Aboard the Disney Dream, there are two adults-only restaurants: Remy’s and Palo.

I had the honor of dining at Palo during my Disney Cruise in January, courtesy of the nice folks at Disney.

Palo is located on each of the Disney Cruise Ships, but the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy have some of the nicest finishes. The Dream also has private dining rooms with custom décor.

Palo restaurant table setting

Palo’s is located on the starboard side aft on Deck 12. It’s beautiful and quite luxurious, and the food was incredible.  From soft lighting to amazing table settings, you can sense the luxury the moment you walk in.

Palo, translated as “pole”, pays homage to an icon in Italy– gondolas. The whole restaurant has a cozy Italian theme.

Welcome to Palo, a luxurious Italian-inspired restaurant.

Welcome to Palo, a luxurious Italian-inspired restaurant.

Today I’m going to take you on a photo tour of Palo!  Let’s take a look:

Atmosphere

As I mentioned, Palo is an adults-only restaurant where all diners must be at least 18 years of age. If you’re sailing with children, they can go to the age-appropriate kids’ clubs on board where they will be served their own dinner.

Because all diners are adults, Palo is quiet and refined.  It’s comparable to California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in Disney World.

Palo likes to display their wine in style.

Palo likes to display their wine in style.

As you enter, you’ll see beautiful gold and rich red touches. The glass chandelier at the entrance is by far one of the most photographed pieces of the restaurant.

Next is the impressive glass wine closet. The dining room has deep mahogany wood paneled walls and columns, and Palo really rolls out the red carpet- literally. Diners get a taste of how the wealthy Venetians lived!

Palo's dining room features high-end finishes with amazing views of the ocean.

Palo’s dining room features high-end finishes with amazing views of the ocean.

The walls are adorned with murals of the Italian Countryside and cozy Italian Villas.

You are still on a ship, though, so expect amazing views of the outside from the floor to ceiling windows during daylight hours.  At night, the darkness of the sea makes the windows black.

While the tables by the windows will obviously have the best view, the restaurant has graduated seating so everyone can see the shimmering waters. To add to the elegant atmosphere, there are live violinists playing throughout dinner.

While Palo has a dress code (no jeans, t-shirts, ripped clothing, bathing suits, or flip flops) and the entire restaurant feels very upscale, the restaurant doesn’t feel stuffy at all. Even the wine sommeliers are accessible and willing to help you choose something appropriate for the meal and for your tastes.

Palo is upscale without being snooty.

Palo is upscale without being snooty.

Food

Palo is not part of the rotational dining.  All of the food is cooked to order, making it incrementally better than the main dining rooms. Palo serves up fine dining with Italian flavor and a lot of options.

Your meal begins with bread service with tarragon butter and an appetizer including a Fresh Arugula Salad with a choice of Palo’s dressings, Soft Potato Gnocchi tossed in piennolo tomato sauce, Ciuppin Soup with mussels, shrimp, calamari, red mullet, and monkfish poached in a garlic basil white wine tomato broth, or Tuscan White Bean Soup with cannellini beans with pancetta and kale simmered in chicken stock. I opted for the Fritto di Calamari e Gameri with lemon-garlic mayonnaise and marinara dippings and the antipasti salad.

This fried calamari was delicious!

This fried calamari was delicious!

The antipasti salad is plated beautifully.

The antipasti salad is plated beautifully.

Between the appetizers and main course, your server will bring you a lemon sorbet palate cleanser, which is the perfect mix of sweet and savory to prepare your tastebuds for the main course.  It’s a small touch, but shows the care the crew takes in making your meal very special.

The palate cleanser prepares your palate for the main course.

The palate cleanser prepares your palate for the main course.

At this time, your server will also bring you a dessert menu. Why so early? Because if you decide to order the Chocolate Souffle, which you absolutely should, it takes 20 minutes to bake.

Main dishes include fish, chicken, and beef. From the Il Pesce menu, choose from Marinated Big Eyed Tuna Steak with green beans, roasted new potatoes, quail eggs, Cerignola olives, and white balsamic or the Pinquant Dover Sole fileted tableside served with capers, anchovies, sundried tomatoes, spinach, and carrots and thyme potatoes. For meat lovers, choose Osso Buco, Roasted Lemon Rosemary Chicken, Roasted Rosemary-rubbed rack of lamb, or, the dish I chose, Grilled Prime Beef Tenderloin with pancetta potato, sautéed spinach, and Barolo Chinato wine sauce or gorgonzola cheese cause.

The Pinquant Dover Sole is filleted table side.

The Pinquant Dover Sole is filleted table side.  It’s like dinner and a show!

The Grilled Prime Beef Tenderloin is almost too beautiful to eat.

The Grilled Prime Beef Tenderloin is almost too beautiful to eat.

I hope you’ve saved room for dessert because your chocolate soufflé is ready! You can also choose from Palo’s homemade Tiramisu, Limoncello Tart, Vanilla Bean Pana Cotta, Warm Orange Almond Cake, or a Spoonful of Gelato in a few different flavors.

The chocolate soufflé with vanilla bean and chocolate cream sauce is Palo's signature dessert.

The chocolate soufflé with vanilla bean and chocolate cream sauce is Palo’s signature dessert.

This may seem like a lot of food, but the portions are controlled.  By the end of the meal you will be perfectly full, but not stuffed.  This meal will take a couple hours. Enjoy yourself, eat slowly and taste everything, and you’ll have plenty of room for everything the kitchen prepares especially for you!

Palo is most famous for its dinner menu, but they also serve brunch including bread, muffins, pastries, fruits, vegetables, and a huge variety of fish and eggs plus made to order pizza and small cups of tiramisu for dessert.

Cost

Palo is not part of the rotational dining plan, so dining here does come at an extra cost. However, it’s a very affordable and totally worth it $30 per person per meal that will be added to your cruise bill. Advanced Dining Reservations are required and can be made 75 days or more in advance. You can only make one reservation before boarding, but you can make more once you’re on board based on availability.

Was it worth the extra time and money, given that the food and service at the included restaurants is so good?  I think so.  Palo provides a special dining experience that you will long remember.

Dining at Palo on a Disney Cruise: Worth the extra cost?