Fine Dining: 10 Best Restaurants at U.S. Airports


Tourists, who travel by planes, can often face the problem of getting hungry at the airport, while waiting for a delayed flight or just wasting time between transfers.

Previously, this problem could be solved in 2 ways: pick up AVR car rental and go to any restaurant in the city, or eat something from fast food right at the airport, for example, burgers and pizza.

However, recently, more and more airlines introduce restaurants and culinary establishments that offer holidaymakers a more comfortable setting for enjoying lunch before departure or between transfers. Below you will find the necessary information about the best restaurants at U.S. airports…

Encounter Restaurant, Los Angeles Airport

Encounter Interior 1

(photo by Mark Merlino)

The restaurant itself was built in 1961 at Los Angeles International Airport and features a unique design of a flying saucer. Known for its panoramic view, today Encounter Restaurant takes its place there.

In this cosmic-style restaurant travelers can taste Californian dishes, including fresh vegetable salads, and such extraordinary dishes as ravioli with mushrooms and grilled asparagus.

Address: 209 World Way, Los Angeles


New Belgium Hub, Denver International Airport

Beef Angus Burger with Sweet Potato Fries  @ Cat Cora's Kitchen

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If you get hungry while waiting for your flight at Denver International Airport – then you can safely go to the New Belgium Hub situated in Terminal B.

Many people like it for a tasty food served right at the bar, but beer is the most popular local delicacy. The top famous beers in New Belgium Hub are Ranger IPA and Fat Tire Amber Ale.

Address: 8500 Peña Blvd, Denver


Brookwood Farms, Charlotte International Airport


(photo by David Yang)

Featuring a separate designated smoking area, Brookwood Farms primarily attracts healthy lifestyle tourists traveling through Charlotte International Airport.

The restaurant is located in the atrium of the main terminal, which can be reached by passing security. Pork sandwich and ribs served in Brookwood Farms are just incredibly tasty.

Address: 5501 Josh Birmingham Pkwy, Charlotte, NC


Cat Cora’s Kitchen, San Francisco International Airport

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The chef of Cat Cora’s Kitchen gathers a large number of visitors thanks to his famous dish – lobster and cheese. The airport restaurant serves tapas-style meals for travelers while they are waiting for their flight.

Cat Cora’s Kitchen is located at Terminal 2. There are a lot of green plants and a very pleasant setting in which you can’t miss tasty snacks and a glass of exotic cocktail.

Address: Terminal 2, San Francisco, CA


Shoyu, Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport

Shoyu Ramen

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When travelers go to the counter at the Shoyu restaurant to find menu, the first thing they see is an iPad, through which they can order noodles or sushi.

While waiting for your dish to be prepared, you can play on that iPad or watch the cook prepare your lunch in the open kitchen. The most popular delicacies in the restaurant’s menu are pork belly and Thai-style lettuce.

Address: 4300 Glumack Dr, St Paul, MN


Vino Volo, Dulles International Airport

Vino Volo

(photo by John Wayne Airport)

At Dulles Airport, true connoisseurs of wine can enjoy a drink and talk with experts in the wine business, waiting for their flight. Vino Volo offers its guests a large selection of wines, as well as snacks. The staff is well-versed in wines, so if necessary you can safely rely on their help and advice. Vino Volo is located near C3 exit.

Address: 1 Saarinen Circle Concourse B – Gate B63, Dulles, VA 


Obrycki’s Crab House, Baltimore/Washington International Airport

Baltimore - Fells Point: Obrycki's Crab House - Blue Claw Crabs

(photo by Wally Gobetz)

Those travelers, who want to enjoy a seafood lunch before leaving the east coast, need to visit Obrycki’s. Their crab cakes are the most popular dish of the menu, which is served in several versions. If you don’t like crabs – no worries, since soups and salads are also presented in the menu.

Address: Baltimore Int Airport, MD 


Tortas Fronteras, Chicago O’Hare Airport

Tortas Frontera Rendering #2

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Chef Rick Bayless is known for the numerous Mexican restaurants throughout Chicago. His Tortas Fronteras, situated in the Terminal 1 and 3 of O’Hare Airport, offers its visitors pies, and fresh homemade guacamole. Chef Bayless is proud to use only natural chicken and other natural ingredients in his dishes.

Address: 10000 W, Chicago, IL 


Deep Blue on the Fly, JKF International Airport

Deep Blue - JetBlue's JFK Terminal 5

(photo by JetBlue Airways)

When it comes to noble restaurants, people rarely think of airports. At JFK Airport’s JetBlue Terminal, Chef Michael Schulsson, who previously worked in Buddakan, developed a great menu that includes yakitori, noodles, tempura, and sushi.

Also, it serves such unique first courses, as Shiso’s lamb chop, garnished with braised daikon. The restaurant is located in Terminal 5. The quiet atmosphere of Deep Blue on the Fly will give its visitors the opportunity to break away from the hustle and bustle of the noisy airport.

Address: Terminal 5, Jamaica, NY


One Flew South, Hartsfield–Jackson Airport

one flew south - braised pork and parpadelle

(photo by Foodie Buddha)

This lovely culinary establishment is among the greatest airport-based restaurants. It’s located near Gate 26 in Terminal E and is considered to be a chic Asian restaurant serving amazingly tasty sushi rolls.

The restaurant boasts a 30-foot sushi bar, decorated with marble. Its cozy setting is just perfect for full relaxation, and it will be difficult to find a better spot to gain strengths after an exhausting flight.

Address: Atlanta International Airport, Concourse E, Atlanta, GA



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