The BEST Episodes of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Feb 20, 2021
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 - 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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#8 - 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.
#9 - 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.
#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.
#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.
#12 - 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.
#13 - 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.
#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!
#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?
#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.
#17 - Namibia
Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 22, 2007
Tony learns how the locals from Namibia survive in a primarily desert country.
#18 - 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.
#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.
#20 - 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.
#21 - 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
#22 - 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.
#23 - 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.
#24 - 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.
#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.