Over the past year we’ve seen several airport restaurants and bars in the US join Priority Pass. The concept is that at some airports Priority Pass has a tough time striking a deal with a major lounge due to crowding issues, so when that’s not possible, they instead work with a restaurant.
My assumption is that Priority Pass pays a fixed amount for each guest who enters a lounge, so instead Priority Pass is just paying these restaurants a fixed amount, and then you can spend some dollar amount at that restaurant (typically $28-30). So far in the US, non-traditional Priority Pass locations include:
- House Spirits Distillery Portland Airport
- Capers Cafe Le Bar Portland Airport
- Capers Market Portland Airport
- Timberline Steaks & Grille Denver Airport
- Corona Beach House Miami Airport
- The Pasta House St. Louis Airport
- Kentucky Ale Taproom Lexington Airport
- Bobby Van’s Steakhouse New York JFK Airport
Priority Pass has just added their latest US restaurant location — Bar Symon at Cleveland Airport. The restaurant is open from 4AM until 8PM, except on Saturdays, when it closes at 7:30PM. It’s located airside (after security) in Concourse C, between gats C4 and C6. As far as I know, all terminals at the airport are connected airside, so this restaurant should be accessible by all passengers.
Here’s how they describe the concept of the restaurant:
The brainchild of Chef Michael Symon, Bar Symon seamlessly integrates delicious comfort food and a tap-house into a timeless airport experience. Featuring signature items such as Pierogi and Kielbasa, Lola fries, and a selection of award-winning burgers.
Interestingly this is the third Bar Symon at an airport, as they also have locations in Pittsburgh and Washington Dulles. As of now only the Cleveland location has joined Priority Pass.
Priority Pass members will be entitled to $28 worth of food & drinks per person. This restaurant doesn’t have a limit on how many guests you can bring, so you can invite as many Priority Pass guests as you’d like, though the policies vary by card (as I’ll discuss below).
The Priority Pass member will be responsible for any overage beyond the $28 credit, and that credit can’t be applied to gratuity (and personally I think it’s appropriate to tip, as a Priority Pass membership is just a form of payment here). You do need a same day boarding pass to visit the restaurant with Priority Pass, though either an arriving or departing boarding pass should do the trick.
While I can’t find the menu for the Cleveland location online, here’s a menu for one of the other locations, which should give you a sense of what they serve. For breakfast you can expect things like omelets, yogurt parfaits, breakfast sandwiches, and pancakes.
— Bar Symon (@BarSymonAirport) February 27, 2018
Then for lunch and dinner you can expect burgers, sandwiches, salads, and fries. It doesn’t look like the healthiest menu, that’s for sure…
As a reminder, the following are some of the popular credit cards that come with Priority Pass memberships (I’ve also listed the respective guesting privileges):
|Card||# Of Guests Who Get Free Access||Authorized User Access||Cost To Add Authorized User|
|The Platinum Card® from American Express||2||Yes||$175 For Up To 3 People, $175 For Each Additional Person Beyond That (Rates & Fees)|
|The Business Platinum® Card from American Express||2||Yes||$300 Per Person (Rates & Fees)|
|Chase Sapphire Reserve®||2||Yes||$75 Per Person|
|Citi Prestige® Credit Card||2||Yes||$50 Per Person. ($75 Per Person for Cardmember Anniversary dates after September 1, 2019)|
|Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card||2||No||$0|
|Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card||2||No||$0|
This is a fantastic new addition to the Priority Pass network, especially given that there’s not currently a Priority Pass lounge at Cleveland Airport. The food here doesn’t look especially healthy, though apparently the other Bar Symon airport locations are pretty well regarded.
Is anyone planning on checking out this new Priority Pass restaurant at Cleveland Airport soon?
The following links will direct you to the rates and fees for mentioned American Express Cards. These include: The Business Platinum® Card from American Express (Rates & Fees), and The Platinum Card® from American Express (Rates & Fees).