The BEST Episodes of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 1, 2020

Network: Travel Channel

Join best-selling author and professional chef Anthony Bourdain as he travels the world seeking the ultimate dining experience. He will hit locales from the well known to those off the beaten path, from New Jersey to Iceland and points in between. Along his journey, the adventuring Bourdain will share his no holds barred experience of the food and customs that flavor the different cultures of the world in a way that only he can.

Singapore

#1 - Singapore

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 7, 2008

The country of Singapore is serious about food. The cuisine of Singapore borrows from Chinese, Indian, Malaysian and Indonesian traditions. Along the way, it uses the cheap and plentiful ingredients of the the country to make the food available everywhere.

star 9.15
65 votes
Disappearing Manhattan

#2 - Disappearing Manhattan

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 23, 2009

Tony teams up with some notable guests and visits some of the oldest, most classic, and undoubtedly-NYC restaurants. Unfortunately, these cornerstones rich with culture and diversity struggle against the changing landscape of the new Manhattan.

star 9.07
58 votes
Philippines

#3 - Philippines

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 16, 2009

Anthony Bourdain visits Manila, the second-largest and most well-known city in the Philippines. He'll meet up with travel author and foodie Claude Tayag for some traditional Pampangan seafood. Later on, Tony pairs up with Augusto, runner-up for the "No Reservations" FAN-atic Special casting call, in Cebu City.

star 9.03
98 votes
Tuscany

#4 - Tuscany

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Sep 24, 2007

Tuscany gives Tony a taste of heaven and hell. Hell because the trip to get there was filled with difficulties. Of course, the heavenly scenery, delicious ingredients, and tasty cuisine might be enough to make Tony forget the awful start to the trip.

star 8.99
143 votes
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Jamaica

#5 - Jamaica

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 18, 2008

There is more to Jamaica than reggae music, drugs and resorts. Tony attempts to discover the real Jamaica–a country plagued by gang violence, run down property and political strife. Poet Mutabaruka joins him on part of the tour.

star 8.96
91 votes
Emilia Romagna

#6 - Emilia Romagna

Season 8 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 24, 2012

Tony travels to Emilia Romagna, the "breadbasket of Italy," with acclaimed NYC chef Michael White, sampling the foods that make this part of Italy great.

star 8.92
75 votes
Colombia

#7 - Colombia

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Jul 14, 2008

This week Anthony is in Colombia, a country that finds itself the setting of one of South America's most remarkable transformations. In the 25 years since the death of Pablo Escobar, one of the world's most notorious drug lords, this once war-torn country has emerged like a phoenix from the scars of the past. Colombia offers Tony a tantalizing mix of cultures, delicious food and beautiful mountain scenery.

star 8.75
51 votes
Off The Charts

#8 - Off The Charts

Season 8 - Episode 16 - Aired Oct 22, 2012

Tony experiences a Haitian cemetery on the Day of the Dead, has a Halloween party in Transylvania with Zamir, and heads to Iraq prepped for minefields & death.

star 8.74
89 votes
Azores

#9 - Azores

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 26, 2009

Having worked in kitchens alongside many generations of Azorean Portuguese immigrants, Tony decides it’s time to find out more about their motherland and explore the culture that molded so much of New England’s heritage. He hops from one island to the next while on the archipelago, dining on potatoes, pork, sausage, cabbage, shellfish, Portuguese soup and washing it all down with Gin and Tonics. From the hot springs in Furnas on Sao Miguel to one of the most remote locations in the world on Sao Jorge, and onto the beautiful wine making region of Pico, Tony experiences the best of Azores.

star 8.70
145 votes
New Orleans

#10 - New Orleans

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 4, 2008

Hurricane Katrina has infinitely changed the city of New Orleans. As Tony explores the impact the storm had on the city, Tony discovers that the heart and soul of the city is still alive.

star 8.64
87 votes
Vancouver, BC

#11 - Vancouver, BC

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 21, 2008

Vancouver (in British Columbia) has a flourishing film industry, beautiful landscapes, and a progressive food scene.

star 8.61
90 votes
Uruguay

#12 - Uruguay

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired Jul 28, 2008

Tony joins his brother Chris to explore South America's Uruguay where they have family. The two set off in search of their roots.

star 8.58
103 votes
India (Kolkata/Mumbai)

#13 - India (Kolkata/Mumbai)

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 5, 2006

Over the years, Tony Bourdain has fallen in love with India. The culture, the cuisine, the communities - it's all delicious and enchanting. Tony travels to Kolkata and Mumbai, formerly Calcutta and Bombay, to rediscover the magic of this beautiful land.

star 8.58
211 votes
Burning Questions

#14 - Burning Questions

Season 5 - Episode 18 - Aired Aug 31, 2009

Based on the results of an online poll, Tony answers the Top 10 viewer queries in Burning Questions. You’ll be surprised, terrified, disgusted and thoroughly entertained!

star 8.56
39 votes
South Carolina

#15 - South Carolina

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Sep 17, 2007

Tony Bourdain has missed out on the culture and history of South Carolina because he's never traveled there before. Will he find the delicious cuisine and Southern hospitality it's known for?

star 8.51
114 votes
Australia

#16 - Australia

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Jul 20, 2009

Melbourne is Australia's second-most populated city and its cultural capital. It's a real melting pot, and Tony is off to discover what makes the Melbourne area so special. Luckily, many of Tony's friends live in Melbourne, and they take him to sample the city's many different cuisines.

star 8.46
52 votes
Back to Beirut

#17 - Back to Beirut

Season 6 - Episode 21 - Aired Aug 23, 2010

Anthony Bourdain returns to Lebanon to film the show he was meant to do in 2006

star 8.45
76 votes
Sydney

#18 - Sydney

Season 8 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 10, 2012

In Australia, Tony dives with sharks, visits sheep farms and the chic innovative restaurants of the big city, samples fresh seafood, old school charcuterie, and the ubiquitous Australian barbie.

star 8.45
103 votes
Cleveland

#19 - Cleveland

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 27, 2007

When Michael Ruhlman convinces Tony to visit Cleveland, he's not expecting to like it at all. However, he soon finds that he has more in common with the town than he first thought.

star 8.44
147 votes
Namibia

#20 - Namibia

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 22, 2007

Tony learns how the locals from Namibia survive in a primarily desert country.

star 8.44
181 votes
India (Rajasthan)

#21 - India (Rajasthan)

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired May 29, 2006

India is a land of color, aroma, kind people, and delicious cuisine. Anthony heads off to the more desolate region of Rajasthan in the northwest corner of the continent where he attends a birthday party and explores life in this magical region.

star 8.43
185 votes
Cajun Country

#22 - Cajun Country

Season 7 - Episode 16 - Aired Aug 29, 2011

Tony travels beyond New Orleans and into Cajun Country to find out what sets bayou culture apart. He dines with locals Wendell Pierce and Lolis Elie, partakes in an authentic crawfish boil and ends his trip with a whole-hog roast.

star 8.42
245 votes
Quebec

#23 - Quebec

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 17, 2006

Anthony visits a duck farm/processing plant to see how foie gras is made, teaches a class at the Montreal Culinary Institute and plays hockey with a local university hockey team.

star 8.42
152 votes
Sri Lanka

#24 - Sri Lanka

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 2, 2009

Sri Lankan cuisine has been influenced by the Portuguese, Dutch, British, Indian, Arab, Malay and Moors. Tony experiences this cuisine in Colombo and the surrounding area.

star 8.41
79 votes
Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll

#25 - Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll

Season 8 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 17, 2012

Tony dives into the holy trinity - sex, drugs, and Rock & Roll, recording music with Queens Of The Stone Age, making food porn, and burning cocaine in Panama.

star 8.39
64 votes