Between flights last weekend, I had 2.5 hours in United’s SFO Polaris Lounge. How is it holding up one year later?
I’ve reviewed this lounge twice already…once during a media preview and again as a passenger. The lounge is spacious and comfortable, with amenities including a sit-down restaurant, buffet, sleeping rooms, showers, and private restrooms.
Oftentimes, things look wonderful at first but don’t age well. Would that be the case at the SFO Polaris Lounge? How was it one year later?
I’m happy to report the lounge is holding up just fine. I was there from about 5:00PM to 7:30PM and the lounge was in good shape, not crowded, and still quite excellent for a domestic U.S. lounge.
Most guests were clustered upstairs in the bar and dining area. The other half of the upstairs area was literally totally empty. Downstairs was also empty.
Restrooms now have Sunday Riley products.
The highlight of my visit was dinner in the restaurant. There was no wait for a table and we (my wife, son, and I) were promptly seated.
Here’s the current food menu:
I began with a wonderful “spring forward” salad that contained Granny Smith apples, dates, and mixed greens. The champagne vinaigrette was fabulous.
I enjoyed a gin basil smash with my meal.
For my main course, I had a wonderful cedar plank salmon with pea puree and sundered tomato relish. Seriously, this was one of the finest fish dishes I’ve ever had in a lounge.
For dessert, I ordered a chocolate truffle cake (served warm) with ice cream. Again, it was fabulous.
I concluded my meal with a very nice cappuccino (the coffee in this lounge is far better than in the other Polaris lounges).
Throughout dinner, service was professional and (mostly) prompt (the dessert took a bit long to arrive…).
Here’s the bottom line: the food in this lounge is excellent and far better than what is served onboard. My recommendation is to eat here before your flight: you’ll enjoy a very nice meal. United’s SFO Polaris Lounge is holding up well.