Cleveland Airport Gets A Priority Pass Restaurant!

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Over the past year we’ve seen several airport restaurants and bars in the US join Priority Pass. The concept is that at some airports Priority Pass has a tough time striking a deal with a major lounge due to crowding issues, so when that’s not possible, they instead work with a restaurant.

My assumption is that Priority Pass pays a fixed amount for each guest who enters a lounge, so instead Priority Pass is just paying these restaurants a fixed amount, and then you can spend some dollar amount at that restaurant (typically $28-30). So far in the US, non-traditional Priority Pass locations include:

Priority Pass has just added their latest US restaurant location — Bar Symon at Cleveland Airport. The restaurant is open from 4AM until 8PM, except on Saturdays, when it closes at 7:30PM. It’s located airside (after security) in Concourse C, between gats C4 and C6. As far as I know, all terminals at the airport are connected airside, so this restaurant should be accessible by all passengers.

Here’s how they describe the concept of the restaurant:

The brainchild of Chef Michael Symon, Bar Symon seamlessly integrates delicious comfort food and a tap-house into a timeless airport experience. Featuring signature items such as Pierogi and Kielbasa, Lola fries, and a selection of award-winning burgers.

Interestingly this is the third Bar Symon at an airport, as they also have locations in Pittsburgh and Washington Dulles. As of now only the Cleveland location has joined Priority Pass.

Priority Pass members will be entitled to $28 worth of food & drinks per person. This restaurant doesn’t have a limit on how many guests you can bring, so you can invite as many Priority Pass guests as you’d like, though the policies vary by card (as I’ll discuss below).

The Priority Pass member will be responsible for any overage beyond the $28 credit, and that credit can’t be applied to gratuity (and personally I think it’s appropriate to tip, as a Priority Pass membership is just a form of payment here). You do need a same day boarding pass to visit the restaurant with Priority Pass, though either an arriving or departing boarding pass should do the trick.

While I can’t find the menu for the Cleveland location online, here’s a menu for one of the other locations, which should give you a sense of what they serve. For breakfast you can expect things like omelets, yogurt parfaits, breakfast sandwiches, and pancakes.

Then for lunch and dinner you can expect burgers, sandwiches, salads, and fries. It doesn’t look like the healthiest menu, that’s for sure…

As a reminder, the following are some of the popular credit cards that come with Priority Pass memberships (I’ve also listed the respective guesting privileges):

Card# Of Guests Who Get Free AccessAuthorized User AccessCost To Add Authorized User
The Platinum Card® from American Express2Yes$175 For Up To 3 People, $175 For Each Additional Person Beyond That
The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN2Yes$300 Per Person
Citi Prestige® Card2 Guests Or Immediate Family MembersYes$50 Per Person
The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit CardUnlimited GuestsYes$0
Chase Sapphire Reserve® CardUnlimited GuestsYes$75 Per Person

Bottom line

This is a fantastic new addition to the Priority Pass network, especially given that there’s not currently a Priority Pass lounge at Cleveland Airport. The food here doesn’t look especially healthy, though apparently the other Bar Symon airport locations are pretty well regarded.

Is anyone planning on checking out this new Priority Pass restaurant at Cleveland Airport soon?

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Comments

  1. you are correct in that all terminals are connected. the restaurant is basically between the AA and UA gates. Its also relatively new. Maybe been open for a year or so.

  2. A great addition – have been there. Symon is a great chef. No, not the healthiest selection necessarily, but it’s high quality comfort food IIRC.

  3. You are correct that all of CLE is connected airside. The location is not more than a 5 minute walk to any gate at CLE, so anyone there should be able to take advantage of it.

    CLE is my home airport, so I am very happy this has arrived and will absolutely be taking advantage of it very soon.

  4. Just to continue echoing what others have said, all terminals are connected airside, so anyone can use it. This is also one of my home airports (CAK is almost equal distance), and was part of the reason I kept dismissing the urge to get a Priority Pass. I think it may be worth it now, especially since it’s a Symon spot!

  5. Too bad UA downsized it, I loved flying through CLE and stopping at the Great Lakes Brewing Company restaurant.

  6. You have a funny definition of healthy, Lucky. Yesterday you put forward a huge plate of rice and a fried samosa as a “healthy” Asian vegetarian option. Today a big salad with grilled chicken breast “doesn’t look like the healthiest menu.”

  7. I’m excited for this, and I believe it opened in the past month. Symon’s other restaurants in Cleveland are some of the best in the area, I’m sure this will be at least pretty good for airport food.

  8. Time for PVD! We’re in a lounge desert! Don’t like trekking up to Boston just to use my Priority Pass!

  9. Can’t wait to take a look at the menu. CLE is my home airport as well, and I now have something else to enjoy since my next flight in a week will be my first since I got AmEx Platinum and activated my Priority Pass membership. So it’s time to head for the Airspace and the Bar Symon soon!

  10. I totally disagree about the Airspace Lounge – I use it all of the time. Nice people working in there and it’s never that crowded. The Bar Symon addition though gives me a great other option now.

  11. I could say something crass to Alan with his remark, but I’ll keep it clean for this site. If you haven’t visited, then perhaps you shouldn’t voice an opinion based on, well, let’s see, nothing. Indians, CAVS, world-class orchestra, largest concentration of theater outside of NYC, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, world-class art museum that’s free, natural history museum, science museum, vibrant downtown, foodie haven, ethnic neighborhoods, historical and new hotels, largest park system, Amish area nearby, affordable housing and cost of living. I could go on and on.

  12. Another to add to your list is PGA MSP at the MSP airport; Priority Pass offers a $15 credit towards golf or as a food credit for Ike’s (the restaurant just below PGA MSP)… they’ll bring you a menu for Ike’s, order the food, and bring the food to you upstairs.

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