Phil's BBQ Wins Best Airport Bar / Restaurant Atmosphere

Cafeteria 15L, Timber Ridge, Sammy's Beach Bar & Grill and Dallas Cowboys Club also winners

Travel can be stressful, and trying to find elbow room in a crowded food court doesn't help. These 10 bars and restaurants are a hit with travelers thanks to their atmosphere – design details and layouts that promote relaxation and make you forget you're at the airport.

  • Silver Diner
    Baltimore-Washington International Airport

    Silver Diner at Baltimore-Washington International Airport was made to look like a classic American diner within an airport setting.
    Photo courtesy of Silver Diner

  • Deep Blue Sushi
    John F. Kennedy International Airport

    Various shades of blue swirling across the ceiling of Deep Blue Sushi in  John F. Kennedy International Airport make travelers feel deep underwater. The ambiance is certainly inviting and relaxing.
    Photo courtesy of Deep Blue Sushi

  • Shoyu
    Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport

    Shoyu, a concept designed by award-winning St. Paul chef, Koshiki Yonemura, is widely considered one of the best Japanese restaurants in the Twin Cities. Noodles and dumpling wrappers are made fresh daily within a glass-encased prep area–to the delight of guests. A robust grab-and-go case allows travelers to enjoy the fresh fare in flight.
    Photo courtesy of Shoyu

  • ICE Dishes & Drinks
    Chicago O'Hare International Airport

    ICE Dishes & Drinks is a modern, unique bar for anywhere, let alone an airport. ICE features specialty vodkas and cocktails made with various types of ice specially designed for maximum drink quality.
    Photo courtesy of ICE Dishes & Drinks

  • 42nd St. Oyster Bar
    Raleigh–Durham International Airport

    Representing the iconic Raleigh restaurant, the airport installment of 42nd St. Oyster Bar features dark woods and metals to go along with a traditional-looking bar. The patio-like seating reminds you that you are in an airport but contains enough fine finishes to feel like a high-end restaurant.
    Photo courtesy of 42nd St. Oyster Bar

  • Dallas Cowboys Club
    Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

    Created in partnership with the Dallas Cowboys, this restaurant at DFW features swank seating with a stadium-shaped bar with a mural of players. Dallas Cowboys Club makes you feel like you're having VIP treatment at the stadium.
    Photo courtesy of Dallas Cowboys Club

  • Sammy's Beach Bar & Grill
    McCarran International Airport

    Inspired by musician Sammy Hagar, Sammy's Beach Bar & Grill at McCarran International Airport features many colorful and unique touches that make it fit right in in Vegas.
    Photo courtesy of Sammy's Beach Bar & Grill

  • Timber Ridge
    Reno–Tahoe International Airport

    Timber Ridge at Reno–Tahoe International Airport features a great design comprised of natural woods and stones to give it a nice lodge feel, capturing the essence of the Reno-Tahoe area.
    Photo courtesy of Timber Ridge

  • Cafeteria 15L
    Sacramento International Airport

    Cafeteria 15L is reminiscent of Sacramento's urban restaurant by the same name. Just like the street-side restaurant, the list CAFETERIA sign is featured prominently in the Sacramento International Airport restaurant.
    Photo courtesy of Cafeteria 15L

  • Phil's BBQ
    San Diego International Airport

    A local San Diego favorite is now in the airport. Phil's BBQ serves a menu that lives up to its street-side location.
    Photo courtesy of Phil's BBQ

The top 10 winners in the category Best Airport Bar / Restaurant Atmosphere are as follows:

  1. Phil's BBQ - San Diego International Airport
  2. Cafeteria 15L - Sacramento International Airport
  3. Timber Ridge - Reno–Tahoe International Airport
  4. Sammy's Beach Bar & Grill - McCarran International Airport
  5. Dallas Cowboys Club - Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
  6. 42nd St. Oyster Bar - Raleigh–Durham International Airport
  7. ICE Dishes & Drinks - Chicago O'Hare International Airport
  8. Shoyu - Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport
  9. Deep Blue Sushi - John F. Kennedy International Airport
  10. Silver Diner - Baltimore-Washington International Airport

Airport Revenue News (ARN) worked with industry experts to vet and nominate 15 finalists in this category, and USA TODAY 10Best readers had three weeks to vote daily for their favorites.

10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winning airport concessions.

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