America's best hotel restaurant? Readers say Monkitail!
Bardot Brasserie, Jiko - The Cooking Place, é by José Andrés and Chefs Club in top five
Some of America's best restaurants helmed by talented and often award-winning chefs can be found within hotels and resorts from coast to coast. We asked a panel of hotel and travel experts to nominate their favorite hotel restaurants, and for the past four weeks our readers have been voting for their favorites.
La Mer (Halekulani - Honolulu)
La Mer means the sea, and here it is all about oceanfront dining in the only Forbes 5-Star eatery in the state of Hawaii. Mixing very traditional fine French cooking techniques with the bounty of Hawaii’s oceans and farms, La Mer executes delicious and artful food in a tranquil, tropical escapist atmosphere of relaxed glamor. There is ample seating at rose covered tables on the balcony overlooking the Pacific, where the first class cuisine is accompanied by nature’s music, the crashing surf. Photo courtesy of Leading Hotels of the World
Joël Robuchon (MGM Grand - Las Vegas)
The most Michelin-star awarded chef in history, Joël Robuchon’s nickname “Chef of the Century” speaks for itself. But while he has restaurants in Paris and all over the world, his fine dining jewel at the MGM Grand
in Las Vegas
, serving four to nine course tasting menus, is his global flagship
. His signature is the use of impeccably sourced high quality ingredients served in gorgeous but simple presentations that allow the flavors to shine through. It has been awarded the highest possible 3-Michelin Stars, 5-Forbes Stars and 5-AAA Diamonds. Photo courtesy of MGM Grand
Orchids at Palm Court (Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza)
Located in the historic Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel, Orchids at Palm Court
is one of the most elegant spaces in Cincinnati. Originally the hotel lobby, Palm Court has a French Art Deco theme with lavish touches, like crystal, French china and genuine silver. Award-winning Executive Chef Todd Kelly and his team prepare the finest cuisine that earned him the title of American Culinary Federation Chef of the Year in 2011 and a AAA Five Diamond rating. Photo courtesy of (c) 2017 Hilton Hotels & Resorts
Lacroix (The Rittenhouse - Philadelphia)
Chef Jon Cichon calls his cuisine “Progressive International,” but basically he applies classical technique of the finest French and Continental cooking to a culturally broader palate of ingredients, resulting in dishes you won’t find elsewhere, like smoked veal tongue or red king crab with sunflowers, miso, apple and turnip. The creative offerings at Lacroix
at The Rittenhouse
pair well with the 4,000 bottle wine cellar, both served with stunning views over Rittenhouse Square
. Photo courtesy of The Rittenhouse
Immigrant Restaurant (The American Club - Kohler, Wis.)
Divided into six themed rooms such as French and Dutch, the fine dining eatery honors the cultures that settled this part of Wisconsin. The food is more contemporary and ingredient focused, from fresh Maine lobster to Alaskan salmon to Australian lamb, all served in a formal masculine setting with service to match. The wine list is extensive, but house policy dictates that it contains nothing scoring less than 88 points from Wine Spectator. Photo courtesy of American Club
Chefs Club (St. Regis - Aspen, Colo.)
One of Aspen's buzziest restaurants can be found at the St. Regis at the Chefs Club by Food & Wine. Master Sommelier Jonathan Pullis curates a wine list to complement the menu built from dishes and recipes by winners of the prestigious Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs Award. Photo courtesy of Jason Dewey / St. Regis Aspen
é by José Andrés (The Cosmopolitan - Las Vegas)
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is home to é by José Andrés, an inventive Spanish restaurant popular for its tasting menu of clever takes on Spanish classics. There are only eight seats and two seatings per night, making it one of the hottest tables in Sin City. Photo courtesy of Jan Mark Holzer / Flickr
Jiko - The Cooking Place (Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge - Orlando, Fla.)
Take a journey into Africa through your taste buds with a blend of tasty seasonal African, Indian Mediterranean and cuisine at Jiko - The Cooking Place
. Dishes like oak-grilled filet mignon and brick-oven-fired pizza are a few of the flavorful choices. Sommeliers host weekly South African wine tastings paired with a selection of cheeses on Wednesdays. Note that there is a dress code. Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort
Bardot Brasserie (Aria Resort & Casino - Las Vegas)
Located inside the Aria, Michael Mina's Bardot Brasserie takes inspiration from a modern Parisian cafe with a menu highlighting French classic comfort foods, like steak tartare, duck l'orange, and steak frites, alongside a selection of Old and New World wines. Photo courtesy of ARIA Resort & Casino
Monkitail (Diplomat Beach Resort - Hollywood, Fla.)
Monkitail debuted in April of 2017 at the Diplomat Beach Resort and is already one of Hollywood, Florida's buzziest new restaurants. Inspired by a Japanese izakaya
, the eatery from Chef Michael Schulson features sushi, sake and sharable small plates, including wasabi ceviche, pastrami bao buns, bacon yakisoba and duck shabu shabu. Photo courtesy of Diplomat Restaurant Group
The top 10 winners in the category Best Hotel Restaurant are as follows:
- Monkitail - Diplomat Beach Resort - Hollywood, Fla.
- Bardot Brasserie - Aria Resort & Casino - Las Vegas
- Jiko - The Cooking Place - Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge - Orlando, Fla.
- é by José Andrés - The Cosmopolitan - Las Vegas
- Chefs Club - St. Regis - Aspen, Colo.
- Immigrant Restaurant - The American Club - Kohler, Wis.
- Lacroix - The Rittenhouse - Philadelphia
- Orchids at Palm Court - Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
- Joël Robuchon - MGM Grand - Las Vegas
- La Mer - Halekulani - Honolulu
A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Marla Cimini (USA TODAY), Claire Endean-Cance (Luxury Travel Diary), Eric Grossman, Gerrish Lopez, Eileen Ogintz (Taking the Kids), Christopher Parr (Pursuitist) and Nancy Trejos (USA TODAY) were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of the hotel scene across the nation.
Congratulations to all these winning restaurants!