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Avalon Waterways Luxury River Cruise Elegant Dining

Savour the Local Flavours of the World

From morning breakfast to late-night snacks, Avalon frees your taste buds from the ordinary. Using the freshest local ingredients, our talented chefs prepare mouthwatering recipes from the region through which you’re travelling and present them in a variety of inspiring settings. Whether you choose a breezy al fresco lunch at the Sky Bistro, an elegant four-course dinner in the glass-walled dining room, or a petite plate at the Panorama Bistro, you’ll savor local flavors (and Western favorites should you crave them), as well as our Avalon FreshSM menu offerings, throughout your vacation. On an Avalon cruise, every meal is part of the journey.

Presenting Avalon Fresh®. A Menu of Guiltless Indulgence.

Avalon FreshSM allows our guests to guiltlessly indulge in creative dishes that combine surprising flavors with a dash of innovation. With the philosophy of procuring the freshest ingredients to create inspired vegetarian and vegan dishes, Avalon Fresh brings the passing landscape to your plate for a fulfilling and healthful dining experience.

Chefs Karl & Leo Wrenkh

The Brothers Wrenkh were raised in the first (and up until recently, only) high-quality vegetarian restaurant in Austria. With a family motto, “Eating is Life!” they take cooking very seriously. While Leo attended a classic culinary school, Karl’s cooking background has been more casual. Their styles merge using healthy, quality and locally grown ingredients to create foods with international flair.

These Viennese brothers opened the Wrenkh Vienna Culinary School 2.0 in 2009. Classes include everything from Indian cuisine to forest harvest; team cooking to herb hikes.

Karl and Leo share a lifelong love of good food and a strong desire to provide their guests – in the restaurant and at the culinary school – an unforgettable dining experience. For more information, visit

The Dining Options You Crave

Buffets, four-course dinners, Continental breakfasts, al fresco lunch at the Sky Bistro, delectable petite portions in the Panorama Bistro so you can sample a wide variety of foods. And because we start with fresh, quality ingredients prepared by expert chefs, you’ll look forward to each meal the same way you look forward to each port.

To Your Health

Maintaining your healthy lifestyle on vacation shouldn’t be difficult-and with Avalon, it isn’t! We make it easy to stay active with our state-of-the-art, onboard Fitness Centre, free bicycles available in select ports, and complimentary Nordic walking sticks. At the end of each busy day, why not have a relaxing soak in the Sky Deck’s rejuvenating whirlpool?

Sample Menus

Meal Schedule

Early-Riser Coffee, 6 a.m.
Start your day right with self-service coffee, hot water, croissants, cookies, and assorted finger foods.

Breakfast Buffet, 7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Enjoy a tempting selection of breads, cereals, fruits, cold cuts and cheeses, smoked salmon, pastries, yogurts, and juices. Hot items such as eggs, sausage, and bacon vary daily.*

*Healthy Corner options including low calorie, low fat, high fiber, low cholesterol, and high energy choices

Late-Riser Breakfast, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Self-service coffee, hot tea, croissants, cookies and assorted finger foods.

Lunch Buffet, 12:30 p.m.
Select from intriguing appetizers, hearty soups, hot dishes, homemade breads, cold cuts and cheeses, salads, and delectable desserts.

Afternoon Tea, 4 p.m.
Take a mid-day break with coffee or tea and cake or cookies served in the lounge or on the top deck.

Dinner, 7:30 p.m.
Dine elegantly at a single-seating, sit-down meal. The chef will delight you with gourmet selections and the perfect, complimentary wines (complimentary beer or soft drinks also available). Menus typically feature an appetizer, soup, entrée, dessert, and coffee or tea.

Night Fare, 10:30 p.m.

Note: Meal times may vary depending on cruise schedule.

Incredible Dining Choices

  • Complimentary wine (including from the region), beer, and soft drinks at every onboard lunch and dinner
  • Four-course dinners with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées and desserts or cheese
  • Fresh, local ingredients at every meal
  • Seasonal cuisine featuring the freshest local ingredients
  • Delectable regional & Western cuisine with all onboard meals
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Vegetarian options at every meal, as well as vegan and allergy-free selections
  • Complimentary coffees or teas
  • Panorama Bistro dining option, including regional specialties and wine pairing
  • Sky Bistro lunch option on the Sky Deck (schedule and weather permitting)
  • Welcome dinner
  • Panorama Lounge offering premium spirits and cocktails throughout the day and evening
  • Happy hour every evening including featured drink specials
  • Cocktails with a view available on the Sky Deck
  • Five-course Farewell dinner Captain's reception with sparkling wine & canapés
  • Full buffet breakfast with sparkling wine and made-to-order egg station
  • Featured a la carte breakfast options daily
  • Extensive lunch buffet with carving and pasta stations
  • Self-serve beverage stations with complimentary premium coffee drinks, tea and hot chocolate
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day
  • Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, and sweet treats
  • Special Tastings - sample the destination's famous delicacies

Krisztián Restás

Executive Chef
Krisztián Restás

Executive Chef, Krisztián Restás studied the Culinary Arts in Hungary, where he honed and contributed his epicurean talents in a variety of Hungarian and Italian kitchens. In 2002, he began searching for a new gastronomic challenge — and he found it as a Traveling Executive Chef in the exciting world of European river cruising.

After several years of working for different river cruise lines, Chef Restás joined Avalon Waterways in 2013. In support of Avalon’s culinary team, he worked first as a Travelling Chef and then as a Corporate Chef. Since then, he has been named Avalon Executive Chef, and his quarter of a century of expertise will continue the ongoing process of innovating and elevating the Avalon dining experience.

In addition to setting up galleys and crews, and establishing culinary standards, Restás diligently crafts creative daily menus for every cruise itinerary. He researches and finds each destination’s most representative recipes, and procures the freshest and highest-quality local ingredients. Then, with a support team preparing every dish to perfection, each meal on an Avalon Waterways cruise becomes an enriching and delectable introduction to the region’s culinary authenticity.

Martin Hudak

Avalon Mixologist
Martin Hudák

Born in Prešov, Slovakia, Martin Hudák began his career behind the bar early in life, and discovered a passion for cocktails, coffee—and for combining the two! He eventually moved to London, where he honed his skills at the Savoy Hotel’s iconic American Bar as senior bartender.

He has repeatedly shaken, stirred, and innovated his way into champion titles at Tales of the Cocktail, World’s 50 Best Bars, World Coffee in Good Spirits, and other international competitions, and has traveled to more than 50 countries, educating thousands of coffee and cocktail aficionados on the future of coffee cocktails.

Hudák is currently based in Sydney, Australia, where he is CEO/Founder of the hospitality industry’s Slovak Bar Show; a Global Coffee Ambassador for Mr. Black Spirits; founder of Spiritual Coffee, the Ginger Mania ginger beer microbrewery, and Sydney’s newly opened Maybe Sammy cocktail bar.

In 2019, Hudák partnered with Avalon Waterways, part of the Globus family of brands, and has crafted an outstanding collection of signature cocktails served exclusively throughout the Avalon fleet.