Despite a limited flight schedule out of San Francisco, the Taiwanese airline and Star Alliance member EVA Air operates its own lounge. The club is located immediately to the right of the International Terminal G security checkpoint at the very end of the corridor, past the Singapore Airlines SilverKris lounge.
The EVA Air Evergreen Lounge is open a only few hours a day. While the club is technically designated as a Star Gold lounge, EVA Air has been very protective of the space due to capacity issues. Star Alliance Gold passengers traveling domestically aren’t admitted, and customers on international itineraries are only welcome if space permits. Occasionally, EVA Air refers their own customers to the United Club (and has been known to setup a stand with additional food to compensate for United’s limited offerings.)
EVA Air Evergreen Lounge SFO design
The EVA Air Evergreen Lounge at San Francisco airport occupies a small footprint in a corner of the international terminal. Despite being the smallest lounge in International Terminal G, it benefits from ample daylight and great views on the tarmac thanks to large windows along two walls.
The lounge still sports its original design and feels posh but passé, with bright red carpets, large black and white leather armchairs, wooden panels and partitions, and a buffet area decked in marble and granite. The space isn’t’ quite a treat for the modern eye, but remains clean and functional.
Immediately behind the reception desk is a buffet area with a few seats. Adjacent is a seating area with a somewhat busy layout. Many seats face each other, but all come with a side or coffee table. Power outlets are located sporadically along the walls, an available but relatively rare commodity.
The club is pretty comfortable to lounge or relax. Unfortunately, there is no proper dining area despite the availability of hot food, or workspace tailored to laptop users. That’s a factor of the size of the lounge, and a very reasonable choice, though incidentally patrons who need to work may find the nearby United Club more convenient.
The lounge gets busy around flight times, and late comers may find it challenging to find a seat.
EVA Air Evergreen Lounge SFO amenities
Due to its small size, the EVA Air Evergreen Lounge at San Francisco airport features only limited amenities. In particular, there are no showers. The lounge used to have a small business center, though it’s been removed to make room for more seating. There is a single desk left with a shared computer, in the first room.
The buffet offers a selection of snacks and cold and hot items including potato chips, instant noodles, garden salad, entrees such as chicken wings, chicken pan fried udon and curry over rice, and desserts. On the drinks front, patrons will find a range of soft drinks in a cooler, an espresso machine with coffee pods, as well as a very limited (but self-serve) wine and liquor selection. While the alcoholic beverage selection definitely fails to impress, the hot food is appreciated.
A few newspapers and magazines are available by the reception desk.
EVA Air MileageLands Diamond members benefit from a separate seating area in the back with slightly upgraded furniture, more personal space, and their very own buffet – though the food and beverage spread is exactly the same. The intention is good, but the implementation is questionable: there is no door to physically separate the Diamond room from the general seating area, and no agent to check credentials. In fact, most customers probably don’t even realize that the separate room is meant for Diamonds only.
EVA Air Evergreen Lounge SFO bottom line
Overall, the EVA Air Evergreen Lounge at San Francisco airport is a far cry from what EVA’s passengers are accustomed to in Taipei, but it is nevertheless a pleasant and quiet place to relax and grab a snack prior to a long flight. The club is small but offers comfortable seating, a relatively generous hot food selection (relatively to the adjacent United Club and Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge) and a modest beverage selection. The décor could benefit from an upgrade, and the lack of privacy and room to work may be a challenge for business travelers. Incidentally, though, there are no substantially superior alternative Star Alliance lounges at SFO.
For information on possible alternatives, other lounges at SFO and rankings, check out our Definitive Guide to the SFO Lounge Scene.