I’ve been traveling internationally for the past couple of months while Priority Pass was busy adding restaurants to their lounge network, but I finally had a chance to visit one of their new partner restaurants on my way back to Colorado after the holidays! Flights were much cheaper flying through St. Louis than directly from Detroit to Denver, and with a three hour layover, I was pretty confident that I would have enough time to visit The Pasta House and Schlafly Beer at St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) even with a winter flight delay.
For those with a Priority Pass card, included with a number of premium credit cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve, a visit to partner lounges is free and restaurants offer up to $56 off your meal and drinks (if you bring a guest; solo travelers only get $28 off).
Since this was my first Priority Pass restaurant visit, I don’t have much to compare it to other than Priority Pass lounges, and let me tell you – I would rather go to a restaurant any day! My boyfriend and I were both able to order off of a fairly large list of food options and he got red wine while I drank a local brew. Between the two of us, we ordered a salad and pasta. Neither were anything to write home about, but were better than most domestic U.S. lounge offerings I’ve seen.
The restaurant was spacious and pretty clean, and overall service was good. The only negative experience I had is that one of the appetizer I had ordered was no longer available, and I wasn’t told until the rest of my food had come. If I had known earlier, there’s a good chance that I would have changed my order to a full sized entree instead of two appetizers.
After we finished eating, our bill was brought over by the waitress so we could “see where we were at.” Since we had a few dollars still available, I decided to order another beer. The meal and drinks came to $56.01, so we owed a full cent plus a tip for our meal.
Overall, it was a great way to spend a layover at the airport. Our layover was during dinnertime, so having Priority Pass access to The Pasta House at STL saved us money we would have otherwise spent on food, and I always love the chance to try out some local beers. Based on this first impression, I’m loving the addition of restaurants to the Priority Pass lounge network. What other Priority Pass restaurants have you visited? Do you have any favorites?