Palo serves a brunch and dinner. Dinner is served every night of the cruise and brunch is served on sea days. As a specialty restaurant you have to pay extra to eat at Palo. It’s $30 per person. What a bargain.
You must have a reservation to eat at Palo. Reservations can be made before departure on when you arrive on the ship, but make reservations as soon as possible because Palo has been know to sell out regularly.
Mrs. Mom even tried the caviar - Photo by Dad
Brunch at Palo is part buffet and part order from the menu. The buffet is nothing short of incredible. The layout differs from ship to ship, but basically there’s several “stations”. Usually there’s pastries, sea food, desserts, sea food, sushi, desserts and more sea food. Yes, I meant to repeat myself.
The menu is full of both breakfast and lunch items. You can get omelets, frittatas, waffles, Eggs Benedict along with pizza, pastas, chicken parmesan and even a steak. You can order as many items off the menu and make as many trips to the buffet as you want.
Dinner at Palo is a 4 course celebration of Italian food. It kicks off with some antipasti, an appetizer some fabulous entrees and the BEST. DESSERT. EVER!
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The first thing on the buffet is pastries. Yummy! - Photo by Dad
I might have mentioned I kind of like Palo. So let me tell you about our experience at the Brunch we had on the Disney Magic at Palo Brunch.
We were on a 5 night cruise to nowhere, but that’s another story, and had a day at sea so we decided to try the brunch. On our first day we could make reservations I went on the DCL website and boom, the exact time I wanted was there and a reservation was made.
On Palo day we ate a very light breakfast because we wanted to be able to pack it in. Our time was 11:00. It was hard to wait. Since we were at sea that day there wasn't a lot to do. I think I went down and watched Doctor Strange while Mrs. Mom took a nap.
Time came for us to get ready. We dressed up (Palo has a dress code), we like to dress up for good meals. So we did.
We headed up to Palo (which is on the top deck of the ship. When we arrived, we waited a few minutes and then were seated. Our server was quickly there. She gave us the rundown on how things worked and headed off to grab our drinks but told us to wait until she came back to give us a tour of the buffet. Yes, a personalized tour of the buffet.
The tea has TEA ICE CUBES!!!! - Photo by Dad
In a flash she was back with our iced tea (complete with iced tea ice cubes) and off to the tour we went.
We went station to station with our server telling us about the food, talking about her favorites and letting us work up a big appetite.
This was my favorite spot - Photo by Dad
After the tour she handed us a menu and left us alone to start grazing. And boy did we ever graze. I loaded up on shrimp, crab leg, scallops a pastry or two. The perfect appetizer. Mrs. Mom went after a couple of pastries. In a few minutes our server came back and we ordered from the menu. Mrs. Mom ordered the Frittata and I ordered the Chicken Parmesan or as they call it the parmesan crusted chicken breast.
Another trip to the buffet was in order as we waited for our menu items to arrive. Boy were we happy when the did. I have to say that the I haven’t been able to eat chicken parmesan anywhere without thinking about Palo since. It was yummy. A perfect juicy breast with a yummy crust with just a perfect amount of a scrumptious red sauce.
Another trip or two to the buffet then it was time for dessert. We weren’t going to order anything off the menu there were plenty of options on the buffet, but our server (who was fabulous by the way) talked us into the molten lava cake.
Like I said earlier, Palo has the BEST. DESSERTS. EVER. (Which like a dummy, I was too busy eating to take a picture of.)
Dad's Bottom Line
The Palo buffet was incredible. The food was awesome. We ate for an hour and a half. We rolled out of there. Almost literally. Boy were we full, but very happy.
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