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Mardi Gras Dining Guide: Which Restaurants Are Complimentary?



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Carnival Cruise Line’s new ship Mardi Gras is absolutely chock-full of dining venues, many included and some with an up-charge.

To help passengers determine what’s open for which meal, and whether you’ll pay extra or not, Carnival put together a little guide on all of the dining locations across the vessel.

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Based on Carnival’s guide, we’ve put together this little piece, dividing the restaurants up based on whether they’re complimentary or for-fee. We’ve also included menu links for some of the newest and most popular venues on board.

Complimentary Dining Locations



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Guy’s Burger Joint


  • Flamingo Dining Room (Your Time Dining)
  • Palm Dining Room (assigned seating)
  • Lido Marketplace buffet
  • Piazza Panini
  • Pizzeria del Capitano
  • Room Service (select items)

Note: For Mardi Gras’ maiden season, three restaurants that normally have an uncharge will also be complimentary for all guests.

They are:

For-Charge Restaurants


  • Emeril’s Bistro 1396
  • JavaBlue Café (select items)
  • Room Service (select items)



  • Emeril’s Bistro 1396
  • Seafood Shack
  • Bonsai Sushi
  • Bonsai Teppanyaki
  • Rudi’s Seagrill (Check out the dinner menu)
  • Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse
  • Chef’s Table
  • Room Service (select items)

Note: If you are reading this after Mardi Gras’ maiden season, Chibang!, Cucina del Capitano, and Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse | Brewhouse are also available for a fee.

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Emeril’s Bistro 1396

‘& More’ Menu Options and Where to Find Lobster

If you’re dining at a sit-down specialty restaurant with your friends or family but don’t want anything on that restaurant’s menu, don’t worry. With the introduction of Mardi Gras, Carnival has introduced a new “& More” menu, which features classic main dining room favorites that you can order no matter where you’re eating.

When formal night rolls around, everyone knows what that means: it’s lobster time. On Mardi Gras, lobster will be served not only in the main dining rooms on this evening, but also in Cucina del Capitano and Chibang!

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