Best Airport Bar / Restaurant Atmosphere (2017)


Whether laying over or waiting on a delayed flight, it's always nice to have somewhere comfortable to pass the time at the airport. These 10 airport bars and restaurants, voted the best in North America by 10Best and USA TODAY readers, excel in the atmosphere arena, making them ideal options for spending an hour or two pre-flight. 

  • Saison

    Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)

    Saison looks like someone plopped a French bistro right in the middle of Newark Airport's Terminal C. Diners order on iPads, and there are plenty of places to plug in and recharge gadgets pre-flight.
    Photo courtesy of Saison

  • Whisky River

    Whisky River
    Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)

    Whisky River, created in partnership with Dale Earnhardt, Jr., features an extensive food menu and a bar offerings for travelers at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Those with a layover should try the signature drink Moonshine Mule made with Midnight Moon original moonshine, ginger beer and lime juice.
    Photo courtesy of Whisky River

  • Globe@YVR

    Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

    Situated inside the Fairmont Vancouver Airport, Globe@YVR serves Pacific Northwest cuisine in a fine dining setting, complete with stellar views of the runway and mountains beyond.
    Photo courtesy of Fairmont Vancouver Airport

  • Publican Tavern

    Publican Tavern
    Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)

    Craft beer, wine and cocktails complement a menu of tavern fare at this new Chicago O'Hare favorite with plenty of seating so there's rarely a wait. A "patio" area offers seating with a view of the bustling terminal.
    Photo courtesy of Publican Tavern

  • Fetta

    Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)

    In Toronto Pearson International, hungry flyers enjoy gate-side seating in a comfortable lounge area at Fetta, where every seat features an iPad and place to plug in. 
    Photo courtesy of Fetta

  • Dook's Place

    Dook's Place
    Louis Armstrong New Orleans International (MSY)

    From the same family of Treme's legendary Dooky Chase, Dook's Place offers a comfortable place to sit and enjoy some authentic Louisiana cuisine just outside of security in Concourse B.
    Photo courtesy of Thinkstock

  • 42nd St. Oyster Bar

    42nd St. Oyster Bar
    Raleigh–Durham International Airport (RDU)

    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

  • Timber Ridge

    Timber Ridge
    Reno–Tahoe International Airport (RNO)

    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

  • Local Tavern

    Local Tavern
    Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)

    High-end finishes – from the fixtures to the seating to the tables – make Local Tavern a wonderful option at Philadelphia International Airport. The bar is well-stocked, prominently displayed and brightly lit, and the menu is designed by Philly chef Jose Garces.
    Photo courtesy of Local Tavern

  • Caps Beer Garden

    Caps Beer Garden
    Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)

    Running down the center of the terminal at Newark Liberty International, Caps Beer Garden is the perfect place to pull up a bar stool and do some people watching with an imported beer in hand. Tablet ordering means guests never feel rushed.
    Photo courtesy of Caps Beer Garden

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

  1. Saison - Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
  2. Whisky River - Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
  3. Globe@YVR - Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
  4. Publican Tavern - Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)
  5. Fetta - Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
  6. Dook's Place - Louis Armstrong New Orleans International (MSY)
  7. 42nd St. Oyster Bar - Raleigh–Durham International Airport (RDU)
  8. Timber Ridge - Reno–Tahoe International Airport (RNO)
  9. Local Tavern - Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
  10. Caps Beer Garden - Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)

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

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

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