Airport Restaurants: The Best From Around The World

By: Chantelle Symester

May 23, 2014

In little more than a month, Heston Blumenthal will light up London’s new Terminal 2 at Heathrow Airport. His ambitious bid to offer exquisite, Michelin standard food at lightning speed is sure to be tested when the Queen’s Terminal (its official name) opens for business. With an inventive menu celebrating classic British dishes like fish and chips, the food is sure to leave travellers with a lingering taste of Britain. But Heston isn’t the only top chef to take on the terminals. Here are a few of the best airport restaurants to book on your next trip.

One Flew South, Atlanta

One Flew South | Airport Restaurants

Inside the ATL’s stylish airport restaurant © James Camp

A foodie oasis at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, One Flew South is led by Head Chef Duane Nutter and his team, who have reinvented classic dishes with their signature “˜southernational’ twist. The interiors of the dining space take inspiration from the great outdoors of the local surrounds, using materials like Cherokee marble and native heart pine. If you’re looking for some first class sushi pre take off this is the place for you.

Obrycki’s, Baltimore

Oberyki's Bar | Airport Restaurants

Diners passing the time at Baltimore favourite © Obrycki’s

Touch down at Baltimore Washington International Airport and taste some authentic Maryland-style cooking from this locally celebrated crab house. Established over 60 years ago, Obrycki’s may have outgrown its original outpost in the heart of town, but the good people behind Obrycki remain committed to delivering the tastiest crab on the east coast.

Boccone Trattoria, Toronto

The brainchild of Canadian celebrity chef Massimo Capra, the Boccone Trattoria serves up fresh pastas and pizzas for those craving classic Italian fare whilst in transit at the Toronto Pearson International Airport. They even claim to be able to serve express dishes within 10 minutes, bringing a whole new meaning to fast food.

Piquillo, New York

Piquillo | Airport Restaurants

Piquillo serves up delicious tapas for a pre-flight snack © Joe Shlabotnik/Flickr

Tapas before take off? If you happen to be heading to JFK’s swanky T5 terminal, Piquillo is one of the top airport restaurants around. Fill up on light dishes and wash it all down with a delicious glass of Rioja, just don’t get too comfortable and forget about your flight.

Cat Cora’s Kitchen, Salt Lake City/Houston/San Francisco

Cat Cora's Kitchen | Airport Restaurants

You’ll find healthy tasty dishes like this on the menu at Cat Cora’s Kitchen © Phil Denton/Flickr

The American celebrity chef Cat Cora is taking on those pesky fast food chains with her gastronomic delights at airports across the US. With locations in San Francisco, Houston and Salt Lake City, the restaurants/cocktail/tapas lounges serve up groundbreaking food that’s both environmentally friendly and high quality. Look out for Cat Cora’s Kitchen coming to an airport near you soon.

Vino Volo, Denver

Vino Volo | Airport Restaurants

Enjoy a nice glass of wine before your flight at Vino Volo © Bill Holmes/Flickr

Great wine, a slab of cheese and slithers of thinly sliced cured meats. If this sounds like heaven on a plate then you should make your way to one of Vino Volo‘s airport restaurants in double time. Wine aficionados will love how serious this place is about its vintages, while cheese fans can rejoice in a great range of rare aged varieties.

Plane Food by Gordon Ramsey, London


Fill up at Gordon Ramsey’s restaurant at Terminal 5 in Heathrow © Dave Minogue

Gordon Ramsey’s gourmet Plane Food will make you want to take a detour to Heathrow just to try it. Set in departures at Terminal 5, the all day restaurant and bar offers pre-flight meals at whatever speed you require. In a rush? Order a picnic to take with you or if you only have time for a very light bite you can order from the express menu and expect to be fed and watered in under 30 minutes.

Asian Kitchen by Susur Lee, Toronto

Chef in the kitchen | Airport Restaurant

Chef at work in the kitchen © Fuse/istock/Thinkstock

Hong Kong gastronomic heavy hitter Susur Lee is joining a crop of top chefs set to transform the dining experience of the Toronto Pearson International Airport. Expect this bistro-style eatery to showcase Lee’s signature Asian/French flavours and culinary techniques that sing on the plate. This will be innovative dining at its best.

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Written by Chantelle Symester


Chantelle Symester

Chantelle Symester is a writer and editor based in London. When she’s not chained to her laptop working she can be found hopping on a plane to far flung places across the globe. Trips so far include adventures to Mexico, South America and North Africa and she now has her heart set on discovering the East. You can find her @csymester