Norwegian Joy Menus and Restaurant Guide

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Norwegian Joy – Cagney’s Waterfront

Norwegian Joy Menu Downloads and Ultimate Restaurant Guide

If you’re planning a cruise on Norwegian Joy, you’re in for a culinary treat! NCL has some of the BEST specialty dining at sea- especially when it comes to specialty/upcharge restaurants. There’s something for everyone- casual eateries, buffet dining, and even fine French and Seafood offerings.

But, because there are so many choices on NCL Joy, choosing restaurants can be overwhelming! Taking a look at the Norwegian Joy Menus before your cruise helps you to decide which restaurants are best for you!

As you scroll through these Norwegian Joy menu downloads, you’ll find photos of the food we enjoyed while onboard as well as some HOT TIPS, to get the most out of your experience.

This ship offers a diverse range of dining experiences that cater to every palate. From complimentary classics like the Local and Main Dining rooms to Norwegian’s famous specialty venues, like Cagneys Steakhouse and Le Bistro for fine French dining. But, there are also some dining surprises on Joy, like the incredible seafood venue, Ocean Blue, and our favorite, Food Republic. If you want to skip the article and download all Norwegian Joy menus, CLICK HERE. Norwegian Joy bar menus are at the bottom of the article.

Complimentary Dining Options

Norwegian Joy offers a great selection of restaurants that are included in your cruise fare. Most of them are casual, and you can find open times in the Norwegian Cruise Line App, or in the Freestyle Daily, NCL’s daily newsletter.

Main Dining Rooms: The Manhattan Room, Savor, and Taste offer a rotating menu of both modern and classic dishes prepared with the freshest ingredients. Each dining room has its unique ambiance, ensuring a distinct dining experience with each visit. You don’t need reservations to dine at these venues and casual dress is just fine! Gotta love freestyle cruising! For a grand experience, try the Manhattan Room. Located aft on the ship, this dining venue has dramatic wake views and lots of windows. Be sure to look up to see the dramatic light fixtures and decor.

Norwegian Joy Menus – Main Dining room: DOWNLOAD HERE.

Norwegian Joy Menu - Norwegian Joy Food - Manhattan Room
Norwegian Joy Food – Manhattan Room

Garden Café: Located at the top of the ship, with sweeping ocean views, this buffet-style restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It features themed nights and a wide array of options to suit all tastes. There are no published menus for the buffet restaurant, but you can find themes and other important information in your Freestyle Daily, NCL’s daily newsletter.

HOT TIP: Don’t miss the omelet stations at breakfast and for more seating options, head the BACK of the restaurant for less crowds. And, for lunch, if offered- the noodle bar is a treat. Staff will hand you a bowl of brothy noodles, and you can add the toppings of your choice. Typically, those toppings consist of meat, some chopped veggies and herbs, and spicy sauce to add on top. SO GOOD, and not to be missed!

Norwegian Joy Menu - Norwegian Joy Food - Garden Cafe Salad Noodle Bar
Norwegian Joy Food – Garden Cafe Salad Noodle Bar

The Local Bar & Grill: A pub-style eatery open around the clock, offering classic pub fare in a relaxed atmosphere. The local is a great place to grab a quick, sit-down breakfast, or a late-night round of wings and fries. HOT TIP: Try the breakfast here if you need a break from the buffet. The omelets are great, and it’s a nice way to switch things up!

The Local Bar & Grill Norwegian Joy Menu: DOWNLOAD HERE.

Norwegian Joy Menu - Norwegian Joy Food - The Local Breakfast Omelet
Norwegian Joy Food – The Local Breakfast Omelet

American Diner: Offering a nostalgic journey to the 1960s with a décor featuring parts of a Mustang and an old-school gas pump, this casual eatery serves classic American dishes such as burgers, fries, and milkshakes. It’s a great spot to escape the buffet crowds and enjoy sit-down service with retro vibes. You’ll see lots of crossover on the menu here, with the Local. It’s a similar vibe- casual, free eats, but in a sit-down setting. We loved the pork entree, hamburger, and chicken salad sandwich. The best part – the American Diner is now INCLUDED in your cruise fare! HOT TIP: Visit on day 1 of your cruise. It’s usually quiet, and a nice break from the buffet.

American Diner Norwegian Joy Menu: DOWNLOAD HERE.

Norwegian Joy Menu - Norwegian Joy Food - American Diner Burger
Norwegian Joy Food – American Diner Burger

Specialty Restaurants (For an Extra Charge)

Cagney’s Steakhouse: This is the quintessential American steakhouse onboard. It serves premium cuts of beef in an upscale atmosphere. Highlights include made-from-scratch jumbo lump crab cakes and Parmesan-dusted truffle fries. Our favorite, the good old filet mignon. We’re sort of creatures of habit when it comes to steak!

Cagney’s Steakhouse Norwegian Joy Menu: DOWNLOAD HERE.

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Norwegian Joy Food – Cagney’s Steakhouse Wedge Salad

Ocean Blue: Ocean Blue is an elegantly decorated and refined seafood restaurant where the freshest fish and finest ingredients are used to create stunning dishes, complemented by a selection of fine wines and cocktails. Don’t worry though, the vibe here isn’t stuffy, and the staff are warm and friendly.

The starters, entrees, and desserts here are fabulous and very fresh, and we’re not sure how we missed Ocean Blue on our past NCL cruises. It’s now one of our favorites! HOT TIP: The fresh grilled fish selections are amazing. Try the cod, if you like a mild, white flaky fish. It’s amazing with tartar sauce. Also, the fries and house made coleslaw here are REALLY good. Don’t skip them!

Ocean Blue Norwegian Joy Menu: DOWNLOAD HERE.

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Norwegian Joy Food – Ocean Blue Cod

Le Bistro: Norwegian Joy’s signature French restaurant offers an intimate dining experience with elegant interiors and classic French dishes that will have you saying “c’est magnifique!” HOT TIP: NCL Joy’s Le Bistro is the ONLY one in the fleet to offer al fresco dining on the waterfront. If the weather is nice, take advantage of this!

Le Bistro Norwegian Joy Menu: DOWNLOAD HERE.

Norwegian Joy Menu - Norwegian Joy Food - Le Bistro French Onion Soup
Norwegian Joy Food – Le Bistro French Onion Soup

Teppanyaki: Enjoy an authentic Japanese hibachi experience where skilled chefs entertain as they cook steak, chicken, and seafood right before your eyes. HOT TIP: Grab your reservation EARLY for Teppanyaki. This spot is popular, especially with families.

Teppanyaki Norwegian Joy Menu: DOWNLOAD HERE.

Food Republic: A fusion eatery that combines different culinary traditions with a menu that includes sushi, firecracker shrimp, Korean chicken, and more. The restaurant operates on an à la carte basis, and those with a dining package can order up to four items per visit. You’ll order from a tablet-type device, with the guidance of a friendly server. HOT TIP: If you have questions about what or how much to order, be sure to ask your server- they are ready to share their favorites and often suggest items you may not have thought of. Don’t miss the cocktails here!

A few of our favorites at Food Republic? The spicy Korean Fried Chicken Starter, the Thai Steak and Noodle Salad, Ramen, and the Dynamite Roll.

Food Republic Norwegian Joy Menu: DOWNLOAD HERE.

Norwegian Joy Menu - Norwegian Joy - Food Republic Thai Steak Salad
Norwegian Joy – Food Republic Thai Steak Salad

La Cucina: This Italian restaurant serves a selection of dishes inspired by various regions of Italy, with options ranging from fried calamari and pizza to pasta and featured entrees like lasagna, all set in a cozy atmosphere reminiscent of the Tuscan countryside. HOT TIP: Be sure to arrive with an appetite. La Cucina’s food is hearty and filling! Oh, and don’t fill up on the bread. It’s tempting, but it will get ya!

La Cucina Norwegian Joy Menu: DOWNLOAD HERE.

Norwegian Joy Menu - Norwegian Joy Food - La Cucina Calamari
Norwegian Joy Food – La Cucina Calamari

Q Texas Smokehouse: Bringing the flavors of American BBQ to the sea, this venue offers a lively dining experience with Texas teasers like deviled eggs and fried green tomatoes, all accompanied by a live band. Q also has fabulous bar drinks and specialty cocktails. Your dining package works here, but it’s also a great place to come and grab just a few items, along with a beer. Our suggestions? A few orders of the deviled eggs, a chopped salad, and a beverage to wash it all down. HOT TIP: if you order one of the platters, the sides are VERY small. Like bite-size small. We suggest adding full size sides for the table to share.

Q Texas Smokehouse Norwegian Joy Menu: DOWNLOAD HERE.

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Norwegian Joy Food – Q Smokehouse Deviled eggs

It’s also worth noting that Norwegian often includes free specialty dining as part of their promotions, making it a great opportunity to explore these amazing dining options without the additional cost. All specialty restaurants are available for dinner, and some, like Food Republic, also open for lunch on select days. When dining at these specialty venues, you can pay à la carte or use your dining plan, which can be pre-purchased before your cruise.

For detailed Norwegian Joy menus and further insights into each restaurant, I recommend visiting the official Norwegian Cruise Line website or specific cruise-focused websites that offer in-depth reviews and personal experiences from past guests. This way, you can plan your culinary journey on the Norwegian Joy with all the information you need to make it a memorable part of your cruise experience.

Norwegian Joy Bars and Lounges

Norwegian Joy Bar Menus: DOWNLOAD HERE.

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