Priority Pass Adds Two Restaurants At SFO

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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.

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, Priority Pass restaurants & bars include the following:

Priority Pass has just added two more US restaurant locations, both at SFOSan Francisco Giants Clubhouse and Yankee Pier.

As a reminder, the following are some of the most popular credit cards that come with Priority Pass memberships (I’ve also listed the respective guesting privileges):

Card# Of Guests Who Get Free AccessAuthorized User AccessCost To Add Authorized User
The Platinum Card® from American Express2Yes$175 For Up To 3 People, $175 For Each Additional Person Beyond That
The Business Platinum® Card from American Express2Yes$300 Per Person
Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card2Yes$75 Per Person

San Francisco Giant’s Clubhouse SFO

San Francisco Giant’s Clubhouse is located airside in Terminal 3, in Concourse F, near gate 82. United is the primary airline in Terminal 3, so the restaurant is most accessible for those passengers. However, if you’re flying another airline or departing from a different terminal you could clear security twice if you wanted to visit this restaurant.

San Francisco Giant’s Clubhouse is open daily from 5AM until 11PM, and Priority Pass members have access to it at all hours.

Priority Pass members will be entitled to $28 worth of food & drinks per person. In order to be eligible you need to have a same day day confirmed boarding pass, though there’s no explicit requirement that it needs to be an outbound boarding pass (so in theory you could visit on arrival). You’re also limited to bringing in one guest per Priority Pass card, for a total credit of up to $56 for two people.

The Priority Pass member will be responsible for any overage beyond the $28 credit, and that credit can’t be applied towards gratuity (and personally I think it’s appropriate to tip, as a Priority Pass membership is just a form of payment here).

The restaurant is described as offering “sandwiches, burgers, salads, and a full bar.” You can find the restaurant’s menu here.

Yankee Pier

Yankee Pier is also located airside in Terminal 3 at SFO, in Concourse F, near gate 72. United is the primary airline in Terminal 3, so the restaurant is more accessible for those passengers. However, if you’re flying another airline or departing from a different terminal you could clear security twice if you wanted to visit this restaurant.

Yankee Pier is open daily from 5AM until 9PM, and Priority Pass members have access to it at all hours.

Priority Pass members will be entitled to $28 worth of food & drinks per person. In order to be eligible you need to have a same day day confirmed boarding pass, though there’s no explicit requirement that it needs to be an outbound boarding pass (so in theory you could visit on arrival). You’re also limited to bringing in one guest per Priority Pass card, for a total credit of up to $56 for two people.

The restaurant is described as offering “fresh seafood such as clam chowder, lobster, crab and other California favorites in a casual drop-in dining setting.” You can find the restaurant’s menu here.

Bottom line

SFO is a huge airport that has a shortage of lounges, so this is a fantastic development. Previously the only Priority Pass lounge at SFO was the Air France-KLM Lounge, though that’s located in a different terminal and has limited hours.

Now we have two new locations for Priority Pass members to visit, which is exciting. These two restaurants are close to one another, so if you wanted to you could even visit both of them back-to-back (I’m not sure you’d necessarily want to eat that much, though I guess you could sit at one for a couple of drinks).

The Amex Centurion Lounge is also located in Terminal 3, though is consistently crowded. This new space should create some much needed relief for those looking for a place to hang out.

Anyone plan to check out either of these Priority Pass restaurants at SFO?

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Comments

  1. Still nothing in T2 for Alaska flyers! Not even a Board Room that we can be excluded from at random.

    Boo. I was so excited by your headline as I have a trip this weekend.

  2. If only Terminal 2 had a restaurant that took PP as well. Or better yet, if T2 and T3 were actualluy connected airside (which I know is a much bigger ask).

  3. Why on Earth is everything being placed airside in T3?

    Or rather, why are lounge-related services only found airside in SFO T3?

  4. @VX_Flier – United is the big player at SFO (41% of passengers).

    Still would rather see more love spread to other terminals.

  5. I wish ATL would add another priority pass lounge/restaurant. The Club (in the international terminal & perhaps the furthest point from civilization) is always crowded, offers very little comfort or decent food, and is inadequate for the “busiest airport in the world.”

  6. Lucky, put a Priority Pass restaurant in Southwest terminal 1 please!

    I have Southwest companion pass and it is such a pain to get security clearance between Amex Centurion lounge in terminal 3 and Southwest terminal 1. And now I don’t get to enjoy the two new priority pass restaurants in T3 either.

    Need Southwest Luv now ….

    Thank you.

  7. Darn. I was at SFO yesterday. These would have been great options. Both offer excellent menu choices. Will leverage this benefit regularly. I no longer visit CENT lounge due to the crowding.

  8. Love this!
    Centurion can be so crowded, so these will definitively be great options.
    I wish they’d add PP restaurants to ORD. 🙁
    I’m there so much.

  9. We visited Jerry Remy’s Restaurant at Boston couple days ago. Decent place not too busy around 3pm. Worth the effort.

  10. Kept everything in Terminal 3 hoping that Plats still go to the CENT lounge. Next time in SFO hitting each restaurant once with each of my PP’s just to spite them.

  11. Hi You forgot to include one of best airports in the USA. (MSP) Priority Pass’s lounge “PGA MSP Lounge”. located in beautiful Minnysoda!

  12. Being obligated to tip kills the deal. Priority Pass restaurants are useless to me because it means I’m still spending money if I have to tip. The government needs to outlaw tipping already!

  13. Question: you mention that both restauranta have a one guest list it per card. Is this a specific rule for this restaurant because PP allows 2 guests (=3 people in total)

  14. Saw the Clubhouse was offering half bottles of Moet for $26 on their menu – might have to hit them up for a drink and head to the other restaurant or Cent for the meal portion. If it’s a true 375ml bottle that would be a decent value (The 750ml usually retails for $50 in my area).

  15. “In order to be eligible you need to have a same day day confirmed boarding pass, though there’s no explicit requirement that it needs to be an outbound boarding pass (so in theory you could visit on arrival).”

    Ben-Is there ever any pushback from restaurants refusing folks coming in ON ARRIVAL, showing their same-day boarding pass from the (other) departing city? Possibly not knowing the rules? Or is it an accepted known/practice? As I have not been to other airport/PP restaurants, I am unsure of their policy so curious if this is standard or different for these two. Thanks.

  16. Yankee Pier is surprisingly good. Had a crab salad there last month. Better than any lounge you will find at SFO except for Polaris.
    However as noted above SFO does not need lounge options in T3 because most UA hub flyers who want a lounge already have access to UC or they use AMEX. Where it is really needed is T2 Alaska and T1 Southwest. Still better than nothing and better than crappy UCs.

  17. Wow. I fly SFO-BOS on United. I’m the last month, priority pass has gone from being my least valued benefit to being my most valued one.

    This probably spells the end of my platinum card and my UC card…

  18. San Francisco Giants Clubhouse gets 2 stars on Yelp while the Yankee Pier gets three!

    Anyone with experience at these locations?

  19. Last couple of times I went to DEN, I went to Timberline, had something to eat, then went back to Terminal B and relaxed at a United Club. (I have cards that allow me access to both.) Looking forward to doing at SFO next time I am there.

    Lucky, is there a chance you can do an article on how and why these restaurants get chosen to be part of PP.

  20. I’m at SFO now and tried both restaurants. They both had priority pass signs up and the servers all knew about it. $28 per person at each restaurant. I hit Yankee Pier first and got dinner. Let the server know what had priority pass and she said to just order, and I would get charged for anything over $28. When I got the bill, I gave her my priority pass card and a credit card (I had ordered a little more than $28). She used a handheld device to record my usage of priority pass and I had to sign.

    Went to the he Giants Clubhouse next, and their procedure was different. Had to check in at the host desk where they used the handheld device and I signed. They gave me a paper receipt to give to the server. After that, I just ordered as usual and the server took off the $28. I only ordered dessert, so I was way under. Got some cookies to go, as well.

    In both cases, I tipped as I would had I paid the full bill. Neither restaurant asked to see a boarding pass, so I’d be pretty confident about using it on arrival.

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