Viking River Cruises Menus and Meals

Salted Caramel Tarte

Salted Caramel Tarte

What is the food like on board a Viking River Cruise? It’s a valid concern, but after several sailings, I can say that the food is great! See for yourself, though, in the menus and food photos and videos below as enjoyed on the Viking Heimdal and the Viking Forseti in March 2014.

First, an overview of what to expect. There is only one restaurant on board the Viking River Ships, and only one seating for each meal in the dining room. There is also a more casual buffet on the Aquavit Terrace. The dining room is casual, with large tables seating 6-8 guests. The casual chic color palette is calming with muted tones and pops of color with the bright turquoise blue glassware. There is no assigned seating.

The main dining room

The main dining room

Viking River Cruises Place Setting

Breakfast is a large buffet served every morning in the main dining room. As you can see in the video, the choices are amazing!

If you don’t see something you’d like on the buffet, order off of the limited breakfast menu in the main dining room.

Viking River Cruises Breakfast menu

Viking River Cruises Breakfast menu

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Buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup

Alternatively, you can also eat breakfast on the Aquavit Terrace. The small amount of breakfast selections are ideal for a quick, light bite to enjoy in the enclosed glass seating area, or al fresco on the open air patio.

Pastries and goodies

Pastries and goodies

Yogurts and fruit

Yogurts and fruit

Meats and cheeses

Meats and cheeses

Fresh local breads.

Fresh local breads.

Coffee, cappuccino, tea and hot chocolate are also available in two snack stations outside of the lounge on the Viking Longships. A small assortment of bakery items are available in the morning, with sweets in the afternoon. Many are specialties of the area in which you are sailing that day.

Related: Compare AmaWaterways’ Buffets and Menus from our recent sailing.

Beverage and Snack station

Beverage and Snack station

For lunch, a large buffet with a pasta station and salads can be found in the main dining room, as seen in the video below. A menu offers appetizers and main meals, along with desserts. A lighter lunch is served in the lounge.

Viking Lunch Menu

Hot dog on Viking River Cruises

Hot dog on Viking River Cruises

Chocolate mousse with bananas

Chocolate mousse with bananas

Another Lunch menu

Another Lunch menu

Salmon Quesadilla

Salmon Quesadilla

Strawberry Tiramisu

Strawberry Tiramisu

Dinner brings with it a bit more flair, without all of the formality. Meal service presents more imaginative dinner options, but it is never too formal or too over the top with pomp and circumstance. There are no formal nights. Along with the rotating choice of main meals, there are always classics such as Caesar salad, salmon, chicken breast, and steak that are consistently on the menu.

Viking Dinner Menu

Viking Dinner Menu

Second Page Viking Dinner Menu

Second Page Viking Dinner Menu

 

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Oxtail Rillettes

Lamb chops with honey

Lamb chops with honey

 

Monkfish Dinner Entree Viking River Cruises

Saltimbocca of monkfish

Viking River Cruises Dessert

Crème Brulee After Eight

Another Dinner Menu

Another Dinner Menu

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Beef Wellington

Beef Wellington

Third Dinner Menu

Third Dinner Menu

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Filet Mignon Pork of Perigord

Cheese Plate

Cheese Plate

Appetizers, main meal and desserts are offered, along with a cheese course. Wine pairings are included, and plentiful, throughout meal service.

Wine, beer and soft drinks are included with lunch and dinner – so no nickel and diming there!!

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The food is fresh, and locally sourced whenever possible. We watched from our verandah balcony as the Viking Cruises staff members walked off the ship and picked up a local delivery of breads and wines. Their arms were laden with boxes that had bread loaves peaking out or were clinking as the glass wine bottles moved within. Some optional excursions include accompanying the chef to the local farmer’s market to pick out foods, and the chefs utilize fresh herbs from the sunroof gardens on the Viking Longships.

One night, we especially enjoyed the bread basket at the table. We asked for another basket, but what was brought was not the same thing. They had run out of the original bread selection. There was nothing frozen in the back, no more on hand than they needed.

What if you are celebrating a special occasion? We celebrated a birthday while sailing, and with some advance notice, the chefs were kind enough to create a birthday cheesecake made with mango and tropical fruits. The cake was large enough to serve our entire table of six.

A special birthday cake on a Viking River Cruise.

A special birthday cake on a Viking River Cruise.

Torstein Hagen, the owner of Viking Cruises, states that the food will never be considered gourmet, but will always be great, fresh food. I agree!

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Comments

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    Ann Roe says

    I will be travelling alone and would prefer not to be forced to join another party at table. I have expereinced this sort of thing on a previous cruise (Not with Viking) where they seemed to want to ‘match-make’ me with someone else.

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    Carol H. Frederick says

    These comments are very helpful…have an allergy to scallops, so I imagine I can check to make sure they’re hidden in something I ordered. We’ve heard only rave reviews about Viking Cruises and are anxious to start ours.

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    Hunter says

    Looks great. One question though, are the Terrace meals included, like the Resturant’s meals are?

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    Adriane Bouker says

    Nice web site! How long are the breakfast, lunch, and dinner? If we go on an excursion and come back late, we would not want to miss those wonderful meals. Thanks!

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      says

      Thanks, Adriane! The meals are usually about 1-1.5 hours long in duration of time serving. Often, meals are set up around excursion times, too. If you miss the main dining room meal, there is always something light and great on the deck – sort of a lighter buffet.

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    Jenice says

    This was a great post! We are going on France’s Finest in October of 2016. Just a quick question, my husband and I love both appetizer and salad with dinner. Do you have the option of 2 appetizers since I see that both are listed that way. We have ocean cruised many times before and this is never an issue. Thanks!

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      says

      Jenice,

      GREAT question!!! In our experience, Viking River Cruises are just as accommodating at ocean liners when it comes to food service. You can order whatever you’d like off of the menu and they’ll make it happen!

      Enjoy!

      Kim

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    Mary Murphy says

    Thank you so much for your posting of Viking. We are taking our first River Cruise and had many questions regarding the menus/food. You did a wonderful post!

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    TC says

    Great review and thanks for posting videos of the buffets and pics of the menu! Now I know what to expect!

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    Deb Vine says

    Thanks for the comprehensive coverage. As a vegetarian, I wish the food looked more tempting to me. Now I am not so excited about that upcoming cruise…

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      says

      Deb, we hate to hear that! Please be sure to get in touch with Viking before leaving to make sure that you are able to have plenty of food onboard. The chefs do a great job and often shop locally, so if they know ahead of time, they can be on the lookout for vegetarian-friendly meals!

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    Mike says

    Hello

    Looking to take Viking cruise. Very plain eater. Steak plain and chicken plain will be fine
    Do you accommodate special plain requests?

    Thanks
    Mike

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      says

      Hi Mike!

      Yes, Viking is very accommodating. They have a menu every night with plain options, but I’d suggest talking to the chef when you get there to state your needs. They are willing to work with you and happy to take care of you!

      ~Kim

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    Abby says

    Thank you for posting this! I will be taking a Paris/Normandy on the river Seine cruise with my Mom and sis.This was very informative. We have never done this type of cruise and now I’m super excited!

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    says

    I go on a Viking cruise for the first time in June with my sister and I was a little worried about the food. You have completely reassured me, and made me Hungry!

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    Julia Byrne says

    We just cruised with Viking on the Heimdal and you captured the food exactly as it was? Portions were just the right size and everything was delicious. Our Chef de Cuisine Victor and his staff were amazing!

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          says

          Hi Frank,

          We’re not aware of an additional buffet at night, unless it’s a lighter fare of food found on the Aquavit Terrace. I know there are late night snacks on the buffet in late evening. Yes, usually there is some entertainment at night, whether a lecture or a musical performer. Hope you enjoy if you sail with Viking soon!

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