United Polaris Lounge SFO Bottom Line Review


My first 3 Cards, 3 Continents flight was United Polaris Business class from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Tokyo Haneda.  This was my first ever chance to try out the United Polaris Lounge.  I’m writing this post from the United flight, and it’s time for me to get some sleep, so I’m going to keep this review short and sweet: For a lounge in the United States, United’s Polaris Lounge SFO is excellent.  This two-story lounge had plenty of comfortable seating everywhere I looked, a nice bar area, a buffet, and complementary table-service dining (which I didn’t have a chance to try on this visit unfortunately). Photos follow…

a man standing next to a sign

a sign on a stand

United Polaris Lounge SFO

a room with chairs and a table

a room with chairs and tables

a bar with a row of chairs and a blue light

a room with couches and tables

a man taking a selfie in a bathroom
For the record, I wasn’t the one who left the seat up.
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I had my 1st visit there in August and had these takeaways:
-hot buffet items have been reduced compared to pre-pandemic, per my spouse who visited regularly for international business.
-Felt that the REGUAR United club in London was way better with their overall quality and quality of food at the buffet. So this was def. A step below that location, which was surprising.
-the sit down restaurant was very small and produced long wait times. Food above average but everything came out all at once. So it’s more of a glorified airport concession/food court vs. a true restaurant where things come out in courses. We were surprised that all of our mains/entrees came out before any starters.

Al Cisneros

Definitely top notch…crowded, but managable during the late morning/ afternoon rush, thinned out towards the early evening making table dining a breeze. The Signature burger topped of with a fried egg definitely hit the spot. Service was very good.
Chicago’s O’Hare’s Polaris on par with SFO

Tom D

Nice – will visit in Dec


Just went there too and it’s definitely one of my favorite domestic lounges. Great service, literally amazing iced latte from the espresso bar, I had 3!

Also the burger is amazing there. It was a long wait for the table but I had a long layover, so it worked out.

Loved the individual plush work stations where you could eat, charge everything, & relax.


LOoks nice but I will probably never get access to one as I rarely fly United-only if Delta does not go to an airoort.–Aspen


Greg, please say you’re flying ANA and not United…


The SFO United Polaris Lounge is way superior to the SFO Centurion Lounge and the food and seating are excellent 🙂


I’ve been very impressed by the United Polaris lounges recently, and I think they compare very favorably against AA Flagship lounges and even Delta Skyclubs.