Will fly for food: 25 hidden-gem restaurants worth traveling for

How far would you go for a good meal? If you’d be willing to hop a flight to get your eat on, you’re in good company. According to our survey of diners, 1 in 4 has planned a trip around trying new food. To help people travel (and dine) confidently, we teamed up with OpenTable to reveal the top 25 hidden gem restaurants worth traveling for.

From New York to Tokyo, we found OpenTable’s top-rated hidden gem restaurants in KAYAK’s most popular destinations. Plus, we’re making it easy to visit these under-the-radar local favorites by providing all you need to plan your trip – from airfare to what to order to when to book both your flight and dining reservation. So you can bon appetit, buen provecho and dobra tek on your next trip.

Want to know how far travelers will go for the right dish?

According to our survey, food plays a BIG role in travel planning for a lot of you. (And after one look at our list, it’s easy to see why.) Here are some of the most revealing stats:

  • 1 in 5 Americans will plan a trip based solely on how good they expect the food to be.
  • 44% would book a flight, train or even take a road trip or bus ride just to dine at a specific restaurant.
  • More than half (61%) of Americans would travel an hour or more to eat at a restaurant on their list.
  • More than half (62%) of Americans would rather eat the local cuisine than familiar food when traveling.

Ready to dig in? See the rest of the results and start planning your own foodie getaway to one of our 25 hidden-gem restaurants.

Will Fly for Food


YouGov Methodology
This post contains survey data collected and analyzed by YouGov plc. This survey has been conducted using an online interview administered to members of the YouGov Plc panel of 1.2 million individuals who have agreed to take part in surveys. Emails are sent to panelists selected at random from the base sample. Total sample size was 1,190 US adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between August 2-5, 2019. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all US adults (aged 18+).

ITS Methodology
KAYAK performs a global travel survey every year since 2014. In 2019 we asked 23,400 people from 22 different countries about their travel habits. Some of the data used in this post covers Americans’ travel habits. Data collection took place between January 3, 2019 through January 10, 2019 through an e- survey via Cint’s panel. 1,015 Americans aged between 18 and 65 were surveyed.


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