Top Airport Restaurants
Some of the best chefs and culinary concepts are staking claims in terminals around the world—to delicious results.
While the promise of a favorite restaurant at the end of a flight can be incentive enough to get through a long day of travel, these days, eating at the airport can be just as rewarding. After all, some of the world’s top chefs—including Gordon Ramsay, Andrew Carmellini, Heston Blumenthal, and Rick Bayless—have all gotten into the airport restaurant game, offering elevated concepts and different cuisines that span the globe.
Henry Harteveldt, travel analyst for Atmosphere Research, attributes the proliferation of more upmarket airport-dining options to an increase in “dwell time” in the post-9/11 travel era, meaning airline passengers must arrive earlier to pass through security, a process that can last an indeterminate amount of time. People are also “simply more sophisticated in their eating habits and dining preferences,” he says, adding that, “they certainly want more options than the same old fast-food joints.”
From spot-on sushi at John F. Kennedy International to elevated British fare at London Heathrow to Michelin-level fine dining at Hong Kong International Airport, here are 18 restaurants worth a stop.