Amtrak Announces a Return to Traditional Dining on Some Long-Distance Trains

By Paul Riegler on 4 June 2021
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Amtrak said it would resume traditional dining on long-distance train routes in the Western United States.

The company, which is the operator of most of the United States’ passenger rail services, will offer the dining service with new menus starting June 23 on the California Zephyr, Coast Starlight, Empire Builder, Southwest Chief, Sunset Limited, and Texas Eagle, the latter for service between San Antonio and Los Angeles.

The service was discontinued last spring amidst the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

Passengers will enjoy a full breakfast, lunch, and three-course dinner.  Dinner will include a complimentary alcoholic beverage and the return to traditional dining includes dinner in the dining car with white linen tablecloths.  Amtrak plans to debut new dishware later in the year as well.

“Amtrak is making many important investments to improve customer satisfaction, including restoring and reimagining our popular onboard dining experience,” said the railroad’s vice president for customer service, Robert Jordan.

Traditional dining is, as has been the case in the past, offered to passengers traveling in Bedroom or Roomette private rooms.

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