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Celebrity Solstice - Grand Epernay Restaurant
Celebrity Solstice Grand Epernay Restaurant

The Celebrity Solstice Grand Epernay Restaurant has a huge wine tower that dominates the back of the dining room.

Celebrity Solstice Photo (c) Linda Garrison
The Grand Epernay Restaurant on the Celebrity Solstice is named for the city of Epernay, which is in the Champagne region of France. The restaurant is aft on decks 3 and 4 and is absolutely stunning to see, with magnificent chandeliers that look like champagne bubbles and a huge wine tower at one end of the restaurant. The color scheme is white and beige.

The Grand Epernay has open seating breakfast on most days and offers three options for dinner--two fixed seatings (at 6:00 pm and 8:30 pm) and Celebrity-select, which is Celebrity's version of open seating dinner. Guests must choose either fixed or select seating prior to their cruise, i.e. you can't have fixed seating some nights and Celebrity-select on other nights. The Celebrity-select seating is located on deck 4 starboard and runs from 5:45 to 9:30 pm.

Dinner in the Grand Epernay is similar to other large cruise ships, consisting of appetizers, salads/soups, main courses, and desserts. The menu is diverse and delicious. For example, one night my friend Rosemary had escargot, gazpacho cold soup, an endive and arugula salad with roasted pecans and a lemon dressing, and prime rib. She had the "no-added sugar" dessert, which was crepes with bananas. I had a crab and avocado appetizer, followed by the mushroom soup, the same arugula salad as Rosemary, and a baked white fish (merluza) topped with a breading and surrounded by cooked tomatoes and rice. I had cream puffs stuffed with praline ice cream and topped with bittersweet chocolate for dessert.

In addition to the nightly specials, the Grand Epernay also has several classic dinner favorites available every night. These include escargot, shrimp cocktail, and a selection of antipasti for appetizers; French onion soup, lobster bisque, caprese salad, and Caesar salad; salmon, chicken breast, and sirloin steak main courses; and a selection of vegetable side dishes. Classic desserts include cheesecake, apple pie a la mode, and creme brulee. Having a classic menu is an excellent alternative for when you get a yearning for just "plain food", which usually happens to me a couple of times a week.

On one sea day, the Grand Epernay has a fabulous brunch, perfect for over-eating. It has all the standard breakfast fare, including Belgian waffles, omelets, and eggs Benedict. In addition, the lunch spread is sumptuous and includes sushi, a carving station, a wide variety of salads, and a chocolate fountain with fruit for dipping for dessert. Don't miss this buffet.

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