We take airport dining very seriously. From rating the best airport restaurants around the world to the best airport restaurants in the U.S. to the best airport restaurants in every U.S. state, we spend copious amounts of time eating before, during, and after our flights. We constantly cruise concourses in search of new establishments and old favorites, along the way compiling lists of the best airport restaurants like this one.
To compile the list, The Daily Meal editors, who have traveled and dined extensively around the world, canvassed concourses around the country and evaluated airport restaurants in a trio of categories: cuisine, uniqueness for airport dining, and restaurant style/décor/service. From innovative menu options to plating and presentation to freshness, quality, and taste, The Daily Meal evaluated each restaurant’s cuisine along with uniqueness. Some restaurants are the creative output of celebrity chefs while others provide a taste of a town’s hometown treats just steps from the tarmac (a great treasure in the terminal for travelers in transit who don’t have the chance to experience a region’s cuisine unless it’s served in the concourse or on the plane).
The Daily Meal editors also evaluated the entire dining experience, from the restaurant’s décor and ambiance to efficiency and service, yielding a list of more than 100 restaurants that were whittled down to a select 25 ranked in order of extraordinary epicurean excellence. With more flight delays and airlines cutting back — many no longer even serving free snacks — it’s comforting to know that amazing airport food is a travel trend that is not departing anytime soon. Sit back, relax, and read on for the 25 Best Airport Restaurants in America.
Additional reporting by Travel Editor Syjil Ashraf, Kristen Castillo, and Hayden Field