A Guide to Dining in Europe with Scenic

Wherever you choose to explore in Europe, you can rest assured your journey with Scenic will be a multi-sensory experience. Delight in the sights, sounds and flavours of each destination with an eclectic choice of included on shore excursions and exceptional culinary experiences.
As well as these experiences, you can embark on a culinary adventure on board our innovative fleet of Space-Ships. Our expert chefs carefully create every dish and menu for you; from a multi-course fine dining dégustation to a casual café-inspired lunch, you can expect delicious dining throughout your river cruise. And, of course, with Scenic everything is included in the price you pay.

Whether you have a sweet or a savoury tooth, are fond of rich meaty dishes or impeccably crafted vegetarian meals, when you travel with Scenic you can look forward to an abundance of culinary experiences to whet your appetite. Read our guide to learn more about the dining options during your Europe river cruise.

Dining on your Scenic Space-Ship

Every day on board a Scenic Space-Ship invites new dining options. Our expert chefs carefully and lovingly craft every single dish, utilizing the very best fresh, regional and seasonal produce available along your route. There is a venue and menu to suit any occasion and all palates. From casual to fine dining, every meal during your river cruise will be flavoursome and elegantly arranged, tasting as good as it looks.

Indulge in an opulent multi-course meal at Portobellos or L’Amour*, our fine dining Italian, French or Portuguese restaurant (dependent on your destination) which caters to a maximum of 32 guests per evening. If you are looking for truly authentic dining, our main restaurant, Crystal Dining, serves locally-inspired fare alongside classic dishes. For more casual dining, the River Café is open throughout the day – if you fancy a light bite for lunch, a healthy breakfast to start your day well, or a snack at any time, this is the place to visit. 

Dining doesn’t need to be a public affair though. You can savour menus from the comfort of your own suite with our vast room service menu. Your chosen meal will be delivered straight to your lap courtesy of your own private butler, letting you relax from your spacious suite, watching the serene rivers views pass by in blissful privacy.
For guests staying on the Diamond Deck and those in Royal or Junior Suites*, you will also receive an exclusive invitation to dine at the Table La Rive or Table d’Or (dependent on your destination). Savour the ultimate dégustation with a six-course menu accompanied by sommelier-paired wines. This intimate venue caters to an average of just 10 guests per evening.

We believe that beverages are also a crucial part of your truly all-inclusive dining experience*. Our expert sommeliers hand-select all of our wines, choosing a selection of the finest regional varieties. Why not start the day with a French champagne breakfast, delight in a local wine or craft beer with lunch and savour your favourite cocktail (or mocktail) for a pre-dinner drink. Ask our waiters to help choose the perfect red or white wine to pair with your evening meal.

Scenic Culinaire: our on board cooking school

Bordeaux and the South of France with Scenic, gourmands and cooking novices alike can relish our exclusive on board cooking school, Scenic Culinaire. Participate in special small group cooking classes, learning how to create regional French recipes using the finest local, seasonal ingredients. 
You will be joined by our expert chefs and cooking instructors, who will introduce you to these authentic recipes. This truly personalized culinary experience features a cheese and wine cellar as part of your private cooking station – the perfect additions to your creations. We have even included a live camera and screen so that you won't miss a moment of the cooking demonstration. And, of course, the best bit is tasting your dishes at the end.

Shop with a Chef in France

There’s no more authentic food experience than visiting a destination’s local marketplaces. When you visit Paris, Avignon or Bordeaux, you’ll have the opportunity to ‘Shop with a Chef’ as part of our Scenic Freechoice program. These exclusive excursions will be one of the many highlights of your France river cruise.
Embark on a guided visit to a local food market with one of our expert chefs, letting you pick out the freshest local produce and delicious seasonal ingredients. When you return to your Space-Ship, watch our master chefs utilize these regional products to create a mouthwatering meal. The end creation will taste even better knowing that you have hand-selected the ingredients for it.

Brand new: Culinary Cruises in France

Bringing together the very best fine dining and gastronomy experiences in France, we’ve created two new Culinary Cruises for 2022: Tastes of Southern France and Flavours of Bordeaux. Elevate your foodie experience to the next level during an array of additional food, wine and regional culinary experiences, alongside our ever-popular included sightseeing excursions.
When you travel on our Tastes of Southern France river cruise, you can delight in a visit to an organic goat cheese farm with a special tasting, visit a local mustard producer during a tour of Beaune, and delight in exclusive after-hours access to chocolatier museum Cite du Chocolat in Tain-l’Hermitage. Wine lovers will not want to miss the chance to learn the art of barrel making at a French cooperage. You can also dine like a local with lunch at a Bouchon restaurant in Lyon and a private dinner prepared by Michelin star chef Didier Goiffon on board your Space-Ship. 
During the Flavours of Bordeaux river cruise, you can immerse yourself in the region’s wine heritage. Visit a Lillet producer, explore the Pomerol wine region and learn the art of barrel making at a cooperage. Discover regional delicacies during a tour of the Château de La Rivière, be treated to exclusive after-hours access to Les Bassins de Lumières with a Champagne toast, and participate in a food photography masterclass on board your Space-Ship.

Brand New: Ancestry of the Kitchen

Culinary traditions and recipes have long been passed down generations and often kept as family secrets. On several of our river cruises, learn about authentic recipes and cooking customs during a new Scenic Freechoice ‘Ancestry of the Kitchen’ experience. Visit the home of a local for a truly immersive and unique excursion. 
On our Windmills, Tulips and Belgian Delights river cruise, learn the secrets of delectable Dutch apple pie in Hoorn. Guests on our Danube Delta Discovery river cruise will get the chance in Vidin to help bake banica (pronounced ‘banitsa’), a traditional Bulgarian snack made from filo pastry, filled with eggs and white cheese. Stews are a staple meal in many parts of Eastern Europe; in Osijek discover the key to making a flavoursome fish stew on our Black Sea Explorer river cruise. If you join us in Portugal, study the art of bread-making on our Unforgettable Douro river cruise.
After your return home from your holiday, you can impress your friends and family with these newly learned practices and skills – it’s your decision whether you share these cooking secrets with them too!

Dining in Europe with Scenic

You’ll be truly spoiled for choice when it comes to on board dining and exclusive culinary experiences when you travel on a Scenic Europe river cruise. From visiting the Alsace wine region on our 8 Day Rhine Highlights itinerary, to sampling Portugal’s rich produce including jams, marmalades and almonds on the 8 Day Delightful Douro and tasting fresh oysters in France on our 8 Day Bordeaux Affair, we invite you to indulge your inner gourmand and wine connoisseur with our carefully crafted menus and experiences, delighting in the knowledge that everything is included in the price of your river cruise.
Be inspired and find your next truly all-inclusive travel experience by viewing our complete collection of Truly All-Inclusive Europe river cruises. 

*L’Amour restaurant is available to those travelling on Scenic Gem, Sapphire or Diamond. Portobellos restaurant is available to those travelling on Scenic Azure, Crystal, Jewel, Jade, Jasper, Opal or Amber. Dining at Table La Rive / Table d’Or is available exclusively for Royal and Junior Suite guests on cruises of 7 nights or less, and for all Diamond Deck guests on cruises of 10 nights or longer. All beverages are included except for a very small number of fine and vintage wines, Champagnes and spirits.