Vine & Dine
Step Back in Time Aboard the Queen Mary’s Sir Winston’s Restaurant & Lounge
Photos by Anne Watson & Lisa Matney
Boarding the historic Queen Mary in the Port of Long Beach Harbor felt like traveling back in time.
Sir Winston’s Restaurant first opened in 1972 as Sir Winston Churchill and has now been rebranded: Sir Winston’s Restaurant and Lounge. While the name has changed, the space maintains its amazing Port of Long Beach Harbor views and its commitment to a graceful dining experience.
The Lounge is adjacent to the restaurant and invites its guests to enjoy cozy alcoves along with comfortable plush club chairs. The tapestried walls, adorned with black and white photos are a warm reminder of the famous guests that have dined here before. The bar staff is very attentive and they offer seasonal cocktails including a Mojito with Kettle One, cucumber and mint botanicals. I also very much enjoyed the Summer Breeze, made with Kettle One, peach and orange blossom botanicals. Both were the perfect antidote to a hot summer day. The star of the Lounge is of course the unbeatable Southern California ocean view.
Sir Winston’s dining room looks like a vintage first-class dining room on a grand oceanliner. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide diners with a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean. Beautifully adorned dining chairs and elegantly arranged silverware set the stage for a modern twist on some classic dishes. Sir Winston’s new menu consists of a variety of options ready to please anyone’s palate. Some of their flavorful appetizers include a mushroom tart in a flaky crust, crab salad and farro salad with crisp heirloom tomatoes. All are wonderful and light options to start your dining experience. Entrees consist of an excellently prepared bacon wrapped filet, a delicious creamy mushroom risotto and seared diver scallops topped with a delicate lemon sauce. Additional offerings include a chicken Milanese with an exceptional lemon buerre blanc sauce and of course, the always reliable British standard, beef Wellington. Beef Wellington is a rare enough dish these days that its presence here takes the dining experience up an extra level.
Sir Winston’s teamed up with Paso Robles favorite, Justin Winery. Justin offers a great selection of wines that complement any menu item you choose. Sir Winston’s also offers wines like the JNSQ Rosé Cru. This wine stood out thanks to its aromatic touches of strawberry and is served in a beautiful rose bottle. In between pours, they rest in decorative silver wine buckets set throughout the restaurant.
To finish off a beautifully curated dinner desserts are a must. Offerings such as creme brule with bananas and fuji apple tart put an exclamation point on a fantastic night out.
There is simply no better way to spend an evening in Long Beach than aboard the Queen Mary at Sir Winston’s Restaurant and Lounge. Combining the unbelievable history of the ship with a truly modern take on some classic dishes and adding a view people from all over the world travel to see for themselves, Sir Winston’s Restaurant and Lounge might just be as charming as its namesake.