North America premium cabin dining

North America, Caribbean and Latin America

Inflight dining is an important part of your overall travel experience, and we are pleased to offer flavorful dining options in partnership with The Trotter Project. United's team of chefs alongside alumni chefs of Charlie Trotter's legendary Chicago restaurant and their culinary peers have carefully selected restaurant-quality meals for our premium cabin customers on mainline United and United Express® flights.

Pictured: Spanish paella

Mainline United onboard meal service

Flights under 1 hour duration
Scheduled departure time Meal service details
5 a.m. to 9:59 a.m. Premium biscotti
10 a.m. or later Premium snack mix
1 hr. to 2 hrs. 19 min. Footnote 1
Scheduled departure time Meal service details
5 a.m. to 9:59 a.m. Refreshments, which may include scones or muffins
10 a.m. or later Refreshments, which include a selection of premium snacks and fresh fruit
2 hrs. 20 min. to 2 hrs. 30 min.
Scheduled departure time Meal service details
5 a.m. to 1:29 p.m. Snack, which includes fresh fruit and breakfast bread on morning flights or a chilled plate with chocolate truffle on afternoon flights
1:30 p.m. to 2:59 p.m. Refreshments, which include a selection of premium snacks and fresh fruit
3 p.m. to 3:59 p.m. Snack, which includes a chilled plate with chocolate truffle
4 p.m. to 8 p.m. A full meal service with two entree choices
8:01 p.m. to 4:59 a.m. Refreshments, which include a selection of premium snacks and fresh fruit
2 hrs. 31 min. to 3 hrs. 59 min. See exceptions and notes
Scheduled departure time Meal service details
5 a.m. to 1:29 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. A full meal service with two entree choices
See sample breakfast menu
1:30 p.m. to 2:59 p.m. A full meal service with two entree choices is available on flights 3 hours or longer; or refreshments, which includes a selection of premium snacks and fresh fruit if a meal is not offered Footnote 2
8:01 p.m. or later Refreshments, which include a selection of premium snacks and fresh fruit
4 hrs. to 5 hrs. 19 min.
Scheduled departure time Meal service details
5 a.m. to 8 p.m. A full meal service with two entree choices
See sample lunch menu
8:01 p.m. to 9 p.m. Snack, which includes a hot sandwich and chocolate truffle
9:01 p.m. or later Refreshments, which include a selection of premium snacks and fresh fruit
5 hrs. 20 min. or longer Footnote 3
(Transcontinental and Hawaii flights to/from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Denver)
Scheduled departure time Meal service details
5 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Multi-course meals with three entree choices
See sample dinner menu

8:01 p.m. to 9 p.m. Snack, which includes a hot sandwich and chocolate truffle
9:01 p.m. or later Refreshments, which include a selection of packaged snacks and fresh fruit
5 hrs. 20 min. or longer Footnote 4
(Hawaii flights to/from Chicago O'Hare, Houston Intercontinental, New York/Newark and Washington/Dulles)
Scheduled departure time Meal service details
All day Multi-course meals with three entree choices
p.s.® Premium Service flights Footnote 5
(available on select transcontinental routes)
Scheduled departure time Meal service details
5 a.m. to 9 p.m. International-quality, multi-course meals with three entree choices
See sample p.s. dinner menu
9:01 p.m. or later Snack, which includes a hot sandwich and chocolate truffle

Mainline United sample menus

  • Breakfast (for flight duration of 2 hrs. 20 min. to 3 hrs. 59 min.)
    Red pepper quiche with tri-color potatoes and sundried tomato mozzarella sausage, served with fresh fruit and warm biscuits
  • Lunch (for flight duration of 4 hrs. to 5 hrs. 19 min.)
    Hoisin beef with Asian barbecue sauce and basmati rice, served with a spring mix salad featuring mandarin oranges, grapefruit and shaved fennel, a warmed multi-grain roll and a sorbet for dessert
  • Dinner (for flight duration of 5 hrs. 20 min. or longer)
    Salad appetizer course with a mix of sriracha soba noodles and baby kale served with warmed pretzel roll bread, followed by an osso bucco-style chicken entree with roasted garlic polenta confit cake; and chocolate ice cream for dessert with two toppings of your choice
  • p.s.® Premium Service dinner
    Goat cheese and fig appetizer served with a fresh granny smith apple, fennel and beet salad and warmed premium breads, followed by a flat-iron steak entree with grilled broccolini, gigande beans and red chimichurri sauce; and a signature ice cream sundae with six topping choices for dessert

United Express onboard meal service

Under 1 hour
Scheduled departure time Meal service details
5 a.m. to 9:59 a.m. Premium biscotti
10 a.m. or later Premium snack mix
1 hr. to 2 hrs. 19 min. Footnote 1
Scheduled departure time Meal service details
5 a.m. to 9:59 a.m. Refreshments, which may include scones or muffins
10 a.m. or later Refreshments, which include a selection of premium snacks and fresh fruit
2 hrs. 20 min. to 2 hrs. 30 min. Footnote 2
Scheduled departure time Meal service details
5 a.m. to 1:29 p.m. Snack, which includes fresh fruit and breakfast bread on morning flights or a chilled plate with chocolate truffle on afternoon flights
1:30 p.m. to 2:59 p.m. Refreshments, which include a selection of premium snacks and fresh fruit
3 p.m. to 3:59 p.m. Snack, which includes a chilled plate with chocolate truffle
4 p.m. to 8 p.m. A full meal service with two entree choices
8:01 p.m. to 4:59 a.m. Refreshments, which include a selection of premium snacks and fresh fruit
2 hrs. 31 min. or longer See exceptions and notes
Scheduled departure time Meal service details
5 a.m. to 1:29 p.m., and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Full meal service with two entree choices
See sample menus
1:30 p.m. to 2:59 p.m. A full meal service with two entree choices is available on flights 3 hours or longer; or refreshments, which include a selection of premium snacks and fresh fruit if a meal is not offered Footnote 2
8:01 p.m. or later Refreshments, which include a selection of premium snacks and fresh fruit

United Express sample menus

  • Breakfast
    Greek yogurt, cereal, muffin and fresh fruit
  • Lunch
    South Pacific sweet chili chicken salad with pineapple vinaigrette dressing, a side of fresh fruit and Otis Spunkmeyer® triple chocolate chunk cookie served as dessert
  • Dinner
    Asian-style ginger beef and sweet chili glass noodle salad with jicama, red peppers and Asian sesame dressing, side of fresh fruit, and Otis Spunkmeyer® triple chocolate chunk cookie served as dessert

Our signature onboard service elements for United and United Express

Signature onboard service elements include:

  • A ramekin of nuts with a beverage of your choice offered during lunch and dinner services on all flights
  • Prosecco sparkling wine served on all mainline United flights
  • Premium snack baskets featuring a variety of premium brands and fresh whole fruit
  • Cookies with custom signature flavors made by Otis Spunkmeyer are baked on board on mainline United flights

Special meals on flights within North America

Special meals are available in premium cabins on the following routes:

Exceptions and notes

  1. 1 United and United Express serve meals or snacks on flights shorter than 2 hrs. 20 min. only on the following routes:
    • Between Chicago O'Hare and Boston, Dallas/Ft. Worth, New York LaGuardia and New York/Newark
    • Between Denver and Chicago O'Hare, Houston Intercontinental and Los Angeles
    • Between New York/Newark and Atlanta
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  2. 2 United and United Express serve meals on flights departing between 1:30 and 3:59 p.m. on the following routes:
    • Between Chicago O'Hare and Albuquerque, Bozeman, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jackson Hole, Las Vegas, Phoenix and West Palm Beach
    • Between Denver and Columbus or Vancouver
    • Between Houston Intercontinental and Los Angeles, New York LaGuardia, New York/Newark, Pittsburgh and Richmond
    • Between New York/Newark and New Orleans or St. Johns
    • Between San Francisco and Edmonton
    • Between Washington Dulles and Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver and Houston
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  3. 3 Refreshments are served prior to arrival.
    • Morning arrivals offer scones or muffins
    • Afternoon and evening arrivals offer premium snacks and fresh fruit or a cookie, baked on board Return to reference
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  4. 4 Refreshments, which include a selection of premium snacks and fresh fruit, are offered as a mid-flight snack. A snack is served prior to arrival.
    • Morning arrivals offer a fresh fruit plate, Greek yogurt, granola and breakfast bread
    • Afternoon and evening arrivals offer a hot sandwich and chocolate truffle
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  5. 5 Refreshments are served prior to arrival.
    • Morning arrivals offer scones or muffins
    • Afternoon and evening arrivals offer a cookie, baked on board
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