Washington Dulles Gets A Priority Pass Restaurant

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Update: Thanks to Steph for sharing that it looks like this restaurant will only start accepting Priority Pass as of October 22, 2018.

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 (it’s amazing how much this list has grown in a short time):

Priority Pass has just added yet another US restaurant location, this time at Washington Dulles Airport – Chef Geoff’s.

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 (Rates & Fees)
The Business Platinum® Card from American Express 2Yes$300 Per Person (Rates & Fees)
Chase Sapphire Reserve®2Yes$75 Per Person
Citi Prestige® Credit Card2Yes$75 Per Person
Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card2No$0
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card2No$0

Chef Geoff’s at IAD

Chef Geoff’s is open daily from 6AM until 10PM, and it’s located airside (after security) in Concourse C, by gate C14. While Priority Pass has several lounges in Concourses A & B, this is a phenomenal development, given that Concourse C is the awful terminal out of which most United flights operate.

Here’s how the restaurant describes itself:

Comtemporary American cuisine, with casual sophisticaion and generous hospitality.

LOL, both to the spelling and the description. Casual sophistication and generous hospitality at an airport restaurant, let alone in Concourse C at Dulles?

You can find the menu for the restaurant here.

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 one guest.

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).

Bottom line

This is an awesome development for Washington Dulles, given that Concourse C doesn’t have any Priority Pass lounges, and is one of the all around worst terminals in the US, in my opinion.

Does anyone plan on visiting the new Priority Pass restaurant at IAD?

(Tip of the hat to @ladakn99)

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).

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  1. Not sure if creating a new post each time a new priority pass restaurant is added in random Airports is what your readers enjoy the most.
    Just my 2 cent.

  2. Never been to the location at Dulles, but the Chef Geoff’s in northwest DC has been excellent for years. I’d give it a try.

  3. Chef Geoff’s is a mainstay within the DC dining community. Their owner is Geoff Tracy, who is Norah O’Donnell’s husband. While their Metro Center restaurant is missed, they still have restaurants in Tyson’s and on New Mexico Ave in Upper Northwest.


  4. Concourse C/D is homelier than a mule’s butt but I don’t know that it’s fair to call it ‘the worst’ , even amongst United’s dumpy hubs.

    Newark Terminal B and A are both way worse and JFK T7 is arguably the worst.

  5. Good news and bad news:
    Good news in that the default PP lounge at IAD (Turkish Air) gets overwhelmed now that they have started to meter PP holders. It’s disconcerting seeing the PP holders waiting outside the lounge until they reopen for PP guests.
    Bad news is that the restaurant is in Concourse C:-)

  6. Ben Not sure if this is a topic you’d be addressing on this blog, but from November 2018-March 2019 the AF lounge in Dulles will be closed for expansion to a lower level due to the crowding issues they have. I have contacted af about this since I will be traveling in J during the closure and it seems that Skyteam Elite Plus members and AF J pax will be sent to the EY lounge. As for La Premiere pax, I haven’t done any official questioning because I have no reason to, but I believe they will be sent to the Virgin Atlantic clubhouse. Again, Not sure if this was important enough for you to make a mention, but thought I’d let you know. Cheers!

  7. I can’t imagine when you started tracking Priority Pass restaurants that you expected them to add at this frequency. You must be getting frustrated making all of these posts haha. I for one appreciate it though, as Priority Pass doesn’t regularly update about restaurants via email. Thanks for keeping up with it.

  8. @RD, when in November? I fly out on the 20th at night (technically the 21st at 12:15am). will I make the cutoff, do you know?

  9. Well this will be a welcomed addition. We typically go to the Turkish lounge even if we’re flying out of Concourse C. But now after we walk the 2.8 miles to get to Concourse C (or take the giant people mover that looks like it was a ‘futuristic’ mode of transportation in a 1960s sci-fi film), we can get a decent meal with our priority pass. Thanks for the update, Lucky!

  10. @lucky The corona beach house at MIA used to have a grab and go section – in addition to sit down dining. As of Oct 1st, PP will no longer be accepted for grab and go. Only sit down dining customers can use their PP card. Found this out when trying to use the card at grab and go counter only to be told PP has disallowed this.

  11. Hi,
    Will be traveling in December and January through Dulles as one of many airports. Have never used our Priority Pass. How many lounges/restaurants does Chase allow a member to visit per day?

    Thank you,

  12. This is fantastic news, thanks for posting this. Was at one of the PP lounges at IAD just yesterday/Sunday, which put a 15-minute freeze on allowing PP cardholders inside. Priority Pass should also add a restaurant in Terminal B, which would pretty much re-direct patrons from all the (semi-worthless) PP lounges there.

  13. @Marc the lounge will close from October 29th so for your flight if you are in J or economy with elite plus. Then you will be sent to the Etihad first and business lounge, but if you are in La Premiere then I believe you will be sent to the Virgin Atlantic clubhouse.

  14. Appreciate these posts too. I’ve had breakfast at Chef Geoffs in Concourse C and am glad to hear that I can do that for free next time.

  15. Thank you for reminding to tip and please bold that. Shame on priority pass for not making that easier. Restaurants are going to trade out normal tipping customers – it’s a big loss for the staff that relies on tips.

  16. @ Kae, you can visit as many lounges and restaurants as you want 🙂
    You can’t use the restaurant allowance twice at the same restaurant.

  17. It’s true that Chef Geoff’s is a DC staple but that doesn’t make it good. One of the locations was down the street from my office. The food is mediocre and unhealthy. So, a perfect first for an airport restaurant. I’d rather get something from the ‘snack tower of saddness’ than eat at Chef Geoff’s.

  18. At the Chef Geoff’s at Terminal C at Dulles and was just informed they are still not accepting Priority Pass FYI

  19. The American Express platinum card priority pass membership does not work here but my Sapphire reserve priority pass membership does work in Washington terminal C

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