Palo is the adults only restaurant on board the Disney Dream. It can also be found on the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, albeit it with different decor. Named after the colorful poles that line the canals of Venice, the signature Italian-themed restaurant serves brunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
Guests are invited to indulge in a menu of Northern Italian cuisine, paired with classic reserve wines, and superior service. Unlike the regular rotational dining restaurants on board, there is a cover charge here, and you won’t have the same servers you have in your main dining rooms.
Next door to Palo, separating it from the premium restaurant Remy, is the Meridian Lounge. Perfect for a pre-or post-dinner drink, the lounge offers comfortable seating and ocean vistas.
On entering the restaurant, you won’t fail to notice the glass chandelier that hangs down from the ceiling. Our server informed us that the hand blown glass represents pasta and spaghetti.
During the day, beautiful ocean views can be seen through the floor-to-ceiling windows, and by night a pianist serenades diners. Guests can also choose to sit outside on the teak deck during the day.
Artwork featuring scenes from Venice line the walls, while the seats are finished in a rich palate of red, green and gold jewel tones.
This table is next to a mural made from glass beads.
If you’re part of a large party you can reserve this table in advance.
On our Dream cruise we experience both afternoon tea and dinner. I’ll look at dinner in this post and write a separate review of afternoon tea.
Not wanting to miss out on any of the rotational dining restaurants, we booked our Palo reservation for 7:30pm. This gave us chance to take up our regular table, which that night was Enchanted Garden, so that our kids could eat before going to the Oceaneer Club and nursery. This option works best if you’re on the early dinner seating.
When you’re seated at Palo, be sure to let your server know if you need to pick kids up at a certain time, or if you want to take things slowly and have a leisurely dinner.
We were first served a basket of focaccia bread, ciabatta rolls and grissini sticks.
Next came the antipasti cartello, with our choices being plated up table-side by our server. Items included prosciutto, bresaola, parmesan reggiano, marinated olives, sun-dried tomatoes, Palo’s famous dips and olive oil.
There is a large choice of appetizers, including pizza, and you’re welcome to order as many, or few, courses as you wish. You could even just come here for dessert if you like, although the full cover charge would still apply.
This is what DH chose for his appetizer:
Grilled Portobello Mushroom and Polenta
with a Roasted Shallot Sauce and a parmesan crisp
If you’ve read any of my previous dining reports, you’ll know I’m a fussy eater. I would have been happy to skip appetizer, but our server was insistent that I have something and arranged a plain salad with balsamic dressing. It was nice, but perhaps a little too much rocket!
Before our entrees were served our server brought us each a lemon sorbet to cleanse our palates.
For main course, DH ordered what he’s had previously at Palo on the Magic and Wonder:
Our Beef Tenderloin “Palo”
served with Palo signature Barolo red wine sauce or gorgonzola sauce
Again, our server and the chef went out of their way to make me something I’d enjoy. I had grilled chicken breast with red wine sauce, potatoes and vegetables. He later informed me it had taken longer to serve because they’d had to go to one of the other kitchens to get some plain chicken.
This beautifully presented dessert was DH’s choice:
Palo’s Homemade Tiramisu
Don’t be surprised when you’re asked what you’d like for dessert before you’ve even eaten your main course! The reason being the famous Palo chocolate souffle which takes around 20 minutes to cook and therefore needs to be ordered well in advance. Served with vanilla bean and chocolate sauces, which your server will pour into the souffle for you, it’s one of those not-to-be-missed desserts!
A complimentary after-dinner drink is offered post-desserts, consisting of lemon sorbet, vodka and prosecco.
We had to pass on the wide choice of coffees and after-dinner drinks available, as we were running late for picking our daughters up, although we were sad to leave after experiencing such a lovely and relaxing meal.
Wine lovers can choose from an extensive list of about 90 labels from all regions of Italy, including a sparkling Prosecco and a lush red Barolo made just for Palo. The signature “Balsamic Grande” cocktail features vodka, a splash of five-year-old balsamic vinegar and fresh muddled strawberries.
Palo also offers both an adult-only Champagne brunch and High Tea on select days. The brunch features made-to-order entrées, seafood, a selection of international cheeses, fresh breads and pastries, desserts, Champagne and mimosas.
Reservations are required for all Palo dining experiences. There is an additional $20 charge for dinner and brunch; High Tea is $10. Dinner dress code is dress shirt or jacket for men and dress or pantsuit for women – no jeans. Brunch and High Tea are “cruise casual” – no jeans, shorts, swimwear or tank tops.