North America premium cabin dining

North America, Caribbean and Latin America

Spanish paella

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.

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 pretzels
1 hr. to 2 hrs. 19 min.
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. 59 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 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
3 hrs to 3 hrs. 59 min. See exceptions and notes
Scheduled departure time Meal service details
5 a.m. to 1:29 p.m. A full meal service with two entree choices is available on flights 3 hours or longer
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
4 p.m. to 8 p.m. A full meal service with two entrée choices is available on dinner flights
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 meal service with two entrée choices
See sample lunch menu
8:01 p.m. to 9 p.m. Snack, which includes a hot sandwich and chocolate
9:01 p.m. or later Refreshments, which include a selection of premium snacks and fresh fruit
5 hrs. 20 min. or longer Footnote 1
(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 two entree choices
See sample dinner menu

8:01 p.m. to 9 p.m. Snack, which includes a hot sandwich and chocolate truffle
5 hrs. 20 min. or longer Footnote 2
(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
Premium transcontinental service Footnote 3
(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 premium transcontinental service dinner menu
9:01 p.m. or later Snack, which includes a hot sandwich and chocolate truffle

Mainline United sample menus

  • Breakfast
    Brioche apple soufflé with vanilla cream sauce and mixed berry sauce, served with chicken sausage
  • Lunch
    Chicken and sausage jambalaya with jasmine rice and green onions, served with a spring mix salad with strawberries, mandarin oranges and feta cheese, a bread roll, and chocolate silk cheesecake for dessert
  • Dinner
    Four-cheese ravioli with red and yellow beets, sauteed leeks and lemon vinaigrette, served with a spinach salad with grape tomatoes, black olives and mozzarella cheese, a bread roll and white chocolate raspberry cheesecake for dessert
  • Dinner on premium transcontinental routes
    Appetizer course with smoked duck and lemon-dill potato salad, salad course with an arugula, watermelon and feta salad served with warmed premium breads, followed by grilled salmon with coconut red curry, ramen noodles and baby bok choy, and a signature ice cream sundae with a choice of toppings 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 pretzels
1 hr. to 2 hrs. 19 min.
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. 59 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
3 hrs 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; or refreshments, which include a selection of premium snacks and fresh fruit if a meal is not offered
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 a chocolate chunk cookie for dessert
  • Dinner
    Asian-style ginger beef and sweet chili glass noodle salad with jicama, red peppers and Asian sesame dressing, a side of fresh fruit, and a triple chocolate cookie for 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 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. 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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  2. 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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  3. Refreshments are served prior to arrival, including a selection of tasty snacks and freshly prepared wraps. Return to reference