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Amtrak Vacations Meals and Dining

Amtrak Vacations Dining and Menus

If you’re not hungry now, you might start to hear your stomach rumbling after taking a look at our menus. Whether it’s a full sit-down meal or more informal food service, many trains have one or more options for onboard dining. Learn more about your dining choices, onboard dining reservations, and the different types of dining cars.

Dining Car

Most long-distance trains include a full-service Dining Car, which serves meals prepared onboard by trained chefs for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All meals for First Class passengers, passengers with sleeping accommodations, and all Auto Train passengers are included in the price of their train ticket. Coach Class passengers may dine for an additional charge.

Passengers are asked to make reservations for lunch and dinner. Reservations are taken in 15-minute increments for a more pleasant dining experience, assuring passengers of receiving quality service from Amtrak staff and preventing the Dining Cars from becoming overcrowded during peak meal times.

After boarding, you will be asked to select a preferred time for dining. Reservations are taken during each meal’s service hours, except for breakfast. Passengers will be seated as they present themselves in the dining car. If the dining car is full, names will be taken, and passengers will be called in order from the lounge.

Here are the normal service and reservation hours. Exceptions apply to certain trains:

Meal Times
Breakfast: Available 6:30 – 10 am; board by 9:30 am
Lunch: Available 11:30 am – 3 pm; board by 2:30 pm
Dinner: Available: 5:00 – 9:30 pm; board by 8:30 pm





Dining Car Menus at a Glance

Dining Cars feature seasonal menus created by our team of award-winning chefs. Start your day on board with a selection of hot and cold breakfast entrees including eggs and French toast or continental selections such as yogurt or cold cereal. For lunch, choose from a selection of burgers, salads, specialty sandwiches, and seasonal entrees.

At dinner, savor steaks and seafood, chicken or vegetarian pasta, accompanied by a fresh salad and rolls. Complement your meal with our selection of cocktails, beer, and wine as well as coffee, tea, or soft drinks.

Be sure to leave room for dessert. Whether you opt for chocolate or cheesecake, Häagen-Dazs ice cream or Cio Bella Sicilian lemon sorbet, there’s something to satisfy every sweet tooth after lunch and dinner.

In addition to our regular menu items, children can get all their favorites on board, such as hot dogs, pizza, grilled cheese sandwiches, chicken tenders, and meatballs with pasta.

Which train are you traveling on? Take a look at your dining options:

» Auto Train
» California Zephyr
» Capitol Limited
» Cardinal
» City of New Orleans Northbound» City of New Orleans Southbound

» Coast Starlight

» Crescent

» Empire Builder

» Lake Shore Limited

» Silver Meteor

» Southwest Chief

» Sunset Limited

» Texas Eagle


Lounge Car

Informal Dining Options

On most medium and long-distance trains, food service is available in the Lounge Car, which features table and casual seating. Foodservice is normally available from early morning until late evening, except during a few short periods as announced by the attendant and will vary depending on train operation.

These cars offer a variety of carry-out style foods, including sandwiches, pizza, snacks, and beverages including liquor, wine, and beer.

Seating for Meals and Socializing

Lounge Cars also provide roomy tables and comfortable, casual seating for enjoying your meals, writing, playing a hand of cards or a board game, or just sharing time with friends, family, and new acquaintances. On Superliner trains, panoramic windows on the upper level of the Lounge afford an expansive view of the passing scenery.


For handicap accessibility, ask your onboard service attendant to make the necessary arrangements. You can request that meals be brought to your room or seat.

Cross-Country Cafe

The Cross-Country Café on the City of New Orleans and Texas Eagle features an onboard dining experience, combining higher technology food and beverage services with improved ambiance and atmosphere. Enjoy regional menu items while you relax in comfortable booth seating and watch ever-changing views go by.


Hoosier State Dining

The Hoosier State train is equipped with a dome dining car where Business class passengers will enjoy a complimentary meal during their trip along with all beverages, including spirits. Coach class passengers will have the opportunity to purchase a full meal, snacks, or beverages from the dome car dining area.


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On many short-distance trains, food service is available in the Cafe Car from early morning until late evening, where you’ll find a variety of carry-out style foods, including sandwiches, pizza, snacks, and beverages including liquor, wine and beer.

Special Menus and Dietary Requirements

The Amtrak Culinary Advisory Team is a group of Amtrak employees, suppliers, and other culinary professionals led by expert chef Michel Richard, that put their food minds together to develop new menu options for Acela Express First Class passengers as well as other dining patrons on select routes throughout the Amtrak system.

Availability and Notice

Special menu selections, such as kosher meals are available on most overnight trains with 72-hour advanced notice. Vegan meals are available on the regular menu for Long Distance trains and do not require advance notice. Both vegan and kosher meals are available with 24-hour advanced notice for Acela Express First-Class service. Vegetarian meals do not require advance notice.

Mention your dietary requirements to your Amtrak Vacations Agent and they will reserve your meal if applicable to your train and journey.

Family Eating in Amtrak Dining Car

Kosher Meals

Kosher meals are prepared under rabbinical supervision and sealed until delivered to the passenger. Passover kosher meals will be served in lieu of regular kosher meals throughout the Passover period. Customers must call in advance to reserve.

Vegan Meals

Vegan meals are completely free of animal products, with no meat, dairy or egg products of any kind. They are also generally low in fat and sodium.

Vegetarian Meals

Vegetarian meals contain no meat, but normally do contain dairy or egg products. There is always one meat-free item on every menu and passengers who want vegetarian (meat-free) items may select that; no special vegetarian meal request is required (or possible).

Allergies and dietary requests


Amtrak is unable to guarantee a peanut-free or allergen-free trip, and therefore, we strongly encourage passengers with life-threatening or severe allergies to take all necessary medical precautions to prepare for the possibility of exposure. Passengers must travel with all necessary medications for food allergies and be capable of self-administering these medications.

Dietary Requests

Amtrak does not offer meals specifically designated as low fat, low cholesterol, low sodium, gluten-free, wheat-free, or peanut-free. Most dinner entrees are not prepared on the dining car. The fat, cholesterol, sodium, gluten, wheat, and peanut content may vary, and cannot be controlled or modified by the chef. Certain menu items are inherently low in fat, cholesterol and/or sodium and may be ordered from the regular menu. The dining car waiter or lead service attendant can provide guidance.

Personal Food, Beverages and Medication

Unfortunately, trains are sometimes delayed and food supplies may become limited. If you have special dietary requirements or a condition such as diabetes, we suggest that you carry sufficient food with you to meet your needs in the event of a delay or other contingency.


If you anticipate requiring medication en route, please carry it with you aboard your train. You must be capable of self-administering any medications you bring with you.
Do not pack your medication in checked baggage, or leave it packed in your car on the Auto Train, as you will not have access to your checked bags or vehicle during your journey.

Bringing Your Own Food Onboard

You may bring your own food and beverages onboard for consumption at your seat or private Sleeping Car accommodations. However, you can only consume food and beverages purchased in Dining and Lounge Cars in those cars. Personal food and beverages are allowed in the upper level of Superliner Sightseer Lounges. Federal health regulations prohibit Amtrak personnel from handling your food, heating it in our ovens, or storing it in our refrigerators.

For all other meal and dining related enquiries, give us a call.

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Alcoholic Beverages

Alcoholic beverages will be served on board trains in most Dining, Lounge, and Cafe Cars. You may also bring your own alcohol on board, though it may only be consumed in Sleeping Car accommodations.

Amtrak Food Facts

View nutritional content, caloric information, and food allergens for items on our menus by visiting Information is available for menus that provide caloric information on the printed version of the menu. Information is updated when menu changes are made.
*Menu options and dining services and times are subject to change. For the latest information on the latest dining options on your trip, check back on this page or contact your Amtrak Vacations Agent.

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