Tampa Airport Gets A Priority Pass Restaurant

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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 (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 Tampa International Airport — The Cafe by Mise en Place. As someone who grew up in Tampa and has flown out of the airport a countless number of times, I’ve been rooting for Tampa Airport to get a Priority Pass location, so I consider this to be pretty exciting.

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
Chase Sapphire Reserve®2Yes$75 Per Person
Citi Prestige® Credit Card2Yes$75 Per Person
The Platinum Card® from American Express

No access to Priority Pass restaurants as of August, 2019.
2Yes$175 For Up To 3 People, $175 For Each Additional Person Beyond That (Rates & Fees)
The Business Platinum® Card from American Express

No access to Priority Pass restaurants as of August, 2019.
2Yes$300 Per Person (Rates & Fees)
Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card

No access to Priority Pass restaurants as of August, 2019.
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card

No access to Priority Pass restaurants as of August, 2019.

The Cafe by Mise en Place at TPA

The Cafe by Mise en Place (that’s a mouthful for an airport restaurant in Florida) is open daily from 4:30AM until the last flight departs, and it’s located airside (after security) in Concourse F, by gate F85.

Tampa Airport has several concourses, and none of them are connected airside, so this is only going to be practical for those departing from Concourse F.

Airlines operating out of Concourse F include American, British Airways, Cayman Airways, Copa Airlines, Edelweiss Air, Lufthansa, and Norwegian.

Here’s how the restaurant describes itself:

The Café by Mise en Place is Tampa’s premier restaurant for Modern American cuisine and exciting and dynamic fare.

Here’s the breakfast menu, here’s the all-day dining menu, and here’s the drink list.

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). The terms also state that the credit isn’t valid for to-go and grab-and-go orders.

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

Tampa Airport has never had a Priority Pass location, so this is an exciting development. The only bad news is that since it’s located airside, it will only be useful to a small percentage of passengers traveling out of the airport. Here’s to hoping they add restaurants in other concourses soon as well.

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

(Tip of the hat to Eliyahu Hanavi)

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. Super. Our 1st visit to your home Airport and winter residences of family and friends from Iowa 🙂 this winter

  2. Looking forward to experiencing this restaurant on my flights from TPA in November and December! Now, if they would only add a Priority Pass restaurant to CLT, FLL, and PHL that would be greatly appreciated. The Minute Suites in Philadelphia looks horrible, wish they would either add access to the British Airways lounge during non-peak times or adding one of the restaurants such as Chickies and Petes

  3. I’m also curious whether you can get across to airside F,if you’re leaving from a different one. I’ve never tried that, I guess I’ve never had a reason to until now

  4. Will TPA allow passengers departing from other airsides to access an airside they’re not departing from?

  5. Missed this by a week… just flew out of Tampa a week ago yesterday and had a $100 check there. Could have used PP for the whole thing with my guests.

  6. This is good news. If they can add The Colombia on airside E, Ulele on C and maybe PF Changs in the central terminal they’ll have everyone covered (UA/B6 fliers lack a sit down option on airside A).

  7. This is great news – it’s our home airport ( wife and i fly 150k-250k/year and only on AA via F term) – cant get any better than this. We used to walk by CMP to get a drink in the Admirals Club…

    fyi: to answer the above questions, only F terminal travelers can get past the first security check to board the tram to F terminal airside where CMP is located.

  8. Darn – three of us ate dinner here Sunday night. Wish I had known.

    I have to say the food was really good for an airport restaurant. Relaxing, quiet atmosphere. Fair amount of variety on the menu with reasonable prices. And most surprising of all – excellent service!

  9. I just checked my Priority Pass and Tampa is not showing up yet. I wonder when it will be active. I will be flying out in November. Tampa airport has four airside: A, C, E, and F. You can only go to your ticketed airside. Each airside has its own TSA checkpoint.

  10. Only fly SWA out of Tampa, unfortunately this doesn’t do anything for me!! We need a lounge in concourse C.

  11. guys, I read 3 comments not allowing going to different airside through TSA checkpoints. I’ve personally done this w/o any issue, telling the TSA the truth once flying Delta, refused access to their lounge, went back to Admirals club with my wife (when you have time of course). I belive it’s still possible.
    Good to know, Ben since I have a flight with LH next Tuesday to FRA, hope it will work for me…

  12. OK, maybe I’m the only anglophone in the joint. But if anyone’s interested, “Mise en Place” translates from French to “Everything in its place”.

  13. Great timing. I flew into TPA and checked the Priority Pass app to see that there weren’t any lounges. I’ll stop by when I fly out tomorrow.

  14. Great news. I’ve eaten there several times and the food is good. I would recommend the Cuban sandwich or the breakfast. Many of the American flights out of Tampa don’t offer a meal in first since they are short flights to DCA or CLT so I often eat at Mise En Place even though the Admiral’s Club is next door.

  15. I ate at the actual Mise en Place years ago so having them run this place…big things are happening in Tampa it seems.

  16. As an employee who used to work as TPA. Yes, you can get through the security before the shuttle to the airside and TSA. You need to have same day departing boarding pass. Let them know you’re going over to the “AA lounge.” This would require you to get back from airside F and go through TSA on your airside again. I only recommend if you have plenty of time at the airport. Airside F has no line at TSA around 8a-10a, just FYI.

  17. That’s exactly what I did in the past, no problem to go to F if you have plenty of time…And I spoke to PP last night who confirmed it’s open and working, I’ll be using it this coming Tuesday for my flight to FRA

  18. I just visited this location flying out of TPa in December 2018 and was really happy because there are no lounges I can access normally. This place was a Homerun for me as the food and drinks and great, and the pp basically covers both in full.

    To answer questions above, I had NO problem access this lounge in terminal F even when flying from a different terminal. I told security before trams I was going to lounge, and told tsa the same, no issues. Get right into lounge with pp.

  19. Tried to enter Cafe En Mise at Tampa Airport this evening. Even though I could see space she discouraged me to even put me on waiting list at 620 pm for my flight at 725pm and neither offered any to go options. So much for priority pass lounge access.

  20. @dan

    I think priority pass just recently changed their rules for “lounges”, do a google for priority pass removes non lounge. Since this location was a restaurant, and it gave credit for priority pass, its no longer a PP lounge. There are a handful of restaurants that will continue to accept PP, but this is not one of them. Its a shame, absolutely loved going to this location and basically getting a free dinner and drink on my way out. I would still pay out of pocket to go to this location even without PP, food and drinks always great here.

  21. Can you pay to enter this location as I do not hold any of these cards but will be flying BA.

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