Best Airport Bar / Restaurant Atmosphere (2018)


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 excel in the atmosphere arena, making them ideal options for spending an hour or two pre-flight. 

  • Summer House Santa Monica

    Summer House Santa Monica
    Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)

    Leafy and bright Summer House Santa Monica, situated in Terminal 2 at Chicago O'Hare, features a full bar and freshly prepared dishes like sandwiches, salads, tacos and fresh pastries.
    Photo courtesy of Chicago O'Hare International Airport

  • Five Borough Food Hall

    Five Borough Food Hall
    John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)

    A food court of food trucks – that's the innovative concept behind the Five Borough Food Hall within JFK's international terminal. 
    Photo courtesy of John F. Kennedy International Airport

  • Second Bar + Kitchen

    Second Bar + Kitchen
    Austin–Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)

    Sophisticated dining on fresh, seasonal ingredients at Second Bar + Kitchen is now available to travelers at Austin–Bergstrom International Airport.
    Photo courtesy of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

  • Umaizushi

    Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta Intl. Airport (ATL)

    A bright, contemporary ambiance welcomes visitors at Umaizushi at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Black, white and orange hues set the scene for a menu of fusion Japanese cuisine.
    Photo courtesy of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

  • Cat Cora's Taproom

    Cat Cora's Taproom
    Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)

    Located in the Detroit Metropolitan Airport's McNamara Terminal, Cat Cora's Taproom offers a sophisticated spot for passengers to sip a local beer or cocktail pre-flight.
    Photo courtesy of Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport

  • Kaedama

    Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)

    Set beneath the center atrium of Newark Liberty International's C Terminal, Kaedama specializes in traditional and fusion ramen, served at bar stools equipped with iPads and places to plug in and recharge.
    Photo courtesy of Newark Liberty International Airport

  • Casavana

    Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood Intl. Airport (FLL)

    Authentic Cuban fare dominates the menu at Casavana, located in Terminal 4 of Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport.
    Photo courtesy of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

  • Lift Bar and Grill

    Lift Bar and Grill
    Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

    Urban and elegant Lift Bar and Grill at Vancouver International Airport serves up the flavors of the Pacific, alongside a menu of local wines and regional craft beers.
    Photo courtesy of Vancouver International Airport

  • Bam Bam

    Bam Bam
    George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)

    Situated in Terminal C at IAH, Bam Bam brings Houston's unique Vietnamese-Cajun flavors to passengers looking for a comfortable spot to pass some time. Amble seating makes for excellent terminal people watching.
    Photo courtesy of George Bush Intercontinental Airport

  • RumFish Grill

    RumFish Grill
    Tampa International Airport (TPA)

    The RumFish Grill location inside Tampa International Airport includes the restaurant's signature aquarium where travelers can watch colorful fish swim by while enjoying a full bar and fresh seafood.
    Photo courtesy of Tampa International Airport

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

  1. Summer House Santa Monica - Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)
  2. Five Borough Food Hall - John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
  3. Second Bar + Kitchen - Austin–Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
  4. Umaizushi - Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta Intl. Airport (ATL)
  5. Cat Cora's Taproom - Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)
  6. Kaedama - Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
  7. Casavana - Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood Intl. Airport (FLL)
  8. Lift Bar and Grill - Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
  9. Bam Bam - George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
  10. RumFish Grill - Tampa International Airport (TPA)

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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