Priority Pass Restaurants Guide (2021)

Priority Pass Restaurants Guide (2021)

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While Priority Pass mostly consists of airport lounges, the company also has dozens of restaurants that are part of the network. Over the years we’ve seen many restaurants added and removed, so I wanted to provide a consolidated, updated look at which restaurants participate in Priority Pass, as well as how this whole concept works.

What is Priority Pass?

Priority Pass is the world’s largest network of independent airport lounges, with over 1,300 lounges around the world. Priority Pass isn’t directly affiliated with any airline, and a majority of the company’s member lounges are independent, and not run by airlines (though there are exceptions).

In general, there are two ways to get a Priority Pass membership. You can either buy a membership directly, or you can often get a membership through a premium credit card. In the United States, a vast majority of people get a membership through the latter method. As I’ll explain below, how you attain your membership could impact the benefits associated with it.

Which credit cards offer a Priority Pass membership?

In the United States, the following are some of the most popular credit cards to come with Priority Pass memberships (enrollment required), along with their guesting privileges:

2 guests, plus authorized users $0 per authorized user
Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit CardCapital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card
2 guests, plus authorized users $75 per authorized user
Chase Sapphire Reserve®Chase Sapphire Reserve®
2 guests, plus authorized users $175 For Up To 3 People, $175 For Each Additional (Rates & Fees)
The Platinum Card® from American ExpressThe Platinum Card® from American Express
2 guests, plus authorized users $300 per authorized user (Rates & Fees)
The Business Platinum Card® from American ExpressThe Business Platinum Card® from American Express
2 guests No authorized user access
Hilton Honors American Express Aspire CardHilton Honors American Express Aspire Card
2 guests No authorized user access
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® CardMarriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card

Note that while all of those cards offer Priority Pass memberships, Priority Pass cards issued through American Express don’t offer credits for restaurants or other non-lounge Priority Pass experiences. If you want to visit a Priority Pass restaurant, make sure you have a Priority Pass membership not issued through American Express. Why is Amex excluded? My guess is that Amex wanted to control costs associated with this benefit, and eliminating restaurant privileges was an easy way to do that.

For Priority Pass restaurant credits, I tend to think that the Chase Sapphire Reserve® (review) continues to be the all-around best option.

What are Priority Pass restaurants?

A vast majority of Priority Pass locations are actual airport lounges, which feature plenty of seating, complimentary snacks and drinks, and sometimes showers.

Quito Airport Lounge, which is “traditional” and accessible by Priority Pass members

However, in some cases Priority Pass has a hard time striking deals with airport lounges. This is especially true in terminals that are largely occupied by one of the “big three” US airlines.

American, Delta, and United all don’t allow any of their lounges to participate in Priority Pass (since they view Priority Pass as competition to their own lounge memberships).

In these cases, Priority Pass has gotten creative, and the company has partnered with some restaurants. The intention is that Priority Pass ordinarily pays lounges a certain amount for every guest who visits, so instead, Priority Pass pays restaurants a certain amount for every guest who visits, and then guests receive credit for some amount that they can spend at that restaurant.

As a general rule of thumb, restaurants are reimbursed about ~80-90% of the credit amount, so if you get a $28 credit you can expect the restaurant is getting about $23 of that (the restaurants are giving the discount due to the volume of business they’re getting from this).

Lunch at Viena Restaurant at Miami Airport

Which US airport restaurants participate in Priority Pass?

As of now, there are well over two dozen airport restaurants in the United States that participate in Priority Pass. Here’s a chart showing the current restaurants, sorted by airport code:

Restaurant
Airport
Terminal / Location
BOS – Boston, MA
Terminal B – Airside – opposite Gate B24
BOS – Boston, MA
Terminal C – Landside – before Security
CLE – Cleveland, OH
Concourse C – Airside – between Gates C4 and C6
DCA – Washington, DC
Terminal C – Airside – near Gates 35-45
DCA – Washington, DC
Terminal B – Airside – opposite Gate 12
IAD – Dulles, VA
Concourse C – Airside – near Gate C14
IAH – Houston, TX
Terminal A – Airside – near Gate A17
IAH – Houston, TX
Terminal C – Airside – near Gate C42
IND – Indianapolis, IN
Concourse B – Airside – near Gate B17
FLL – Fort Lauderdale, FL
Concourse G – Airside – near Gate G6
JFK – New York, NY
Terminal 8 – Airside – opposite Gate 14
Point The Way Cafe (currently unavailable)
LAX – Los Angeles, CA
Terminal 6 – Airside – opposite Gate 11B
Rock & Brews (currently unavailable)
LAX – Los Angeles, CA
Terminal 1 – Airside – between Gate 65A & 65B
LEX – Lexington, KY
Airside – next to Concourse B entrance
MIA – Miami, FL
Concourse D – Airside – between Gates D23 and D24
PDX – Portland, OR
Airside – Concourse C immediately after Security on the left-hand side
PDX – Portland, OR
Airside – Concourse C near Gate C6
PVD – Providence, RI
Airside
SEA – Seattle, WA
Airside – North Satellite
SEA – Seattle, WA
Airside – Central Terminal
SFO – San Francisco, CA
Terminal 2 – Airside – after Security
SFO – San Francisco, CA
Terminal 3 – Airside – Concourse F, near Gate F13
SFO – San Francisco, CA
Terminal 3 – Airside – Concourse F, near Gate F4
SFO – San Francisco, CA
International Terminal near Gate G3
STL – St Louis, MO
Terminal 2 – Airside – Upper level, opposite Gate E6
SYR – Syracuse, NY
North Concourse B – Airside – Airside Connector
TPA – Tampa, FL
Concourse F Airside – by Gate F85
TUS – Tuscon, AZ
Landside – 2nd Floor, opposite the ‘Arroyo Trading Post’
Enjoy these Priority Pass Restaurants at US Airports

What international airport restaurants participate in Priority Pass?

You can use your Priority Pass membership outside the United States as well, though I usually prefer a premium international lounge to a restaurant on those itineraries. Here’s the current list of airport restaurants outside the US that accept Priority Pass:

Restaurant
Airport
Terminal / Location
BNE – Brisbane, Australia
Domestic Terminal (Qantas Satellite) – Airside – Near Gates 16 and 21
BNE – Brisbane, Australia
Domestic Terminal – Airside – Opposite Gate 40 (domestic flights only)
BNE – Brisbane, Australia
International Terminal – Landside – Food court
CAN – Guangzhou, China
Terminal 1 – Airside of domestic departures – Near Gate B234
CAN – Guangzhou, China
Terminal 1 – Airside of domestic departures – Near Gate B213
CAN – Guangzhou, China
Terminal 2 – Airside of domestic departures – Near security check 48 on 3rd floor
CAN – Guangzhou, China
Terminal 2 – Airside of domestic departures – After security check area B
CBR – Canberra, Australia
Main Terminal – Airside – After security check
CBR – Canberra, Australia
Main Terminal – Airside – After security check
CJB – Coimbatore, India
Main Terminal – Airside of domestic departures – After security check
EZE – Buenos Aires, Argentina
Terminal B – Airside – Between Gates 7 and 8
GRU – São Paulo, Brazil
Terminal 3 – Airside – Near Gates 301 to 304 (international flights only)
GRU – São Paulo, Brazil
Terminal 3 – Airside – After passport control in the transit area (international flights departing from Terminal 2 and 3 or in-transit passengers only)
HKG – Hong Kong
Terminal 1 – Airside – International Departures. East Hall, Level 7 in the Food Court Area
HKG – Hong Kong
Terminal 1 – Airside – International Departures. East Hall, Level 7 in the Food Court Area
IXC – Chandigarh, India
Domestic Terminal – Airside – Near food court area
IXC – Chandigarh, India
International Terminal – Airside – Near food court area
KIX – Osaka, Japan
Terminal 1 – Landside – 3rd Floor (passengers with departing flights only)
LGW – London, United Kingdom
South Terminal – Airside – One level up from shopping concourse
LHR – London, United Kingdom
Terminal 2 – Airside – after Passport Control, near Gates A20 – A21.
LIM – Lima, Peru
Airside – after Passport Control, near Gate 24
LIM – Lima, Peru
Airside – after Passport Control, near Gate 24
MEL – Melbourne, Australia
Terminal 2 – Airside – Opposite Gate 4 (international flights only)
MEL – Melbourne, Australia
Terminal 2 – Airside – Near luxury retail area
MEL – Melbourne, Australia
Terminal 2 – Airside – Opposite Gates 10 and 15 (international flights only)
OOL – Gold Coast, Australia
Main Terminal – Airside – Near Gate 5
SYD – Sydney, Australia
Terminal 1 – Airside – Near Gate 10 (international flights only)
SYD – Sydney, Australia
Terminal 1 – Landside – Food court
SYD – Sydney, Australia
Terminal 1 – Landside – Food court
SYD – Sydney, Australia
Terminal 1 – Airside – Near Gate 56 (international flights only)
SYD – Sydney, Australia
Terminal 2 – Airside – Food court (domestic flights only)
SYD – Sydney, Australia
Terminal 2 – Airside – Near Gate 32 (domestic flights only)
SYD – Sydney, Australia
Terminal 3 – Airside – Near Gate 3 (domestic flights only)
SYD – Sydney, Australia
Terminal 3 – Airside – Food court
YUL – Montréal, Canada
Main Terminal – Airside – Near Gate 48 (Canadian domestic flights only)
YUL – Montréal, Canada
Main Terminal – Airside – Near Gate 77 (US transborder flights only)
YUL – Montréal, Canada
Main Terminal – Airside – Near Gate 3 (Canadian domestic flights only)
YVR – Vancouver, Canada
Domestic Terminal Airside – after Security, proceed to Gate B12
YYZ – Toronto, Canada
Terminal 1 – Airside – after Security, near Gate D20. Domestic flights only
YYZ – Toronto, Canada
Terminal 1 – Airside – after Security, near Gates E73 and F73. International flights only.
YYZ – Toronto, Canada
Terminal 1 – Airside – after Security, near Gate D36. Domestic flights only
YYZ – Toronto, Canada
Terminal 3 – Airside – after Security, near Gate B39.
Enjoy these Priority Pass Restaurants at International Airports

How much credit do you get at Priority Pass restaurants?

When you visit Priority Pass restaurants you get a certain dollar credit. A vast majority of Priority Pass restaurants offer you a $28 credit per person, while a couple of restaurants give you a $30 credit. You’ll want to check the restaurant you plan on visiting on the Priority Pass website to see the exact terms.

Note that the credit is per person, so if you have a Priority Pass membership that allows guesting privileges and offers credits at Priority Pass restaurants, you can multiply the credit by how many guests you have (just let the person swiping your card know how many guests you have).

If you’re traveling alone you’re limited to the credit for one person, so you can’t use multiple credits for yourself.

Breakfast at Cafe by Mise en Place at Tampa Airport

Priority Pass restaurant menus

Below you will find a list of the menus for each restaurant that participates in Priority Pass.

How many guests can you bring into Priority Pass restaurants?

There are two factors that determine for how many guests receive credit at a Priority Pass restaurant:

  • Your specific membership only allows a certain number of complimentary guests (for most US issued credit cards, that number is two guests, not including the cardholder)
  • Some Priority Pass restaurants have specific restrictions about how many guests you can bring in; for many US Priority Pass restaurants you’re limited to one or two guests

US Priority Pass restaurants are pretty evenly split when it comes to their rules for guests, so check the Priority Pass website for the specific location to see how many guests you can bring.

Can you use your Priority Pass restaurant on arrival or only on departure?

All US Priority Pass restaurants require you to show a boarding pass for confirmed same-day travel. Some restaurants require that you have an outbound boarding pass (meaning that you’re there before your flight), while other restaurants don’t have such a requirement.

You can visit many Priority Pass restaurants even upon arrival of your flight. Just check the terms on Priority Pass’ website for each restaurant.

Can you visit multiple Priority Pass restaurants at the same airport?

Generally speaking, yes. There are some airports that have multiple Priority Pass restaurants, and in those cases, you can also visit multiple lounges.

When should you present your card at Priority Pass restaurants?

The etiquette for this varies by restaurant. Some restaurants swipe your card upfront, while others only charge it upon the conclusion of the meal.

My strategy is to just ask the host when I’m seated if they need my card then or only want it later. I find that most locations just swipe your card at the end of the meal, though some swipe it at the beginning.

For those that swipe it at the end, when it comes time for the check, just let your server know that you’ll be paying with Priority Pass.

They should then bring over a machine where they’ll swipe your card, you’ll sign, and then you’ll be given a receipt (if you want it).

If you charge more than the Priority Pass credit amount then you’ll be brought a bill for the balance.

Should you tip when eating at a Priority Pass restaurant?

Priority Pass acts as a form of payment when dining at a Priority Pass restaurant, so it’s no different than a gift card, for example. Personally, I’d recommend tipping on the full amount just as you would if usually dining at an airport restaurant.

I’d note that the one exception to this is Corona Beach House at Miami Airport. That restaurant automatically builds in an 18% gratuity, so there’s no need to tip beyond that.

I’d love to see more restaurants adopt this policy, but I wouldn’t count on it happening. In the meantime, I certainly don’t want servers to lose out because of what’s a very generous benefit.

I always make sure I can tip in cash, because if I stay under the credit amount they sometimes can’t run credit card transactions just for tips (though if you go over your credit amount then you can just add your tip to the card you use to pay for the overage).

Are there other Priority Pass restaurant restrictions?

You’ll want to check the exact terms on each Priority Pass restaurant’s site, but as a general rule of thumb the credit isn’t valid for delivery orders, or orders through the “grab & go” feature, if a restaurant has it.

Grab & go items are generally excluded for Priority Pass members

Some Priority Pass restaurants also prevent you from taking any leftovers with you.

Bottom line

Priority Pass restaurants are an awesome feature for terminals and airports that don’t otherwise have Priority Pass lounges (and heck, even those that do). And heck, they’re also an awesome feature for airports that do have traditional lounges, because you can “hop” between Priority Pass locations if you have time.

While the food served at Priority Pass restaurants isn’t typically gourmet, it does compare favorably to what you’ll usually otherwise be served on a plane.

So if you’re a Priority Pass member eligible for this perk, make sure you keep an eye out on for any restaurant locations the next time you’re passing through an airport.

If you’ve used Priority Pass restaurants, what was your experience like? Do you have any other questions?

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  1. Laura Town Guest

    Your list is wrong. Kafe Kalik is in Ft Lauderdale and you don’t have one for IND (it’s a sports bar) and Bobby Van’s is in NY not FTL

    1. Douglas Guest

      I was just at Kafe Kalik (11/15/21) and they still offer Priority Pass for the restaurant.

  2. Greg Guest

    My personal favourite lounge is Stanley Park Taphouse at YVR. (You need to update that one on your list). In Canada they give you $37 CAD which is good for a meal and at least one if not a couple of drinks or dessert.

    I like the addition of restaurants as they often have more "meal" like options then a lounge. You can get healthier food options then you will find in a lounge. Like you I feel fine tipping in Priority Pass restaurants as the tip is for the service.

  3. Andrew Guest

    Just used the benefit at Stephanies in Boston. Note that you need to have it through Chase rather than Amex for the benefit to apply. Luckily I was able to look up my member on the fly!

  4. Katie Guest

    The Pasta House and Schafly Beer at Lambert St. Louis Airport (STL) is still there but has not participated in the Priority Pass program for over a year now, at least. It is still listed on the Priority Pass website and shows up in the app, but I tried to use it recently and was told they are no longer a part of the program.

  5. david Guest

    its very confusing to find thsese restruants especially now .and when you finally find it sometimes they are closed or they are not friendly

  6. Nick Guest

    Ben- Appreciate the update! The incomplete list is annoying/sloppy. Please remove the list if it's not complete or too much to update, but KEEP the addition/removal postings! Thanks for all you do!

  7. Jackie Guest

    Can I get food to go with priority pass?

    1. Eric Guest

      Depends on the restaurant. You can definitely get food to go at Yankee Pier at SFO

  8. Julio Guest

    Just a little correction, in this list it's missing the two restaurants at Lima airport. Bleriot and La Bombonniere. Beyond this, thank you for this excellent report.

  9. SMR Guest

    Missing the best one in the system. IAH-A. Cadillac grill

  10. jack Guest

    Was just down in MIA on Monday, they had a sign up saying as of Aug 2019 AMEX Priority members are not eligible for the credit at Corona..

  11. Lee Guest

    Good summary. But I spotted at least one mistake for STL. I know the pasta house is located at STL rather than SFO. You may check where the error started.

  12. Steven Guest

    Sweetwater Mountain taphouse is now in the app at DEN at least as of November 10, 2021.

  13. Andrew Guest

    Ah, LAX. Truly the forsaken airport - no priority pass restaurants, no priority pass lounges, no Amex lounges. The Alaska lounge is the size of an acorn, which is an additional downside in the age of Covid.

    Not to mention: the OneWorld international lounges are closed. AA has the eagles nest for seemingly any flight you want to take (which is a horror for connections), and Alaska has dumped me on the tarmac for 2/2...

    Ah, LAX. Truly the forsaken airport - no priority pass restaurants, no priority pass lounges, no Amex lounges. The Alaska lounge is the size of an acorn, which is an additional downside in the age of Covid.

    Not to mention: the OneWorld international lounges are closed. AA has the eagles nest for seemingly any flight you want to take (which is a horror for connections), and Alaska has dumped me on the tarmac for 2/2 of my last flights. It's a tough time to be a OneWorld loyalist in that airport, for sure.

  14. Jim Guest

    My amex cards won't let me into Priority pass restaurants, only lounges. Restaurants make me use a priority pass card that is issued by visa or mc.

    1. Andrew Guest

      Amex: leading the way to ensure you don't recoup your $695 of annual fees.

  15. Guido Guest

    Some of the restaurant links appear under the wrong airport - at least they do on my mobile Chrome browser.

  16. Nick Guest

    You’ve mixed up a few there… Bleriot is not in EZE it’s in GRU, and Outback Steakhouse is not in India but in EZE

  17. FLETCH Guest

    I wish they would come up with SOMETHING at SLC!

  18. Daniel Guest

    Imagine someone will be there sooner, but I'll be at DEN terminal B on Monday night and can confirm/deny this rumor. Great news if so!

  19. SMR Guest

    It’s a benefit that won’t be around much longer. Watch what happens as people continue to take advantage and add in the Capital One card. So many restaurants are dripping out , Miami lost a couple , Denver lost theirs FLL lost theirs , so many others dropped. There’s just no money to be made. The costs are high for Priority pass and the restaurant when busy loses a fortune as they don’t really get...

    It’s a benefit that won’t be around much longer. Watch what happens as people continue to take advantage and add in the Capital One card. So many restaurants are dripping out , Miami lost a couple , Denver lost theirs FLL lost theirs , so many others dropped. There’s just no money to be made. The costs are high for Priority pass and the restaurant when busy loses a fortune as they don’t really get paid dollar for dollar on the food. This is not a reliable benefit since any restaurant can just opt out anytime.

  20. D3kingg Guest

    If you have one guest do you get two credits and that counts as only using one lounge pass ? Or would that be two lounge passes ?

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Lee Guest

Good summary. But I spotted at least one mistake for STL. I know the pasta house is located at STL rather than SFO. You may check where the error started.

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Steven Guest

Sweetwater Mountain taphouse is now in the app at DEN at least as of November 10, 2021.

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Douglas Guest

I was just at Kafe Kalik (11/15/21) and they still offer Priority Pass for the restaurant.

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