Hotel lobby restaurants have become destinations of themselves. These sanctuaries of fine dining offer globally inspired menus created by talented chefs and serve as trend-setting spots where guests and locals alike come to enjoy a memorable dinner.
Take a look at the best hotel lobby restaurants in the U.S. to dine and drink without having to book a room.
Lockbox at 21c Museum Hotel Lexington – Lexington, KY
Located in the heart of downtown, Lexington21c Museum Hotel Lexington is an 88-room boutique hotel and contemporary art museum housed in a 108-year-old former First National Bank building. Lockbox, its swanky lobby restaurant features chic décor, contemporary art, and “The Safe,” an intimate dining experience created using an original bank vault. Complete with a massive over-sized door lock and exposed gears, ‘The Safe” seats up to 11 guests and offers diners the opportunity to enjoy all of the restaurant’s locally-sourced dishes.
Drawbar at Bellyard – Atlanta, GA
Located in the bustling lobby of Bellyard Hotel, Drawbar is a chic café and coworking lounge during the day and a vibrant nightlife destination in the evenings. Executive Chef and visionary Christina Wai leads Drawbar’s food and beverage program, which features a menu of Southern dishes infused with Asian ingredients inspired by chef’s heritage. The cocktail program, helmed by Neishta Fields, includes a rotating menu of extraordinary beverages. Try the chipotle bourbon-glazed salmon, the sweet corn hush puppies or the “When Life Gives You Lemons” cocktail (made with Empress 1908 lavender honey syrup and lemonade). The pet-friendly property even offers culinary programming for four-legged guests, including Barkuterie Board workshops.
Benne on Eagle at The Foundry Hotel – Asheville, NC
Through The Foundry Hotel‘s lobby and cozy cocktail bar Workshop Lounge is Benne on Eagle, the property’s award-winning Appalachian restaurant. Inspired by the restaurant’s theme of Sankofa – “go back and get it” in the Twi language – Chef Robert Alexander integrates new food techniques and methods while looking back to history to learn and bring awareness to culinary traditions from the African American culture of The Block neighborhood in which the hotel is located. New menu additions such as Corn Nut Crusted Salmon Cakes and Five Cheese Mac and Cheese draw inspiration from Chef’s childhood family dinners, and other menu staples pay homage to local culinary legends such as Edna’s Fried Green Tomatoes inspired by Edna Lewis, known to many as “the godmother of Southern cooking.” The restaurant features Joseph Pearson-painted portraits of some of these legends, who once owned restaurants, bars or nightclubs in the neighborhood.
Restaurant W South Beach at W South Beach – Miami Beach, FL
Situated in the heart of the city’s entertaining melting pot, W South Beach embodies the culture and sophistication of the new Miami. Developed by KNR Hospitality, an American eatery steps from the hotel’s lobby, Restaurant W South Beach is beautifully designed with reclaimed wood and surrounded by lush vegetation with an airy outdoor space. Diners can enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner alfresco with a menu featuring authentic Italian dishes, fresh fish and shellfish, choice meats and local produce.
Bagatelle Miami at The Ritz Carlton South Beach- Miami Beach, FL
Experience a fresh take on French Mediterranean dining at Bagatelle next to the lobby of The Ritz Carlton South Beach. The restaurant features classic Parisian décor, plush royal blue booths, white tablecloths, moody lighting, and an impressive art collection. Bagatelle offers personalized service and an exquisite signature menu created by Corporate Executive Chef Rocco Seminara and Executive Chef Jimmy de Almeida.
MR CHOW at W South Beach – Miami, FL
Located in the stunning W South Beach lobby, MR CHOW boasts art, fanfare, music, fashion, authentic Chinese cuisine, and one of the best prepared Beijing Duck in the world. Just steps away from Miami’s pristine beaches, the venue features plentiful options for outdoor dining with private rooms and a dining patio, apart from its indoor seating, bar and lounge. This upscale, fashionable hotspot also features a stunning 123-foot Gold-leaf and Swarovski crystal chandelier designed by founder Michael Chow himself.
97 West Kitchen & Bar at Hotel Drover – Fort Worth, Texas
Hotel Drover is a new luxury hotel in the heart of Fort Worth’s Stockyards District. The hotel’s lobby is characterized by a chic Western-inspired style, and features leather and cowhide seating and eclectic pop art, including plenty of cowgirl pin-ups and even a Picasso illustration of a bull. Hotel Dover’s signature lobby restaurant, 97 West Kitchen & Bar, serves contemporary Texas cuisine and reimagined Southern comfort foods, like shishito pepper crab dip, chicken-fried Texas oysters and wood-fire grilled steaks. The dining room features custom hand-crafted furniture, vibrant artwork and design elements made from 100-year-old wood pulled from the original mule and horse barns. Guests can enjoy an al fresco cocktail in Hotel Drover’s Backyard just outside the lobby, which boasts characteristic Texas plants, cacti and magnolia trees, cozy firepits and intimate views overlooking the Trinity River.
Richard Sandoval Hospitality – multiple locations across the U.S.
Richard Sandoval Hospitality is a hospitality group with global impact that has built some of the most successful Latin restaurant concepts across the globe in partnership with some of the world’s best and most coveted hotels including The Four Seasons, Marriot, Meridian, The Fairmont, The Intercontinental, Hotel Clio and more. With restaurants located on site at the prestigious hotel properties, guests never have to venture far for their next culinary immersion. Chef Sandoval’s “made from scratch” approach boasts vibrant and bold Latin flavors resulting in restaurant concepts that take modern and coastal Mexican, Latin-Asian, Peruvian and Pan-Latin cuisine to new heights.
The Parlour at Intercontinental New York Barclay – New York, New York
InterContinental New York Barclay‘s restaurant and bar The Parlour is located right next to the lobby. Guests will feel transported back to the Roaring ’20s as they enjoy a unique lineup of cocktails and elegant cuisine sourced with local, sustainable, and seasonal ingredients (some of which are freshly picked from the hotel’s rooftop garden).
Jalao NYC at Radio Hotel – New York, NY
Led by the internationally recognized contemporary Latin restaurant group, Richard Sandoval Hospitality, and located in Washington Heights’ first-ever full-service boutique hotel, Radio Hotel, Jalao NYC is part of the Orgullo Dominicano, and pays homage to its predecessor, Jalao Santo Domingo, which has been serving traditional Dominican food with a modern twist in La Zona Colonial since 2016. Signature dishes include Pecao’Frito (boca chica style deep fried red snapper), Chuleta Cancan (pork tomahawk), Paila Jalao (a palomilla onion-steak with crispy pork belly and longaniza-sausage) and the Mofongo Mar y Tierra (the ultimate Dominican Surf and Turf of shrimp and crispy pork belly with garlic mojo and option for lobster enhancement). Guests can also taste classic Dominican offerings like tostones, sancocho, and La Bandera Dominicana. Decorated by Julio Ortuño, the space includes authentic Carnival masks made in the city of La Vega and a large mural of a beautiful Flamboyant tree in the bar area. All of the furniture was hand-crafted in the Dominican Republic and each tabletop has been painted with scenes from the island.
Zuma Boston at The Four Seasons One Dalton Street – Boston, MA
Located in one of the best hotels in the city – Four Seasons One Dalton Street – Zuma Boston boasts an energetic and vibrant atmosphere, fueled by a lively bar scene and unique restaurant design. The internationally acclaimed Japanese izakaya-inspired restaurant and bar, features a sophisticated cuisine philosophy treating guests to unmatched signature dishes including sliced seabass sashimi with Zuma’s famed yuzu, truffle, and salmon roe; decadent sashimi and dessert platters to indulge in family style, and more. With lots of high-end Japanese design and beautiful wood, the buzzy hotspot is unlike anything else in Boston.
Front & Main at Lockwood Hotel – Waterville, Maine
Front & Main is the premier downtown restaurant located in Waterville’s most coveted new hotel Lockwood Hotel. Helmed by executive chef and New England native Jesse Souza, the venue emphasizes the importance of sourcing its ingredients from local purveyors and farmers, such as Maine Grains, providing the kitchen with freshly milled, organic and heritage grains sourced right from the region. The restaurant’s thoughtfully curated brunch, lunch and dinner menus all change with the season to showcase the freshest ingredients and celebrate Maine and New England favorites with creative twists. Front & Main is also a leader in ensuring elevated cuisine is available to those with dietary restrictions, as seen with the menu’s popular, gluten-free Crispy Fried Chicken.
AperiBar at LUMA Hotel Times Square – New York, NY
Long-celebrated for pioneering progressive American cooking, Charlie Palmer’s newest dining concept, AperiBar – set in the lobby at LUMA Hotel Times Square – promotes small bites, sharing, lingering at the table over wine or an aperitif. The menu features an expertly crafted wine list with 100% Italian varietals, including 23 different Proseccos and Italian sparkling wines (rare to find!) and ingredients that present the very best Italy has to offer, from Caputo flour to imported buffalo mozzarella and olive oil – particularly elevating the pizza scene in Times Square.
Tanner’s at Paséa Hotel & Spa – Huntington Beach, California
A premier Huntington Beach destination, Tanner’s is adjacent to a spacious lobby of Paséa Hotel & Spa. Newly appointed Chef De Cuisine Johnathan Benvenuti has elevated the menus at the restaurant that now focus on seafood and elegant cuts of meat. Menu standouts include a shareable spin on crab cakes served with sweet potato & aji Amarillo purée, a 32 oz Prime Tomahawk with porcini rub, Charred Octopus, Herb-Crusted Campbell River Salmon, Branzino Escabeche and more. Guests can complete the experience by heading upstairs to the rooftop Treehouse Lounge for specialty sips and panoramic ocean views.
Palm Court Grill at The Historic Davenport – Spokane, Washington
The award-winning steakhouse Palm Court Grill is located in the heart of the century-old Historic Davenport‘s lobby. Guests can enjoy dishes featuring choice cuts of beef and freshly caught fish complemented by the region’s finest wines and select ingredients. With tables situated right in front of the fireplace, guests will experience the crackle of a warm fire while dining on signature favorites like the Davenport Crab Louie Salad and Cougar Gold Cheese Dip or sipping on specialty cocktails like the Huckleberry Heaven. After a nice dinner, guests can head over to the lobby-adjacent Peacock Lounge for cocktails under the 5,000-piece peacock-themed stained-glass ceiling.
etta at The Shay – Culver City, CA
Located adjacent to The Shay‘s industrial, chic lobby is Michelin-starred chef Danny Grant’s etta restaurant. Short for Henrietta (French for ‘keeper of the hearth’), guests are able to taste freshly made pizzas, house-made pastas, seafood and more. The buzzy scene at etta extends into The Shay’s warm, yet approachable lobby where diners are cozied up on couches with cocktails in hand from the freshly activated Lobby Bar while they await their table.
Mahina & Sun’s at The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club – Waikiki, Hawaii
Located in the lobby of The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club, Mahina & Sun’s is an award-winning restaurant helmed by Chef Erik Leong. His menu offers approachable dishes that give travelers a glimpse into the evolution of Hawaii’s comfort foods. Highlights include Kauai shrimp po’ boy, he’e (octopus) with garbanzo hummus, a’u crudo (blue marlin) in smoked soy and yuzu and the seared ahi with kalo pohole, onions and more. Mahina & Sun’s bar program is led by Executive Bar Czar, Christian Taibi, who crafts refreshing tiki cocktails, such as the ‘Kahiko’, a Hawaiian spin on an old fashioned and the ‘Hanalei Moon’ rum punch infused with island spices and juices.
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