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Inside the new United Polaris lounge at SFO’s International Terminal. 


The Second City may have had the first airport with a United Polaris lounge—Chicago O’Hare to be specific—but San Francisco can finally claim the second. Next to gate 92 in SFO’s International Terminal, the two-level, 28,000-square-foot lounge is open to all business and first-class passengers on United intercontinental flights.

Options for relaxing, refreshing or recharging include five private daybeds with Saks Fifth Avenue bedding, eight rainfall shower suites with Cowshed Spa products, 440 plush seats, 492 power outlets and 492 USB ports.

The all-day bistro-style buffet features a ramen noodle bar in the afternoon, while chef Tritia Gestuvo’s Dining Room menu reflects the Bay Area’s diverse culinary traditions: Chinese congee, chicken katsu bento box and seafood cioppino, along with silver dollar pancakes, burgers and other classic fare. The drinks menu (complimentary, as is the food) also honors regional roots with pisco punch, popular during the Gold Rush. Lounge hours are 6:30 to 1am, subject to change. The next United Polaris lounge is expected to open in early June in Newark Liberty International Airport.


Originally published in the June issue of Silicon Valley

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