Amtrak Introduces Enhanced Menu and Flexible Dining Experience on Five Routes

Exclusive sleeping car experience begins on Oct. 1

WASHINGTON – Amtrak continues to evolve the travel experience on long-distance trains with the introduction of a new, flexible dining service for Sleeping Car customers traveling on the Cardinal, City of New Orleans, Crescent and Silver Meteor starting on Oct. 1 and the Silver Star in 2020.

“Traveling on one of our trains has never been just about the destination – the journey is part of the adventure,” Amtrak President and CEO Richard Anderson said. “We continue to evolve our onboard accommodations and dining experience to meet the needs of today’s customers.”

Car customers aboard these routes will enjoy more choice in onboard dining and
can expect the following enhancements to the complimentary meal service: 

  • A
    new dining menu with hot, ready-to-serve choices for breakfast, lunch and
  • A
    selection wine, beer and spirits (the first one is on us), plus unlimited soft
    drinks throughout the journey.
  • Complimentary
    room service provided by the Sleeping Car attendant. 
  • Exclusive
    onboard lounge space for Sleeping Car
    customers to dine and socialize throughout the entire trip.
  • Flexible
    dining times without the need for reservations.

new flexible dining menu offers entrees such as: 

  • Lunch
    & Dinner:
    Asian Noodle
    Bowl, Red Wine Braised Beef, Chicken Fettuccini with Broccoli, Creole Shrimp
    and Andouille. Pasta and meatballs option available for children.
  • Breakfast:
    Deluxe Continental Breakfast will be served
    buffet style from a selection of muffins, yogurt, fresh fruit, hard-boiled
    eggs, cereal, oatmeal, breakfast sandwich.
  • Dessert:
    Blondies and Brownies.

More information and sample menus can be found at  

This service is also offered aboard the Capitol Limited and Lake Shore Limited trains. Amtrak’s
traditional dining service will continue to be offered on the seven remaining
overnight routes (Auto
, California
, Coast
, Empire
, Southwest
, Sunset Limited, Texas Eagle).  

The new dining service is major part of an Amtrak evolution strategy for long-distance trains. In the coming months, customers can also expect:

  • The ability for sleeping car customers on routes with flexible dining service to browse their menu and pre-select meals online prior to departure.
  • Fully-refreshed
    Amfleet II cars for Coach class along the East Coast, including new seating
    cushions, carpets, curtains and LED reading lights—projected to be completed by
    the end of this year.
  • Upgraded
    bedding, towels and linens for sleeping cars —beginning with the Auto Train.
  • The
    debut of new Viewliner II Sleeping cars for trains on the East Coast—the first
    addition to the Amtrak sleeper fleet in more than 25 years. 

operates the Cardinal, City of New Orleans, Crescent, Silver Meteor and Silver Star
serving major cities East of Chicago including Atlanta, Charleston,
S.C., Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Memphis, Tenn., Miami, New Orleans, New York, Orlando,
Fla., Savannah, Ga., and Washington, DC.