I recently had a couple long layovers in San Francisco and had a chance to try out both Priority Pass restaurants as well as the Centurion Lounge. I’m sticking to the Centurion Lounge.
For lunch, I ate at San Francisco Giants Clubhouse in Terminal 3. I ordered a steak sandwich, which happened to be the most expensive thing on the menu, and subbed French Fries for salad. While perfectly acceptable, I would not call the steak sandwich memorable.
(I’ll post a full review of this Priority Pass restaurant at a later time)
Due to a rolling delay, I ended up being stuck longer than I wanted at SFO and ate dinner at Yankee Pier. I’ve reviewed this restaurant before, though for breakfast. For this visit, I ordered salmon with salad. Again, very tasty, but this little dish ate up all my credit. A bowl of clam chowder soup would have set me back another $12 and wasn’t worth the calories.
On my way back, I ate dinner in the Centurion Lounge. This month the lounge is offering chicken covered in a lovely Peruvian tangy green sauce with cooked carrots and pasta. I found this meal the better than either Priority Pass meal.
Throw in salads, desserts, fruit, coffee, and alcohol…all included…and you have a more comprehensive meal that I also thought tasted better than either restaurant. There’s also power ports in the lounge, which are difficult to find in either restaurant.
The crowding issue in the Centurion Lounge is now less of an issue since AMEX enacted post-flight bans for Platinum cardholders.
Both Priority Pass restaurant and the American Express Centurion Lounge offer acceptable dining options at SFO. All else equal, though, I’d still choose the Centurion Lounge over either restaurant.
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