It’s no secret that Priority Pass lounges are becoming increasingly crowded. No doubt a major reason is the popularity of premium credit cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve which includes a Priority Pass membership with it’s annual fee. Alas, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel for Priority Pass members. This year Priority Pass began aggressively adding airport restaurants to it’s lounge lineup. The move makes sense as it’s easier to simply add a restaurant than it is to build or contract with a limited number of lounges. Last week I had the opportunity to visit my first Priority Pass restaurant in Denver named Timberline Steaks & Grille.
Priority Pass Denver: Timberline Steaks & Grille Review
After dropping off our Silvercar rental in Denver we boarded the shuttle for DIA. Denver’s airport is setup so all passengers ticket and clear security at the same place. This is convenient because it results in all terminals or “Concourses” being connected by train, in a secured area. We were flying American out of Concourse A. Timberline Steaks & Grille is located just a 5 minute train ride away in Concourse C. As mentioned above, you don’t need to exit security to move between concourses. Upon exiting the train at Concourse C you’ll head up the escalators. Timberline Steaks & Grille is right at the top which is super convenient for train access.
Timberline Steaks & Grille Menu
Here’s a few snapshots of the menu. Apologies for the poor quality, lighting was really bad. Given the restaurants name, it should be no surprise the menu is very meat oriented, and has the prices to match:
I wasn’t super hungry since we arrived around 4:00pm. I just ordered a chicken cordon bleu sandwich which was fine. About what you’d expect. My colleague ordered the elk which he commented was pretty good. I’m not food critic, but I’d say the food was above average for an airport restaurant. In summary, it’s not somewhere I’d go out of my way to visit if it were outside an airport. But it exceeded my expectations for being inside an airport, if that makes sense.
The Priority Pass Experience
Ok, this is probably what you’re here for. Let’s dive into how the Priority Pass card worked at Timberline Steaks & Grille. We approached the restaurant like any other, and asked for a table for two. Once we sat down, I notified my waitress that we’d be using a Priority Pass card. For whatever reason, Priority Pass asks that you notify your server upon first contact. She was more than happy to accept the card and gave two stipulations:
- The French Macarons on the dessert menu cannot be ordered with Priority Pass
- They kindly ask you consider a gratuity on the original amount
Your Priority Pass card entitles you to $28 worth of food and drink. If you have a guest, they are entitled to another $28 totaling $56 as your maximum benefit. Additional guests after (2) will need to pay full price. The process was really simple, and when the bill came, the two $28 credits were clearly shown:
As you can see, we had some time to kill and ran up a larger bill than our credit provided. And yes, I had the double Tito’s & soda, it’s a nice way to unwind after a few days in Casper, WY. Anyway, the big thing to remember is to tip on the original bill, which the waitress circled. Servers often work on tips only, so don’t be a cheapskate.
We arrived around 4:00pm and the place was almost full. When we left around 5:30pm, there was a wait, so that’s something to keep in mind. Your Priority Pass card doesn’t entitle you to a table in front of other guests. You’ll put your name on the list like any other restaurant. Now, if you were simply ordering drinks, you could probably head to the bar and order there.
Using my Priority Pass card at Timberline Steaks & Grille was really easy, and the staff was very prepared to accept it. I hope Priority Pass continues this trend of adding airport restaurants to it’s collection. It sure beats a standard domestic lounge with cheese cubes and beer.