The BEST episodes of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations

Every episode of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations!

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.

Last Updated: 11/23/2023Network: Travel ChannelStatus: Ended
69 votes

#1 - Singapore

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/7/2008

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.

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Disappearing Manhattan
60 votes

#2 - Disappearing Manhattan

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired 2/23/2009

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.

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148 votes

#3 - Tuscany

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired 9/24/2007

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.

Directors: Vincenzo Tripodo
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101 votes

#4 - Philippines

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired 2/16/2009

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.

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90 votes

#5 - Jamaica

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired 2/18/2008

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.

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Emilia Romagna
71 votes

#6 - Emilia Romagna

Season 8 - Episode 12 - Aired 9/24/2012

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.

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57 votes

#7 - Colombia

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired 7/14/2008

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.

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Off The Charts
90 votes

#8 - Off The Charts

Season 8 - Episode 16 - Aired 10/22/2012

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.

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149 votes

#9 - Azores

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired 1/26/2009

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.

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New Orleans
89 votes

#10 - New Orleans

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired 2/4/2008

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.

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India (Kolkata/Mumbai)
214 votes

#11 - India (Kolkata/Mumbai)

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 6/5/2006

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.

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Vancouver, BC
93 votes

#12 - Vancouver, BC

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/21/2008

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

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108 votes

#13 - Uruguay

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired 7/28/2008

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

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South Carolina
119 votes

#14 - South Carolina

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired 9/17/2007

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?

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Burning Questions
42 votes

#15 - Burning Questions

Season 5 - Episode 18 - Aired 8/31/2009

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!

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151 votes

#16 - Cleveland

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired 8/27/2007

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.

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India (Rajasthan)
187 votes

#17 - India (Rajasthan)

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 5/29/2006

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.

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188 votes

#18 - Namibia

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 1/22/2007

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

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56 votes

#19 - Australia

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired 7/20/2009

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.

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153 votes

#20 - Quebec

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 4/17/2006

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.

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Sri Lanka
84 votes

#21 - Sri Lanka

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired 3/2/2009

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.

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Back to Beirut
78 votes

#22 - Back to Beirut

Season 6 - Episode 21 - Aired 8/23/2010

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

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98 votes

#23 - Sydney

Season 8 - Episode 10 - Aired 9/10/2012

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.

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Cajun Country
241 votes

#24 - Cajun Country

Season 7 - Episode 16 - Aired 8/29/2011

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.

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Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll
63 votes

#25 - Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll

Season 8 - Episode 11 - Aired 9/17/2012

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.

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