’t want to be away from the pool for too long.

Arvia Horizon buffet

The buffet is best at breakfast time – that’s when you’ll find the largest choice. With so many included options available not so many people visit the buffet at lunch and dinner so the selection isn’t as big as you might be used to, particularly if you’re used to the huge buffets on Royal Caribbean ships.

In the Horizon buffet, each dish is clearly marked to show what allergens it contains.

Iona buffet food

Each day at 5 pm, a corner of the buffet restaurant hosts a Children’s Tea where kids can enjoy dinner at around the same time as they do at home.

This means that picky eaters like my two can be well-fed on kids’ favourites before heading off to enjoy the entertainment of the kids’ club in the evening, leaving us parents to enjoy a romantic meal for two.

Arvia childrens tea

The Chef’s Table

✅ Included in the price

Arvia offers a new way to enjoy the glamour of Gala Evenings – with dinner at The Chef’s Table. This is located in an area of the Horizon restaurant which is specially styled for the occasion with tablecloths and glassware.

With only two main dining rooms, this is a clever way for P&O Cruises to cope with the increased demand for formal dining on formal nights, which are only once per week on this ship.

The Chef’s Table gives guests the opportunity to feast on a menu designed by ‘Food Heroes’ Marco Pierre White and Eric Lanlard. Wines are expertly paired to accompany each course by wine expert Olly Smith.

This included dining experience is very popular so sure to book your place before your cruise via the P&O Cruises cruise planner to ensure that you don’t miss out.

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The Quays

✅ Included in the price

The Quays is Arvia’s vibrant food hall where you’ll find three different restaurants offering street food and takeaways from all over the world. This lively hub offers the opportunity for indoor or outdoor dining, both with spectacular sea views.

The Quays features:

  • Hook, Line and Vinegar – A posh fish and chip shop which serves scampi, crab and other fancy seafood delights
  • Fusion – Offering a variety of Asian-inspired street food
  • Roast – New for Arvia, enjoy roasted meats and trimmings served in a jumbo Yorkshire pudding

Don’t miss the selection of side salads and desserts that are hidden around the corner.

I love Roast as it always has a vegan option as well as the two meat roasts. The Yorkshire puddings aren’t vegan but they are huge!

Giant Yorkshire pudding on Arvia

Northerners – the fish and chip shop doesn’t do gravy (travesty, I know), but my sneaky hack is to get a pot of the gravy from Roast and you can have that with your chips.

Taste 360

✅ Included in the price

Taste 360 offers a street food-style dining experience on the Lido Deck. Here, you can enjoy burgers, hot dogs, fresh oven-baked pizza and special dishes from Local Food Heroes, Shivi Ramoutar and José Pizarro.

Pizza is served by the slice, but don’t be afraid to ask for a whole one – they come fresh out of the oven every few minutes!

Taste 360

Speciality Dining Options on Arvia

The following dining options are all available for an extra charge…

Green & Co feat. Mizuhana

💷 For an extra charge

This brand-new restaurant will serves plant-based and fishdishes. You can sit at the sushi bar and watch the chefs at work or at a table to enjoy the stunning sea views.

Arvia Green and Co

Green & Co was definitely my favourite restaurant on Arvia. The food was absolutely exquisite and the service was so friendly and attentive – the waiters know a lot about the food and its origins.

Starters and mains cost around £3 each while mains and sharers are around £5. This is well worth it – you certainly don’t want to miss Green & Co on your Arvia cruise!

Sindhu

💷 Starters from £5.50, Mains from £9, Desserts from £3.50

Sindhu offers Indian cuisine in stylish surroundings. Sindhu’s expert chefs prepare tiffin-style lunches and delicious evening meals.

Starter at Sindhu

I used to love dining at Sindhu and have tried Sindhu on almost every P&O Cruises ship. However, I do feel that it’s gone downhill. You used to be able to enjoy seemingly endless courses, but now that’s no longer the case and the food seems a little plain.

That said, the decor is beautiful and the service is excellent so I wouldn’t rule it out if you like Indian food.

Here’s the menu…

Sindhu menu on Arvia

The Epicurean

💷 From £28 per person

The Epicurean offers the most exquisite fine dining on Arvia. Classic British ingredients are given a modern twist and are served with fine wines, attentive service, elegant surroundings and stunning sea views.

Example dishes at the Epicurean

  • Fillet of lightly smoked mountain trout with horseradish cream, pickled cucumber and puffed rye
  • Fillet of Jæren coastal lamb, potato cream mayonnaise, white onions, baby carrots, hispi cabbage, jus gras, butter emulsion and chive oil
  • White chocolate espuma and cloudberry sorbet with meringue, caramelised white chocolate and cloudberries

See example menu

Eric Lanlard’s Afternoon Tea

💷 From £17.50 per person

An Afternoon Tea in the Epicurean is an indulgent treat featuring savoury porcini and pancetta éclairs, pistachio petit choux with red berries, marble swirls red velvet cake pops and orange blossom and bee pollen scones.

See example menu

The Beach House

💷 From £7.50 per person

Arvia’s Beach House offers relaxed dining with families in mind. Enjoy Caribbean and South American classics such as hanging kebabs, hearty grills, seafood and chocolate fondues.

The Beach House food
Garlic mushroom starter at the Beach House

See example menu

The Keel & Cow

💷 Starters from £4, Mains from £5.50, Desserts from £3

The Keel & Cow is Arvia’s gastropub where you can enjoy British classics such as the Prime Minister burger which is hailed as ‘the best burger at sea’.

The Prime Minister Burger

An 8oz dry-aged prime beef patty, Isle of Wight blue cheese, dry-cured bacon, beefsteak tomatoes, pancetta jam, onion marmalade, roasted garlic mayonnaise and pickled gherkins, all served in a salted bun.

The Best Burger at Sea on Iona
The Prime Minister Burger
Photo credit: P&O Cruises

Other pub favourites to order at Arvia’s pub include pie and mash, fish and chips and a choice of prince steaks.

See an example Keel and Cow menu

The Glass House and Cellar Door

💷 Starters from £2.75, Mains from £8.00, Desserts from £4.50

The Glass House is a wine bar that is open for light bites, lunch and evening meals. Here, you can enjoy a glass of wine and watch aerial artists in the Grand Atrium.

Wine expert Olly Smith has hand-selected wines from around the world which are paired with food in a tapas menu designed by José Pizarro.

The Glass House on Iona

See example menu

The Limelight Club

💷 From £25 per person

In the adult-only Limelight Club, you can enjoy a three-course meal with entertainment by some of Britain’s best-loved celebrity performers.

Starter in the Limelight club
Starter in the Limelight Club

Example dishes at The Limelight Club

  • H. Forman & Son Mojito cured salmon with cucumber jelly, lemon aioli, pickled cucumber and nori crisps
  • Pavé of line-caught sea bass with a pancetta, broad bean, shallot and pea fricassée, lemon and herb gnocchi and white wine parmesan cream
  • Dark and white chocolate mascarpone bomba, raspberries and Amarula ice cream

See example menu

Ripples

💷 For an extra charge

Arvia’s has two ice cream parlours – one in the SkyDome and one in the Quays food court. In partnership with Snowflake Luxury Gelato, Ripples serves artisan sundaes, ice cream cookies and gelato afternoon tea.

The afternoon tea costs £12 but, as you can see, it has enough to feed the whole family so it’s great value for money.

Afternoon Tea at Ripples
Afternoon Tea at Ripples

Ice cream isn’t free on Arvia, except for kids in the buffet at 5 pm during the children’s tea. So, even if you don’t go to the children’s tea, I suggest that you still take the kids there for an afternoon treat to save you from paying for ice creams from Ripples.

Vistas Cafe Bar

💷 For an extra charge

Located in the Grand Atrium with the most wonderful sea views, this cafe serves sweet treats from master pâtissier Eric Lanlard. Enjoy a Costa coffee or a Teapigs tea while you watch pop-up performances from street entertainers.

Vistas cafe Arvia


FAQs About Dining on Arvia

Is Arvia All Freedom dining?

Arvia offers only Freedom dining. This means that you can arrive at the Main Dining Room at any time. There are no set early and late dining times on Arvia as there are on most other ships.

Are There Be Formal Nights on Arvia?

Arvia has one formal night on each seven-night cruise. Fourteen-night cruises have two formal nights. Formal wear is required in the Main Dining Room and speciality dining rooms but not in the Horizon Buffet on these nights.

Does Arvia Cater For Special Diets?

Like all P&O Cruises ships, people with special dietary needs such as vegan, gluten-free and food allergies are very well-catered for on Arvia. You can meet with a chef on the first day of your cruise to ensure that your needs are met.

If you have a special dietary requirement, you should let P&O Cruises know before you cruise.

Do I Need to Book Restaurants in Advance on Arvia?

Pre-booking is required for certain speciality dining venues on Arvia. To pre-book, log in to your P&O Cruises planner within three months of your departure date. You can also book dining or join a virtual queue using your mobile phone on board.

What Time Can I Dine on Arvia?

These are the dining times in the main dining room on Arvia:

  • Breakfast: 07:30 – 10:00
  • Lunch: 12:00 – 13:30
  • Afternoon Tea: 15:30 – 16:30
  • Dinner: 17:30 – 21:00

For speciality restaurants, the time varies depending on the restaurant.

What’s on the Children’s Menus on Arvia?

A typical P&O Cruises kids’ menu will consist of:

Kids’ mains

  • Beef Burger in Buns
  • Chicken Nuggets
  • Grilled Chicken Breast
  • Poached Salmon
  • Pork Sausages
  • Fish Fingers
  • Pasta with Tomato Sauce
  • Hot Dog
  • Fried Egg

Kids’ sides

  • French Fries
  • Mashed Potato
  • Sweetcorn
  • Garden Peas
  • Mixed Vegetables

Kids’ desserts

  • Selection of Ice Creams with Sweet Sauces
  • Fruit Jelly
  • Fruit Salad
  • Chocolate Brownies

Children can mix and match as many dishes as they want from this menu. A tip I would give is to specify how much you would like. Be sure to ask for two sausages or two fried eggs, otherwise, you’ll just get one and the portions can be quite small.

Conclusion

With over 30 restaurants and bars, Arvia offers an abundance of food and drink choices. Many of these options are included in the cruise fare so that guests can dine in a variety of different venues without paying any extra. For something special, Arvia has speciality restaurants offering the finest cuisine from around the world.

People with special dietary requirements and parents of young children can relax knowing that there will always be plenty of options available when you choose to holiday with P&O Cruises.

For a closer look at the menus, take a look at my guide to P&O Cruises’ menus.

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8 thoughts on “P&O Arvia Restaurants Guide (With Photos & Menus)”

  1. never been on a large ship before. Have cruised in Fred Olsen which have really enjoyed. Going solo this january to barbados, so this will be quite different without set meal times If i decide to do the Chefs Table do I need to book now and I dont really do much on my phone and prefer to speak to people direct so will I be able to ask about it on the ship?

    • You can book the Chefs Table on board, either using the P&O web app on your phone or at the guest services desk. Enjoy your cruise! Arvia is lovely. Jenni

  2. Thanks Jeni, can you remember what time the shows were on? We have always had set times and restaurants previuosly and seen the show after, wondering what times are best to go to dinner so not to miss shows, any advice you can give please? Andy

    • They’re on 2 or 3 times per night so you can go before or after dinner.

  3. Hi we have booked the Ariva for next September we have room 15108 booked has anyone any pictures of video of this room.. we have only just booked so there’s not much information on it so far. Thanks in advance

  4. Hi , I’m a greenie an from NZ an this is our first ever cruise. We’ve booked on the Ariva in September an wondering do we need to book in advance for the celebration night

    • Celebration Night is open to all, no advance booking needed. I would advise joining the virtual queue for the main dining room early, or better still, treat yourselves to a speciality restaurant for Celebration Night – those do require advanced booking. Jenni

  5. Thanks very helpful we have a sea view cabin booked for May so it was nice to see what cabin looks like some lovely menus we was on the Iona last year so have an idea what ship looks like

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