Global Tastemakers is our first-ever reader’s choice awards, celebrating the best culinary destinations in the U.S. and abroad. F&W readers voted based on travel completed within the past three years, on categories including restaurants and bars, cities, hotels, airports, airlines, and cruises. Due to the limitations of pandemic travel, this year’s Global Tastemakers winners reflect a smaller portion of the globe. In many categories, we’re including an editor’s pick to shout out some more culinary destinations in places you can’t miss. See the full list of winners at foodandwine.com/globaltastemakers.
Here at Food & Wine, we travel for the food. In fact, when choosing a hotel, the food and beverage offerings play just as big a part in our decision as the design and amenities. So it’s no surprise that a hotel’s culinary offerings are important to you, our readers. When voting in our inaugural Global Tastemakers survey for the best domestic hotels for food, our readers voted first and foremost for quality, rewarding the hotels with outstanding food and beverage programs.
Taking the top two spots are two small, independent hotels in rural areas offering their guests all-inclusive culinary programs that shine a spotlight on local and seasonal ingredients. City hotels represent a majority of the hotels that made the top 15 list, with an especially strong showing for Las Vegas resorts, which claimed the Nos. 10, 12, 13, and 14 spots. Our readers also love resorts in scenic destinations, such as Sedona, Florida, and Hawaii. Below, the full list of the 15 best domestic hotels for food.
Voted the best hotel in the U.S. for food with a perfect score of 100, this luxurious resort in rural Vermont ups the ante on all-inclusive dining. A member of Relais & Châteaux, Twin Farms serves a daily changing menu of refined farm-to-table cuisine. Chef Nathan Rich draws inspiration from his surroundings, using fresh produce from the on-property gardens, syrup from the maple trees, honey from the hives, and other ingredients like butter, cheese, beef, pork, and chicken from nearby dairies and farms. Guests typically take all their meals on the property, either in the main dining room, in the privacy of their cottage or suite, at the recently refreshed Twiggs, which offers a more informal dining experience, or as a picnic enjoyed on the extensive grounds.
C Lazy U Ranch
At this historic family-owned dude ranch in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, guests go for activities like horseback riding and fly fishing but stay for the food and the warm, welcoming staff. The all-inclusive dining program focuses on gourmet versions of the classic cuisine of the Great American West. Seasonal menus designed by Executive Chef Cory Untch might include dry-aged ribeye steaks with rosemary steak fries and apple pie in the winter or cedar-planked salmon and cast-iron crème brûlée in the summer. There are also barbecue cookouts, and farm stand lunches in the summer.
Hotel Figueroa, Unbound Collection by Hyatt
Originally opened as a female-only hotel in 1926 and reborn as a member of Hyatt’s Unbound Collection in 2018, this chic hotel in Downtown Los Angeles has four drinking and dining outlets, ranging from the casual Café Fig to the elegant Sparrow Italia. Popular among locals and tourists alike, Café Fig serves an all-day menu that runs the gamut from healthy to indulgent. Sparrow Italia is a go-to spot for inspired Italian dishes, with a menu that includes seasonal house-made pastas like rigatoni bolognese with wagyu beef and spaghetti with pistachio pesto.
L’Auberge de Sedona
One of Sedona’s top resorts, this 11-acre property is ensconced in the beautiful natural surroundings of Oak Creek. The flagship restaurant, Cress on Oak Creek, has long been a favorite for its beautiful woodland setting on the banks of the creek and its refined cuisine. The menu focuses on southern European cuisine, drawing inspiration from Italy, France, and Spain. It’s especially popular for romantic dinners and Sunday brunch. Meanwhile, Cress Bar serves classic and creative cocktails with elevated casual cuisine, like mussels meunière and a cheeseburger with smoked cheddar and paprika aioli on a brioche bun.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
Set in a beachy enclave in northeast Florida, this resort draws guests for its winning combination of classic Ritz-Carlton service, Floridian beach charm, and a taste of Southern hospitality. It has four-full service restaurants, plus a lobby bar and café where you can get coffee, smoothies, pastries, and sandwiches to go. Tidewater Grill pays homage to Low Country cooking with its signature shrimp boil, while Coast is open all day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But the standout is Salt, the hotel’s formal restaurant that serves modern American cuisine.
Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans
Housed inside the landmarked World Trade Center, the Four Seasons New Orleans boasts restaurants by not one but two James Beard Award-winning chefs. Israeli chef Alon Shaya helms the newly opened Miss River, which expresses his passion for southern cuisine. Here, you’ll find southern staples like buttermilk fried chicken and duck and andouille gumbo. Meanwhile, Donald Link explores the connections between the cuisines of France and Louisiana at Chemin à la Mer, which has an oyster bar and serves indulgent dishes like pan-roasted foie gras and côte de boeuf.
Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows
Spread out over 23 acres in the desert landscape of Scottsdale, this resort has a sleek mid-century modern design and great dining at Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen. Sit on the patio or in the glass-walled dining room — either way, you’ll have great views of Camelback Mountain. Inspired by Mediterranean flavors, the menu meanders as far as Morocco and Turkey while offering house-made pastas and mains like pork chops and roasted chicken. For the full experience, opt for the six-course tasting menu.
This iconic resort in Waikiki attracts locals and tourists for a wide range of drinking and dining options. Its casual restaurant Orchids is especially popular for Sunday brunch and afternoon tea. House Without A Key is a legendary spot for tropical cocktails (try the signature Mai Tai) and nightly live music and hula performances. The award-winning fine dining restaurant, La Mer, combines French techniques with Hawaiian flavors, expressed in dishes like duck foie gras with pineapple chutney and coconut gelée. Lewers Lounge is an intimate bar perfect for a nightcap accompanied by live jazz.
Hotel du Pont
Opened in 1913, this historic grand dame in Wilmington, Delaware, oozes Gilded Age opulence with a modern sensibility. Its new brasserie, Le Cavalier, delights diners with a taste of classic French cuisine made using fresh, local ingredients. Chef Tyler Akin draws inspiration from the flavors of Provence and North Africa, and the vibe toes the line between elegant and approachable. The building also houses De.Co, a contemporary food hall with eight vendors that specialize in a range of culinary offerings, from sushi to tacos.
The Venetian Resort Las Vegas
This massive mega-resort has a whopping 7,000 rooms and over 40 restaurants and bars. For most visitors, the celebrity chef-driven restaurants are the big draw — and there are several of them, including CUT by Wolfgang Puck, Bouchon by Thomas Keller, Delmonico Steakhouse by Emeril Lagasse, Chica by Lorena Garcia, Wakuda by Tetsuya Wakuda, Miznon by Eyal Shani, and Carlo’s Bakery by Buddy Valastro, the Cake Boss. You could literally eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner at a different restaurant for a week and still not step foot in all the dining establishments.
Ever since the retro TWA Hotel opened, travelers have had a reason to head to JFK Airport early or linger after their flight lands. Housed in the landmarked TWA Terminal — a mid-century modern icon designed by Eero Saarinen in 1962 — the hotel has six drinking and dining outlets. Don’t miss Connie Cocktail Lounge, a one-of-a-kind bar inside a restored 1958 Connie airplane, and lunch or dinner at the Paris Café by Jean-Georges Vongerichten. If you’re in a rush, head to the Food Hall for a quick bite or fuel up at Intelligentsia Coffee.
Bellagio, Las Vegas
One of the most elegant resorts in Las Vegas is home to one of the city’s most unique restaurants: Picasso, the fine dining spot where you can eat surrounded by the cubist master’s paintings. But that’s far from all this massive resort has to offer. There are outposts of Sadelle’s by the Major Food Group, Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s PRIME Steakhouse, Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, and Michael Mina’s namesake seafood restaurant in addition to casual cafes and the Bellagio’s renowned buffet, complete with live-action cooking and a gelato stand.
ARIA, Las Vegas
This sleek, contemporary resort and casino draws well-heeled leisure travelers and business travelers with expense accounts. And with 20 food and beverage outlets, there’s plenty of variety to keep guests from getting bored. Among the heavy hitters are Jean Georges Steakhouse, Carbone, Bardot Brasserie by Michael Mina, CATCH, and Din Tai Fung, the cult favorite spot for Chinese soup dumplings. Of course, more casual options abound, from Pressed Juicery to the Proper Eats Food Hall, which has everything from Korean street food to Jewish-style deli.
Wynn, Las Vegas
Located on the North end of the Strip, this luxurious resort is a full-on sensory overload, with fantastical floral installations, fountains, gold peacock statues, and chic pool cabanas. The restaurants and bars are suitably glamorous. There’s upscale Italian fare at Cipriani, sushi and sashimi at Mizumi, Wing Lei (the first Chinese restaurant in the U.S. to earn a Michelin star), and Delilah, which oozes mid-century glitz (think solid brass palms and vintage Hermès upholstery, plus caviar service and wagyu steaks).
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
The most upscale of Disney’s resorts, this property modeled on the historic Hotel del Coronado in San Diego has views of Cinderella Castle and Seven Seas Lagoon. A variety of restaurants ensures that kids won’t be the only ones having a good time here, though they’ll certainly love the character breakfast buffet and afternoon tea in the carousel-themed 1900 Park Fare. Adults can indulge in the gourmet tasting menus at Victoria & Albert, one of Florida’s most highly-rated restaurants, or excellent Mediterranean cuisine at Cítricos.
Editor’s Pick: Blackberry Farm
If you’re a person for whom a weekend at Blackberry Farm is a casual jaunt, congratulations on your life. For the rest of us, it’s a lifetime-level indulgence that lives up to the hype. Whether your particular penchant is for world-class wine and picked-this-morning cuisine; frolics with truffle puppies; outdoor excursions by foot, boat, horseback, or bike; slumping into spa bliss; or just contemplating the pastoral splendor from the coziness of your cottage’s front porch, the farm — and its sister property Blackberry Mountain — are the peak of cosseted pleasure. — F&W Editors