Most of the long-distance trains include a full-service Dining Car, which serves hot meals prepared onboard by trained chefs for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Hours of operation of food service cars vary depending on train operation. Credit cards (MasterCard, American Express, Visa and Discover) are accepted for payment in Dining Cars on all trains that offer food service.
On long-distance trips, passengers are asked to make reservations for lunch and dinner. Reservations are taken in 15-minute increments for a more pleasant dining experience, assuring passengers of receiving quality service from Amtrak staff and preventing the Dining Cars from becoming overcrowded during peak meal times.
After boarding, a dining car staff member will go through the train asking passengers to select a preferred time for dining. Reservations are taken during each meal's service hours, except for breakfast. Passengers will be seated as they present themselves at the dining car. If the dining car is full, names will be taken, and passengers will be called in order from the lounge.
Below are the normal service and reservation hours. Exceptions apply to certain trains.
|Meal||Service & Reservation Hours||Latest Boarding Time to Receive Dining Service|
|Breakfast||6:30 am - 10 am (No Reservation)||9:30 am|
|Lunch||11:30 am - 3 pm||2:30 pm|
|Dinner||5 pm - 9:30 pm||8:30 pm|