Years ago, hotel restaurants were considered a last resort for many a traveler. Today, they're destinations in themselves. The expectation of a bland, mediocre meal has been banished; hotel dining is now on a higher level, with names including José Andrés, Guy Savoy, and Daniel Boulud leading the scene.
Our list of The 10 Best Hotel Restaurants in America is drawn from our third annual ranking of The 101 Best Hotel Restaurants Around the World. To construct that list, we considered the winners and nominees from our 2013 list of best hotel restaurants; consulted the Michelin Guide and other trusted sources for further recommendations; and drew hotel restaurants from our annual lists of The 101 Best Restaurants in Asia, The 101 Best Restaurants in Europe, and The 101 Best Restaurants in Latin America and the Caribbean.
There were a few rules we established in order to narrow down our nominees: The hotel had to have at least 15 rooms (so quaint, family-run bed-and-breakfasts and famed restaurants that happen to have a few rooms for the convenience of guests were eliminated). In addition, notable restaurants located just a few steps from hotels, even if they are under the same ownership, were also excluded; they had to be under the same roof as well as the same proprietorship.
Las Vegas leads our roster, with three entries, but there are hotel restaurants from across the country here, from Aubergine at L’Auberge in Carmel, California, to Jean Georges at the Trump International Hotel & Tower in New York City. Here, then, are the best hotel restaurants in America.
#10 NoMad at The NoMad (New York City)
Chef Daniel Humm’s NoMad quickly became a popular New York dining destination after opening in early 2012, with several bars and dining rooms, each offering distinct décor and menus. Taking its inspiration from classic European courtyards, Atrium’s pyramid glass roof drenches the dining room with sunlight during the day and moonlight at night, while bespoke cocktails and snacks are served at the bar in the Library. The more intimate Parlour, which resembles a Victorian sitting room with its dark wood and velvet chairs trimmed with gold, has an open hearth from which fresh breads emerge. Humm is one of the best chefs in Manhattan, as he proves at his three-Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park. The menu items at NoMad are playful yet elegant, with dishes such as suckling pig with confit red endive, dandelion, and dates; acorn squash with mustard greens and bread pudding; and lobster butter-poached with black garlic, squash, and cranberries.
#9 CityZen at Mandarin Oriental (Washington, D.C.)
A Five-Diamond AAA Award-winning restaurant in both 2008 and 2009, CityZen in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel is the place to see and be seen in D.C. Whether sitting with a view of the open kitchen, or next to the floor-to-ceiling windows dressed in rich, warm fabrics, diners will marvel at James Beard Award-winning chef Eric Ziebold’s talent as he serves modern American cuisine with a sophisticated and creative touch. Green chickpea falafel with snow peas and turmeric aïoli; chilled Maine lobster consommé with Maryland crab cake, red tomatoes, sweet peppers and pistou basil; and pan-seared prime Midwestern beef with slow baked Penn Farms tomato, shaved fennel, and sauce choron are among his no-nonsense specialties.