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.
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:
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:
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