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Old 11-23-2012, 12:56 PM   #1
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Remy: Dinner for two > $400.00

My understanding is that Remy is $75.00 cover with optional $99.00 wine pairing. If a couple goes for the complete experience that will result in a bill of $348.00. With tip the charge would be around $400.00 - $420.00! That’s a bit scary for one meal.

After being raised in a large family where every penny counts, I feel guilty indulging in conspicuous consumption. Maybe I won’t feel so bad after all the wine!


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Old 11-23-2012, 12:58 PM   #2
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So skip the wine pairing. I thought it was a wonderful special treat, and worth the cost we paid. We chose to skip the wine and didn't regret it or feel like we missed out.
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Old 11-23-2012, 01:21 PM   #3
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Wow, I have been reading about Remy, but I had no idea it was that expensive. I couldn't imagine justifying that price. The waiters must be rich if they are getting that kind of tip for every meal they serve with the wine package.

They really need a smiley face handing over a pile of cash to add to your posts on here.
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Old 11-23-2012, 01:26 PM   #4
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For a similar land based experience, it would be more than that even! You can minimize costs by not doing the pairing but that is my favorite part! Clearly not everyone would feel this is worth the cost or justifiable budget wise, if its uncomfortable, just say no!
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Old 11-23-2012, 08:56 PM   #5
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...The waiters must be rich if they are getting that kind of tip for every meal they...
Regarding the tipping at Remy. if you think about it without the wine pairings the cost is for 2 adults $150. If you estimate 20% tip that is $30. With the wine pairing that is an extra $40 (with the same 20% assumption). Which when you consider that the waiter gets only 1 sometimes 2 tables a night (it is a 3 hour dinner service), isn't that much money. Now I know that a lot of people tip more, but a lot also tip less. And it is impossible to know how much of the upcharge is actual gratuity unless we have a Remy waiter on the boards to let us know.

I am not saying they are getting cheated but on the other hand its not like they are walking away with all the cash in hand.

As for the OP, we like the experience, they do include some small alcoholic mixed drink, more of a palate cleanser/enhancer. We did not do the wine pairing but felt like it was a good experience. Also it was cheaper than V&A. We plan on booking Remy whenever we cruise on the new ships.
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Old 11-23-2012, 11:31 PM   #6
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It better be great!

How much is a nice bottle of wine at Remy? Will the server make a good recommendation or constantly try to upsell to the wine pairing package? Even at $50.00 per bottle, it would still yield a $150.00 saving per couple over the wine pairing. Is there a Remy house wine?

Has anyone ever been disappointed in Remy? My wife is not shy about her feelings. If she is not happy, she will let everyone in the entire restaurant *and* on the entire ship know about her complaint. With a possible $400.00 bill, Disney has set the bar awful high. I hope Disney is up for the challenge!


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Old 11-24-2012, 12:26 AM   #7
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I'm sure the food is good but I just don't see how they can compete with the food served in most high end restaurants. Can they really get fresh seafood on board? Most of the high end places in Seattle are serving fish that was caught that morning. It does make a big difference compared to frozen seafood.
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:01 AM   #8
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How much is a nice bottle of wine at Remy? Will the server make a good recommendation or constantly try to upsell to the wine pairing package? Even at $50.00 per bottle, it would still yield a $150.00 saving per couple over the wine pairing. Is there a Remy house wine?

Has anyone ever been disappointed in Remy? My wife is not shy about her feelings. If she is not happy, she will let everyone in the entire restaurant *and* on the entire ship know about her complaint. With a possible $400.00 bill, Disney has set the bar awful high. I hope Disney is up for the challenge!


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for what it's worth, we've ordered a bottle of wine both times we had dinner at Remy and in neither instance did the sommelier try to "upsell" us. First time on the Dream last year we spent about $130 on a bottle of Montrachet which is a wine we really enjoy. Last month we pre-selected a bottle of champagne - we spent substantially more on the bubbly but it was a vintage bottle and we were celebrating.

Tell them your price-range and they will work with you - they can't read your mind and I have found over the years that most disappointment stems from guests not being upfront about what they do and don't like and how much they are or are not willing to spend.

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Old 11-26-2012, 08:39 PM   #9
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How much is a nice bottle of wine at Remy? Will the server make a good recommendation or constantly try to upsell to the wine pairing package? Even at $50.00 per bottle, it would still yield a $150.00 saving per couple over the wine pairing. Is there a Remy house wine?

Has anyone ever been disappointed in Remy? My wife is not shy about her feelings. If she is not happy, she will let everyone in the entire restaurant *and* on the entire ship know about her complaint. With a possible $400.00 bill, Disney has set the bar awful high. I hope Disney is up for the challenge!


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We each ordered a glass of wine. Much cheaper than the wine package.

Disney is definitely up for the challenge. Both DH and I are foodies and are highly discerning ( a.k.a "picky" ) guests.

Remy is superb and amazing. You will love this wonderful experience!!
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Wow... There Is just no way I would ever consider paying that for a meal! Yikes! But to each his own, I guess!
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That is about what we paid at V&A. It was worth every penny and I'm sure Remy is as well.
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:20 PM   #12
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That is about what we paid at V&A. It was worth every penny and I'm sure Remy is as well.
We paid more at Victoria and Alberts. It's worth it if you can drink that much wine in one sitting. I can't - I was drunker than I'd ever been by the end of the meal. I felt like I was back in college doing keg stands.

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Skip the wine package, and if you want wine, buy yourself a bottle, they do have some at a reasonable price. And if you are determined to go this way, don't let them talk you out of it.

I've done Remy dinner twice, it's worth the money if you like that kind of experience. I would rather have that than a cabana on Castaway Cay but maybe that is just me.
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Skip the wine package, and if you want wine, buy yourself a bottle, they do have some at a reasonable price. And if you are determined to go this way, don't let them talk you out of it.

I've done Remy dinner twice, it's worth the money if you like that kind of experience. I would rather have that than a cabana on Castaway Cay but maybe that is just me.
Same here .... we'd never pay hundreds of dollars to rent a cabana on a beach but we will pay it for a fine dining experience.

I think Remy is an amazing value for the price - but we don't do the wine pairings because we just don't think the price is justfiable; much happier ordering a bottle of something to share for less money than the cost of two wine pairings.

Like others have said ... to each his own. Just because someone spends money on something another person wouldn't doesn't make it wrong.
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Old 11-23-2012, 04:20 PM   #15
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I suspect that DCL has found that there are people willing to pay this upcharge and many who are not. When the Dream launched, it was months before a reservation went unfilled. There were stories of people not being able to get Remy dining till their third Dream cruise. We did the Fantasy last March and there were many available Remy reservations (Palo too!)

Honestly, Palo is much more on my level.
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