The BEST episodes of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations season 8

Every episode of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations season 8, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations season 8!

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: 5/14/2024Network: Travel ChannelStatus: Ended
Emilia Romagna
72 votes

#1 - 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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Off The Charts
91 votes

#2 - 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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99 votes

#3 - 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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Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll
64 votes

#4 - 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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Kansas City
175 votes

#5 - Kansas City

Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired 4/16/2012

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.

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Croatian Coast
189 votes

#6 - Croatian Coast

Season 8 - Episode 3 - Aired 4/23/2012

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

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170 votes

#7 - Finland

Season 8 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/14/2012

Anthony Bourdain heeds the calls of his Finnish Facebook fans and takes a trip to Helsinki, Finland. Tony joins musician Sami Yaffa for a liquored-up tour of the world's only pub tram, a bloody sauna and an unexpectedly exciting dinner with a cabbie's mother.

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107 votes

#8 - Brooklyn

Season 8 - Episode 18 - Aired 11/5/2012

On the last leg of his final No Reservations tour, Tony explores the cutting edge food, music, and people of Brooklyn, and also meets the nostalgic characters and stalwarts of the old days.

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147 votes

#9 - Mozambique

Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired 4/9/2012

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.

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159 votes

#10 - Rio

Season 8 - Episode 15 - Aired 10/15/2012

Rio, a perfect city that is almost impossible to not love. But Tony only wishes that he could enjoy his time more in this Brazilian paradise as he nervously awaits his wife's Jiu Jitsu battle.

Seven Deadly Sins
25 votes

#11 - Seven Deadly Sins

Season 8 - Episode 14 - Aired 10/8/2012

This episode serves up a refresher course on the Seven Deadly Sins: lust over a simple plate of pasta in Rome, disturbing display of wrath in NYC, and a bloody example of sloth in Finland.

229 votes

#12 - Baja

Season 8 - Episode 7 - Aired 5/28/2012

In this episode of No Reservations, Tony Bourdain heads to Tijuana, Mexico and the Baja Peninsula -- a place he admittedly knows very little about.

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183 votes

#13 - Lisbon

Season 8 - Episode 4 - Aired 4/30/2012

Once the center of the richest empire in Europe, Lisbon now faces one of the worst financial crises in the EU. But even as it struggles with rising debt and unemployment, Tony finds out that Lisbon is experiencing a cultural and culinary renaissance.

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Japan: Cook It Raw
181 votes

#14 - Japan: Cook It Raw

Season 8 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/7/2012

Tony heads to Japan for the gastronomic event that is, "Cook it Raw," which brings together some of the best chefs in the world and throws them into an unfamiliar environment with unknown ingredients.

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163 votes

#15 - Penang

Season 8 - Episode 8 - Aired 6/4/2012

In Penang, Tony Bourdain discovers a beautiful rice and shrimp dish wrapped in a banana leaf that he can't get enough of, then eats fresh snapper on Monkey Beach which surprisingly lives up to its name.

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69 votes

#16 - Austin

Season 8 - Episode 9 - Aired 9/3/2012

Tony visits Austin, Texas, during the annual South by Southwest music festival and hangs out with the band Sleigh Bells for a seafood boil.

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Dominican Republic
135 votes

#17 - Dominican Republic

Season 8 - Episode 17 - Aired 10/29/2012

Nearing toward the end of his final tour, Anthony Bourdain travels to the Caribbean for fresh fish and more in the Dominican Republic.

60 votes

#18 - Burgundy

Season 8 - Episode 13 - Aired 10/1/2012

Chef, television host and Burgundy native Ludo Lefebvre, rediscovers the place of his birth on a road trip with Tony in a classic Citroen DS.