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The Dining Guide to Los Angeles International Airport
ink.sack at New TBIT | Photo courtesy of Westfield at LAX
Dining options at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) were once limited to fast food and the now-closed 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 L.A.’s status as a vital international gateway. New TBIT features luxury shopping and a sophisticated dining collection that showcases the best of L.A.’s global flavors. From the transformed Terminal 2 and Terminal 6, to eateries in New TBIT and recent additions throughout the airport, read on for some of the best dining options for LAX travelers.
Osteria by Fabio Viviani at Terminal 6 | Photo courtesy of Westfield
In October 2016, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and Westfield unveiled the new Terminal 6 at LAX. The latest milestone in the $8.5-billion LAX modernization program features a bold new design and 21 new retail and dining concepts, such as Osteria by Fabio Viviani, a debut L.A. concept created by the famed Top Chef. Terminal 6 is the second redesigned terminal unveiled in 2016 following the transformation of Terminal 2, which debuted in February. Read More →
Slapfish lobster roll at LAX Terminal 2 | Photo courtesy of Westfield
A key milestone in Westfield's transformation of five terminals at LAX was unveiled in February 2016 with the grand opening of the new Terminal 2, which features a design inspired by "L.A. in Motion." The new dining and retail collection features 16 new concepts, seven Southern California brands, 11 brands new to LAX, and six brands that have never been in an airport before. Read More →
NEW TBIT: 800 DEGREES
800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria at New TBIT | Photo courtesy of 800 Degrees, Facebook
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.
NEW TBIT: BORDER GRILL
Border Grill at New TBIT | Photo courtesy of Westfield at LAX
Celebrity chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger feature modern Mexican cuisine and vibrant settings at their popular Border Grill urban cantina in Downtown L.A. The LAX location offers their signature gourmet fare as well as travel-friendly wraps and sandwiches to go.
NEW TBIT: CHAYA
Chaya at New TBIT | Photo courtesy of Westfield at LAX
The Chaya restaurants in Downtown L.A. 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.
NEW TBIT: DRINK LA
Drink LA at New TBIT | Photo courtesy of Westfield at LAX
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.
NEW TBIT: INK.SACK
ink.sack at New TBIT | Photo courtesy of Westfield at LAX
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.
NEW TBIT: LUCKY FISH
Lucky Fish at New TBIT | Photo courtesy of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Facebook
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.
NEW TBIT: PETROSSIAN
Petrossian at New TBIT | Photo courtesy of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Facebook
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.
NEW TBIT: STARBUCKS EVENINGS
Starbucks Evenings at New TBIT | Photo courtesy of Westfield at LAX
Starbucks Evenings is a first for LAX, and world's second airport location of this new concept. Besides coffee and other standard offerings from the global coffee giant, Starbucks Evenings serves beer, wine and tapas.
NEW TBIT: UMAMI BURGER
Manly Burger at New TBIT | Photo courtesy of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Facebook
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.
NEW TBIT: VANILLA BAKE SHOP
Vanilla Bake Shop at New TBIT | Photo courtesy of Westfield at LAX
The L.A.-based Vanilla Bake Shop 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.
NEW TBIT: VINO VOLO
Vino Volo at New TBIT | Photo courtesy of Westfield at LAX
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.
TERMINAL 4: COLE'S & MORE
Cole's French Dip at LAX | Photo by Jaymee Mandeville
Cole’s French Dip, the historic Downtown L.A. spot known for its signature sandwiches as well as its classic cocktails, is located 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 L.A.-native eateries that also includes 8 oz. Burger Bar, Campanile, La Provence Patisserie, and Real Food Daily.
TERMINAL 5: FORD'S FILLING STATION & MORE
Roasted chicken beet salad at Ford’s Filling Station LAX | Photo courtesy of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Facebook
Chef Ben Ford opened his eponymous Ford’s Filling Station in 2006. His pioneering gastropub became a mainstay of the thriving Culver City dining scene before it closed and reopened at the JW Marriott at L.A. LIVE in 2014. 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.
TERMINAL 7: B GRILL BY BOA STEAKHOUSE
Petite Filet Mignon | Photo courtesy of BOA Steakhouse, Facebook
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.