Dining options at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) were once limited to fast food and the Encounter Restaurant in the iconic Theme Building. But the situation has improved dramatically in recent years, the result of a multi-billion dollar capital improvement project. The centerpiece is the New Tom Bradley International Terminal (New TBIT), a state-of-the-art, $1.7-billion facility that solidifies LA’s status as a vital international gateway. New TBIT features luxury shopping and a sophisticated dining collection that showcases the best of LA’s global flavors. From brand new eateries in New TBIT, to recent additions in terminals throughout the airport, read on for some of the best dining options for LAX travelers.
Umami Burger founder Adam Fleischman and chef Anthony Carron launched the original Westwood Village location of their fast-growing 800 Degrees Pizza chain in 2013. The 800 Degrees at LAX serves Neapolitan-style, build-your-own pizzas that emerge from wood-burning ovens in a minute, perfect for international travelers on the go.
Celebrity chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger feature modern Mexican cuisine and vibrant settings at their popular Border Grill urban cantinas. The LAX location offers their signature gourmet fare as well as travel-friendly wraps and sandwiches to go.
The Chaya restaurants in Downtown, Beverly Hills and Venice are known for innovative fusion cuisine that blends French culinary techniques with Japanese ingredients. International travelers can purchase grab-and-go items for their flights, or sit down to enjoy sushi, savory plates, specialty cocktails and Chaya’s signature ambiance.
Drink LA is a groundbreaking new airport concept, serving fine wines, craft beers, classic cocktails and small plates along with sweeping views of the terminal. Drink LA is located on the Mezzanine Level of the Great Hall.
In November 2013, the LAX location of Michael Voltaggio’s ink.sack was named one of the Top 10 Airport Restaurants in America by GQ Magazine. Fans of the Top Chef champion's original gourmet sandwich shop on Melrose Avenue will find their favorites available to grab-and-go, such as the pork butt banh mi; cold fried chicken; and the Jose Andres (aka The Spanish Godfather), made with serrano ham, chorizo, and manchego cheese.
Lucky Fish by Sushi Roku offers fresh sushi and sashimi, specialty rolls, ramen and udon noodles, curry and teriyaki bowls, cold and hot appetizers, and a full bar with signature cocktails and sake by the glass. Lucky Fish is located on the Mezzanine Level of the Great Hall.
Petrossian elevates the travel experience with over 20 vodkas and top-shelf champagne to pair with the company’s famous caviar. Travelers can relax before their flights and indulge in Petrossian’s offerings, or take their luxury on board with a “caviar in the air” picnic pack that includes a caviar selection of their choice, blinis, and crème fraiche presented in an insulated carry-on Petrossian pouch. Additional gourmet to-go options include a selection of Parisian-smoked salmon and charcuterie.
Starbucks Evenings is a first for LAX, and only the second airport location of this new concept in the world. Besides coffee and other standard offerings from the global coffee giant, Starbucks Evenings serves beer, wine and tapas.
Founded in Los Angeles, Umami Burger specializes in classic American burgers made with unique, secret ingredients that give them their signature flavor. The Great Hall location of the burgeoning chain features burgers that are exclusive to LAX, including the LAX Burger, the LAX Veggie Burger, and three breakfast burgers.
The LA-based Vanilla Bake Shop has opened its first-ever airport location at LAX. Vanilla Bake Shop is known for its made-from-scratch cakes, cupcakes and assorted sweets with a focus on fresh, high-quality ingredients.
Meaning “wine flight” in Italian, Vino Volo has a knowledgeable staff that can help travelers navigate the eclectic wine list, as well as offer suggestions on charcuterie and cheese pairings. Vino Volo serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and small plates.
A beloved Beverly Hills hidden gem since 1945, the landmark Nate 'n Al delicatessen continues to be a popular hangout for the entertainment industry. Located in the Departures Level Food Court, the LAX version of Nate ‘n Al serves a pared down menu of classic sandwiches, deli plates and all-day breakfast specialties.
Cole’s French Dip, the historic Downtown LA spot known for its signature sandwiches as well as its classic cocktails, is now open in Terminal 4, the West Coast hub for American Airlines. Cole’s is located near Gate 44 in the Departures Level Food Court, a showcase of LA-native eateries that also includes 8 oz. Burger Bar, Campanile, La Provence Patisserie, and Real Food Daily.
Chef Ben Ford opened his eponymous Ford’s Filling Station in 2006, and his gastropub has since become a mainstay of the thriving Culver City dining scene. Located at Gate 55A, Ford’s Filling Station offers pub burgers, flatbreads, salads and bar bites. On the other side of the Duty Free Shop, Skewers by Morimoto features the Iron Chef’s take on Japanese-style street and bar food. Nearby is the LAX outpost of Lemonade, the ever-expanding chain of fast-casual cafeterias offering seasonal Southern California comfort food.
The original Jody Maroni’s Sausage Kingdom opened in 1979 on the legendary Venice Beach boardwalk. Even as the brand expanded across Southern California and beyond, Jody Maroni’s stayed focused on its mission to “offer haute cuisine in a casing,” making its sausages with all-natural ingredients from homemade recipes. Jody Maroni’s is located in the Departures Level Food Court, adjacent to Gate 60.
The sleek BOA Steakhouses in West Hollywood and Santa Monica have been re-imagined at LAX as B Grill by BOA Steakhouse, located across from Duty Free along the concourse between Gate 71B and Gate 73. The extensive menu offers signatures like the Petite Filet Mignon, New York Strip, BOA Burger and BOA Chop Chop, as well as more casual offerings like a breakfast burrito and wraps. Hungry travelers take note: the Departures Level Food Court across from Wolfgang Puck Express is scheduled to open several new food and beverage options, including Loteria Grill and The Counter.