It’s no secret that hotels across the country and around the world play host to some of the most venerated chefs in the business. Gordon Ramsay has more than a handful of hotel dining rooms, and there are more household-name chefs with restaurants in Las Vegas hotels than anyone can keep track of. But, like anything, some are better than others. Some hotel restaurants are a main draw in booking a stay, some are watering holes loved by locals, and still some are so intimate and interactive that they offer a sort of culinary education.
Las Vegas’ hotel restaurants read like a who’s who of chef-ery — Michael Mina, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Tom Colicchio, and Alain Ducasse all operate desert outposts of their acclaimed restaurants. Even Masa Takayama, of New York’s wildly expensive and three-Michelin-star restaurant Masa, and the less extravagant BarMasa, opened the only non-New York location of his acclaimed restaurant in Vegas’ new-ish ARIA Resort & Casino. And any food lover who’s landed at LAX in recent years has undoubtedly been directed to West Hollywood’s SLS Hotel to dine on infinitely creative dishes by José Andrés at The Bazaar.
Leaving the glamour of Vegas and the flashing lights of LA behind doesn’t mean settling for less when it comes to hotel fare. Nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, Blackberry Farm has one of the most mouthwatering hotel dining programs in the country, with cooking courses, an impressive wine cellar, and their impossibly romantic restaurant The Barn. In a likewise idyllic setting, Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley has long been known as a food and wine lover’s destination in itself.
Whether it’s city breaks or rustic getaways, hotels from coast to coast are home to some renowned chefs, delectable cuisine, and many local die-hard fans and repeat guests from near and far. Here are 10 of the best hotel eateries to check out.