The BEST Episodes of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 28, 2019

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.


#1 - Laos

Season 4 - Episode 11

Tony has always been fascinated by Asia. This time he's visiting Laos, a less popular tourist country, to investigate its history, culture and unique culinary offerings.

star 8.95
20 votes
El Bulli

#2 - El Bulli

Season 7 - Episode 12

Tony travels to Spain’s Costa Brava to cook and dine with chef Ferran Adria at El Bulli before the “best restaurant in the world” closes its doors for good. Friend and chef Jose Andres joins Tony for the experience of a lifetime.

star 8.79
29 votes
U.S. Desert

#3 - U.S. Desert

Season 7 - Episode 13

The host explores the High Desert of California with rocker Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age.

star 8.60
25 votes

#4 - Mexico

Season 5 - Episode 1

Anthony Bourdain discovers the beauty behind the street food of Mexico.

star 8.58
33 votes
Cajun Country

#5 - Cajun Country

Season 7 - Episode 16

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 8.56
32 votes

#6 - Kurdistan

Season 7 - Episode 15

Tony and his crew venture to the war zone and fledgling country of Kurdistan to explore the tragic history and hopeful future of the ethnic group known as the Kurds.

star 8.52
23 votes
Back to Beirut

#7 - Back to Beirut

Season 6 - Episode 21

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

star 8.50
14 votes

#8 - Singapore

Season 4 - Episode 1

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 8.48
31 votes

#9 - Colombia

Season 4 - Episode 12

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 8.44
18 votes
Into the Fire NY

#10 - Into the Fire NY

Season 4 - Episode 10

Tony has been away from Brasserie Les Halles, where he last worked as a chef nearly a decade ago. Given the opportunity to spend another day on the job; he re-evaluates his skills in the kitchen, his love of New York and his life as a chef.

star 8.40
15 votes

#11 - Vienna

Season 7 - Episode 4

Blood sausage, hunting, pastries and something called "Pus Stick" challenge Tony's pre-conception of Vienna as a pastry-filled "Sound of Music" nightmare.

star 8.40
43 votes

#12 - Philippines

Season 5 - Episode 7

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 8.38
34 votes

#13 - Azores

Season 5 - Episode 4

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 8.38
21 votes

#14 - Brazil

Season 3 - Episode 9

Tony once thought San Paolo was a horrible and ugly city; however, recently his friends have convinced him otherwise. As he explores the city, he develops a fondness for the rich culture that has developed from the mix of rich, poor, young, and old.

star 8.38
29 votes

#15 - Sydney

Season 8 - Episode 10

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 8.37
41 votes

#16 - Mozambique

Season 8 - Episode 1

Tony travels to Mozambique and finds himself in a mysterious, post-colonial Africa. From Portuguese ruins on Mozambique Island, to the vibrant metropolis of Maputo, Mozambique doesn't look like anyplace Tony has been so far.

star 8.36
58 votes

#17 - Macau

Season 7 - Episode 10

Tony knew Macau as the place where fireworks were made. Those factories have since been replaced by casinos and now the island is known as the "Vegas of Asia." Tony visits the Macau Tower bungee jump, the largest in the world, and takes the ultimate plunge.

star 8.35
20 votes
New York Outer Boroughs

#18 - New York Outer Boroughs

Season 5 - Episode 19

Tony Bourdain knows the jungles of Malaysia and the streets of London better than he knows what's just outside his hometown of Manhattan, so he enlists the help of some locals to explore New York’s other 4 boroughs. Tony will travel to Queens with chefs Chris Cheung and David Chang; he’ll explore Staten Island with David Johansen, lead singer of the New York Dolls; and check Brooklyn and the Bronx with his friend Famous Fat Dave.

star 8.33
15 votes
Sri Lanka

#19 - Sri Lanka

Season 5 - Episode 9

star 8.31
16 votes
Vietnam: There's No Place Like Home

#20 - Vietnam: There's No Place Like Home

Season 5 - Episode 10

Anthony decides to move to the country for a year to write the perfect Vietnam book. Along with a local chef and realtor we explore the country and what Anthony can expect as a full time resident.

star 8.30
27 votes

#21 - Cleveland

Season 3 - Episode 11

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 8.28
25 votes
Kansas City

#22 - Kansas City

Season 8 - Episode 2

Tony Bourdain travels to Kansas City, MO, the BBQ capitol of the world with pal Zamir Gotta in search of the best barbeque. While there, Tony meets up with musicians, Dan and Patrick of The Black Keys for some serious finger licking meat.

star 8.28
58 votes

#23 - Argentina

Season 3 - Episode 13

Tony explores the city of Buenes Aires. There he finds an exciting night life, delicious food, and friendly locals. From nightclubs to paragliding to cattle ranches, Tony experiences it all.

star 8.27
22 votes
Croatian Coast

#24 - Croatian Coast

Season 8 - Episode 3

Croatia's Istria and Dalmatia regions are toured. Included: swimming with bluefin tuna; truffle hunting.

star 8.25
67 votes
Pacific Northwest

#25 - Pacific Northwest

Season 3 - Episode 3

The Pacific Northwest is filled with everything - history, coffee, fresh produce, trees and obsession. Chef Anthony Bourdain is setting off to visit the land introduced to us by Lewis and Clark, to rediscover it.

star 8.25
32 votes