Palo is an adult only restaurant that features a Northern Italian cuisine located on the topmost aft deck of all four Disney Cruise Line ships. The restaurant offers picturesque views from the majority of seats. On select days (typically a day at sea), Palo offers a Champagne brunch featuring a variety of signature pizzas, made-to-order entrees, seafood, a selection of international cheeses, fresh breads and pastries, desserts, champagne and mimosas.
It had been a few cruises since we last enjoyed brunch at Palo, so we made sure to make reservations as soon as our booking window opened. We chose the first seating so we would still have room for dinner later!
The evening before, a note card was delivered to our stateroom to remind us of our reservation and included a reminder of the dress code. Brunch dress code is cruise casual. However, unlike the main dinning version of cruise casual, jeans, shorts, swimwear and/or tank tops are not permitted. We also received a phone call regarding the dress code in the event that we cannot read.
This was our second time dining in Palo on the Fantasy, but our first time for brunch. The restaurant still maintains an intimate setting like on the Classic ships, but goes a step further by providing additional space between tables resulting in a more intimate dining experience.
We were seated in the back corner in what our server referred to as the “honeymoon seats”, one of two booths for 2 facing the starboard windows.
The brunch began with a choice of a complimentary Mimosa or Prosecco (an Italian sparkling wine). In the past, a Kir Royale has also been an option, but not on this day.
Our wonderful server led us on a guided tour of the buffet, which is set up in the back room. She made it a point to shield me from the seafood table (shellfish allergy), and informed me that if I wanted any of the non-shellfish items to simply ask her and she would have a plate made up in the kitchen.
The brunch offerings were very similar to what we experienced previously on the Magic. We selected some items from the buffet and headed to our table.
The brunch is not just limited to the buffet; there are sample entrees and pizzas on display and will be made-to-order fresh just for you.
My wife and I ordered one pizza to share; half gorgonzola and grape, and half spicy sausage.
The buffet and pizza would have been more than enough food, but I had to splurge. I love the chicken parmesan which is served on a bed of parmesan risotto; I could not pass up this dish. YUUUUMMMM!!!! Well worth the extra calories.
Since Emily did not order an entree and I put my order in late, I encouraged her to move on to the desserts without me. Emily created a wonderful plate of desserts to sample.
I did pick up a peanut butter square and a cheesecake based on her recommendation to cap off brunch.
Palo Champagne Brunch is offered from 10 AM to 2 PM on select days for an additional charge of $20 per person. Alcoholic beverages, specialty coffees and additional gratuities are extra. Reservations are required. Do not worry if you are unable to secure a spot before you set sail; you may not be out of luck. On embarkation day, head up to the podium outside of Meridian on the Dream & Fantasy (or Rockin’ Bar D/Wavebands on the classic ships) for any available first come first serve openings. If you still find yourself without a reservation, check back during your cruise to see if there have been any cancellations.
Still not full? Check out the Palo Brunch Leftovers (additional photos from previous brunches aboard the Magic & Fantasy)
Have you been to brunch at Palo before? What is your favorite menu item?