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Sandals Royal Carribean-restaurants/bookings help needed

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Sandals Royal Carribean-restaurants/bookings help needed

Okay so this is not our first trip to Sandals, but our first trip to this resort, how far in advance can we book reservations at restaurants? ANd what are your favorite places/should we venture to Sandals Montego Bay to visit theirs as well?

Thank you and I appreciate your time and help!

Barrie Ontario
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1. Re: Sandals Royal Carribean-restaurants/bookings help needed

You can only book when you get there not before so do it right after you check in.

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Thank you

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We love LeJardiniere, the French restaurant at SRC. And love Oleander and Cucina at SMB. You should definitely go to SMB for dinner. Many people also enjoy The Carlyle at Sandals Carlyle Inn - also very good.

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4. Re: Sandals Royal Carribean-restaurants/bookings help needed

Definitely make any reservations as soon as you get your room # upon arrival....

Loved LeJardinier and Oleander as well.

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Don't wait like we did until the last night to check out Cricketers --- have really good fish and chips and the manager and servers are very friendly. We would have tried it more than once if we had tried it earlier in the week. The Thai restaurant was nice for the atmosphere, but it was very windy and the food for us was not that great. Had the best steak and lobster at the Regency. The return guest dinner around the pool was also very nice with really good food.

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We've dined at the Thai but are willing to give it up so that we can be sure to dine at our favourites, including the Returnee Dinner:

SRC - Le Jardinier, the pub, the Regency

SMB - Cucina Romana

SCI - The Carlye (this is a new addition for us...we really enjoyed it in January)

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Another vote for the Oleander over at SMB and their lobster thermidor. At SRC we always like the outdoor Pavillion restaurant behind the main pool.

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8. Re: Sandals Royal Carribean-restaurants/bookings help needed

A few tips for booking your reservations.

#1. When you arrive and check in, before you book you dinner rreservations ask for a copy of the daily breeze so you can see what weekly events are taking place and when. For instance you may want to enjoy the beach party buffet on their beach party night instead of eating at a restaurant. I am not saying it will always work out perfectly. Depending on whats available you may only be able to get into a restaurant on a certain night that may clash with other plans. BUT at least having a copy of the weeks events can help you try to plan around what you do or don't wish to do. Another example, lets say there is a special entertainment starting at 8:00 one evening that you don't want to miss. This can help you to try to get reservations earlier so that you still have time to make it to the show! So my #1 advise is to check out the weekly events while making your dinner plans.

#2. Don't fret if you are unable to snag reservations at a neighboring sandals resort restaurant that you really wanted. Keep in mind that the majority of open slots are of course reserved for guests of that home resort. So SRC and SCI may only get a handful of open slots for restaurants at SMB and vice versa. But that does not mean you 100% cannot get to eat there. Almost all the reviews and conversations I have had with fellow travelers have proven that sandals tries to always accommodate any guest requests. I have personally experienced this. On our honeymoon we were sad to find out that we could not book Tokyo Joes (SMB) any other night other than the night we had already booked Le Jardiner and there was no other available nights for Le Jarinder either. We were also sad that there were absolutely no open spots for Cucina Romono (SMB) either. We shrugged it off and figured maybe next time we would get into them. The next day while visiting SMB we went to the customer service desk to ask if we could be put on the wait list for both of those restaurants in case something became available. She said "No open spots left at the royal?" and we said no, they had all been taken. She went ahead and penciled us in for reservations at Tokyo Joes which put a big smile on our face. She said unfortunately Cucina romono was booked every night accept one of the nights we had reservations elsewhere BUT she offered a special to us they currently had running that if we purchased a bottle of wine from the managers wine list and paid a simple $5 service charge that we could have a private beach dinner and choose any restaurant we wanted including Cucina Romono. We were beyond pleased at this knowing that a typical private candle lit beach dinner was normally $175 cost us a mere total of $40. Now by all means I am not saying they always have this special or that everyones vacation dining will always work out this perfectly. BUT I know from experience and reading the experience of others that Sandals does its best to keep their guests happy and keep them coming back. So if something comes up that you can't get into a place you want, it never hurts to just ask :)

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bahamamamak: One thing nobody has mentioned yet...and this may apply to you? Have you reserved a Butler level room? If so, I encourage you to enter your preferred sequence of nights and restaurants and times into the free form text field of your Butler preferences online form. Our Butlers always read this before we visit, and it gives them some lead time, especially say, on arrival day. They in turn always review the tentative plan on arrival with us. That way they can work on your week's plan and at least have an idea before you arrive. This doesn't get you reservations before you arrive...but gives your Butler team some lead time and ideas.

Our faves; At SRC Eleanor's (for delightful seafood) and La Jardinere (for their scrumptious escargots, and according to my wife, best rack of lamb ever), at SMB La Cucina (Italian) and Stewfish (neat experience eating delightful seafood with your toes in the sand) at SCI The Carlyle (bananas foster to die for desert).

Edited: 04 April 2013, 17:28
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Another bit of advice....check out the Sandals site to read about the restaurants at the 3 Sandals and narrow it down to the ones which are on your definite to-dine list. Next, see if they require reservations...not all of them do. When you arrive at the resort, make your reservations for the restaurants which require them...and try to be as flexible as you can with your dates and times. Once you have the the dates booked for the ones requiring reservations, you can dine at your other choices whatever day and time the mood hits.

Also, if you can't get a reservation at a restaurant you really wish to try (btw, this has never happened to us...we've always been able to eat at all the ones we want), it's always worth it to show up anyway and ask to be put on a wait list. You never know if a table will open up because someone decided to cancel their reservation or at the last minute didn't show up.

If you decide not to go to the Returnee's Dinner, it would also be an ideal time to try one fo the more popular restaurants which would normally book up quickly.

Edited: 04 April 2013, 19:23