Chops v Giovanni's - Anniversary Dinner Decision!

#1
Miami, Florida
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Hi all! Help me decide! We are on the Jewel in March and wanted to do a nice (delicious) dinner for our anniversary. I currently have reservations made for Chops Grille but I've seen both good and bad about it.

Would you opt for Chops or Giovanni's?

Just some background -- we've never done either restaurant and are huge fans of the Carnival Steakhouses. A great steak is what we are mostly after.

Thanks!
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I vote Chops. But, personally, I enjoy a nice hunk of beef to celebrate. I don't think you'll necessarily be disappointed in either.
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I found Chops to go downhill the past four years, its not what it used to be. We were on the Allure a year ago and Chops was disappointing back then, we went on the Harmony this past May had reservations for Chops for two evenings and after the first evening dining there cancelled the second evening. On another note, Giovanni's is our most favorite specialty restaurant out of them all, following 150 Central Park. You can get a wonderful filet mignon at Giovanni's should you be interested in beef/steak.
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I vote Chops, I have never been disappointed. I think Chops and Fahrenheit 555 are very similar.
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The past year when we are on Carnival cruises, we dine at the steakhouse each and every evening as we do not care for the food in the MDR....Carnival has the overall BEST steakhouse, always a perfect wonderful meal there, but when we dine at Chops there are hits and misses (more misses and disappointments) and quite honestly last year I said I would not go back to Chops but found myself trying Chops again in May on the Harmony to say never again.
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I think Chops still has beef filet. Giovanne's removed their better beef cuts from their menu.
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While we love Giovanni's, would pick Chops for an anniversary dinner.
Their filet mignon is delicious!
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I think Chops is usually more a romantic setting-mostly couples.
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Originally posted by lokix2
Maybe really splurge and treat yourslves to Chef's Table. It is truly a special
experience!
Second that. And the meat course is usually a filet, at least the last 2 times we've done Chef's Table.
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I would also vote for Chops!!


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In general we prefer Giovanni's we were able to get filet there a few months ago on Liberty , Chops can be hit or miss with food
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Originally posted by lokix2
Maybe really splurge and treat yourslves to Chef's Table. It is truly a special
experience!
Chef's table is totally awesome.

But then you are sharing your anniversary with other guests. I'd do it for a different dinner.
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Chops has been more miss than hit for us the last few cruises. We always go there hoping they got better, but they haven't. Food is OK, the service is terrible. We will probably try again the next cruise, I don't know why. Giovanni's hasn't disappointed us yet. Just can't get a steak there.

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Originally posted by Beachdude
Chops has been more miss than hit for us the last few cruises. We always go there hoping they got better, but they haven't. Food is OK, the service is terrible. We will probably try again the next cruise, I don't know why. Giovanni's hasn't disappointed us yet. Just can't get a steak there.

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What ship I got steak there 4 months ago on Liberty?
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Whichever you decide (Chops or Giovanni's) for your anniversary dinner, do hope you'll try the other another night on your cruise.
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Another vote for Chops. We were on Jewel in June and ate there 3 times. Each time, the food was amazing. We told them we were celebrating our anniversary and had a fabulous table by the window on our second and third visit.
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Been to Chops 3 times over the past 5 years. 1st was very underwhelming, but the last 2 have been outstanding! Most recently on Harmony the staff was outstanding, food was incredible, and by far the best meal we had on the whole cruise!


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