After visiting Lover’s Point and eating Crystal Fish, it was time to say goodbye to Monterey. So I hopped in my Nissan Versa and took the two hour drive back to San Francisco. I arrived at terminal 3 about two hours early. Because I have TSA pre-check, I got through security in a flash. This left me plenty of time to utilize my Priority Pass Membership at the San Francisco Giants Clubhouse.
Priority Pass is a lounge membership which is free with the Chase Sapphire Reserve. Recently, priority pass started allowing you on average a $28 credit a select restaurants at the airport. In terminal 3 I have the option of either Yankee Pier, a seafood restaurant, or San Francisco Giants Clubhouse. Yes, I know what you are thinking. If you followed my entire trip you know I had already four meals today, but this one is basically free. How can I say no to free food? Plus, I am doing for me readers. #Selfless
San Francisco Giants Clubhouse
Given my options, I chose the San Francisco Giants Clubhouse as it was closer to my gate. The restaurant is first and foremost a sports bar. It has televisions wrapping around the entire bar and literally every game that was going on at the time was available to watch. When I arrived, I let the waitress know that I was a Priority Pass holder and that I was entitled to $28 off my total bill. If I were dining with a guest they would also get a $28 credit.
San Francisco Giants Clubhouse Food
The food served at the San Francisco Giants Clubhouse is an attempt at elevated bar food. As you can see from the menu (I promise I will get better at taking menu pictures), they take it one step up from normal in order to justify the airport premium prices.
After looking at the menu, my eye went to the the Korean-style chicken sandwich and the filet mignon sliders. Ultimately, I went with the burger. When it comes down to it, I am a burger addict, and the allure of a really great cut of beef turned into a slider was too good to pass up.
After I bit into the slider, I was completely and utterly disappointed. While the beef had a pretty good cook on it everything else was completely out of proportion. My issues were with the meat to bun ratio. Given that the slider lacked toppings other than aioli and such small pieces of beef, it was a huge mistake making the dish with such a thick bun. It made every bite so extremely dry that it was actually excruciating to eat.
The onion rings weren’t any better. While they looked appetizing from the outside, they were still cold and raw on the inside. Luckily for me I had four meals (and three really good meals) prior to this, so I was not all that disappointed.
The Filet Mignon Sliders at San Francisco Giants Clubhouse were $24 pre-tax. So once tax was added, I did not exceed my $28 Priority Pass Credit. The menu items in general ranged from $10-30 averaging around $15. About standard for airport food, but absolutely not worth it given the quality if you are paying full price.
While I was aware that Priority Pass credit does not include gratuity, the waitress reminded me no fewer than 5 times during my meal (it must be pretty common for people using the priority pass not to leave a tip for her to mention it that many times). In all the meal cost me a $5 tip.
My meal at the San Francisco Giants Clubhouse at SFO was extremely disappointing. While cooked well, the sliders were completely out of proportion. They ended up being extremely dry and really unappetizing. However, with Priority Pass, it only cost me a $5 tip. Given that there are two Priority Pass restaurants in SFO Terminal 3, I would strongly suggest checking out the other one, Yankee Pier. I know I will next time I am at SFO.