Best Hotel Restaurant (2016)


Gone are the days when the hotel restaurant was a dreaded last resort for a weary traveler hungry for a warm meal. Nowadays some of the top restaurants in the USA are found in hotels and resorts. We asked a panel of hotel and food experts to pick their favorite hotel eateries in the nation.

  • The Immigrant Restaurant

    The 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 Resort

  • Orchids at Palm Court

    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 2016 Hilton Hotels & Resorts

  • Addison

    Fairmont Grand Del Mar - San Diego

    As the showpiece fine dining restaurant at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar outside San Diego, Addison is a rarity as one of only a few 5-Star restaurants in the nation within a hotel that also gets 5-stars for lodging and spa, the coveted “Triple Crown” of hospitality. But guests come from far beyond the resort to eat at the highest rated restaurant south of Los Angeles, where for years esteemed chef William Bradley has mixed the finest and freshest local ingredients –Southern California is awash in them – with the highest standards of contemporary French fine cookery. Each dish here is created and plated like a work of art, all in a building specifically created to honor its namesake, Addison Mizner, an architect famed for his Floridian Twenties interpretation of Mediterranean glamor. It’s SoCal with more than bit of Europe thrown in.
    Photo courtesy of Fairmont Hotels and Resorts

  • Le Cirque

    Le Cirque
    Bellagio - Las Vegas

    The bold French cuisine of famed restaurateur Sirio Maccioni has earned this Las Vegas Strip restaurant several awards. The beautifully and fancifully designed interior sets the stage for classic and contemporary French fare. The astonishingly large wine selection, attentive service and incredible food are designed to give guests an experience to delight all the senses. Designed by Adam D. Tihany, the vibrant colors in the dining room and the exquisite cuisine come seamlessly together in celebrated Maccioni family fashion. Diners have a choice of menus, which can vary seasonally, but which usually include the Dégustation Menu, the Pre-Theatre Menu and a Vegetarian Menu.
    Photo courtesy of Bellagio

  • Compère Lapin

    Compère Lapin
    Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery - New Orleans

    Compere Lapin (pronounced kom-pare la-pan) means "brother rabbit," a reference to a mischievous rabbit featured in the Caribbean folk tales chef Nina Compton read as a kid. Drawing on the story's themes of exploration and play, Compton designed a restaurant that features a mix of inventive flavors drawn from the New Orleans table, Compton's Caribbean roots, her French culinary training and deep experience with Italian cuisine. The restaurant is located at the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery in New Orleans.
    Photo courtesy of The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery

  • Restaurant at The Inn at Little Washington

    Restaurant at The Inn at Little Washington
    Inn at Little Washington - Washington, Va.

    Chef Patrick O’Connell has been winning world-class accolades for three decades at the food-centric Forbes 5-Star, AAA 5-Diamond boutique resort Inn at Little Washington. Uniquely, the chef owner is self-taught, not a graduate of a famed culinary school, but he has long been synonymous with American cuisine at the very highest level. Obsessive perfection here is in the details, including a legendary full-time staff florist for the dining room, but in a nod to changing times, O’Connell recently redesigned the menu to let diners assemble their own 7-course tasting menus, rather than await surprises from the kitchen.
    Photo courtesy of Inn at Little Washington

  • 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 in Philadelphia pair well with the 4,000 bottle wine cellar, both served with stunning views over Rittenhouse Square.
    Photo courtesy of The Rittenhouse

  • Ko

    Fairmont Kea Lani - Wailea, Hawaii

    Most restaurants set in luxury Maui waterfront resorts are popular with vacationers and honeymooners, but award-winning Ko at the Fairmont in Maui has also become a beloved favorite of locals, an impressive accomplishment. The food is as local as its following, with more than 90 percent of produce sourced from Hawaiian farmers. Chef Tylun Pang, a Hawaiian native, uses many second-generation recipes taught to him by his father, and the result is unique, fine dining inspired by the cuisine of Hawaii's sugarcane plantation era, with a melting pot of Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Portuguese influences.
    Photo courtesy of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

  • Circa 1886

    Circa 1886
    Wentworth Mansion - Charleston, S.C.

    Circa 1886 is set in the original carriage house on the grounds of the Wentworth Mansion and showcases many original elements from 1886, including wide pine floors boards, wood burning fireplace and stable doors. Many tables are set in arched booths, walls are carved wood, and the place is lit by candlelight. An ever-changing seasonal menu showcases the best and freshest local and regional ingredients cooked with Southern flair, and the combination of cuisine and atmosphere is hard to beat.
    Photo courtesy of Circa 1886

  • Aubergine

    L'Auberge - Carmel, Calif.

    Located within L'Auberge in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Aubergine is under the direction of Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef Justin Cogley, whose ingredient-driven cuisine showcases the flavors of the California coast. The eight course tasting menu changes daily and is inspired by seasonal ingredients, while a 2,500-bottle wine cellar features vintages from around the globe.
    Photo courtesy of Aubergine

These 10 winners in the category Best Hotel Restaurant span the country and offer a diverse range of cuisine, and they're all found inside hotels. The winners were voted on by 10Best readers from a pool of nominees chosen based on expert panel input, industry awards and guest reviews.

The top 10 winners in the category Best Hotel Restaurant are as follows:

  1. The Immigrant Restaurant - The American Club - Kohler, Wis.
  2. Orchids at Palm Court - Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
  3. Addison - Fairmont Grand Del Mar - San Diego
  4. Le Cirque - Bellagio - Las Vegas
  5. Compère Lapin - Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery - New Orleans
  6. Restaurant at The Inn at Little Washington - Inn at Little Washington - Washington, Va.
  7. Lacroix - The Rittenhouse - Philadelphia
  8. Ko - Fairmont Kea Lani - Wailea, Hawaii
  9. Circa 1886 - Wentworth Mansion - Charleston, S.C.
  10. Aubergine - L'Auberge - Carmel, Calif.

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 Eric Grossman, Marla Cimini (USA TODAY), Gerrish Lopez, Larry Olmsted (Real Food/Fake Food) and Christopher Parr (Pursuitist) were chosen based on their culinary travel experience.

Additional nominated restaurants included Chefs Club at St. Regis in Aspen, CUT at Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles, Island Creek Oyster Bar at Hotel Commonwealth in Boston, Jean-Georges Restaurant at Trump International Hotel & Tower in New York, Joël Robuchon at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Penrose Room at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, The Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena, Sierra Mar at the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, The Spiced Pear at The Chanler at Cliff Walk in Newport and  White Barn Inn Restaurant at White Barn Inn in Kennebunk Beach.

Congratulations to all our winning hotel restaurants.

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