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Amtrak Traditional Dining Menu and Guide

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Amtrak traditional dining is back and we were able to experience it recently on the Southwest Chief. Here is a breakdown of everything on the menu. Amtrak traditional dining applies to breakfast, lunch, and dinner with dinner having white tablecloth service. We really enjoyed the Amtrak food on our trips.

Amtrak traditional dining is available on the following routes:

  • Auto Train
  • California Zephyr
  • Coast Starlight
  • Empire Builder
  • Southwest Chief
  • Sunset Limited
  • Texas Eagle (West of San Antonio)

There is no charge for Amtrak Traditional Dining for sleeper car passengers as it is included with the price of the room. Coach passengers are not allowed to purchase traditional dining and must either eat in the cafe or bring their own food on board. You may be seated with others not in your party while eating in the dining room. Sleeper car passengers can opt to have their meals delivered to their room.

There is no need to make a dining reservation before boarding the train. Breakfast is a first come first served basis, so you’ll be seated whatever time you show up. Lunch and dinner do require reservations, which can be made with your room attendant or dining car attendant after you board the train.

Amtrak Traditional Dining Breakfast

There are four main choices for breakfast and 3 side choices as well.

Breakfast Main Choices

  • Continental Breakfast
  • Amtrak Signature Railroad French Toast
  • Three Egg Omelet
  • Scrambled Eggs

Breakfast Side Choices

  • Hardwood Smoked Bacon
  • Breakfast Pork Sausage Links
  • Chicken Sausage Links
Amtrak Three Egg Omelet with Chicken Sausage
Amtrak Three Egg Omelet with Chicken Sausage
Amtrak Signature Railroad French Toast
Amtrak Signature Railroad French Toast

Breakfast was a lot of food, too much to eat right after waking up. We started going later in the breakfast time slot so we could be a little bit hungrier when we showed up to breakfast!

Amtrak Traditional Dining Lunch

There are four choices available for lunch with Amtrak traditional dining.

  • Caesar Salad
  • Artisan Grilled Cheese
  • Natural Angus Burger
  • Savory Chili
Amtrak Natural Angus Burger
Amtrak Natural Angus Burger
Amtrak Savory Chili
Amtrak Savory Chili
Caesar Salad
Grilled Cheese

The chili can be served in a potato or a bowl. We choose to have it in a potato with some toppings. The burger is really good, not even a comparison to the burgers served in the cafe.

Amtrak Traditional Dining Dinner

For dinner, passengers can choose from three appetizers and four entrees.

Dinner Appetizers

  • Lobster Crab Cake
  • Green Chile Cheese Tamale
  • Mixed Green Salad with Baby Brie
Amtrak Lobster Crab Cake
Amtrak Lobster Crab Cake
Amtrak Green Chili Cheese Tamale
Amtrak Green Chili Cheese Tamale
Mixed Green Salad with Baby Brie

Dinner Entrees

  • Amtrak’s Signature Flat Iron Steak
  • Pan-Roasted Chicken Breast
  • Grilled Atlantic Salmon
  • Tortellini With Pesto Cream
Amtrak's Signature Flat Iron Steak
Amtrak’s Signature Flat Iron Steak
Amtrak Grilled Atlantic Salmon
Amtrak Grilled Atlantic Salmon
Pan-Roasted Chicken Breast
Tortellini with Pesto Cream

Dinner Desserts

  • Flourless Chocolate Torte
  • Philadelphia Cheesecake
  • Carrot Cake
Amtrak Flourless Chocolate Torte
Amtrak Flourless Chocolate Torte
Amtrak Philadelphia Cheesecake
Amtrak Philadelphia Cheesecake
Amtrak Carrot Cake
Amtrak Carrot Cake

We loved the salmon and flat iron steak options. The steak is cooked to order and was quite tender. Options from the lunch menu are also available at dinner time if none of the dinner selections are what you want.

Kids Menu

  • Classic Grilled Cheese
  • Roasted Chicken Breast
  • Homestyle White Cheddar Mac & Cheese
  • Hebrew National All-Beef Hot Dog

Amtrak Gluten Free Options

  • Three Egg Omelet
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Savory Chili
  • Roasted Chicken Breast
  • Green Chili Cheese Tamale
  • Pan-Roasted Chicken Breast
  • Grilled Atlantic Salmon
  • Flourless Chocolate Torte

Amtrak Vegetarian Options

  • Continental Breakfast
  • Amtrak Signature Railroad French Toast
  • Three Egg Omelet
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Savory Chili
  • Classic Grilled Cheese
  • Homestyle White Cheddar Mac & Cheese
  • Green Chili Cheese Tamale
  • Mixed Green Salad with Baby Brie
  • Tortellini with Pesto Cream
  • Flourless Chocolate Torte
  • Philadelphia Cheesecake
  • Carrot Cake

Amtrak Traditional Dining Menu

Robert Marmion
Rob is married to Allie and together they have been traveling the world for the past 2 years. Rob is one of the most published photographers in the world, having published over 750,000 images in the last 15 years. He enjoys doing landscape and astrophotography while on the road.