Travelers Embark on a Culinary Journey at Los Angeles International Airport

LAX terminals feature local iconic eateries and award-winning chefs

800 Degrees at LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal | Instagram by @damonddodge
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Befitting L.A.'s status as one of the nation’s top restaurant cities, and as part of the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) multi-year multi-billion dollar modernization project, travelers now have the opportunity to savor a culinary journey via the airport's nine terminals, showcasing local iconic eateries, award-winning restaurateurs, and “Top Chefs.”

Whether departure time allows for grab-and-go or a sit-down dining experience, there is a world of food from which to choose. From farm-to-table, burgers and beers, pizza and wine, caviar and champagne, artisan coffee and desserts, or global tastes, there’s a fit for every wallet and palate. To date, the most dining updates have been made in Terminals 2,3, 4, 5, 6, and Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT).

Passengers with a valid boarding pass for same-day departure can visit any terminal inside the airport. Terminals 4 through 8 are connected via tunnels and walkways, while the T-4 connector (a multi-use, multi-level facility) provides a secure connection between TBIT and Terminal 4, therefore saving a trip through another TSA checkpoint.

Read on for highlights of the new and gourmet post-security dining options at LAX. For a comprehensive directory of restaurants, food and beverage locations, visit


Luckyfish at LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal
Luckyfish at LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal | Instagram by @andyayson
  • 800 Degrees: Create your own Neapolitan-style pizza at this L.A.-born brand, or order a specialty pie that's quickly baked in a wood-burning oven.
  • Border Grill: Recognized by USA Today “10Best Readers Choice” in the ‘best regional dining airport’ category, this outpost with vibrant modern Mexican flavors is headed by “Top Chef Masters” Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken, aka the "Two Hot Tamales.”
  • Chaya Sushi: Enjoy creative sashimi and sushi rolls as well as a signature cocktail or a glass of sake from this Los Angeles stalwart brand.
  • Drink.LA: a groundbreaking 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.
  • III Forks Steakhouse: USDA prime steaks and ocean-fresh seafood served in a warm and sophisticated setting with wood tables and leather chairs. Pair your meal with vintage wine from the world-class selection.
  • ink.sack: L.A. based “Top Chef” winner Michael Voltaggio offers creative sandwiches, along with house made snacks, such as Maryland crab chips, at this eatery included by GQ as one of “The Ten Best Restaurant Airports.”
  • James Beach: An outpost of the Venice staple praised for American comfort classics and cocktails.
  • The Larder at Tavern: A casual version of the popular Brentwood restaurant owned by two of L.A.'s most prolific award-winning restaurateurs, Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, with a menu that includes all-day breakfast choices, as well as artisanal sandwiches, baked goods, and a gourmet coffee bar.
  • LA MILL Coffee: Grab a pastry along with an espresso drink at this prestigious, third-wave L.A. coffee leader.
  • Luckyfish: Sushi and cocktails go hand in hand at this second story perch from L.A.’s Innovative Dining Group/Sushi Roku.
  • Petrossian Caviar & Champagne Bar: A stunning bar and boutique offering an extensive menu of champagne, vodka, caviar, smoked fish, and other decadent treasures, as well as elegant gift items.
  • Scoreboard LA: A dream come true for the most diehard sports fans, where you can cheer for your team over authentic ballpark fare like hotdogs and cold brews, homemade chili and sandwiches. Eight flatscreens show multiple broadcasts, so you won’t miss a single moment.
  • Umami Burger: 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 Umami features burgers that are exclusive to LAX, including the LAX Burger, the LAX Veggie Burger, and three breakfast burgers.
  • Vanilla Bakeshop: This whimsical, made-from-scratch bakeshop with headquarters in Santa Monica, offers a full coffee bar, as well as artisan cupcakes with packaging that’s perfect for gift-giving.
  • Vino Volo: 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.


Reilly's at LAX Terminal 1
Reilly's at LAX Terminal 1 | Photo courtesy of Rock & Reilly's, Facebook
  • California Pizza Kitchen ASAP: This gourmet pizza restaurant with Beverly Hills origins is famous for innovative toppings, and offers a full menu with drinks.
  • Reilly's: The Irish pub from Sunset Boulevard serves up corned beef sliders, nachos, and beer flights.
  • Rock & Brews: One of two LAX locations (the first is in Terminal 5), Rock & Brews serves American comfort food with a full bar and a rock 'n' roll vibe. Rock & Brews also offers “Grab and Go” service for hot and cold food items, as well as coffee service.
  • Coming in late 2018: a new food court that will include Cassell’s Hamburgers, the legendary Koreatown hotspot for hamburgers, shakes, diner breakfasts, and cocktails; and Urth Café, a local healthy food and coffeehouse favorite.


Lobster roll at Slapfish LAX Terminal 2
Lobster roll at Slapfish LAX Terminal 2 | Photo courtesy of Westfield
  • Barney’s Beanery: The original location of this 90-year-old fixture on Route 66 through West Hollywood is now a sports bar chain serving gastropub fare.
  • BUILT Custom Burgers: The fast casual version of The Counter serves the popular “Build Your Own” burgers, fries, shakes, and more in a laid back space.
  • Ciabatta Bar: This is the second location for Mauro Corbia, who is also the co-founder of Mauro’s Cafe in Fred Segal Melrose, serving fresh sandwiches, pasta, salads, and baked goods.
  • Fresh Brothers Pizza & Sandwiches: The first location of this chain opened just minutes from LAX in Manhattan Beach giving pizza a California twist using all natural, no GMO ingredients.
  • SeaLegs Wine Bar: From Huntington Beach, serving small bites and wine.
  • Slapfish Modern Seafood Shack: Also from HB, serving sandwiches, tacos, seafood.


Shake Shack at LAX Terminal 3
Shake Shack at LAX Terminal 3 | Photo by Joshua Lurie
  • Angel City Brewery: This outpost of Downtown L.A.’s Arts District microbrewery offers beer on draft and in cans, as well as wine and cocktails.
  • Ashland Hill (and Bar): Discover your inner foodie at this classic LA-based restaurant with menus that draw from its California roots.
  • Blue Window Lunchbox: Global eats with origins that began as take-out street window in Hollywood by chef/owners Kajsa Alger and Susan Feniger (also from Border Grill), serving up quick service burritos, sandwiches, salads, and wraps, with vegetarian options to boot.
  • Earthbar: One of L.A.’s first health food stores with made-to-order smoothies, acai bowls, and a grab-and-go section with salads, juices, vitamins, healthy snacks, and vitamins.
  • La Familia Taco & Tequila: The colorful new eatery with modern Mexican cuisine and a full bar.
  • Nekter: Juice Bar at the forefront of the juice cleanse revolution with cold-pressed juices, smoothies and acai bowl.
  • The Parlor: An iconic L.A. gastropub, The Parlor is a classic ode to the “good ol' days” with craft cocktails and a warm, nostalgic dining experience.
  • Shake Shack: Although born in New York, this burger joint is growing throughout L.A. and ranks in the trendsetter category with beloved burgers and egg sandwiches.


Breakfast burrito at Real Food Daily LAX Terminal 4
Breakfast burrito at Real Food Daily LAX Terminal 4 | Instagram by @platypusgonehealthnut
  • 8oz Burger Bar: Chef Govind Armstrong brings California style to signature burgers made with the finest quality blend of Black Angus sirloin and fresh local ingredients.
  • Campanile: Sit-down service with a bar that’s a mini-version of the legendary former La Brea Avenue restaurant with a full gourmet menu that includes steak, seafood, and pasta.
  • Cole’s: LAX is the first outpost of this historic Downtown L.A. eatery famous for French Dip sandwiches with bar seating and a menu that includes breakfast, plus classic cocktails.
  • Dunkin' Donuts: Open 4am to 1am, the popular chain offers breakfast, lunch and dinner options, as well as a grab-and-go section.
  • Food & Bounty: The newest food truck façade in a rotating space is from celebrity chef Helen Covalo, who runs a catering company and restaurant at Hollywood’s Sunset-Gower Studios. Her sustainable menu includes a wafflino (grilled cheese waffle), avocado toast, burrito, and an all-day breakfast menu.
  • Homeboy Café: Grab-and-go sandwiches, salads, and baked goods from the non-profit outreach program run by Father Greg Boyle in Downtown L.A.
  • La Provence Patisserie and Cafe: A Beverly Hills import featuring French macarons, paninis, and its own version of the cronut called a crodo.
  • Real Food Daily: The world’s first plant-based airport restaurant was born in L.A., offering salads, sandwiches, grab-and-go-snacks, and fresh juice.
  • Sammy's Woodfired Pizza: "Healthy Global Cuisine" featuring wood-fired pizzas and small plates and entrees.


Spicy pork ramen at Skewers by Morimoto LAX Terminal 5
Spicy pork ramen at Skewers by Morimoto LAX Terminal 5 | Instagram by @wanderingashwood
  • Ford’s Filling Station: L.A.'s first gastropub is a micro-version of award-winning chef Ben Ford’s Downtown L.A. restaurant
  • Lemonade: This popular bright and cheery cafeteria-style Los Angeles chain serves healthy sandwiches, salads, grains and fresh juices.
  • Rock & Brews: One of two LAX locations (the second is in Terminal 1), Rock & Brews serves American comfort food with a full bar and a rock 'n' roll vibe. Rock & Brews also offers “Grab and Go” service for hot and cold food items, as well as coffee service.
  • The Original Farmers Market: The landmark marketplace at 3rd and Fairfax is miniaturized at LAX with a wide selection of snacks, wine, coffee, and sweets. Dining options include ¡Loteria! Grill with tacos and margaritas from award-winning chef Jimmy Shaw; and Monsieur Marcel Gourmet Market and Bistro, a French marketplace offering crepes, croque monsieur, baguette sandwiches, and salads.
  • Skewers by Morimoto: Skewers, as well as rice bowls, noodles, and breakfast items, fill the extensive menu from renowned Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto.


Blu2o in Terminal 6 at LAX
Blu2o at Terminal 6 | Photo courtesy of Westfield
  • BLU2o: L.A.-based, Michelin-star chef David Myers’ sleek sit-down bar featuring gourmet small bites, flatbreads, cheese and charcuterie, wine, beer, cocktails, and a grab-and-go area.
  • Earthbar: One of L.A.’s first health food stores with made-to-order smoothies, acai bowls, and a grab-and-go section with salads, juices, vitamins, healthy snacks, and vitamins.
  • The Habit Burger Grill: The very popular California burger chain.
  • Osteria by Fabio Viviani: An Italian restaurant with table service from the L.A. based “Top Chef” alum.
  • Point the Way Cafe: A gastropub by Glendale-based Golden Road Brewery featuring craft beer, wine, cocktails, entrée plates, sandwiches, flatbreads, and breakfast all day.
  • Wolfgang Puck: The first celebrity chef in Los Angeles with three eateries—The Kitchen (made-to-order breakfast and lunch), The Wine Bar, and WPizza.


B Grill by BOA Steakhouse at LAX Terminal 7
B Grill by BOA Steakhouse at LAX Terminal 7 | Instagram by @dicek1123
  • B Grill by BOA Steakhouse: A mini-version of the celebrity favorite L.A. steakhouse serving full breakfasts, gourmet burgers, entrees, and a large drinks list.
  • bld: Neal Fraser's casual American eatery serves a menu of sandwiches, salads, and market-driven fare.
  • The Counter Custom Built Burgers: Create your own burger or order off the menu at this franchise founded in Santa Monica that also offers breakfast, salads, sandwiches, and chili, as well as some grab-and-go choices.
  • ¡Loteria! Grill: LAX's second outpost of the L.A.-based Mexican chain.
  • Rolling Stone Bar & Grill: The legendary music brand serves up pub grub and drinks at the Departure Level.
  • Wolfgang Puck Express: Find grab-and-go as well as breakfast, made-to-order pizza, salads (including the famous Chinois chicken), sandwiches, and wraps.


Firehouse Cobb at Engine Co. No. 28 LAX Terminal 8
Firehouse Cobb at Engine Co. No. 28 LAX Terminal 8 | Photo by Joshua Lurie

Engine Co. No. 28: This outpost of the 30-year-old Downtown L.A. restaurant built in a former firehouse features a classic menu of burgers and entrees, plus breakfast and a full bar.

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